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“Best dinner I have had in years! ” 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 #352 of 2,562 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cross street: H & I
Transit: Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
1 review
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“Best dinner I have had in years! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

This place is very close to the White House, so the location is ideal. I asked for a window seat so they set us away in a corner window seat. It was very intimate and romantic. We each got the pre fix menu at $35 each. My fiance got the ale beer (the only other type was a stout beer) and he loved the taste of the ale. For our first course I got the sashimi tuna and he got the shrimp. Both were exquisite. Smaller portions, lead to us eating everything. Second course, he got the yagu beef and I got the rockfish. Again, both were prepared beautifully and tastefully. For dessert, I had the chocolate tart and he had the pineapple upside cake. Every single on entrée melted in your mouth, we shared each others to compare, and both of us left with full bellies, and big smiles. Definitely worth a trip.

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English first
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Pricey but delicious meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Had a business dinner at the Oval Room. The restaurant is just steps away from the White House and offered a very classy ambience to have a dinner with colleagues. The menu is diverse and delicious, veggie friendly and the chef was very willing to create a vegan meal off the menu for a colleague. The staff is also quite attentive (though at times slow). The menu is quite pricey though - our 9 person bill amounted a bill of $1000.

Visited January 2013
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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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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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“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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