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“A lovely restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oval Room

Oval Room
800 Connecticut Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20006 (Dupont Circle)
202 463 8700
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Ranked #355 of 2,558 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cross street: H & I
Transit: Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
London
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A lovely restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Really nice restaurant with great, original and very fresh ingredients. Good atmosphere and very good service. A lovely dining experience. The food is delicious and good value for money. Will go back if I am back in Washington DC any time soon.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kennebunk Maine
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“an elegant night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Beautiful presentation of the food,they have an extensive wine list, the staff was very attentive service.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nothing special for 'special' money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

Read lots of reviews for this place that it's a must in DC. And was quite disappointed: it's small, too dark to eat, cold and not comfy at all! Moreover, extremely small portions were obviously overpriced. It did taste good, actually, but their 'on the smaller side' size of dishes was next to nothing! Left the place hungry and dissatisfied. So if you want to enjoy pricey teeny portions of delicious food this place is just for you!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Islamabad, Pakistan
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good place for a business lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

The Oval Room is a favorite with the senators. It's a good place to go for a business lunch and proximity to the White House means that some tables are filled with "very important people".

The decor is a bit dated but the food is worth the trip. The duck rigatoni was by far my favorite part of the meal. The steak was large, delicious, and perfectly cooked. The portions are small, mind you, but tasty. The desert menu was very uninspiring.

This is Condoleezza Rice's favorite restaurant in DC (or so I am told) and whilst I might not agree with her politics I do approve of the former Secretary of State's taste when it comes to eating out!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Fargo, North Dakota
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126 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Classic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

Classic and classy. Returned after absence of couple years. Excellent at that time and remains so. Attitude of staff is very professional. Food was well prepared and tasty. Portions, especially of the side-dishes seems small. Easy to go back to.

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