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The Irish Inn at Glen Echo

1197 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Irish, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 5pm;
Weekend Brunch: 11:00am - 5pm (breakfast dishes until 2:30pm);
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Pub/Patio open all day.
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Phone number
(301) 229-6600
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ted Hughes
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Private party facilities
Six private dining rooms for parties of 6-100 people. The Irish Inn offers sit down, cocktail and buffet events for groups of all sizes...perfect for Weddings, Birthdays, Office Functions, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Funeral Receptions, Anniversaries, Rehearsal Dinners.
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Private party contact
Barry Nolan: (301) 229-6600
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Off site catering and large to-go catering options available
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Cross street
MacArthur Blvd
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Parking details
The Irish Inn offers a large private parking lot just off Mc Aurthur Blvd & Tulane Ave. They also offer Complimentary Valet Wed - Fri Nights, All day Sat & Sun, and all holidays. Complimentary Valet for large events is also provided. Parking is always easy.
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Public transit
5 minute walk from Glen Echo bus stop
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Live Traditional Irish Music on Mondays 7pm-10pm , Live Jazz Music on Sundays 5:30pm-8:30pm, The 19th Street Band every other Wednesday - see website for dates.

Live Jazz on Sundays 5.30pm-8.30pm

See website for upcoming events
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Special events & promotions
Check out our website for upcoming holiday menus and special opening hours
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1197 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Scallops were not fresh, were small and garnish on them was soggy cauliflower or some over cooked veg

4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Even after 45 years together, we still enjoy a wonderful, quiet night out together. The Irish Inn is quaint, rustic, warm, and friendly. The food is extremely well-prepared with a wonderful presentation. Service is fantastic and adult beverages to die for. This is a great place for any occassion and cannot wait to go back. Many thanks to the entire staff for a great time on Valentine's Day 2018!

SusanC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We met old friends to catch up. We were seated on the second floor in the back. It was quiet and perfect. Our waiter was attentive but not bothersome. The food was delicious, just what each of us wanted on a cold winter night. We had beef stroganoff and Shepherd’s pie with shared desserts. A wonderful evening. We’ll certainly be back soon.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Appetizers were very good (oysters, deviled eggs, calamari), entrees OK but far from great with the “Galway seafood stew” quite disappointing. Biggest issue was the abbreviated wine list and being told that the first two bottles we ordered (Kendall Jackson and Cakebread chardonnays) were “out of stock”. These are not rare wines and left only a few mundane choices for white wines. Not impressive.

vipCiaoBella (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Restaurant was busy for a late Friday lunch and parking was a challenge; however, after checking with the hostess learned that Valet Only lot was an alternative although attendant was not available.
Fish and chips were very good; Reuben was acceptable but dry and lacking in flavour; Service was attentive. We ate in the upper level in a small room with lots of daylight shining in. It was perfect for a long lunch where our lingering was not a problem.

vipDisappointed (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Over century old venue, quaint and good food, service - but very expensive for portions served. My very small half sandwich and small soup bowl was $14. For larger entrees, $25 on up.

Special occasion venue

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Fantastic as always!!

yrlewis2 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Just doesn't get much better than this. I love this place as a gem of DC. It's just genuine and uncomplicated. If you need to slow down a bit, go sit on the patio with a friend. If you need a great dining experience, bring a business partner. You just can't go wrong.

vipGKRK (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

We stopped in after a gallery opening at Glen Echo and enjoyed the food. One can easily eat a 3 course meal or opt for a sandwich. Lots of traditional foods

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Very convenient to Georgetown hospital & great way to take break.

vipSeanK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Had a wonderful meal on our way downtown for a show at the Kennedy Center. Service was very good and the meal was most enjoyable.

Debbie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

The food is consistently good. It was crowded on Friday night for happy hour and it was a very mild January evening and with the heat lamps on the patio we comfortably ate outside!! Great evening!!

LisaD (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent food in a reasonably quiet, charming setting.

Claire (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Very homey setting that makes a great place for a meal on a cold day. However, the eggs benedict that we ordered were only so so. The English muffin was dry and difficult to cut. And while the eggs and smoked salmon I had were tasty, there was very little hollandaise sauce.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

I love going to the Irish Inn at Glen Echo and combining it with a visit to Glen Echo Park next door. This would be a great "in-the-know" date for anyone meeting up with someone unfamiliar with the area! The food and atmosphere at the Inn are outstanding, and there is nothing like a historic roadhouse setting to make food taste great. Not to mention that before being gentrified into the Irish Inn at Glen Echo, it was a rough biker/dive bar for decades called "Trav's," presumably from "Travelers'. Enjoy. Brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks in the pub, you can't go wrong.

Gerkeeper (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We were late getting there and still the receptionist and Pub manager were absolutely welcoming and understanding. They found us a perfect corner table near the jazz band and the evening there was such a fun time for everyone!! GREAT staff!

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Unfortunately, I have to say I was very disappointed in my experience. We sat at our table 10 minutes before our server came to take our drink order. We had called ahead and were told on New Year’s Eve it would be the same, regular menu. It was not. The food was average at best. The waiter never refilled any of our drinks until we were finished and never asked if we wanted more than one alcoholic drink. They seemed rushed and overburdened. The meal for four was pretty expensive considering the limited menu and bad service. I won’t be back.

Frankie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Good portions of well cooked food. Mussels in particular were a good size in a tasty Pernod cream.

vipMaisy47 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Always reliable - great service and great ambiance. Food excellent!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Another superb meal at Irish Inn. Tried something new and found it to be wonderful. The service was the usual perfectly-timed and friendly sort that we are accustomed to. The welcome at Irish Inn is always a big one, and the food and delightful atmosphere keep us coming back for more.