The Grilled Oyster Company

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The Grilled Oyster Company is a regionally inspired fresh seafood & raw bar. Voted Best New Restaurant 2014 by Bethesda Magazine and Open Table's Top 100 Neighborhood Gems, The Grilled Oyster Co. specializes in amazing seafood focused on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Working closely with local fisherman & farmers, we serve the finest local products available seasonally. Offering at least six different oyster styles daily, our Jumbo Lump Maryland crab cakes, Chesapeake Ciopino, steaks, duck, salads & dessert are sure to please even the most discerning foodie in your group. "When it comes to working up an appetite, few have done it better than The Grilled Oyster Co." - Washingtonian Magazine.
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GR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food and attentive service.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So enjoyed the good food and nice evening out with open windows.

CC
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable , food choices are excellent and the preparation and presentation is excellent.

SR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had oysters and they were only fair
The fried clams were a bit better

JS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was really very good a very good value for the price. The grilled trio was amazing. The main problem is that the service has certainly quite some room for improvement. A good experience overall

EC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my husband's and my favorite special place. This visit was to celebrate our anniversary - #39!

C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Good neighborhood restaurant. Food is tasty, but pricey, menu so-so, service good, but at dinnertime, the noise level from the bar is very high. My husband has a partial hearing loss and that poses a problem. My friends who joined us wanted to eat at the GO; otherwise, we wouldn't have chosen it. Go at lunchtime.

K
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed Restaurant Week lunch. Great value. Excellent cream of crab soup and blackened shrimp poke. Especially delicious oysters Rockefeller and soft shell crab. Very fresh and will definitely return. Jeff, our server, was very helpful.

F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grilled oysters, seared ahi tuna, crab cake, and cream of crab soup were excellent. We enjoyed the wide variety of wines by the glass and microbrews.

The service was good and it was delightful to be in a restaurant where the noise level accommodated conversation.

All in all a great experience. We will be back.

A
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The oysters are excellent. We had the bourbon and rockefeller ones. The crab hush puppies were unfortunately very bland and did not taste good. If you are in the mood for oysters definitely try this place.

RP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Family meal was great and they let us talk, order and eat on our time table. Food very good and fun specials. Very consistent.

EG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the ambiance and food! Great place!

C
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing crab cake! All backfin lump crab meat! Our server was also exceptional! Everyone should try this place!

S
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the Grilled Oyster & would recommend it to anyone looking for a great dinner in an easy location. Although it's in a strip mall anchored by a Giant Food store, it is appropriate for an easy lunch, or a delightful dinner. The food selections are creative, well presented, and very tasty! Highly recommend the drunken oysters as an appetizer ($ by the each). I'll definitely be back often.

PC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great food, good ambiance, great value for money

BH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I arrived a little before my reservation and was seated immediately. I was alone so I asked the bartender if I could have a seat at the bar to watch a professional lacrosse game that was on one of the 3 monitors. He was very pleasant and offered great conversation, took my drink and food order quickly, and the food and drinks were served rapidly but not in a way to rush me in and out to free up space. Everything was excellent and exactly what I had ordered. The bill was very reasonable, not cheap but what one expects for good quality seafood. I would recommend the restaurant highly and will return myself.

NM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We've been to both locations and the food is very good but the service in Potomac is extremely slow. The restaurant wasn't very full but it took at least 30 minutes to get our appetizers. If you go to Potomac be prepared to be there for a while.

TT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Grilled oysters to start and lobster with grilled veggies for my entree. Everything was tasty. Crab biscuits were great, too. Finished with creams brûlée, both chocolate and vanilla were fantastic!!

Will be back for Tuesday night raw oyster specials!

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience, but Naveed, our waiter, made it even better. He anticipated our needs, was courteous and exceeded our expectations (and we've both worked in restaurants). The food was great - who knew an oyster bar made such a good burger! Wish there were a few more vodka-based cocktails as I'm not a gin or tequila person, but the wine list more than made up for it. We can't wait to get back and work our way through the menu.

L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I told them it was for a birthday celebration but they did not acknowledge it. Disappointing!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it. Stopped by for happy hour years ago and finally made it back for dinner. Excellent food, good service, and outstanding value for the area.

JM
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and loved it. I had the Ahi tuna tacos which have a lot of flavor and are delicious! I tasted the mahi and it was fantastic. Soup and fried clams were great too. Amazing service! We’ll be back

J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal. With great service

JW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice place. Kinda pricey ($25+) entries. Wife had rock fish and really enjoyed it.
My fried oysters were also very good.
Service was a bit hit and miss. No bread from server-had to ask twice. No water refills. Place was busy.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was attentive, the food was awesome, the mixed drinks were very tasty! Highly recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was on point. We didn't have to wait around for our server to come back to the table at all.

We started with raw oysters and they were definitely fresh. Then we had grilled oysters, they were huge and very tasty. We also had the mussels and clams which were delicious. We moved onto entrees and I had the scallops, which were amazing. My husband ordered the fish trio with Salmon, Mahi, and Tuna, it was very good. My son had macaroni and cheese and the portion was enough for 2 children, it was huge!

I highly recommend this restaurant. Everything was outstanding.

a
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a very lovely meal at The Grilled Oyster. She had the Salmon which was done perfectly and I had a fabulous clam chowder which I shared with my wife and a dish containing shrimp, mussels. crab, clams and fish which was excellent. The ambiance was very nice. I would recommend this restaurant if you are in the mood for a very good seafood dinner.

M
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service could be better. Food was good, not great.

t
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the beat food I’ve had in a long time and I eat out a lot!! The crab cake had NO filler. It’s an expensive experience, but totally worth it!

p
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food, but our server is the best!!!

V
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Happy Hour menu has a varied selection and great prices. The calamari a favorite at our table. The summer sangria is refreshing and perfect for the season. The only negative is the noise level. It gets very loud when the bar area is full.

GI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic. We don't often write online recommendations, but wanted to this time.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We sat at the bar for their Happy Hour special. Already lowered my service expectations sitting at the bar, but we barely got any services. Food took 25 mins to come out. One dish never showed. We asked about it numerous time, still never showed. Orders where misplaced to other table numerous times. The bartender cared less about anything. It ended up being a 2 hour dinner where we spent at least 1 hr waiting for food. Despite the services, food and drinks were delicious. We ordered both grilled and raw oysters, cocktail shrimp, mussels and brussel sprouts.

HW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Chiopino was excellent.
Wine selections very good.

y
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We keep going for the oysters, hushpuppies and a salad. Good beer too!

LI
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful fresh food
Something for everyone
Lovely wait staff

BR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service! Very attentive waiters and waitresses. Great food, too.

T
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Most excellent service!

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