5 stars for what it is. Walked in without a rez, midday, and the friendly and competent manager didn't miss a beat, and got us in a booth right away. It's charming, unpretentious, and really affordable in lieu of their 14th st. location (I assume cheaper rent dropped the prices a bit.... I definitely didn't find it too pricey like others).
The service is friendly, informal, and very helpful. The kitchen seemed a bit slow, and there were some minor missteps, but nothing to write home about (or dwell on here).
Exceptional selection of Oysters. We got the bacon wrapped "angels on horseback" oysters, that were smoky, and DELICIOUS. Also got the rockefeller, and they did the classic much justice. Also got 12 oysters, 6 types, 3 from the west, 3 from the east. It was the most exceptional array I have eaten in years, possibly ever. The Rhode Island Oysters are always incredible.
They had an Argyle Brut that I love - I can't seem to get away from Willamette Valley anymore. Their wines are superior - great selections, but the pricing on the list is completely wrong. 4 glasses of wine should never be cheaper than the bottle. I have worked in the biz a long time, and I have never seen that as a strategy, so unless management corrects me, it's a mistake. If you order a bottle, ask for the 4 glass pricing.
The Caesar was good. The gumbo was AWESOME. I make gumbo, I've eaten every type of gumbo around the south, New Orleans, etc... this stuff is top notch!Wonderful spot that we found thanks to the new Travel and Leisure article on DC. Job well done. WE WILL BE BACK! =)