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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
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Pre/post Theatre (4)
Cozy (4)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (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 18, 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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 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 27, 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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·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We had a girls night out. On Monday, if you sit in the bar area or outside, it is HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY! We had great food and drinks and paid next to nothing for the great quality! Regular menu items and bar items were all delicious!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Fun local restaurant. Good food; great happy hour prices.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Fresh seafood, great grill oysters, we got surprised on Wednesdays 1/2 price all wine bottles very tasty food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This was our third visit to this restaurant and it was a bit disappointing. It wasn't terrible but it was not as good as before. All of the oyster appetizers were great - fried, raw and grilled. The entrees were just OK though. The scallops were the best of the bunch but the rockfish and the pasta dishes were nothing special. The server also was just adequate. He lacked polish and professionalism - we felt more like we were eating at a pub rather than a good restaurant. We have had very good meals here in the past and will try again but I sure hope it is better next time. We have recommended this place to others in the past but not sure I would again until we see a return to our earlier experiences.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Really enjoyed the oysters & the knowledgeable staff - they knew all about the oysters and helped with my selection. I'll be back - on a Tuesday.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Was very unimpressed. Took about 20 minutes to get raw oysters when the restaurant was almost empty. The oysters hadn't even been separated from the shell.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

The oysters were fabulous. I had both raw and grilled oysters and they were awesome. The waitress was very nice and accommodating as well.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very good food, cocktails and service. Family friendly. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine here. Quality of food and service always great. Given choice of seating too. Wonderful staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent restaurant week menu with amazingly good value as well! For $16 we had superb oysters two ways to start. The Rockefeller were especially good and large. The crab cake main course was well prepared and sitting atop fresh tomato terrine that was perfectly chilled that made it even better. The fresh corn salad to the side was interesting and great.

The other main course- a soft shell crab sandwich- was tasty but actually small considering I was told it was large. I did not expect a whale, the jumbo size, but I should have been warned about the size.Had a great deal of problems with the explanations on prior visits so was sensitive to the accuracy of the information. But considering the price I should not be complaining!

Service could not have been friendlier or more attentive- 5⭐️s to our elegantly server- also I hear a rather fantastic mixologist!!!

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The tbree-fish platter was wonderful.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Disappointing...
Dirty carrots and celery brought with overseasoned crackers to start.
Soft shell crab was good, but served with burnt bun and soggy French fries. Corrected after sent back (should never have been served).

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was just ok. Went for Sunday brunch and ended up ordering appetizers. Which were lack luster. The crab hush puppies were burnt and lacked density. The fried green tomatoes weren't seasoned and the sauce was very bland.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Have been here several times and have always been satisfied.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great local restaurant with excellent food and service

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Boy, has this place gone downhill since we lived in Potomac 3 years ago. Went back this past weekend with friends and was severely disappointed. Food, service, drinks, all way off from when it first opened. So disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We had the best waitress, Helen. She was so attentive, and thought of everything-even before we thought of it. She was wonderful with my little grandaughter and all the girls commented on how great the food and service was. We'll be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

I enjoyed my dinner so much I came back the next day for lunch. It was just as good during lunch time as it was for dinner. I will be back soon!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We were sort of regulars, although have not been there in a while. This time the food was uniformly excellent from the oysters, calamari, spaghetti with shrimp, and soft shell crabs (My wife had the sauteed, mine were fried). Service was excellent, and the owner came over to chat with us as well. Only draw back is the limited wine list.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Prices have gone up especially in the barn venue and the dinner does not come with any sides it was not a good value anymore. I would not recommend it Service was good and our waiter was very nice but overall I would not give it a good recommendation

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Best restaurant I've been to in recent months. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We love the Grilled Oyster. It's a great menu, good fish, nice appetizers. The calamari is always great. I could go a couple time a week and just have some oysters, calamari and the Spring sangria. The drink menu is loaded with nice fruit choices like the blueberry mule. The service is pretty good but sometimes bustling instead of friendly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Very pleased for lunch. Tasty food, good service, not noisy. Much better than dinner, when the restaurant often seems overwhelmed, especially regarding service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We've been before and return a few times a year. This time the calamari wasn't great.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Food is not very good. Average at best. Tried the place 3 times, so I'm not going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

we are regulars at the GOC in Cabin John and it is consistently delicious. ambiance hits the right balance between being swanky enough for date night, and low-key enough to be a favorite local spot. can't beat the freshness of the seafood for the location and price point.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We love eating at your restaurant. The fish is the best. We had burgers this time, and they were way too greasy. From now on, fish only.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 29, 2017

We sat down and ordered and it said half priced appetizers on the "specials board" but when the bill came they were full price. Same with the drunks even though the bartender told us differently. Food was so, so. Crab cakes were very salty, mussels were fine, crab hush puppies good but greasy. Scallops were good but the risotto was very bland, no seasoning. We would not return to this restaurant based on our experience.

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