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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l
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

l
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!!

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D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LI
Edinburgh
31 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was blah. Server was the best part

PK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. An institute.

PM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a beautiful location! Wonderful Service!

B
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Very slow service

J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best duck my husband ever had!

K
Naples
198 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and service. Lobster roll was excellent.

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

LA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The service and food was most enjoyable. And, the other customers are very pleasant adding to the dining experience. However, this is the second time we have eaten outside. This time the flies were problematic. They were landing in the food and sometimes staying. Ugh...Recommend some type of bug zapper to better control the issue. We were on the patio at the far end opposite the parking lot.
Thanks!

J
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was lame. I have received better attention from country diners than I received here. The waiter didn't bother to tell us the specials. He came back once to check on us. Never asked if we wanted more to drink and didn't even try to upsell desserts. The food was mediocre. It tasted good but wasnt anything to get excited over.

P
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed an excellent meal as always. The irish Inn never disappoints.

BN
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pleasant outdoor seating & onsite free parking were nice pluses. Service was good. We had crab cake sandwiches which was soso but nice that it also came with side salad.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious, and the waiter was efficient and very pleasant. We live near by, and remember the restaurant in from 1959. Of course it was nothing like the Irish Inn.

AM
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, very friendly neighborhood setting. Food was delicious and well prepared. We definitely recommend and would go again.

AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely birthday dinner for a significant birthday. Everything was delicious. We had planned to sit outside, but it was too hot. Instead, we had a semi-private room. Great atmosphere.

E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Three items we selected from the menu were not available so 1 person in our group had to settle for the 3rd choice. Disappointing that so many options were unavailable.

VW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly."

BS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We arrived about 8pm on a hot day in early July. Thought we wanted to eat inside, but to us it felt warmer and more humid (if that can be believed) in there and the air seemed stale - poor circulation - and after a few minutes we moved outside, where it was warmer but fresh. The food was good, service was fine, neither were exceptional. The heat inside and out kind of ruined it for us.

MM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a delicious Maine lobster roll lunch special. I have eaten at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo many times over the years and have never been disappointed. This restaurant is charming with a delightful array of eating spaces. The service is always attentive without being annoying. A real gem!

NP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly sized portions. Great service. Delicious

e
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & service. Restaurant was almost empty for the Independence Day holiday, glad they opened up.