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“Still a good old standby”
Review of Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill
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Ranked #19 of 3,229 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 15th between F and G
Transit: Metro: Red Line to Metro Center, Orange/Blue to McPherson Square
Description: Established in 1856, the Old Ebbitt Grill was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding, and Theodore Roosevelt. The restaurant's decor is comprised of a Beaux-Arts facade, mahogany and velvet booths, and bars set in marble, brass, and beveled glass. Old Ebbitt serves a diverse selection of food including steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, and also features an Oyster Bar with oysters form both coasts. Open early for breakfast and weekend brunch, and serving lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Private and semi-private dining rooms including a rooftop overlooking the monuments and The White House.
Braintree, MA
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Still a good old standby”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

The food is not out of this world, but it is good enough and the history and character of this iconic landmark are unbeatable.

Visited March 2013
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Rome, New York
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224 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“You must go here at least once!”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stumbled across this restaurant a few years ago and now we seek it out each and every time we go to Washington, which is at least three or four times per year. It is a very historic place, I read it is the oldest restaurant in Washington D.C. The atmosphere is absolutely beautiful. It is set to an old 1800's bar and restaurant, the food is excellent, especially the Seafood Jumbalaya. You can't go wrong. It is a little on the pricey side but you surely get your money's worth. I have never left there once hungry or feeling like I got taken for a ride. Go there and see for yourself, you won't regret it!

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Brian C
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Garretson, South Dakota
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133 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Meal as Historic Old Ebbitt Grill”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

My wife and I had dinner there last Saturday Night. I love their Menu.. Always changing, and new things. My wife had the Irish Salmon and I had the monthly special Rockfish. Both were excellent. The flavors were outstanding. Compared to most DC restaurants, Old Ebbitt's is very reasonably priced. They have a very nice selection on beers on tap, so we both had a DC Brau Pale Ale which was excellent. The wait staff was excellent. I will go back next time I am in DC.. Love the place

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Tony G
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Arlington, Virginia
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173 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Locals and travlers mingle”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Trendy tourists rub shoulders with busy locals at this staple institution around the corner from the White House. The good news is that the food is great - this spot isn't plodding along based on its location or reputation. The shrimp cocktail is a sight to see (huge!), and the oysters are a big hit for those who enjoy the flavor. Try to visit during "off" hours to get the quickest seat, though the people-watching is among the top reasons to stop in.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Qlever
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Rome, GA
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91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Still A Great Place To Eat”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Some would say been there done it, but I say been there continue to do it! The food is great, the wait staff is caring and attentive, the prices arn't too bad, the bar is excellent...so what more can you want? Went with a large group and they wisked us right in and seated us. The food was hot, well prepared and enjoyable. The only problem with the whole experience was our own fault because we ate too much since the portions were large and really dozed through a meeting right after that. Will I go back? YOU BET!

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank buzzrome
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