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“Great Lunch” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Johnny's Half Shell

Johnny's Half Shell
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Ranked #451 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: National Mall
Cross street: between E Street and Louisana Ave.
Transit: Union Station on the Metro Red Line. Walk across Massachussette right onto E street turn lelf on North Capitol. We are next to Wells Fargo Bank.
Description: Johnny's Half Shell is a highly acclaimed seafood restaurant in Washington DC located near Capitol Hill and Union Station. Ann Cashion, a James Beard award winning chef, uses organic produce, poultry, meat, and sustainable seafood to create memorable renditions of Chesapeake and Gulf Coast dishes. Pair the flavorful food with an amazing outdoor dining terrace, breathtaking views of the US Capitol and a vibrant happy hour and you have found your new favorite Washington DC restaurant!
Newport Beach, California
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179 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

Great little lunch walking distance from the Capitol. Nice bar and great seafood. Good atmosphere. Definitely fills the spot!

Visited September 2013
Thank Kim B
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Southeast US
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good oysters and lobster”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

Not the most exciting decor in dc but the food was delicious. Especially enjoyed the oysters. Lobster dinner was $35 and was good. It was quiet and not hard for our party of 7 to talk. Kind of expensive but typical for Capitol Hill.

Thank Wrenzie
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Tallahassee, Florida
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81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Oysters on the Half Shell”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

Convenient to walk to and fine for dinner. We made reservations and were seated promptly. Ordered oysters and wine and drinks. Ate the mussels and the beet salad for my dinner. Others had rockfish and steak. Everyone seemed pleased. The staff is outstanding, the food is fine, but I did not experience any one thing to say Pick This.

The eating area feels old time DC while the bar was happening and popular.

Visited February 2014
Thank peggy b
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Richmond, Virginia
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172 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“What a great meal!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

During restaurant week I took several friends to Johnny's for lunch. We went there because it was convenient but what a great meal. I had the grilled calamari, the chopped salad and a slice of their Banana Cream pie. What a treat!

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Thank William L
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New York City, New York
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great Dining Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

The attention to detail and making you feel special is why you go here. Great Mid Atlantic seafood, specially the crab cakes. The wait staff is more than willing to offer advice and menu suggestions!

Visited January 2014
Thank R W
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