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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 #15 of 2,627 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Visited with a stranger on a bus tour, who suggested The Old Ebbitt Grill, then later saw it was #15 on Tripadvisor!!! We got there in time for a late lunch. Excellent. Plan to eat there again before leaving DC. We enjoyed a nice meal at lunch prices.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

On walking into the Old Ebbit Grill the noise level was not what we expected. Not the atmosphere expected from the venue building and decor. We felt rushed throughout the meal. Mains were brought before starters had been cleared. We ordered the 'speciality' clam chowder and steak, both were served warm not hot. We ere in and out in under... More

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plymouth, ma
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Yes it's a bit of a tourist spot but still worth it. Food is good, prices reasonable considering, decor eclectic and charming. Staff is friendly and attentive. Screw the diet and try the cheese croquettes. - trust me.

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Hollister, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Good food and great atmosphere. Huge wide range menu and you will for sure find something that will fit your needs!! Also enjoy the history if the building.

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United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The food is great and reasonably priced. Great service. Classy but unpretentious. You MUST have reservations.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Super delicious crab cakes, great steak, and amazing people watching. Open until 11 or later - a huge plus in this city! A must visit when in DC and close to the WH and a few blocks off of the Mall.

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Really recommend reservations for this lively restaurant--the wait can be long. Food was well prepared (we had the salmon and the crab cakes) with an excellent selection of raw oysters. Diverse crowd. Good service and great desserts. So close to the White House, what's not to like?

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were visiting DC for the first time and this restaurant had been recommended by a relative. Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinner. We arrived for a late lunch/early dinner during the week and were seated immediately. Excellent food!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Outstanding dinner! We picked this restaurant for our anniversary trip to DC. We were a bit late getting there but when we walked we were seated within minutes. Once sat our waiter, Cody did a great job describing different dishes! He recommended the crab cake and it was excellent! At the end he brought out a dessert with "Happy Anniversary"... More

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Athens
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57 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Very historical place. I really enjoyed the backstory on it. Food: Not horribly expensive, but tourist prices for sure. A lot of locals come here as well however. The food was pretty good overall. The desserts were quite good, and my friend's kale salad was great according to him. My burger was good, however it was overcooked, and the cheese... More

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