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About The Grilled Oyster Company

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.

7943 Tuckerman Ln
Potomac, MD 20854
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Tuckerman Lane & Seven Locks Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 299-9888

Website:
http://thegrilledoystercompany.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking everyday of the year!

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Grilled Oyster Company Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
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Good for Groups (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
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Live Sports (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Disabled Access (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Valentines special menu was excellent! Service was good but a bit slow so I rate it 4 stars otherwise I would give 5 stars.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

This was a great place for a Valentine's Day dinner. The food is great here and imaginative, plus, the waitstaff is professional and friendly. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 3 days ago

Not sure if they got the first message but a great place to come 8 had a reservation was early was accommodated excellent service just a excellent restaurant.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was ok, but very small portions for the price. Tacos had minimal amounts of fish, scallops, etc. Two small tacos with nothing else on the plate for close to $20. Smallish glasses of wine for large glass prices. Our server was very nice, but kitchen was VERY slow ... We waited a VERY LONG time for each course. They served a starter which was called "flatbread" but was simply a few extremely over-spiced cracker crisps that nobody at the table could eat along with a few celery sticks. The overall worst part was the horrible kitchen service. Otherwise, pretty mediocre for the prices.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent beer selection and wonderful fresh seafood. The oysters are great and I'm a fan of the crab soup, too. The wait staff was very accommodating with our needs related to having our 2-year-old in tow.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I looked on my Zagat app to choose a seafood spot to celebrate my birthday. I really enjoyed the ambiance, though I wish the menu was expanded a little more in terms of seafood fare. The drinks and appetizers were amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our waiter, Enrique, was very pleasant and warm. The kitchen got backed up so our apps took a while to come out but after that, all was well. Food was good, we had scallops and fish special. Would return with kids next time. The only challenge this place has is its strip mall location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This restaurant is turning out to be a bit of a favorite. It's family friendly - so you can eat there with your kids - but upscale and nice ambiance makes it perfect for date night or a get together with friends. Great beer list, decent adventurous wine list, fresh oysters can't be beat. The Chesapeake bay / sailing theme is also fun and fits in all seasons. The service can be a tad slow but if you're not pressed for time and can chill out on Friday or Saturday evening, its a great place to unwind. Cosy and Romantic enough for a date.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The crabcakes were amazing, my spouse's salmon was cooked perfectly. The service was quick and responsive. We appreciated very much the substitute of cracker & veggies with dip instead of bread - very thoughtful for those of us who are off bread. The only nit was the vergetarian fried rice dish which we were sharing as a side was gloppy and to sweet. Otherwise, great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

In from out of town. Great place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We always have a solidly good meal when we eat here. Sometimes we go and just sit at the bar, but I enjoy sitting at a table with friends. I can't remember the name of our server, but she was nothing short of wonderful! Looking forward to dining there again.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First time here-happened to be in the area. Great server, great oyster shooter, great cocktails and great entrees. Everything was great! A nice surprise in this shopping center. I'm sure we'll be back! :)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food is delicious, but noise level was so high that it was difficult to hear dinner conversation. Helen is a superb server.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Both the specials and the regular menu are fantastic. We each had a tough time deciding which entree to order. Service (Francis) was great, and the owner checked in as well to make sure our meal was great. Cannot say enough about Grilled Oyster Company. We will continue coming here!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

My meal was much too spicy. I wanted just a lite meal and could not find anything to my liking.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

First time going as we went for Restaurant Week, Sunday brunch. The food was amazing! Can we talk about those grilled oysters though? So good! We cannot wait to go back to try happy hour.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great neighborhood gem. Food was great and the team of Rick, Felicia and Mike were fun and responsive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Delicious oysters we tried for the first time, onion soup and scallop tacos. Excellent waitress. In a shopping center so ambiance was as good as possible. No.problem parking, though.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Food was good but portions are small. Service was efficient . Good neighborhood seafood restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Francis was FANTASTIC

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A nice place for a casual dinner. The menu has been changed so that it isn't clear that there are additional options. Not sure why they did it, quite confusing. Fortunately our server let us know.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Pretty awesome. Service is excellent. Oysters are great. Beer is great. Nice place to go with friends. Low key. Menu is small but adequate.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great wait staff and management. The menu is creative and the food was excellent. The dishes we had were on the rich side - lots of butter and cream, but we don't mind that once in while. Great desserts, also quite rich. Mine was a generous portion for one, and my wife's was enough for two. We'll go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We traditionally have oysters and clam chowder on New Years Day. We wanted to try a new venue though. This is a surprisingly nice little place tucked into a strip mall in Potomac. Not much to look at from the outside, but well appointed to give that Chesapeake feel on the inside. Friendly and attentive (but not overbearing) service.

The oysters - perfect! The crab dip - very good (a little too much cream, but nice flavor with big chunks of crab). The clam chowder - thick, lots of clams (a couple still in the shell - unique touch) well flavored, and a light touch of warm spice to it (old bay maybe?). Crab cake - no filler (Maryland standard), perfect small fist size. Bloody Mary - nice blend of spice, but could have been a little spicier for my taste (my wife was happy with it though). We tried out the creamy crab soup - very bland (possibly too much sherry too) - the clam chowder was definitely the pick. They were very apologetic with the creamy crab and accommodated by taking it off the bill (nice touch, good business).

Overall very nice. Not crowded, comfortable booth seating (or tables if that is your preference). Very clean. I'd do it again.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good resturant for every occasion. Service and food are terrific. Owner and service are great always friendly.

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The restaurant is great. However, the current construction in the shopping center makes parking very difficult and will definitely reduce our visits.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

It has always been a favorite place as the menu is updated and specials are very special. Items are also interestingly creative.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Loved the selection of oysters. Our server was very knowledgeable about the different flavors and origins, and was so helpful in assisting us with selections. The oysters were delicious! So fresh and cold, and sauces were great. Mussels in butter and wine was outstanding; fried clams were plump and not overly battered or overcooked, and the homemade tarter sauce was best I've ever had; crab cake had almost no filler--pure back fin crab meat, lightly seasoned and beautifully fried. Everything came out hot and perfectly prepared. They were out of a couple of the beers on the chalkboard, but server had suggestions for others. The food was outstanding, and our out-of-town family loved it so much we went back the next day for lunch. Really quite surprised the place was not packed. And $1 oysters on Tuesdays?! We will be back on a weekly basis!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A very good, neighborhood spot, and we'll go again. The oysters are great, and the wine list is fine. The evening we went, the restaurant was about half full, and it was easy to hear one another. It would be nice if the booth benches were re-done: they're too low for average heights, and particularly for shorter people.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

3 stars to recognize the very good well presented food. Unfortunately, the staff was disorganized and frantic. 2 coffees arrived 20 minutes apart and desert finally showed up 20 minutes after the coffee was gone. Maitre'd was apologizing to everyone in the restaurant. Bartender was leaving his station to serve tables. Not a precision machine.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Catching up with a girlfriend. Had roasted beet salad with a crab cake. It was delicious

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This was our first time here, we came with another couple. We had a reservation and were seated right away. The host was very friendly. We sat at a booth, the bench was low and uncomfortable. Our waitress was friendly, informative, and we had wonderful service. She explained the menu and made great suggestions. We all enjoyed our food. We had appetizer of fried oysters and crab hush puppies, and entrees were Cioppino, Three grilled fish, and lump crab cake. Everyone was happy. We will definitely come again.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The menu at Grilled Oyster has changed significantly. There are fewer fish options than before which is disappointing. The service was pretty slow., even though it was not very busy.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

New menu was welcome. Oysters very good, paella also very good. Duck tacos and tuna tartare tacos were good for a light meal. Crab cakes excellent. A nice place to have a good seafood dinner. Need to work on the wine list, however.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very slow service for an almost empty place. A little overwhelmed by the food, although the seafood quality was good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We loved our server, Helen and the food was great but the kitchen screwed up on two items, appetizer and side dish. Maybe this is why it doesn't appear to be as busy as it once was. Seems to take too long to get drinks served.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is a neighborhood restaurant that I've been wanting to try for a while so we took a friend there on a Sunday evening. It is mainly a seafood restaurant; the food was excellent and the service attentive but not overly so. We especially appreciated that it was easy to talk, although I imagine the noise levels might be higher at a busier time. We definitely will go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The Grilled Oyster was a restaurant that I had frequently passed by when perusing the shops at Cabin John Shopping Center, but had never patronized. I decided on a whim to try it out with a date, who hadn't yet tried culinary seafood. We both found it to be a great spot, and she enjoyed trying Maryland crabs from the menu. I myself found the clam linguini to be nearly perfect, with savory flavors from the pasta and the clams melding into an appetizing dish. There are a large number of premium seafood items, specialty foods, and a selection of desserts. The atmosphere is one of social conviviality, but not excessively loud. Great for groups or dates, I highly recommend this gem to anyone looking for premium seafood in Potomac or the D.C. area in general.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent - the scallops and the whole lobster was perfect- the chef even took the meat out if the shell for my wife. Server was excellent and the entire experience was terrific.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Delicious food, great service and would have given 5 stars except for the following:

Manager and bartender were talking way too loudly to patrons at bar, and we could hear them at the other end of the restaurant. Annoying.

We were seated at a booth in a long string of empty booths. A family of four was then seated in a booth directly behind us, when they could have been seated at any one of several empty booths away from us.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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