The Irish Inn at Glen Echo

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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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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy pub perfect for a beer and comfort food with a date or friends. Makes you feel like you’re in a pub in Ireland. The food is delicious and the service is so friendly. Great spot can’t wait to go back!

AL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and arrived temperature wise very hot, which is greatly appreciated. Perfect! Kurt, our waiter, and took excellent care of us. Water was refilled as needed by another individual. Service was professional while not at all intrusive. Great neighborhood place!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The building and dining area was great. Quiet and fitting. The service was slow. Got our orders wrong 3 times. Our main course had definitely sat in the kitchen as it was luke warm. Our hostess was nice but the other waiters were rude.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the Irish food and beer. Nice atmosphere

NN
Pittsburgh
111 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food...the best Reuben i have EVER had. Crisp and tasty fries and a wonderful (generous) cup of potato leek soup! We love this place!

IS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a dinner to celebrate the birthdays of 3 people. Right away the service was superb; there when needed, but not pushy. Everyone enjoyed their choices. No plate was left unfinished and we shared deserts, none of which was not finished either.

J
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for a romantic evening. The staff is outstanding and the food is excellent.

PJ
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our first get together of 2020, four "ladies who lunch" chose this restaurant. It was our first time visiting the restaurant and will not be our last. Each of our entrees and beverages were absolutely delicious.

h
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our family has adopted the Irish Inn for special events (such as Thanksgiving or when out of town family members come to visit). We enjoy the ambiance and the food and look forward to future meals there.

JZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood stew was outstanding! It was quiet enough to talk in the dining room. I want to go back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal. The environment was very cozy. Highly recommend.

MT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This place seems to have lost its charm and the character that made it special. Overpriced Irish fare served with absolutely no joy or style. So disappointing, especially on Christmas Eve. We’ve been many times before but I really don’t think we will be back.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a good solid place for lunch--parking is plentiful--great service and good food, especially the specialty soups and the Irish Traditional Foods

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly in a spot that enabled my friend and I to catch up on events. The waitress provided suggestions and the food and presentation were excellent.

M
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Irish Inn is a perfectly delightful venue. The menu is varied and interesting and the food preparation is very good. The service was attentive but not overbearing. The atmosphere was very comfortable and the restaurant had a lovely vibe. It was a perfect place for a Saturday night date for dinner!

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I asked for a quiet table and was put into the pub. For the first 5 minutes, everything was fine, then the hostess seated another party right next to mine even though there were quite a few open tables farther away. Strike one. Then over the course of the next 10-15 minutes, the noise level rose to the point where my partner and I had to keep saying, "What was that?" over and over just to have a conversation. Strike Two. Final strike was that I ordered one of the specials -- prime rib -- and it came out over-cooked and with almost half of it comprised of fat and/or gristle. Normally, I would have said something to the server, but because of the slower-than-expected service, we were running late for an engagement and couldn't stay to work things out. This is my second time at The Irish Inn -- the first was on a very nice summer afternoon with very different results -- and I'll probably go back at least once more, if for no other reason that to break the tie.

SF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food; I really want to have the Shepherds pie but they keep having wonderful specials that distract me (the trout was out of this world).

K
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

There was nothing "Irish" or "Innish" about our experience. Unfortunately we were seated at a round table for six (cheers to a round table) in the very front, so we didn't see any decorations, we were cold, and we didn't see anything cozy as we anticipated. The food was acceptable but nothing great for these prices. For over one hundred dollars per couple we had a satisfactory meal. Three of the six had wine or a cocktail and no dessert for anyone. The filet was divine but the prime rib was fatty and chewy. We won't return.

LW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with longtime friends, one of whom is Irish-American, regularly visits Ireland, & hates the fake Irish bars that abound everywhere. He said it was the best & most authentic Irish bar & restaurant he’d ever been to. We all loved the excellent food, service, atmosphere, & location. The old country house it is in is so charming & full of life.

AW
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracious reception, lovely service, were not bothered during long conversations but service was nearly immediate when we were ready, not rushed. Delicious food.

HH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warm & cozy on a drizzly cold night!

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, great drinks, food, dessert, service! Excellent afternoon!

h
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have celebrated Thanksgiving for several years at the Irish Inn with our family. Everyone enjoys the ambiance and the food an we hope to continue this Thanksgiving tradition or many years.

e
Washington DC
154 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiviing dinner was lovely - especially the squash and apple bisque, the turkey stuffing (not enough!) and the pumpkin pie. Turkey good and plentiful, but dark meat was inedible. Sweet potatoes and green beans filled up the plate. Nice and quiet, too.

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ann and I over the years have always enjoyed our visits to The Irish Inn at Glen Echo, be it for dinner or just appetizers and adult beverages at the bar.
We highly recommend and encourage our friends and guess to join us at this wonderful restaurant while visiting the DMV. It just doesn't get any better!!

JJ
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had the Thanksgiving Day Dinner specials - one Turkey, One Steak and One Salmon - appetizers and desserts included for $45. All the meals were uniformly excellent. Our server, an extremely professional older gentleman (i.e. not a millenial, and perhaps an aging gen xer or youngest of the baby boomers) was outstanding.

IH
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a good experience at the Irish Inn-The server this time was outstanding

KB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of little rooms which is why the noise level is good. Cozy comfortable environment

KJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite lunchtime location with a wide selection of food and drink for all tastes.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for an early ladies lunch. We loved the coziness of the room. Our server was attentive without "hovering". We all enjoyed our entrees... didn't have room for dessert. Prices were reasonable. The location was very convenient to get to/from mid-day & parking was plentiful.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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
54 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
2 reviews
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.