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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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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 22
    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
New Chef Brings Great Food

Four of us ate at the Oval Room and had a great meal. The restaurant is located a couple of blocks from the White House, on a lightly use street (important since we ate outside on a beautiful night). Almost all aspects of our meals were excellent, with the desserts below the quality of the rest of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
MPH
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Maryland
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Denver, Colorado
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The Oval room came highly recommended and my dinner companion even knew the owner (who stopped by the table). The food was good - but I wouldn't say drop dead wonderful. Portions very small, wines by the glass rather uninspiring. I had a great dinner here a couple years ago and this one was just OK. New remodel - unfortunately... More 

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Maryland
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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Four of us ate at the Oval Room and had a great meal. The restaurant is located a couple of blocks from the White House, on a lightly use street (important since we ate outside on a beautiful night). Almost all aspects of our meals were excellent, with the desserts below the quality of the rest of the meal. The... More 

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Nice fancy restaurant with friendly service and perfectly executed dishes. We ate duck and sole Both are memorable. Will recommend to friends

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Alexandria VA
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227 reviews 227 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Friends and I who dine out regularly in the DC area visited the Oval Room recently and were very glad we did. It was a Thursday night and fairly quiet in the restaurant. Nice for us if not them. We had a roomy booth at the windows which was perfect. Service was impeccable. We each had an appetizer - two... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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125 reviews 125 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Celebrating a special birthday, this destination provided the elegance of food,service and ambiance that could be imagined. One of the party had had special dietary needs of low sodium food and the chef was most cooperative in preparing an imaginative culinary plate of crispy skinned salmon. Another diner had poached cod that pleased the palate and another dined on trigger... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia
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159 reviews 159 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We know the chef from Fiola Mare where he did brilliant work. The menu at the Oval Room offers lots of opportunity to shine and plenty of choices for diners. I had the fois gras terrine which was silky in texture and wonderfully tasty pared with the nuts and jam. My wife had the warm oysters and cockles whcih she... More 

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london
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We came upon this restaurant by chance-good chance. There is a good menu with prices not as high as you might imagine given the ambiance and the high class serving. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and did his best to anticipate our needs. We ate very well and were delighted to find this treasure close to a culinary desert... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

A calm, quiet dinner in in just the right ambience. It is a gourmet menu with something appealing for every taste. The portions are not large, but exquisitely presented. Fine wine list, excellent martinis. Pricy, but goo value.

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Washingotn DC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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81 reviews 81 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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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, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?