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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
Website
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 89
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Most recent review
Winter Menu a Winner!

The Winter Menu presents a plethora of options and I have yet to find a dish that does not delight The two dinning rooms are tastefully decorated and quiet - the tables well spaced. Alex the Sommelier can be relied upon to help you with interesting wine pairings. An under the radar restaurant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
DavidWashingtonDC
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Washingotn DC
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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170 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Washingotn DC
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The Winter Menu presents a plethora of options and I have yet to find a dish that does not delight The two dinning rooms are tastefully decorated and quiet - the tables well spaced. Alex the Sommelier can be relied upon to help you with interesting wine pairings. An under the radar restaurant - at least for now.

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Tucked away among a collection of lunch spots near the White House, the Oval Room is surprisingly good for a business lunch. The frisee salad is very tasty, and fish entrees like the skate are very nicely prepared. Save room for dessert too. Service is excellent and the ambience is very nice.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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89 reviews 89 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The atmosphere is elegant but subdued. Our server, Adrien was superb. He had a total knowledge of the menu, ingredients in each dish and their sources. More importantly, his recommendations were spot on. Upon Adrien's suggestion, for an appetizer, I started out with the Ceviche of Mangrove Cockles, Lime, Chilies, Cilantro. Small, but tasty and served with a dramatic presentation;... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I think the Oval Room is one of my favorite dining venues in DC for a business lunch. The food, service and ambiance are always spot on. I just had a business lunch there last week and even though we had the 3 course lunch restaurant week menu it was delicious and innovative. I also adore for a romantic dinner... More 

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Pavia, Italy
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Further to the food, one thing you definitely appreciate in this restaurant is atmosphere. It is the place for a romantic dinner or for a quiet evening with your family. Lights are soft, there is no noise and the selection of food is very good.

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Washingotn DC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Artful presentations, creative culinary conceptions, well-spaced tables, attentive knowledgeable staff, a well chosen wine list combine to make this a place to return again and again

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Buford, Georgia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My husband and I stopped here while on our Honeymoon. He asked the staff to help make the night special as it was our first dinner out as a married couple. They did not disappoint!! They checked in on us and gave us a dessert plate that had "congratulations" written on it with chocolate sauce. We really feel like the... More 

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Annapolis, MD
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62 reviews 62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I'm am not easily impressed, but the Oval Room blew my socks off. We opted to pair wines with each of our four courses. Every morsel of every course was incredible! And each wine was perfectly paired. This was in the top ten meals I've enjoyed in my life. I'm anxious to go back to taste the regular menu, but... More 

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Washingotn DC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

It is just nice to be able to enjoy well conceived and well prepared food in a pleasant room where conversation at normal levels is possibleb

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very nice wine list, great decor, and well prepared and presented dishes. Portions are not huge, so prepare yourself mentally. The de-constructed carrot cake was a bit disappointing, but everything else was delightful!

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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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?