The Grilled Oyster Company

4.2
635 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 299-9888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tuckerman Lane & Seven Locks Road
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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
Reviews from verified diners
635 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
45%
Very Good
36%
Good
13%
Fair
4%
Poor
2%
4.1
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Salt Lake City
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Great meal as usual. My wife and I each had the 3 seafood plate, tuna, salmon, rockfish. Small tasty portions, just right!

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Y
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Always have good food and good servers.
Enjoy coming to the Grilled Oyster always

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CC
Naples
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

The food is always of great quality. Service is excellent and attentive.
Prices are reasonable.

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OT
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

Everything was great. The tuna tartar has very little tuna and the crab dip had more cream cheese than anything else, but our other plates (oysters, scallops and scallops tacos) were great!

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WF
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Good food- well presented. Excellent staff A pleasant experience

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Miami
4.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Nice dinner with my mother!

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FG
Naples
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Wonderful local restaurant with quality food and great service.

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RR
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Very nice neighborhood dining. A little on the noisy side but tolerable.We have been there previously and will continue to eat there.

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d
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Helen was an awesome waitress!

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l
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

It is close to home, a pleasant atmosphere, casual, good food. White table cloths are a welcome touch and the waitstaff are always friendly and want to make any adjustment/arrangement you wish.

Enjoy!

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B
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Amazing crab cakes and soft shell crabs.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

I love ThenGrille

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OT
3.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

It was good overall.

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j
Washington DC
2.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

I will begin by saying that this restaurant was very nice in checking on food items that would not agree with my food intolerance. When we arrived at the restaurant, only a few tables had been filled, but overall, the restaurant was pretty empty (though subsequently filled up). Service was slow - we ordered appetizers and entrees for three people. Tables that were seated after us were served before us. I feel that the prices are too high for what you get - I could have made it myself at home. The food quality is not as good as other places either. For example, we ordered half a dozen oysters to start that were the same kind that we’ve ordered at another local restaurant that doesn’t specialize in seafood. The other restaurant’s oysters are fresher, larger and shucked better. We were seated in a booth at my request, however the booths were so flimsy that we could feel the child behind us knocking his body back and forth into his booth on purpose for 15 minutes straight.

Definitely not a place we would go back to or recommend to others. I feel badly that we decided to try it on father’s day and had such a bad experience.

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JT
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent crab cakes and wonderful oysters. Everyone was super friendly!

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m
Washington DC
2.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

We were very disappointed this visit. While we have liked in the past for lunch, will not come back after this dinner visit.

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OT
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Had dinner twice in a row at this place.
Second time serving was half the size of serving we got the night before. Owner was extremely unfriendly and not interested in solving the issue.

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f
Washington DC
2.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Average food, okay service (pleasant and not rushed, but not attentive), then factor in the cost and there are definitely better restaurants from which to choose.

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BB
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

In the past I was happy with the food but the scallops I ordered were just average. The chocolate cake was dry and flavorless, but I tried my friend's vanilla creme brulee which was delicious. Service was good, received refills of my soda regularly, as well as water. The waiter checked to see if every thing was fine several times.

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OT
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on May 29, 2018

I was very disappointed with my meal last night, and this not the norm, the oysters were tasteless and my salmon entree was lukewarm at best. Our experience earlier in the evening at the bar was much better. Hopefully just an off night, because this is one of my favorite places in the area for oysters!

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HU
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on May 28, 2018

Very mediocre food, although the wellfleet oysters were great. It’s an easy to get to neighborhood place, but was very disappointed in the food

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d
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Very accommodating when our table for 3 expanded to 5 for drinks first

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LI
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Enjoyed the Saturday night Happy Hour and Bar specials along with our entrees.
Will definitely return.

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d
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

We have been here a number of times and the food is consistently good. Our server was wonderful. It's a nice and convenient place to have in the neighborhood.

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GJ
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Bartenders were also waiting high top tables in bar and forgetting food and drinks. Place has a nice vibe. Bartender did apologize and comped forgotten salad.

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WT
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Good selection of food. Never presented with dessert menu, but rather just asked if we like dessert or coffee. The waiter made it seem like I could not ask for a second cup of coffee because it was decaf and it was late.

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MH
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Enjoyed the quality and the not excessively noisy atmosphere. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Will go again.

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MK
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

This is a great place to go for oysters, seafood, great desserts, drinks, and fun.

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M
3.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

We celebrated Mother's Day at this restaurant, the food is very good, however, the service was pretty bad. We had to ask couple people for the Lemonade for my grandson. Then, our food was very slow to come, we had to ask the owner to check our order, and they came after more than 30 minutes later.

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SB
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

Great experience, as always. Good food, good service. Have been here many times, and will continue to come. Reservation was for 2 people, ended up having another friend join us, and that was not a problem in seating. Good experience, again!

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M
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 3, 2018

Good selection of oysters and good recommendations from the servers. Also really liked the rockfish.

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AV
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Loved it!
Great service
They gave us a bowl of free mussels!
Delicious food!

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OT
Orlando
4.0
Dined on April 27, 2018

Grilled oysters and fresh seafood was excellent. Service was solid and we’ll definitely go back. It’s in a strip mall so the ambiance is different - plus lots of families with younger children which is fine but gave it a casual feeling.

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h
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on April 18, 2018

Great choice for a casual and delicious meal with friends!

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TD
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

The restaurant is located in a strip mall with plenty of parking. The decor and service is exceptional. The food, however, was average. We had crab cake, oysters po boy, cream of crab soup, calamari and lettuce wraps.. The lettuce wraps and crab cake were the best items. The others items were average.

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SD
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on April 12, 2018

I always seem to get the same thing because I love their fried oysters as well as their beet salad. We ordered the balsamic grilled Brussels sprouts for the table. I like them a little under cooked but these could have been grilled another 2-3 minutes longer.

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MM
3.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

Overall the experience was average for Sunday brunch. Food was good but service was lacking. Though our waiter was nice enough he was not well informed about the menu or ingredients - he had to check on everything before providing an answer. Several groups seated after us, including larger groups, were served well before us. Cardinal sin: making the customer wait for cocktails!

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j
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a wonderful Easter Brunch. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. Our waiter Francis went above and beyond to accommodate my children and grandparents. It was a wonderful experience, as always!

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C
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on March 17, 2018

Amazing dining experience. The cuisine was superb and the staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and very personable. We even got to chat with the owner. Felicia, the bartender was so fun and made the evening memorable. Tim, second bartender made the most excellent old fashioned cocktail. Try The Grilled Oyster for an outstanding dinner!

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S
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on March 17, 2018

We come here often, this time for St Patrick's Day. Very busy- did slow the service - but all was great

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