The Irish Inn at Glen Echo

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Irish Inn at Glen Echo has plenty of history...from a family home in the 30's to a biker bar in 80's..The Inn at Glen Echo in the 90's...It's seen it all. This country Bar & Restaurant has a neighborhood feel, only a short distance from DC and Bethesda. Re-Opened in 2003 as The Irish Inn at Glen Echo offers great food, wine and atmosphere in a quaint setting. The upscale casual menu offers fresh seafood, hearty meats and the best Irish fare guaranteed. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious Lamb Chops or Steaks or a Traditional Shepherd's Pie....or a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake or our Daily Fresh Catch, The Irish Inn has it all. The Irish Inn combines a traditional Irish Pub with a white table cloth restaurant, complimentary valet and 6 private dining rooms, perfect for any occasion.
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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Irish Inn at Glen Echo was superb. We were not rushed, but cared for with real sensitivity. The food is excellent, the environment perfectly understated and elegant, and the service outstanding. I will be dining here with my family for many years to come.

h
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, nice ambiance, and good friendly service at reasonable prices

P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for the first time for Sunday brunch. The potato leak soup is a must. The smoked salmon appetizer was plentiful and delicious. We both had the full Irish breakfast. It was a bit much after sharing the appetizers but it met expectations and was authentic as any I had in Ireland. The broiled tomato was outstanding and frankly better than any I had in Ireland. Topped off with a pint of Smithwick's it was a great Sunday morning treat. We ate in the pub and appreciated its atmosphere.

f
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were in one of the upstairs rooms - all by ourselves which after 15 years of coming to The Irish Inn at Glen Echo seemed a bit isolated but different and fun too! The wait staff were GREAT and never left us waiting. They were very attentive. The Food was VERY GOOD. There food is consistently VERY GOOD. I especially recommend the traditional dishes.

Y
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Once upon a time long, long ago I had dinner at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo. Some 20;years later I and my friend met for lunch there and we both were more than pleasantly surprised. Firstly, their mini scones were a total treat. Then, a meaty burger and fries for my friend, a Reuben and a side salad for me.. My friend said the burger was excellent, I said the Reuben was one of the best I’ve ever had. The service was quite friendly and very good and the white tablecloths are a nice touch. The Inn is a quaint old house with a number of small rooms on the first floor and walls decorated with paintings of things Irish and much Irish scenery which gave it character. By mid-meal the tables in the dining rooms were filled, as was Inn’s pub, and although when we first arrived there were just a few cars in the parking lot, when we left the parking lot was near filled.. It’s easy to understand why!

It’s a great neighborhood place and a great value. It won’t be very long until my next visit!

KJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was non existant other than merely bringing the food we ordered. I had to stack up plates to give a hint and even then he took one thing, not all. Couldn't even get a refill of water. The nicoise salad was uninspired: tuna was plain, no seasoning at all and the dressing was bland. The chicken tikka masala was nothing more than chicken chunks coated with tomato paste, utterly lacking and Indian flavors. The prawns with angelhair pasta was bizarre: prawns with shell and head on is fine for bar food but not with angelhair pasta, which had little to no seasoning, garlic or wine sauce. The fish and chips were awful. This place was good 5 years ago. Not today.

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a quiet, moderately priced place with several small rooms that allow for a very pleasant dining experience. The shepherd's pie was outstanding and my wife liked the fish tacos. The Irish motif is nice without being overdone. Altogether a great place for lunch or dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The seating was outside in a crowd....noisy for talking e.g. stance.. Overall great - we have been there many times. The Mussels were wonderful; the Shepherds pie perfect and HOT.

PK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to meet friends or family. Food is always good with choices for all tastes. Love the Irish atmosphere.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch, excellent fun in a charming atmosphere.

MM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious anniversary dinner with my daughter and son-in-law for what would have been my wife and my 42d Anniversary tomorrow! I had a wonderful shepherd’s pie and my son-in-law had corned beef and cabbage. My daughter had a Mediterranean platter and a side of grilled cauliflower! The service was excellent.

R
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice old venue, comfortable atmosphere - it is pricey, but enjoyable.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place

l
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lunch in a dining room. good food, spinach salads, and share plate of roasted cauliflower.

l
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

seafood galloway was delicious although the portion was smaller than desired for a dinner entrer

s
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant seating on the patio. Tender tasty calamari with excellent aioli. Very good potato leek soup, but it could have been hotter.

4
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is wonderful here--and the service is so friendly

although there was an exciting game playing in the bar, they filled our request for a quiet table in a lovely porch--and we had a delightful afternoon with their great food and the ambiance

J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been better. Party of 7 whom they moved from reserved indoor room to the porch upon request. Delicious food and great service.

F
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable service was outstanding. Room was quiet. Would recommend it to friends.

LI
Edinburgh
31 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upstairs TA je a d service was absolutely wonderful!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was blah. Server was the best part

PK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun atmosphere, pub-like only more upscale. Food was good and the service excellent. We come here often and will continue.

JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined on the porch, which has a waiting list if you arrive close to 6pm but a wonderful place to enjoy being with friends. The receptionist went the extra mile to seat us there and our friends and we loved the meal. We go often!

C
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. An institute.

PM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

we sat outside and had a wonderful three-hour conversation - the server was helpful but patient when she saw we just wanted to talk

F
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One extremely loud table ruined the atmosphere. Don't know the individual but can recite his entire retirement story.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a beautiful location! Wonderful Service!

B
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Irish Inn at Glen Echo remains a neighborhood jewel, consistently good food and attentive service.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Very slow service

J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat in the bar for dinner during which they had a live Traditional Irish music session, which made it very lively. Great entertainment! The food and waitress were really good as well. We have been there several times & plan to return again.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best duck my husband ever had!

K
Naples
201 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly and welcoming. Lots of friendly locals dining. We had the yummy corned beef and cabbage and fabulous Baileys chocolate chunk ice cream for dessert.

AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We love the place and have been going there for many years. Frank, the host, is very helpful in seating you in a spot you enjoy. We like the porch - weather permitting. The Irish bangers & mash and the shepherds pie are my favorites!

SK
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. Lobster roll was excellent.

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are teachers nearby and love to come to sit on the porch in the corner for a quiet lunch when we can. We love your place!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The waiter was abrupt, relatively inattentive, and feigned politeness in a manner that made us all uncomfortable in its insincerity. When the food was delivered to the table, the “food runner” reached across members of our party to place the dishes in front of others. There were no apologies or attempts to walk around. When the plates were cleared, again they reached across and veritably “snatched” the dishes without asking if we were finished (we were not all finished eating).

This makes me sad, because the owner (manager?) is such a nice, polite, and courteous man. The other behavior flies in the face of what he projects and the atmosphere I assume he’d like to cultivate in the restaurant.

BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to the Irish Inn for many years, probably a thousand times. Every lunch or dinner is great, whether in the formal dining rooms or the bar. The service is impeccable, the staff is superb.

l
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Expecting good food as we were taking a guest but not the case. Corned beef/cabbage was cold, wife’s potatoes in her salad undercooked and guests duck too well done. Inn only good for hamburgers and fish/chips, bar food.

HE
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Prime rib was super yummy and the ambiance is funky charming, but the menus (plastic) could use a good scrubbing. That said, I’d go back again for the tasty food.