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“Totally uninteresting”
Review of The Oval Room

The Oval Room
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Ranked #234 of 3,367 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cross street: H & I
Transit: Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
Description: The Oval Room, an elegant & sophisticated restaurant, near Farragut Square across from the White House, which accounts for its popularity among politicians, journalists, lobbyists, lawyers, & former Presidents. The setting is contemporary & chic. It offers private dining. Its seasonal contemporary American cuisine has charmed critics & connoisseurs alike. USA Today said The Oval Room's flower-bedecked patio is one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the United States.
Reviewed June 19, 2013

The decor is a dull as can be . The food is totally uninteresting , poor presentation and no taste .
You would eat better in any cafetaria . Very average service . The only good point : the wine list : quite extensive and well chosen with wines from all over the world .

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Thank brutravel
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Wow! The food at Oval Room was really amazing. I had the pan seared foie gras for an app (exceptional) and the black bass with a pesto sauce (delicious). In addition, the service was really outstanding.

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Everything was delicious and above standard at the Oval Room. I LOVED my fluke dish. It had a nice husky mushroom flavor and my husband's halibut was perfect. Both dishes were elegantly presented. The waiter was very friendly and attentive. The tuna tartar was good but not outstanding. I would probably try another appetizer next time, but the beet salad was amazing. They had a nice variety presented in their cheese plate and the pana cotta dessert was out of this world!!!
Overall, very creative and elegant!

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Thank EpicureTraveller_181
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I wasn't planning on getting the tasting menu but was convinced by the waiter to do so. At $85/person, it's a pretty good deal. The chef came up with some great tasting dishes, many of which I had never tasted before.

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Thank KManNewYork
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

The restaurant itself looks ok, but it has a very office-building feel (it is in an office building) which detracts from the ambiance. The menu has some interesting flavor combinations, but most dishes fall a little short as far as taste. I got a piece of shell in my crab appetizer, and my guest also crunched down on two pits/shells of some kind. The salmon was very good but the rockfish was just mediocre. I was a little disappointed there weren’t more options for vegetables or sides. Both meals came with little or no garnish, and there weren’t additional sides on the menu, although I didn’t ask. I would probably not come back to this restaurant.

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Thank Derkenb
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