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Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-5702 (Downtown / Chinatown)
+1 202-347-4800
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Ranked #18 of 2,568 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Sandwiches
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 15th between F and G
Transit: Metro: Red Line to Metro Center, Orange/Blue to McPherson Square
Description: 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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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Stopped by after finding on Tripadvisor because of the cool history that the restaurant had. The atmosphere of the restuarant itself was fantastic, with great decor and lighting, but it clearly seemed to be more of a tourist attraction than anything (Mostly families with young kids and college age young adults.) That being said, it's right across the street from... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Visited Old Ebbitt Grill with family on April 12th (Cherry Blossom Festival) for a Saturday lunch. From past experience reservations are a must. Raw oysters were a hit with my daughter and son-in- law. We ordered a variety of food to share and we enjoyed everything (from soup, to pizza to hot sandwiches). Drinks are reasonably priced. Our waitress was... More

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Medford, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The food was very good. We had visited Clydes the evening before not knowing it was owned by the same people. The bread was really yummy, the crab cakes delicious, great desserts. The cat fish was also very good and my mother enjoyed the oysters. They can accommodate large groups, just make a reservation, many who didn't weren't able to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food for dinner but focus is on the raspberry point oysters (happy hour for a dollar a piece), orca tower (literally everything high in from the sea) for half price, and a glass of rye whiskey to pair with those dishes. Great bar staff and 3 bars to choose from. Get there early though, it gets packed quick!

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Costa Mesa, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We needed lunch and found this place due to a review, glad we did, So good! It was so crowded at lunch time, I was a little surprised, but then again it was spring break. I had the chicken kale salad and was very pleased.

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Winchester, Virginia
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The food here was very good. All four of us were happy with our meals and appetizer. Our main server was rather short with us and rather condescending, even bordering on rude when my wife asked a simple question. However, the service was quick. The atmosphere would likely have been better later in the evening or at a slower time... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went there to have an evenning meal. If you do not want to wait, make a reservation. The food comes quickly, we ordered steak and pork. The taste was avarage but good. Sadly the dishes was not clean, knifes were missing and also the waiter was not very interressted in foreigners. All in all, it is a place you... More

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Burlington, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Had breakfast good service. We enjoyed the eggs andcorn beef hash. Great spot. Close to the mall. We. Will stop in again . Great old establish ment

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Santa Rosa, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We had dinner here as part of our tour group package. They put together a separate menu for our group with 5 dinner choices, including 1 vegetarian dinner. A special menu was pre-printed for our group, which was a very nice touch. I had the Hanger Steak, which was cooked exactly as I ordered. Very tasty and tender. The crispy... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This place is an institution in Washington, DC. When in town, you absolutely need to go! Just make sure you make a reservation way in advance (at least 1 week). The service is great. First we sat at the bar while waiting for a table. The bartender introduced herself politely (as opposed to just saying "what can I get you?").... More

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