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“Wonderful, with quirks”
Review of Oval Room

Oval Room
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Ranked #263 of 3,215 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cross street: H & I
Transit: Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
Rome, Italy
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful, with quirks”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Dining here is a very pleasant experience. The atmosphere is ideal for relaxing and conversation. The service is attentive. The food is delicious. It does have its quirks, though, both the curious and the annoying. First the curious: every item on the menu is a combination of different flavours. It's not just fois gras, but fois gras with coffee and fruit (or something like that). What results is delicious, but it is a exercise in creative combinations. And the annoying: the service is very good, but someone has left the fast forward on. Dishes come out with lightning speed. There is barely a breath between one course and the next. I would prefer dining in such pleasant circumstances to last longer. We had reservations at 7 and were out by 8, with 3 courses. I suppose one could request that they slow it down, which I will definitely do the next time.

  • Visited April 2013
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California
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very nice and business casual”
Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place for a business lunch or nice dinner. The food is excellent but a tad pricy. The outside seeting area is amazing. And waiters are professional.

  • Visited April 2013
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Davis, CA
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382 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Friendly and creative food”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Ate on the patio because we just got a puppy and needed to find a place with outdoor seating. The Hay Adams hotel recommended. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating to the puppy and us. They even brought the dog water. The food was creative and yummy. The white asparagus soup was fantastic. The oysters were great with an unusual brown butter vinegarette. They had a good selection of fish. We had the Fluke and the Cod. Both were very good and fresh. Food seems to have an Asian Fusion Flare.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Chiili
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Overbearing service”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

we found the service overbearing with frequent visits by our waiter and lots of questions. The food was okay but not special, and expensive for what we got. we also found the choice somewhat limited. They then turned the aircon to very cold to hurry us out.

Visited March 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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179 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“A bright spot to start the afternoon”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We found this a great place for lunch. Bright and friendly interior, relaxing and invigorating atmosphere. Every dish we ordered was imaginatively conceived, superbly prepared and beautifully presented. We particularly recommend the soups, salads and the pastas. These and the sandwiches break the standard molds with subtle and unique new flavors. Service is prompt, professional and friendly. The wine list is more than adequate for lunch.

  • Visited April 2013
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