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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
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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
  • 59
    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
Friendly staff and good food food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Traveling_a_lot4fun
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United States
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Sarasota, Florida
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172 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
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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311 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
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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65 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 568 helpful votes
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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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Denver, Colorado
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76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

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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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 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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Additional Information about Oval Room

Address: 800 Connecticut Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20006
Phone Number: 202 463 8700
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
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
Cuisine: American

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