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Sixth Engine Restaurant

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598 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
A contemporary American restaurant set in D.C.'s 1st firehouse, Sixth Engine uses classic techniques to produce comfort foods with a touch of refinement while providing polished service in a comfortable setting.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open for dinner nightly from 4:30-10:30 PM, late night menu available till midnight Friday & Saturday. Serving Brunch Saturday & Sundays from 11AM-5PM(Breakfast Items only till 3PM) .
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Phone number
(202) 506-2455
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kyle Bailey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 4th and 5th
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Parking details
Sixth Engine recommends parking at the Franklin Parking Lot located
at 901 5th Street, NW, just a half of a block west from Sixth Engine on the corner of 5th and I Streets.
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Public transit
We are located equidistant between Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Union Station on the Red Line.
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Special events & promotions
We are available for all manner of special events. Please contact info@sixthengine.com for additional details.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Located in Mt. Vernon Triangle, Sixth Engine is in close proximity to both the Convention Center and the Verizon Center, in addition to multiple metro lines. Sixth Engine combines modern interpretations of classic American fare, nestled in the historic ambiance of DC's oldest firehouse.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Brought a group here after a day of meetings and we had a table upstairs. It was the perfect spot for conversation and great food!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Before a sold out concert. Fast service. Good recommendations and splitting an entree was not an issue....server even recommended it.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food is both interesting and very delicious. All four of us ordered something different and we would have eaten anyone's dinner the food was so well prepared with a notable presentation style. Try the deviled eggs. Not your usual style, but absolutely fabulous!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Celebration

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I came for brunch, and first of all the place smelled so strongly of alcohol, maybe from the night before? Then they had maybe 2 vegetarian options (and I'm vegetarian). I chose the omelet of the day, and it was cold when served to me. I got a side of hash browns, and they were definitely cooked in some type of animal by-product, although the waitress said they were vegetarian. The two friends I were with enjoyed their meals, but I wouldn't recommend for vegetarians.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Just average - french fries were good. Food was typical bar food.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Steak was thin and sinewy. My daughter had hair and an eyelash in her food.

Loved the idea and location, but the execution was just not there.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Eclectic expert for a firefighter family in town for spring break. Great service and plenty of food!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service. Good food

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We went to Sixth Engine for lunch on a Saturday with a 3 PM reservation. We were seated promptly and our waitress came over to our table immediately but that was the last time we saw her until she handed us the check. The food while brought out quickly was not cooked thoroughly and cold and my French fries were soggy with oil. My girlfriends Fried chicken sandwich barely had any fried chicken on it and she didn’t even bother eating her fries as they were soggy too. The waitress was nowhere to be found for refills or sending food back and took 30 minutes after our meals were taken away to realize we were finished with our meal. We spent over $45 on a meal for a cheeseburger and a chicken sandwich in which I probably could’ve gotten a better burger for much less at 5 guys or McDonalds. I would not recommend going here for a meal

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great Ambiance, apple fritters were amazing and perfect to split. Food was tasty - potatoes were really good.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

This restaurant was an excellent find !! Very comfortable, cozy, almost neighborhoody in a way, but located downtown on Massachusetts Ave between 4th and 5th. Ambiance was great - not very loud, and quiet enough to have a conversation at normal volume levels. The staff were very helpful, friendly and attentive. The meals were very good and portions generous. We will definitely be back !!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

My 3rd trip to Sixth Engine and it has been a great experience each time..... Apple fritters are a must!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Loved it! Loved it. Loved it!!! You will too! The rock fish is divine!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Big TVs playing sports seemed at odds with the rest of the ambience. Other than the TVs, it was great. Fresh local oysters and excellent, interesting salad.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Seats were on the first floor, so essentially the meal was served in a loud bar. The website gives the impression of a better quality space, so I expect the second floor is better. Ribeye was excellent; the burgers were meh.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

This is our second time visiting and it was even better than the first. We sat upstairs the first and downstairs the second. Very nice. I made the reservations and forgot all about it being Washington, DC Restaurant Week so that was a bonus. The fritters put me over the top. Awesome! The staff treated us very nice and seated us prior to our time. Much appreciated.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Went for DC Restaurant Week. Lovely food, great service, and chill atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was good brunch standards, nothing to rave about though. The apple fritters were the best dish we had. Bottomless mimosas were plentiful. Overall a solid 3.5 - 4 star experience.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

The eggs Benedict were really great, but unfortunately the hash browns were cold and made with none cooked potatoes, which was a little disappointing for a potatoes lover. However, the atmosphere there is great and the staff is super friendly :)

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Our waitress was so nice! She went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and were enjoying our food and drinks. Very cozy, and the food was great!

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Loved the low lighting and vibe of Sunday brunch. Wasn't too crazy where I could bring my parents who were visiting DC for the day

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Had a good time before the game. We were well taken care of from when we arrive to when we finally left.

Food was good and the portions were just about right. No one had any issues with what they ordered. I will return.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

The cauliflower appetizer is a MUST. Absolutely delicious!! I love the warm and cozy atmosphere, everything is very inviting! Perfect spot for a happy hour!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

I've come here twice with my friend for brunch-- both times were wonderful! Excellent prices and ambiance, and friendly wait staff. After the meal we both wondered why we don't go to Sixth Engine more often.

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2.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Overall the food was average. The brisket was tough and very fatty. Unfortunately, one of the worst brisket sandwiches I’ve ever had. The fries were great. The restaurant atmosphere was neat because it’s an old firehouse. There are too many other great restaurants around this same area to dine at vs. returning here.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

This was the first time eating here for all 4 of us and we'll definitely be back! We enjoyed brunch tremendously. Everything we ate was delicious (highly recommend the Benedict). The bottomless mimosas were a good price ($15) and I loved the history behind the building. Service was great as well, from the front of house to our server. This place is a must for brunch.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

I ordered the brisket and it was amazing! Brisket on brioche with a side of fries. Great comfort food, the waiter was attentive, the soccer match and other sports were on TV, it was not overly crowded and the it was not too noisy. It's a great neighborhood bar. I will say to check with the staff on the menu, they change it often and if you have dietary restrictions it may be difficult to find many items to eat. Their brunch-lunch menu is not as expansive as the dinner menu and in general the menu for winter is heavy on pork.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Nice place in DC for a quick and reasonably priced meal. Cauliflower app was very good, as was the brisket sandwich. Good beer selection.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

We found on Open Table at the last moment. We were surprised, and a little worried, to find the restaurant mostly empty on a popular night for dining out (it was literally the only restaurant in the area that could accommodate 5 at that specific time). The server was great and provided good cutomer service.
The ambiance was nice and versatile...Good for a family or a date! The food was very good. We all enjoyed our meal. The wine selection was a bit limited, but the glass I ordered was fine.

We will go back!

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Our server was extremely helpful with suggestions on our dinner choices. She made the whole dinner process quite enjoyable

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

We loved this restaurant! It has a great atmosphere being the oldest firehouse in DC and the food was great. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Great atmosphere, excellent cocktails, good food and engaging service.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

This was a fun stop, love the decor and the menu was nice variety. Mimosas very popular, breakfast sandwiches were good. Coffee excellent

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was great, cute restaurant with neat history, only complaint was that the servers stopped filling our glasses way before our 2 hours of bottomless mimosas was up.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

One of the best, under appreciated restaurants in DC. Comfort food with some sophisticated touches. Freindly service and great cocktails. For their sake i hope they get more business. For my ability to eat there i hope not.

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2017

The waitress was very nice and attentive. The food was bland. I ordered steak and eggs with hash browns and my hash browns was a left over baked potato that they did t even bother to cut up. I ordered my son the chicken tenders and fries they were over fried, hard to bite and extremely crunchy. Only good items were the apple fritters and hush puppies.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a wonderful experience at DC’s first fire house. Cool place.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Well done Sixth Engine. I’d happily dine with you again.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent experience. I had the grain salad with chicken - it was amazing.

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