Old Ebbitt Grill

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American
Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest dining saloon in Washington, DC. Across from the White House, Old Ebbitt serves American Cuisine, and offers the largest selection of oysters in DC. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, and Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Casual dining with service to locals and visitors alike.
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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I’ve had many great meals here. But this was not good.

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Savannah
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and atmosphere. It was the highlight of our day.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation so I wouldn’t have to wait. People without a reservation were told they would have to wait 45 minutes. I waited 35 minutes with a reservation. Really unacceptable. I would not recommend this restaurant under any circumstance. Many other restaurants in the area. Go to one of them.

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DH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am at the age where I no longer have a 'favorite' in any category, including restaurants. I will tell you that Old Ebbitt Grill makes my Top Five of all time. Any time I find out I have to go to Washington, the next call is to make a reservation. My most recent meal there . . . the perfect meal!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was overrated and overpriced for quality and quantity

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RB
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent!

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BK
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Old Ebbitt is very well done, especially the Sunday brunch items, like French Toast, and all the seafood. Desserts can be a rest treat as well!

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Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good service and food! Enjoyed some PEI oysters, steak salad with peaches and Gorgonzola! Well done!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We love Old Ebbitt Grill and visit often for special occasions. This was our first visit in the later hours of operation. We indulged in their oyster happy hour which is a great value featuring half price oysters and other discounts on sea food. My only criticism is that the service was slow. Our reservation was for 10:45 and we stayed until after 1 am. We would have liked to have gone somewhere else to have additional cocktails while we were in the city but it took a while to order dinner and many drinks over the several hours we were there. The hostess seemed frazzled and even asked us if we had been helped within minutes after she asked us to wait while they prepared our table. Mind you we were the only people waiting at the time. Our server also seemed a bit overwhelmed and tired. I suppose the late shift is pretty draining after a Saturday night rush but it was a bit disappointing to wait for service. It doesn't deter me from going back because the atmosphere and food are wonderful. Once we ordered, our food arrived promptly and was fresh and delicious.

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JB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

From the time we tried to get in the door it was just ok. The doorman didn't hold the door - in fact he pushed his way through to do something that was apparently more important. The environment in front of the restaurant is stinky and uncomfortable. So many people are smoking outside that it was difficult to breathe and multiple homeless people asked us for many and made us and our children feel uncomfortable while we were waiting for our uber.

The hostesses were dismissive and scattered. They did not make eye contact nor were they welcoming. It felt like they were doing us a favor by seating us even though we had a reservation and there was not a wait. There was nothing personable abut our waiter. He seemed like he was tired and in a rush. The gentleman who was tasked with clearing dishes and refilling water was the nicest and most accommodating person we encountered while we were there. He was the only person that made us feel welcome or like service mattered. The food was good, but no one checked back to see if we needed anything. It took awhile to get our check. It's a cool place and worth trying while in DC, but the service at all levels falls way short of fine dining.

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KM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service by Tutu (hope I spelled that correctly) was awesome!!! She made some great drink recommendations...Love Potion #9 was one of those and it did not disappoint. I found the chairs to be a bit uncomfortable but that is very minor. The food was good; however, I was NOT a fan of the radicchio with mozzarella. It didn't sound appetizing on the menu but I gave it a try....fail! And if the menu says broccolini...I'm expecting some delicious, vibrant broccolini on my plate. Instead it was chopped up and mixed with farro...not what I was looking forward to. All in all I'd go back, but I'd make other menu choices.

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SM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great,the service was exceptional and the ambiance fantastic.Would highly recommended.

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KS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good

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AC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service. Would definitely go back!

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AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best. Oysters. Ever.
Atmosphere delightfully Washingtonian (except for tourists in shorts and tank tops, but that's unavoidable).

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R
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was outstanding, very attentive and responsive. Food was prepared exactly right. The restaurant is very noisy, though. I don't think there's much that can be done about that, though.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If in DC, do not miss a meal here!

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FE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in reasonable portions. Great location for exploring the National Mall. We had a lovely time!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good, beautiful restaurant.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Food was great...drinks were great! And most importantly the service was the best! Our waitress was very attentive and so was everyone else who worked there! I highly recommend it

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SH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Wonderful entrees and the Jumbo lump crab cakes are simply the very best!

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LE
South Dakota
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon entre is one of the best things I've EVER eaten. And I've eaten a lot.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food great service excellent ambiance. Thoroughly enjoyable. Seated within 5 minutes of my reserved time. Will definitely go there again.

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

It was better than I remember it. It was very full and busy. The atmosphere was slightly on the noisier end. But the food was tasty and great. It was a nice place for a business lunch. Reservations would seem to be a must, considering how busy it was.

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JG
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a quality lunch. Excellent food and quick service. Well run and organized....

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D
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was having dinner with mom and family and we decided to get the Oregon seafood tower it may be the best seafood tower in the whole wide world my wife loves it she asked for it by name. The cheeseburger is also even good and they have real french fries that are crispy and hot and they are served I know because my son got their $18 cheeseburger and it was excellent

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SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual! A Washington Memorial all its own!

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic!! Beautiful restaurant!!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. The only negative thing about this place is that they don’t have one in California! Wish they did!

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

All our meals, service and ambiance were fantastic. The three desserts were disappointing and ended our meal on a low note. BlackBerry Cobbler and peach crisp weren’t sweet and the crisp topping and cobbler shortcake were tasteless. The choc chip bread pudding wasn’t gooey and eggy - just bread w chips. At $7-9 each and based on the main courses, we expected a lot more.

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CC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time in DC and was advised to visit The Old Ebbitt and I am so glad we did. The food was phenomenal and the service was excellent!!! The atmosphere was very enjoyable. I highly recommend a reservation!!!!

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SP
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great. We made a reservation and were seated quickly. Our waitress was new but nice and informative.

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TW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and dining experience! Summer rice bowl with shrimp was so bomb!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. A great experience overall

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TW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Crab cakes were spectacular, fresh oysters were fresh. Service was solid if unspectacular. Very good value, so good that we went back two nights later.

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! My dinner companion was late, but the staff was very patient. The food was excellent - and not crazy expensive. Our waitress, Erica, was one of the nicest people ever. Simply one of the best dining experiences to be found in DC.

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to dine if in DC. All of our family of five loved it, everything from crab cakes to hanger stake to kids mac and cheese was great. Service was outstanding, our drinks were never less than half full and our waitress was so kind especially to our children, giving them extra information on the different people she has waited on there that they would know (politicians, actors, etc). Would definitely go again if ever in the area.

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k
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been thinking about these crab cakes for months. They didn't disappoint!

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wait staff !

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