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“This place... this is where you go when you are in DC” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-5702 (Downtown / Chinatown)
+1 202-347-4800
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Ranked #18 of 2,564 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Chowder, Seafood, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen, Pub, Soups
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Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 15th between F and G
Transit: Metro: Red Line to Metro Center, Orange/Blue to McPherson Square
Description: Established in 1856, the Old Ebbitt Grill was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding, and Theodore Roosevelt. The restaurant's decor is comprised of a Beaux-Arts facade, mahogany and velvet booths, and bars set in marble, brass, and beveled glass. Old Ebbitt serves a diverse selection of food including steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, and also features an Oyster Bar with oysters form both coasts. Open early for breakfast and weekend brunch, and serving lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Private and semi-private dining rooms including a rooftop overlooking the monuments and The White House.
Arlington, Virginia
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120 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“This place... this is where you go when you are in DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Just off of the White House lawn, this restaurant has everything you could hope for. A building that is full of character, velevet booths, brass and mahogany, they have a reasonable menu and a very friendly staff. This is where I take my guests in DC.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Asheville, North Carolina
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Love the history of this place...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

A friend of mine recommended it and I thought it sounded cool based on the history, so we went for lunch. We got there a little before the work/lunch crowd, which was perfect because it got BUSY. Lots to look at in this place while you wait, although our service was pretty good, so that wasn't too long. They have daily specials and while the breakfast options were available, I went for a lunch option and had the crab cake burger, which was good. This is a great spot to stop if you heading to/from the White House, which is just a few steps away.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rutland, Vermont
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good food, good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Just a short walk from the Sofitel, you will fin the Old Ebbitt Grill. I entered at the same time a bus tour group did, yet I was seated quickly. Food was good, portions ample. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. This place is tops on my list when I return next year.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Avon, Connecticut
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158 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Always a great choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Had dinner here when I was in DC last year, returned this year on St. Patty's day. The place was buzzing but they managed to deliver an outstanding dinner. I had the Salmon special. It was great.
This is consistently a great place. A definite must do if in DC.

Visited March 2013
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Braintree, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Still a good old standby”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The food is not out of this world, but it is good enough and the history and character of this iconic landmark are unbeatable.

Visited March 2013
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