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“Pretty good food, pretty good service”
Review of Chesapeake Room

Chesapeake Room
Ranked #1,701 of 3,341 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Welcome to The Chesapeake Room where our mission is simple… To bring our guest an organic, sustainable & free range dining experience while bringing to life the natural & fresh taste of each season. We have a passion for all that our beautiful Mid-Atlantic waters & farms have to offer & hope you will, too. Our fish and shellfish are local and fresh. Our meat, fowl and game are local and grown humanely. Our interior is hand crafted from the same wood that Les Paul guitars are made from! We have a great patio (enclosed and heated when it's cold) great for parties and alfresco dining. Our Brunch was rated amongst the best by the Washington Post and is a specialty. It all happens in our open kitchen with the Chef creating all our food from scratch. Sports on quietly on our plasma screens at our full bar. A historic restaurant in the middle of Barrack's Row. Thanks for coming!
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Came here for brunch. The menu looks very exciting -- unfortunately, uneven service led to initially cold Eggs Benedict -- yuck. While they quickly replaced them for a fresh hot order, the uneven pacing/service threw our collective meal off. The food itself was good, but not great. I was expecting a little more "unique" fare from a place which appears to pride itself on Chesapeake themed variants of brunch staples. The crab Benedict seemed a little tired and uninspired. I think this place has a long way to go to catch up to its neighborhood competition and will have a hard time surviving on those unwilling to wait for Ted's Bulletin just down the block.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We really enjoy the food here and the drinks are amazing. Yes, as has been noted service is uneven, but it is not as bad as Ted's Bulletin, which is how we discovered The Chesapeake Room in the first place. The brunches here are well worth the effort. Sit outside, it is great!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Very pleasant dinner on the comfy terrace opening onto lively 8th St near Capitol Hill.
Good to very good food, good choice in the menu, nice wines by the glass, great martinis.
Friendly service - all round a very pleasant experience.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

A friend recommended The Chesapeake Room to us for an easy, casual, but excellent dinner on Capitol Hill near Eastern Market. I have to say, I may not have gone into this restaurant without the recommendation. It was a hot, hot Saturday and no diners were on the large outdoor patio area - so no quick peaks at the food as you walk by! It looked more "establishment" than innovative on the outside, although nice dark woods and heavy bar inside -- but the food was absolutely divine!! I had the Shrimp and Grits, which had exquisitely seasoned sauce and the MOST TENDER scallops on the planet! The waiter was very attentive and friendly so we felt like they appreciated our business. Great find for us long-time DC area residents!!

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

My friends and I ate here last year and decided to give the Chesapeake Room another try. Bad call... particularly when there are so many restaurants on Barracks Row on 8th Street. Despite not being busy at all, it took 10 minutes for our waiter to show up for drink orders and another 15 minutes to get our 3 Bloody Marys. Our waiter finally took our orders but wasn't particularly friendly - just an indifferent attitude. 3 chefs manned the grill - surely enough to turn out our simple egg and quiche orders in short order. We faced the kitchen and noticed that 3 plates sat under the warming lights for at least 10 - 15 minutes. Other plates came out and were delivered to other tables, but not ours. We joked that with our luck, the ones that had been sitting up there for so long, were probably ours. Sure enough... they were. I NEVER return my food but I had to draw the line here. Two of 4 of us returned our food becaue it was cold - basic eggs and quiche... the other two were too nice to say anything. The chefs at the grill looked confused and a bit annoyed. How could they not have noticed the plates sitting up there forever?! There is clearly no expeditor here to keep things moving. My seafood omelette was thin and watery with only two discernable pieces of seafood. My companions felt the same about their eggs, quiche and crabcake. To boot, none of the 3 Bloody Marys were consumed as they had a metallic, off, taste. This was a real waste of time and money. But there was one bright spot... the hostess was very nice and after seeing our disappointment of getting a table outside in the heat, she apologized even though it wasn't her fault and worked to find us a table inside. She also cheerfully agreed to turn down the loud music that several customers were complaining about. Although we won't be back, we're hoping that the Chesapeake Room can turn things around. It had such promise! Chef Ramsey where are you?

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