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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Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The food was great. Our waiter was great. Our table was in the middle of traffic and waiters bumped my chair literally every minute of the whole night. Will give them another chance, but they really need to fix the traffic problem.

C
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day dinner

K
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our selections of oysters rockefeller, bowl of littleneck clams in wine/garlic/butter sauce and the jumbo crab cakes. All extremely fresh and delicious. Our server, Kevin, was attentive, and allowed us to order our first course, while we reviewed the menu, to choose a main course. Will return.

G
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and really beautifully prepared food. We'll come again soon.

w
St. Louis
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch with cousins we had not seen in years. Simple tables and such in a small plaza. But such wonderful seafood. So many choices, crab cakes were big at our table and they were delicious. Gluten free also.

SS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The server we had was very unfriendly in the beginning . He warmed up towards the end . Maybe he was under pressure but there was not a lot of tables in the restaurant. And from experience of being a server myself i know panicking under pressure definitely shows ... i bought my family from out of town here because i had a good experience my first time here but they definitely wasn’t impressed by the service

c
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistently good!!

DC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Grilled Oyster! I had the cioppino (fish stew) which was delicious. The seafood was perfectly cooked and the sauce flavorful (though a little thicker than a CA ciopinno ). They didn’t skip on the seafood, either. I had enough left over for dinner the next day. The waiter was friendly, attentive without being cloying, and professional. We were trying to decide between two types of wine and he graciously brought us a taste to try. Go with the cracklin Sauvignon blanc with the stew- a perfect pairing. Highly recommend.

K
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent. The fish tacos were delicious and the oysters were very fresh. The server was courteous. It is always a treat when the owner, Rick, is there to attend to guests personally.

s
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Felt like they resented the restaurant week clients and food portion and presentation matched it . If you don’t want to do it right, don’t do it . We go to find new restaurants we can go back to ... cross this one off . Too bad as it is close and food was tasty

AD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable cooking with attentive service. A tasty neighborhood spot.

d
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Very attentive.

LI
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Restaurant was quite empty
Now I know why
The waiter was invisible and after telling him no cheese the meal arrived with cheese
No apology. Unless whoops is an apology?
My dining companion finished dinner before my corrected meal arrived
We had hoped to dine together but that didn’t happen . Waiting and waiting for a check
No we won’t be back

J
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a delightful dinner during restaurant week. The local oysters were very flavorful, the crab cake was full of lump crab, the salmon was properly cooked with a nice sauce, and the raspberry OllieJack was a great way to finish the meal. We'll definitely be going back.

P
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We went during restaurant week and had a chance to try some different food! It was all delicious. Many had the salmon, a couple tried the crab cakes, and I had the filet. Not a bad word from the group. Dessert was absolutely delicious. We had the key lime, which was huge. But I preferred the raspberry mousse. OMG! That was so tasty. Love the restaurant decor as well. Will definitely go back again.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good draft beer and wine selection and nice owner.

C
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special Brunch menu for Restaurant Week was excellent!!! Best food around, ever time I visit. My guests were impressed!

BR
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Outstanding service. Really enjoy this restaurant.

t
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved it!! Will be back

f
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Most food contains Old Bay seasoning and is too spicy

DW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilia, our server, was fabulous!

c
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had requested in the Open Table reservation a quieter table in this bustling restaurant for conversational purposes. The hostess initially directed me to a centrally located table but was very accommodating of my query about a table in the back room. My friend and I had enjoyed that location previously as there are only a few tables. Our experience this time was just as rewarding, as “back room” diners are never shorted on attention here, whether it’s from the waitperson (Christiane this particular evening) the table staff or even the owner himself who checks on diners and appears to be involved in all aspects of service here. Combine that with an inventive and delicious menu, good wine list with recommended pairings, and it makes for a first rate experience.

Y
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love to dine in this restaurant.... Everyone is so
Pleasant.... Food is great and so is the service...
Have been eating there since it opened....

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy new year

HM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner at the Grilled Oyster. Service was fantastic and the food was delicious. The crab dip was yummy and ample enough for four to share. We also had the special rockfish ceviche which was refreshing. I ordered their special entree of crab stuffed flounder which was very light and delectable with some nicely prepared root vegetables. Others at my table enjoyed their selections too. Highly recommend!

AR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my husband, ten year old, and me for NYE. I am bored of eating beef at steakhouses on NYE. When my dad found out we were coming here, he asked us to add him and my mom to our res, so it became a party of five, which was easily changed because NYE was over a week away.
I had the GOC Clam Chowder for my app. This was the BEST chowdah I’ve ever tasted. The soup wasn’t too thick and clumpy, there were a ton of oysters, including two littlenecks in the shell right in the soup. It was tasty and delicious. 5/5 stars. I tasted the fried calamari as well. Another 5/5 star app. The calamari was perfectly breaded, crisp and tasty. It was not greasy at all. Next app I tasted was the crab dip. Oh. My. Gahd. It was perfect. The balance of crab to cheesy sauce was fantastic. It was very tasty, and was not overwhelmed by the dip “background.” You all know how some dips taste too cheesy or too saucy? Well, this isn’t like that. This crab dip is something I would eat as a meal it’s that delicious. The great thing about going with several people here is sharing many delicious appetizers. For dinner, I had the rockfish. The fish on top was crunchy, almost like fish bacon. The meat was tender. I enjoyed it. It came with roasted baby potatoes and asparagus. This is nothing against the fish itself, but I forgot that I tend to get bored of rockfish whenever wherever I order it. I always forget this. I ate all but the last third of the filet, so I gave it to my husband, who devoured it. My asparagus was overly charred but it didn’t bother me bc I was so full from the apps. My parents ordered the key lime mousse for dessert. It was big and delicious—perfect to cap off a delicious, perfect seafood dinner. I live right near GOC, and don’t get why I don’t come here more often. GOC will definitely be in our restaurant rotation from now on. The food was delicious!

S
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We sat in a booth which was nicely located, ordered the steamed whole lobster which was delicious and a good value. The beet salad which we split was a bit tired. We'd definitely go back. The noise level was high no doubt because of groups the Friday before Christmas.

LI
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an enjoyable time.

PW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Grilled oysters are amazing but the rest of the food is mediocre. Tacos were well prepared but lacked flavor.

DI
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a delightful restaurant, relaxed, quiet enough to have intimate conversations, and serving good seafood, well-prepared.

We thoroughly enjoyed the oysters, the fish was very nicely done, and we will be back. (This was our first visit.) if I might make a suggestion, it is that the wine list include a Chablis, something not a Chardonnay and not a floral white. Also, we found the glasses of wine overpriced for the value.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Clearly the restaurant was under staffed on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I brought friends who were in town for the holiday and was embarrassed by the lousy service - 20 minutes before anyone even asked for a drink order, followed by another long wait to put in our dinner order and finally a long wait to get the check. The good food salvaged the evening but we passed on dessert because we didn't want to wait any longer.

L
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food and wine was wonderful, especially the leftovers.
The server was personable, but it was clear there was not enough staff for the crowd on a Tuesday night.
I’ll go back again, as this may have been a matter of call outs

c
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. One of my favorites. The oysters are always fresh, and the service is great.

n
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would definitely go again. Enjoyed oysters, scallops, and fish.

p
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as usual is incredible. The quality and taste surpasses our expectations. My picky eater kids even love coming here. They had the choice of shake shack and they begged to come to the grilled oyster. Thank you for a great meal and experience

GY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is great and oysters are always fresh. Bar service is very slow if you dine in and are not sitting at the bar.

AG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for happy hour which had an abundant selection. The bartender gave us recommendations and each one we had was absolutely delicious. Even the house Cabernet was good. I would highly recommend this restaurant and can’t wait to go back and try more dishes.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent and as described by the server. Bartender made a wonderful barrel aged old fashioned.
All the food had great value as well.

h
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food at great prices! Love the crackers and carrot sticks too! We’ll be back.

Y
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always have a good meal and enjoyable evening.
Great place to dine!