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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 #16 of 2,645 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, 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, the Old Ebbitt Grill was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding, and Theodore Roosevelt. The restaurant's decor is comprised of a Beaux-Arts facade, mahogany and velvet booths, and bars set in marble, brass, and beveled glass. Old Ebbitt serves a diverse selection of food including steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, and also features an Oyster Bar.
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New Rochelle, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

My friends and I were in DC for a quick weekend getaway (from NYC) and we made reservations here. Our time was limited as to had to be elsewhere and they couldn't have been more accommodating. We were seated promptly and served even quicker. I ordered the bacon cheeseburger (I should've ordered something fancier, but since we were on a... More

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196 reviews 196 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I sat at the bar just before the busy lunch hour and ordered a fabulous veggie burger and chardonnay. All I can say is beautiful. Beautiful wine, food, eminence and price. And the service positively influences patrons! My evidence? I was asked to move down a few seats at the bar (prior to my food being served) and the waitress... More

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Arvada, Colorado
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is one of those power player restaurants in Washington, and it certainty looks the part--wood paneling and fancy-schmancy fixtures and decorations everywhere. It's one of those places everyone in DC is expected to know and love. The service and atmosphere are certainly what one would expect from one of the city's best restaurants, but the food didn't live up... More

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San Diego, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Open since the 1850s, this location has a tremendous amount of historical signigicance. The bar is stunning, the atmosphere is exciting (maybe a bit loud), and the food is excellent. I had the clam chowder and the beef liver and both were far above average in taste and presentation.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

For being in the "tourist" area near the White House and Smithsonian Museums, this is a classic and elegant spot to take a respite for cocktails, fantastic and flavorful oysters, pasta, and sandwiches in a beautiful location with original artwork and frescoes to add to the ambience. A bit pricey but worth the expense. Our server was informative and attentive.... More

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Chorleywood, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Our last night in DC so we chose the Old Ebbitt grill. We did not have a reservation and it was packed when we arrived. The front desk staff were very polite and we expected a 20 minute wait so we had a drink in the bar. After only 10 mins we were shown to our table. The menu has... More

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Upstate NY
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278 reviews 278 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Yes, I know Old Ebbitt Grill is basically Clyde's with an attitude, and yes I know it is a tourist haven. But it is just plain fun, with a lot of good eats and drinks to make for a special evening. We've been there numerous times, and I am still amazed at how well it works and how efficiently they... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Very nice restaurant. It's full of history and located very close to the White House and surrounding areas. We make a point of eating here each time we come to DC. The buffalo wings are very good and the sandwiches are stuffed liberally. I could only finish half the sandwich after an appetizer! I'd recommend reservations although you may get... More

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Irvine, CA
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336 reviews 336 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I returned to Old Ebbitt after many years and was pleased to see that it had retained its character and bar-like ambiance. I went for a later dinner and ate at the bar. It was late, but they did a good business that got more boisterous as the evening progressed. I was less pleased with the food. I had a... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was one of the best lunches my wife and family have experienced. Our friend from DC took us here as her favorite place to eat in DC. It did not disappoint. The customer atmosphere is wide ranging from business suits to tourists like us. Everyone is welcome. It has a historic, rustic setting. The service is top notch. Charlie,... More

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