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Johnny's Half Shell

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Mon, 11/18
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015, 2018 - 2019 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$20 - $30
CUISINES
American, Seafood
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Dinner
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Menu

RAW BAR‎
Oysters
On the 1/2 shell
2.5 each
Dozen29
Half dozen15
Shrimp Cocktail
4 jumbo gulf shrimp
15
Add shrimp3.75
Little Neck Clams
On the 1/2 shell
1.25 each
Dozen14
Half dozen7
FOR THE TABLE‎
Grilled Bruschetta
With marinated mussels, red peppers, basil & capers
8.5
Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings
Green goddess sauce
7.25
Trotter Tots
With two sauces
7.75
Local Radishes
With creme fraiche & chives
5.50
Vegetable Fritto Misto
With tomatillo dipping sauce
6.75
APPETIZERS‎
Spicy Fried Rabbit Loin
With‎ creole mustard sauce
11
Fried Oysters
Pickled vegetables & house made tartar sauce
10
Grilled Calamari
Chiles, crispy shallots, arugula & lemon vinaigrette
8
Lettuces, Tomatoes & Diva Cucumbers
With red onion and creamy avocado dressing
8
New Orleans File Gumbo
With shrimp, oysters, fish & crabmeat
9.5
Spicy Cajun BBQ Shrimp
Asiago‎ cheese grits
9.95
Crabmeat Imperial
Jumbo lump crabmeat gratin
14
Rabbit Ravioli
With butter, fresh sage and parmesan
12.50
Ceviche of Cobia
Avocado, tomato, cilantro, chile and lime
9.75
Hot House Tomato Salad
With feta cheese and olives
10.75
MAIN COURSES‎
Grilled Cobia Fillet
In a jalapeno lime sauce with chayote relleno
27
Maryland Style Crab Cake
Broiled or fried, with french fries & cole slaw
29
Dry Aged Beef Ribeye
Sauteed local carrots and swiss chard
39
Sea Scallops and Calamari Sautee
With black rice and allioli
28
Sauteed Soft Shell Crabs
Old bay & basil beurre blanc
27
Maine Lobster
spice rubbed, grilled, with streaky spoonbread MARKET
Pan-Roasted Halibut Fillet
In puttanesca sauce with garbanzos
30
Grilled Sweetbreads
With grilled royal trumpet mushrooms and baby kale
19
Eco Friendly Pork Schnitzel
Potato salad with cucumber and onion
27
Salmon 2 Ways with Caviar
Lightly cured, olive oil poached fillet and tartare
26
SIDES‎
Streaky Spoonbread
4.75
French Fried Potatoes
5
Coleslaw
2.5
Potatoes Anna
a throwback to Cashion's Eat Place (WEEKENDS ONLY)
8
Local Green Beans
With fresh tomato sauce with a touch of anchovy
7
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Comfortable, attractive setting, wonderful service. We had a lovely meal of an assortment of appetizers and side dishes.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank HIL0410
Reviewed October 9, 2019

Living in the neighborhood and not being a meat eater, it is always a pleasure to go to Johnny’s Half shell. Favorite is crab cakes. Small portion, but delicious. Have never had a bad or less than great meal there.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Cathleen G
Reviewed September 28, 2019

We went here for dinner with another couple, and really enjoyed ourselves. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. We shared three different appetizers, and all of them were good. I had the schnitzel even though it's a seafood restaurant. It was...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Bob B
Reviewed September 22, 2019

This area of Adams Morgan has a number of cute little places but Johnny's is a great go-to here. Service is the star and the food is very good. Outside seating is nice if weather permits but the inside seating area is cozy. Our wait...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank CMKNY
Reviewed July 20, 2019

I ordered rib-eye steak and got the NY strip instead. The bartender and the chef insisted that it was the rib-eye. After the third time insisting that it was the rib-eye and not even getting the manager to settle the problem, the bartender got mad...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Jimmy C
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

We took our 10 year old granddaughter to Washington and to Johnny’s Half Shell for dinner. Food is outstanding and service was absolutely great. Started with Oysters on the Half Shell and Softshell Crabs as a main course (and yes, she ate everything). Prices are...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank 123marms
Reviewed June 16, 2019

One of our friends chose Johnny's and we were glad she did. It is an informal place, a bit loud but friendly. Our food was excellent. My wife had scallops, which she pronounced to be outstanding. I had the crab cake, fried, which was large...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank plainsrefugee
Reviewed May 24, 2019

Made a 7:30 PM reservation. Got a call to confirm our arrival in the afternoon. Got a text to confirm our arrival just before scheduled seating. Showed up on time to be told we could not be seated for at least 15 minutes even at...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank allerton21
Reviewed April 18, 2019

Had a business dinner at Johnny's and it was great. Fast service and the gumbo is the absolute best. Had the schnitzel for the entree it was very good. Will be back!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank BVL1961
Reviewed April 14, 2019

Living in AdMo, Johnny's is a regular for us. Great food and good service. An unadvertised option is every Wednesday evening. Unlimited appetizers for $30/pp (excluding raw bar). Great way to share Tapas style as some of their apps are quite large. If you find...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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June 21, 2016|
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Response from POSHtravelier | Reviewed this property |
I do not think they would deny service to one dressed in shorts. However, the clientele are mostly those who have business on the Hill, who are dressed in suites. Also, Washington DC does tend to be city that favors... More
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