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Oval Room

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Dupont Circle
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800 Connecticut Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20006 (H & I)
Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
202 463 8700
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
New Interior and Menu

The Oval Room has a fresh look and menu that make it a terrific spot for entertaining business guests that are looking for something other than steak for dinner. The wine list is thoughtful, varied and reasonably priced. The staff is professional, discrete and knowledgeable and the chef is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
TSPrufrock
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Eastern Seaboard
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Eastern Seaboard
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The Oval Room has a fresh look and menu that make it a terrific spot for entertaining business guests that are looking for something other than steak for dinner. The wine list is thoughtful, varied and reasonably priced. The staff is professional, discrete and knowledgeable and the chef is preparing some of the most creative and delicious light cuisine in... More 

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Washingtoin DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Great spot. Very good food. Consistent. Good service. Quite reasonable prices. One of my go to locations for business lunches. You will not be disappointed.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We tried the Oval Room during restaurant week in DC. The decor is nice but not exceptional. The food and service were quite exceptional. The first course watermelon gazpacho and the foie gras with roasted pistachios evoked murmurs of delight. Same with main courses where salmon, agnolotti, and cod, were served in beautiful presentations and with subtle, flavorful touches. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Surprised to see negative reviews here. This place may not surprise much but it is consistently very good food and very professionally served. I've been several times and I've never been disappointed. It is top end price wise but for business lunches it's absolutely worth it in my experience.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

One of the reasons we made reservations at this restaurant was because of the reviews saying it was quiet and elegant. We made reservations for 6:30pm hoping it would not be so noisy and crowded. The restaurant was only about 1/3 full at that time. The staff was very attentive and we never had to wait overly long for our... More 

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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We visited with a large party but everything was handled well - friendly staff accommodated special requests. They have a crispy salmon starter which we highly recommend! Those who ordered the chicken enjoyed their meals but those who ordered the steaks reported and outstanding cut fabulously prepared.

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The location of the Oval Room is very nice, and we sat outside in a balmy evening. Service was not very good, but not as bad as others have described. I like my rack of boar, and the venison of my wife was also nice. The rack of lamb of our guest was maybe not as good as she would... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

After waiting an hour for our reservation, we were finally seated. Management made an effort to recognize how inappropriate that was in a fine dining restaurant by buying us drinks and sending an appetizer at the bar. That was appreciated. Most disturbing was the "stories" we were told. When we arrived, we were advised that several tables were just paying... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Friends are celebrating a special occasion and have made a reservation several months in advance. We are made wait for forty five (45) minutes at the bar where the barman takes about twenty minutes to even acknowledge our desperate calls for attention. This does not mean he serves us; we have to wait another ten minutes for that treat. Scotch... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Very simple, but sophisticated lunch offering. Love the menu items and the creativity of the dishes. Perfect portion size at a reasonable price for this type of DC establishment. Service was impeccable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 800 Connecticut Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20006
    (H & I)
  • Public Transportation: Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: 202 463 8700

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?