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Watershed

3.6
296 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Experience the taste of American cuisine at the Todd Grey's Watershed. Located within the Hilton Garden Inn, it is an elegant upscale dining establishment that offers comfortable indoor and outdoor seating.

Todd Grey's Watershed serves early breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its menu features farm deviled eggs and oysters, as well as hushpuppies and shrimp with grits. Some of its main entrées range from white bean gratin and swordfish with asparagus to skillet mac and cheese with baked salmon fillet. Visitors can also choose from a variety of soups and salads and finish their dining experience with desserts such as lemon merengue with coconut ice cream.

Todd Grey's Watershed also has a selection of craft beers and other alcoholic beverages.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 10:00 am
Saturday - Sunday: 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 534-1350
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph Paire
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Use the Hilton Garden Inn Valet parking, or street parking if available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.5
service
3.4
ambience
3.4
value
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Food was average..service great.ambiance nice..would recommend

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Crangee (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 7, 2016

We reserved a table for a casual business lunch. The Watershed is really the only restaurant in the area so it's the usual choice. That said, it does not take advantage of that by overpricing their menu. They are pricier since they are a hotel restaurant but their buffet is reasonable and the service is friendly.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 29, 2016

I was introduced to this restaurant by a business friend of mine and I was pleasantly surprised at their food! The main thing that I liked was the freshness of their lunch offerings. Since then, I've been their at least two more times and introduce this location to my business associates also. their staff was very friendly, professional and on standby ready to be of assistance. The location which is on a convenient street is easy to find and once inside, their décor is both attractive and well done with very nice pictures. The cost of lunch is very reasonable too.
Though I've never been there for dinner but will definitely be a place I will be happy to go.
Lastly, I will recommend this restaurant to any one looking for a nice and reasonable place for lunch or dinner right here in the District and close to Union Station.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

We had a gift certificate that was won at a raffle...excited to come, but disappointed. First ordered appetizers, they were out of the one. Ordered steak with green bean, came out with broccoli because they were out of green beans. If I would've had to pay for it, I would have been angry. We also had a certificate for breakfast the next day. I ordered an omelet, 10 minutes later my husband also ordered one. His came, but mine never did. We had to ask about it. Nothing special.

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vipSheney89 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

There was a buffet, but we ordered off the menu. It took a little while longer than expected for the food to arrive. The service was a bit slow, and the room was very noisy for the amount of people. I reserved a table for 3, and we ended up with 2 small, round table pushed together.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2016

We were looking for a spot in NoMa to meet our daughter and her boyfriend who live on Capitol Hill. We were bringing my 88 year old mother so needed a place that was easy to access and that would cater to someone who wants everything "on the side" and needs to know exactly how it's prepared. Our waiter was fabulous and really took care of Mom - she was extremely happy with her Salmon. The crab cake, though small, was very good; the Catfish dish was hearty and large. All of the dishes were either very good or excellent. For a "hotel" restaurant, this is located in the Hilton Garden Inn, it was very, very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

We had to sit in bar area because the dining area was actually closed.

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Curl (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

Our food was excellent. I had the seared tuna salad which was outstanding. I recommend it to everyone.

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DanS (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 29, 2015

Although we hadn't been here before we wanted to try a Todd Grey restaurant and this was conveniently close to Union Station. The food was great - fine crab cakes, chicken and pancakes instead of waffles and gumbo with oysters. Weird thing though - the restaurant was empty on Thanksgiving weekend. Hope they do better, much better, on other days.

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Fantine (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2015

I work a few blocks from Todd Gray's Watershed and have gone there several times for lunch. If you get the buffet, be sure to get everything you need from your waitress before telling her that, because she is likely to disappear completely. I had to ask three people before I got order an iced tea.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2015

Although the Barbeque Shrimp wasn't quite as good as usual this time, we still enjoyed our luncheon and the food selections. Menu is somewhat limited, but waitstaff were pleasant and timely. Great lunch spot for workforce in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 1, 2015

Great service by our waitress

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bigb (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 15, 2015

Excellent Food but you really feel like you are eating in a hotel restaurant not in the restaurant of a famous chef.. interior is boring hotel decor. The outside deck is wonderful if you hit DC on one of those rare perfect days. The food however reminds you why you booked the table.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 6, 2015

I really enjoyed my lunchtime dining experience. We were seated outside and the terrace was very nice. The food was good, but the menu was a bit too limited. Nonetheless, I would dine there again and would recommend it to a friend.

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Masilae (Denver)
3.0  Dined on August 5, 2015

The food was excellent but the server couldn't answer questions about the food accurately. She was very pleasant but her English skills were lacking. I asked if the corn succotash had lima beans and she said there were beans in the succotash. I asked again if it had lima beans she again said yes. My wife ordered the meal and turned out there were no beans, lima or otherwise, in the succotash. My wife order a glass of kava and a glass of red wine was brought to the table. We ordered fried oysters and received grilled zuchini. All problems were corrected, but the management needs to work on having better trained staff who can reliably answer simple questions and place orders accurately.

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viptiaraistmi (London)
3.0  Dined on June 20, 2015

The first time i went here was with my cousin. We had the gilt city deal and honestly throughly enjoyed ourselves. The restaurant does $12 mimosas/brunch cocktails and the deal we had covered a shared appetizer, an entree per person, and mimosas. When we first went, we were able to have mimosas or brunch cocktails. The second time we had the same deal but only got mimosas.

On top of that, the food the second time around was a little lackluster. They don't have a wide selection of brunch options and the menu is a little small, especially because two of the menu options for an entree are a salad and a hamburger. I'd like to see a little more variety in the menu so that if one does come back they aren't stuck getting the same things.

The side of bacon was a little pricey($5 for 3 pieces) but well worth it considering it was flavorful, perfectly cooked, and absolutely delicious. I'm not sure what happened with the mimosas though. They have rotating flavors and i'm normally a fan of mimosas that aren't the typical orange juice and with flavors such as peach, blackberry, and watermelon, you'd think they'd be good. Nope...not at all. I don't know if it's the champagne they are using or the mixers but the flavor combinations did not work. The drinks were very dry, didn't have a good mix of fruit purees or juices and just fell flat. I had to resort to the traditional mimosa and even that wasn't great.

The other thing is that when it comes to food allergies they are very indifferent. Both times I've been here i've explicitly stated I had a parsley allergy and without fail each time i've been they've given me food with parsley...taken it back... and brought me a new plate with food...only for me to still have an allergic reaction because they used the same plate. Doesn't make for a fun brunch.

So all in all...for the deal that we got it was ok but i'm not sure i'd trek all the way out here when there are other more reliable and delicious place closer to the city.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on May 29, 2015

We enjoyed our experience. The food was good. Menu selection was great for gluten free guests. Great for private conversations. Beautiful seating area.

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NoMaLocal (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Took my wife here for Mother's Day brunch this past Sunday. Weather was nice, so we opted to sit outside on the patio. I was originally leery about going to a hotel restaurant for a special occasion brunch, especially since there's so many brunch options in/around NoMa. The staff was pleasant, although there was a slight mishap when the waitress brought out first round of bottomless mimosa's/bloody Mary's breaking a glass and splattering watermelon mimosa on me. Pleasant day not to be spoiled by an accident; did find it odd that the manager helped her clean but never addressed me with any type of apology or anything. Either way, watermelon mimosa's weren't as sweet as had hoped, but with all brunch cocktails the same price it was swapped out on the next round for something more enjoyable. The food took longer than what was expected especially when we noticed a couple of tables sit after us, get served/eat, pay for their meal and leave before our food arrived. But again being a special occasion our spirits were high and enjoying each others company. It wasn't busy at all so our kids were able to have some space to move around without disrupting restaurant operations. Overall we enjoyed our experience, the food and drinks were good and my wife left with a smile on her face as they gave her a rose for Mother's Day (nice touch).
Good to try a local spot, but more of a one time deal just to say you've been.

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Dineanddash (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2015

The place lived up to its reputation via YELP and overall was satisfactory. However I thought the prices for mid day meal were way more than I wanted to pay. Crabcake sandwich was $16, contained only one crabcake with housemade chips and a small dab of cole slaw (on top of the crabcake). My partner had the shrimp mac n cheese which was very good but also overpriced. In a neighborhood filled with sandwich shops one would think you would compete by offering some inexpensive lunch specials.

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Ivorygirl (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 5, 2015

Overall the restaurant is good. Their lunch buffet is a good option with offerings of various meats, veggies, etc. However, if you are a vegan, your menu selection is very limited. My friend who is vegan ordered the multigrain sandwich without the cheese and I ordered the same with the cheese. The sandwich was nothing special, it was season well but it was basically salad between 2 slices of toasted multi-grain bread. The side quinoa and greens lacked flavor and not just salt. If you are going to offer a veggie kind of sandwich, put roasted vegetables, portabella or something that is beyond seasoned baby spinach. And the cheese was a thick wedge slice of brie. Again, nothing special or spectacular.

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