Sixth Engine Restaurant

4.5
631 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.

We have three different dining areas. While we do our best to accommodate requests for specific areas, we can not always guarantee availability. Due to the unpredictability of the weather, we do not accept reservation for the patio, which we seat on a first come for served basis. Please feel free to call the restaurant if you require a specific location, and we will do our best to meet your needs.
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Private dining
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 6 days ago

Great food, the brunch menu was great. The waitress was energetic and lively, and was joking with us the whole time. Overall super pleasant experience, would definitely come back again!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Amazing food and drinks. Down here for vacation and couldn’t be more pleased. Glad we came.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

A nice space but the food was a hit or miss. The cauliflower appetizer was amazing, but the brussels were only so-so. It looked like most folks ordered burgers, so maybe we just ordered the wrong thing. But, with a menu smaller than most, there shouldn't be any "just okay" dishes. The service, on the other hand, was great. Our server was so helpful and patient and attentive!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great brunch

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Perfect location for get-together with friend from Maryland. Service and food was on the mark and added to a very enjoyable brunch

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

My fiance and I love coming here for brunch. They're bottomless mimosa and Bloody option is one of the best deals in the city. And the brunch menu has the perfect number of options. The service at the bar is one thing that could be improved.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Wasn't too crowded got a ton of food and happy hour prices for drinks. Great experience

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Atmosphere was cool. Food was good. I throughly enjoyed the ribeye and the fried cauliflower. Service could use improvement

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This place was awesome. The service was even better. My group was here for work and I found this place on Yelp. We had a nice dinner and most of my group will be going back before the end of our work week. The food is outstanding.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

My family tried this restaurant because it was in the hotel where we were staying. Fairfield Marriott. The room was very dark so ambiance wasn't very inviting, although it was a colonel setting so maybe that was the reason for the darkness. The waitress was very good and attentive but the food was just okay. I wasn't impressed with the overall experience so that's why I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. It was very pricey.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

What a unique menu and everything we tried was delicious! Great prices and service too! Great first experience and will most definitely go back there!

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The food was mediocre. The kids chicken tenders were over cooked, the homemade lamb pasta was a bit bland, the fries were cold. The burgers and brisket sandwich were good. I think if your getting beers and apps it’s a decent place.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Lauren was an amazing server and the food is always good. The timing - after brunch - was perfect as it was quiet and less crowded. Their mac and cheese was an interesting experience - not bad, but I, personally, would not call it mac and cheese. The rib eye is phenomenal.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

we enjoyed the general experience although our service was slow and the restaurant was not busy.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Love the bottomless mimosas on the brunch menu..great food and very generous servings of ham, sausage and bacon. Nice bright room up on the 2nd floor. Wonderful way to spend a leisurely weekend late morning

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

This place is great! Really cool renovation... And yummy food!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great dishes, esp. the brisket sandwich, braised lamb, and rib eye. Pork tenderloin should have been cooked longer, shouldn't be pink in the middle.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Found this gem on Yelp while visiting DC. It was just a quick 10-12 min. walk from the hotel...and worth every minute. The carbonara was very creamy and rich and the 3 cheese ravs were an exceptional delight; chewy, tender and the crunch from the nuts gave it an over-the-top punch. We sat outdoors and could not have been happier! Would recommend!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

There were three of us. We all ordered the Tasso Ham and Fried Egg on Pretzel Roll off the brunch menu. The ham was supposed to be flavorful. Instead it was inedible. It was grizzly and couldn’t be bitten through. The pretzel roll had almost no flavor. The side hash browns, which were actually home fries (although I actually prefer home fries) had a strange taste to them. We have been there before and generally found the food to be good. This time it just wasn’t.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Good energy. Good food. Good beer

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Sixth Engine did not have the best service, but the ambiance was cute if you want to sit outside. Their food was average.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

food was BOMB and price is pretty good. unlimited mimosas were a good price. got the eggs benedict and while it may not have been good for my health it was great for my soul. will definitely come back

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was subpar and service was very lackluster. Nice bathrooms.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I loved the restaurant itself, the whole old firehouse thing was very cool. We were even sitting right by the patch from where the pole used to be. Service was good, the host was very friendly and helpful (and cute). All of our food was good, the four cheese dip was yummy and my Ribeye was KILLER nice slightly crusty outside with plenty of flavor and cooked to perfection. Desert was good, but when I go back I'll probably pass and go somewhere else for dessert, cause it wasn't great.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

So yummy and generous with bottomless mimosas, 10/10

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Graduation dinner

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Aboslitely love this place. I used to work here a while back and I still recommend it to anyone who’s visiting dc for the first time. Food is amazing and the portions aren’t overly sized.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Waitress was very nice, food is good, not great, but good, i had the steak, its small but tasty for $29 steak , wine was very good. outdoor seating is enjoyable. No street parking available so you either walk or taxi/uber. One issue that could have resulted in a very bad experience was that I reserved a table outside, only to learn once I arrived, that you can not reserve the outdoor tables.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The charcuterie plate and the steak were good but the homemade ravioli were tasteless, too thick and undercooked. Not sure a sauce of butter and heavy garlic should be classified as a sauce with some asparagus thrown in. Definitely would not order it again. The server was very good and the rose wine was good and well priced. Didnt really feel the firehouse theme.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Consistently good although it can get noisy when the bar ares is full. Ask for a table in the rear.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

A warm and cozy retreat on a cold and rainy day! We chose this restaurant based on its reviews, and we weren’t disappointed. Our reservation was at 4:45 pm, so the crowd hadn’t arrived yet, and it was very quiet. It did get noisier as the crowd arrived. Rossi was wonderful and provided excellent service. We loved the deviled eggs and hush puppies, both recommended in the reviews. My friend had the three cheese ravioli, and I had shrimp and grits. Both were wonderful. The food is prepared in non-traditional ways and served beautifully. My only disappointment was that the listed red blend wine wasn’t available for happy hour. I didn’t like the substitute, and they wouldn’t let me change it for something I liked. Oh well. A small price to pay for a wonderful dining experience. We want to go back for more, and we hope Rossi is there!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I usually enjoy Sixth Engine, I visit at least once a month. I invited some guest from out of town and they found hair in the hush puppies, glass shards all over the table, which meant the table was never cleaned off. The server was nice, but the other server was rude , set the plates away from the person who ordered we had to pass the plates around- how lazy was this? Totally not exceptable. It will be a while before I revisit. The server could have been more accommodating, but perhaps they just don’t care. Which is fine, I can take my business and appetite some place else. Very disappointing experience. Very different from the other times I’ve visited.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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 on April 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful Easter brunch with bottomless mimosas which incidentally really were bottomless and superlative! Excellent service and very good food made this a great Easter Sunday celebration. Only criticism is that it was rather dark in the dining area downstairs

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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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