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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 - 10:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 108
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 25
    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
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We had a working dinner at the Oval room . 20 people in the private dinning room. As soon as the staff saw this was a working dinner they acted accordingly. Discrete, professional service going on in the background whilst we discussed and debated the issues of the day. The food was well presented... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
P G
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York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a working dinner at the Oval room . 20 people in the private dinning room. As soon as the staff saw this was a working dinner they acted accordingly. Discrete, professional service going on in the background whilst we discussed and debated the issues of the day. The food was well presented and of a good quality. 5... More 

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Thank P G
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Level Contributor
19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect service. This was restaurant week for 3-course at$22.00 per person. We had such amazing choices and ordered cocktails and a beautiful bottle of wine. Can hardly wait to go back and order from the regular menu --who cares what it costs. This place serves good food well and it's one of those places where I don't at all mind... More 

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Thank Richard L
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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142 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Delightful pre fixe menu before theater event on new years eve. Lots of depth in selection of dining choices and wine pairing at reasonable District prices. Servers and management attentive yet unpretentious in a sophisticated environment. Oval room hits on all cylinders!

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Thank Robert L
Bethesda, Maryland
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Located near Lafayette Park and steps from the White House, the Oval Room is the perfect stop for lunch. They offer the best deal in town, $20 for lunch, glass of wine and dessert. You have to sit at the bar but the bartenders, Max espeically, are charming. Get there early to get a seat.

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Thank MDHotelier2
Rockville, Maryland
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69 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I took my wife here for our anniversary and I have to say that it was a wonderful dining experience! We got the seasonal tasting menu and the three main courses were amazing. The desert was ok, but not bad. It is a small dining room, but the atmosphere is very relaxing. The service was excellent! We would definitely go... More 

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Thank Dustin M
Bucharest, Romania
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649 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This place wants to be super sophisticated. It's nice but not so exquisite. It's posh, service is fine, wine list ok. Selection is fine but not so much for vegetarians. I had a risotto - too much cranberry on the sweet side. Desserts are appealing but this time average.

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Thank Aburel
London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Having read many reviews about this restaurant it just failed to live up to them from my point of view. I certainly expected more as the reviews stated it to be 'an elegant & sophisticated restaurant, near Farragut Square across from the White House, which accounts for its popularity among politicians, journalists, lobbyists, lawyers, & former Presidents'. The night we... More 

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Thank Ros H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Four of us had the pleasure of dining at The Oval Room last night. (Note, I never review a restaurant during restaurant week nor do I agree with reviews written during restaurant week - it's a different experience and I feel very unfair). Saying that, we were all blown away with the food. The Chix Liver Mousse with crispy tuille... More 

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Thank JaniceKosta
Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

Classy service with a great business/date environment. The food was amazing. I tried the beet salad (delicious) and the venison (medium rare, amazing!). Colleagues tried the octopus and special (seared monkfish). I don't think you can go wrong here with the entrees. Desserts were tasty (hazelnut cake, white mousse) but the appetizers were better in my opinion. Wait staff was... More 

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Thank ann6971
Washington, DC
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114 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I recently took my staff here for a staff luncheon. Overall, we enjoyed it. The menu is not over the top... a good mix of salads and meats. The portions are just right.You'll leave feeling satisfied, not full. Kale salad was delicious. Salmon was very good. My colleague enjoyed her pork ribs. Would I come back on my own with... More 

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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: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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?