Grillfish DC

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Seafood

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We source the finest, sustainable & local ingredients to create handcrafted food & beverages.

We are the first restaurant to partner in Washington, D.C. with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, ensuring safe and environmentally friendly seafood as part of our cuisine.

Our setting is unmatched and the best casual, neighborhood dining in the West End. The bar is ornately decorated with massive mirrors, large columns and a multitude of glowing candles. These, along with the open kitchen where flames leap from the grill, create a warmth and intimacy in a casual atmosphere.

A $3 per person fee for desserts brought from outside will be applied to the check

Special Offers

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Come Dine with us on Thanksgiving and enjoy our many specials we will be running.

Wednesday, 27 November, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

An eve as such deserves to be celebrated at a special place. At Grillfish we are that place.

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Grillfish will be running a Christmas Day special. Come celebrate and dine in with us.

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come and bring your friends and family and have an unforgettable count down while enjoying Grillfish new years specials.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 2677 People Are Saying
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Berlin
3 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Limited quantity of fish, crabs and lobsters if you will come at the and of busy day none of them will be left.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time there and we really enjoyed our appetizer, meals and drinks. We will definitely be back.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrive late but the food was good

EC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant management was extremely accommodating of our party, particularly since our reservation number fluctuated multiple times. Food was delicious! One person in our party's order was missed....which happens. Otherwise, very enjoyable.

B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food selection was great. Birthday celebration outstanding. Kids menu too. We will return.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you for the kind review, and I hope we see again soon.

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M
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really solid food every time we eat here. Prices are reasonable too.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you, and I am glad we are able to make each experience memorable.

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H
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Anniversary

W
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy the dining experience at Grillfish. Recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you for the kind words, and I hope we will see you again soon.

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S
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful oysters, the salmon was cooked to perfection and I had the best whiskey sour that I have had in years.

WA
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good and the service was OK, but nothing special. Not a good value for the money.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank for your review.

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JH
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh and very flavorful seafood in a casual and comfortable environment. Mixed grill for two was nicely prepared and presented with hint of smoke. Fried calamari was “okay”. Mashed potatoes were great though, as was the coke slaw. Our server, Chris, was professional and attentive. We will absolutely return.

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had never been there before but would come again.

BC
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everyone in my party of 7 enjoyed Grillfish. 4 of us had the lobster special. Messy but very fresh and delicious. The crab stack was reported as flavorful as well as the salmon. My husband had the crab cakes and he remarked that there was an extraordinary amount of chitin in them. Otherwise our meal, service and drinks were fantastic!

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you for the kind words, and I am glad everyone had great food and and enjoyable experience. Thank you also about the crab cakes and we will work to make them better.

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S
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food here is very good. Very fresh fish and tasty sides. The only issue I had was with the lighting. Around 6:30 they pretty much turned off the indoor lights and just left a few wall sconces lit, and it became so difficult to see the food that was right in front of me. We asked who we assumed was the manager why it was so dark in there and he said when I gets dark outside the lighting looks better inside. But that didn’t answer my question! And it didn’t get dark for another hour an a half. So we had to eat our dinner by cell phone light. I pretty much turned on the flashlight on my phone, and propped it up against the salt and pepper shakers so we could see. Due to the food being good, I might return to this restaurant, but only during the middle of a sunny afternoon.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at Grillfish was excellent. Service was timely and our server Maya was outstanding. The food was excellent and she (Maya) shared with us her favorites which helped with our selections. We will definitely be back for the dessert we were too full to eat on our first visit.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Glad to hear about the great service and excellent food. I hope we see you again soon for that dessert.

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J
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good value and attentive service.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you for the review.

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k
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are in the mood for fish - this is the place to go! Very cool vibe, great service, well priced.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you for the review.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience - food was well prepared and the service was excellent.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you for the review, and I hope we will see you again soon.

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CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and company. Tried a new kind of wine that was on special - Marselan from la Ville de Madison Vialde - smooth and delicious.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you for the review. I am glad you enjoyed the wine special that went with our $1 oysters.

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JC
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently decent. Service is always good.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you for the review, and I look forward to the next time we see you.

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Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very tasty food. The mixed fish grill was excellent.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 8 September 2019

Thank you for the review.

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n
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely experience. Service was wonderful. Small spot but a great meal. Fish is very fresh with helpful staff.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 8 September 2019

Thank you for the kinds words, and I hope you visit us again when you are in DC.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had great service here, and the ambiance is relaxed and friendly. But the food was a bit of a disappointment. The oysters were fine, except for a couple that were almost non-existently small. The fish was overcooked, and the zucchini was so overcooked it was mushy. The fried soft-shell crab was good, however.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 2 September 2019

I am sorry to hear about your food. We pride ourselves in making sure each person has a great experience. Please let us know when you come back so that we can ensure we serve you even better.

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d
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

3 for dinner. short but nice wine by the glass selection. menu selection outstanding. food quality and preparation and taste excellent. Service attentive but not obtrusive. A very enjoyable evening. Bronzino, seared scallops and soft shell crabs

Grillfish DC
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you for the review, and glad everything was delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

We arrived and the environment was not the same vibe I got from the pictures or website. However we were seated immediately at a table for four at the side door entrance/ exit/ waitress station. As we sat to begin our evening we were inconvenienced and constantly interrupted by other patrons passing through excuse in themselves and asking us to slide our chairs up so that they can pass through coming in the door going out of the door waiters waitresses bus boys coming pass moving by going to the register etc. I asked why were we seated in a area that was not meant for table and asked if they could lock the door to stop customers from coming in that entrance I was told by management that she was sorry for the inconvenience but she could not lock the door she did not have an answer for my question of why there was even a table in that location it was obvious it was not meant for seating but meant for to be an exit or waiting area we were literally right in front of the side door our waitress didn’t seem too pleased that we were not so pleased however this was unacceptable.. On the upside the food was good but they were sold out of our first choice as it was restaurant week and that particular selection was popular.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 2 September 2019

I am sorry to hear about your experience, but glad you enjoyed your food. I am sorry you did not like your table, please try us again, and if you make a reservation, you can can let us know your table preference (whether it be a sunny table, quiet table, out of the way table, etc.)

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M
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are always the best, no matter what we order! My husband and I have been coming here for years. It’s our favorite spot in DC and it never disappoints us. Alfredo always makes us feel special with his delightful conversation. Jay also makes sure we have a pleasant dining experience as well.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you for the review, and I am glad we are able to make each visit a special experience.

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OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and best seafood tasted in ages

CS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My co-workers and I have been going to Grillfish during Restaurant Week for the past several years. We go because the food is delicious and great value for restaurant week, the atmosphere is great and the service is outstanding. Looking forward to next year's restaurant week.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you for the recommendation, and we look forward to seeing you in January.

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PH
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere. Great service staff. Food was very good and well plated. Would definitely return.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you for the review.

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HL
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great! Started out with fresh bread and delicious herb butter, I used the bread to dip it in my succulent coconut curry mussels. My entree was yummy and the grilled variety of fishes were to die for. Can’t wait to return!

Grillfish DC
Responded on 2 September 2019

Never let any of our homemade sauces go to waste! Definitely take advantage of the bread to savor every bite. Thank you :)

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NL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our experience was Perfection!! Drinks and food, perfection! lol

NJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever I'm in the area, I make it a point to have at least one meal here. Food is absolutely delicious, and the service is friendly & efficient.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you for the kind words, and look forward to seeing you the next time you are in DC.

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i
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious fresh seafood beautifully cooked. Lot's of gluten free options and geed wheelchair access.

DD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grillfish has been my go-to "nice" seafood spot in DC for at the last 15 years. I've enjoyed going there and the food never disappoints while the service is always attentive but never obtrusive. Looking forward to my next visit.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 13 August 2019

Thank you for the kind words, and I hope we see you for many more years as your DC seafood spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Place was a little hot but it is August so to be expected.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 2 September 2019

I am glad to hear that you had a good experience.

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A
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

クラブケーキとシュリンプパスタを食べました。
ふたりでシェアして十分な量でした。
日本人には少し塩味が濃いかな、と思いましたがビール片手にはちょうど良いと思いました。

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MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood is the way to go. Service was very friendly and fast. Overall was a great dining experience. Portions include a lot of seafood which makes the money worth it.

Grillfish DC
Responded on 13 August 2019

Thank you for the review.

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C
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Would have been excellent if it was hot
It was just a little warm.

MR
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner after a great brunch here also the other day. Ginger Calamari to start - yum! and then two orders of fresh Lobster linguine with a huge flavorful and moist lobster atop the most delicious Sicilian white cream sauce pasta ever! My 18 year old somewhat intimidated by the whole lobster - so lovely server Maya, graciously offered to retrieve the dish and cracked it for her! Now please don’t all rush to have Maya do this for you when you visit! My dish was equally stunning and flavorful- fresh shrimp lemon piccata pasta - and yes lemon piccata sauce is a usual sauce - however! I was amazed with the best most lemony and flavorful piccata I’ve ever had, even the way it coated the noodles and shrimp in every bite bursting with fresh flavor while not overpowering the dish. I can’t wait to order it again. Topped off by house-made Caramel Brûlée Cheesecake (Maya’s fave and now mine) and a house-made unique Carrot Cake (the owners personal fave) just sent the 3 of us over the moon! Not your typical carrot cake either - you just have to try these desserts! You will have room once you taste how special they are or take some home :) I know I’m raving but even with multiple great DC restaurants - Grill Fish is simply awesome and a must! I can’t say enough positive things about server Maya and welcoming owner as well as the delectable fare. A nice variety of menu choices as well and based on my experiences if you have a non seafood diner or in a different mood I’m certain those dishes aim to uniquely please as well. Highly recommended...obviously!

Grillfish DC
Responded on 13 August 2019

Thank you for the review, and I am so glad to hear that your family had such a great dining experience with us. I am glad to hear that Maya made your experience even better. I look forward to when we can serve you again soon.

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MR
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cozy and fun place to dine with excellent food - fresh and sustainable seafood, we truly enjoyed a delicious brunch with not just the usual fare - the perfectly Smoked Salmon Benedict on potato cakes and Crab and Shrimp Omelet with actual chunks of shrimp were much appreciated and wait till you try the house made Caramel Brûlée Cheesecake! Maya, our server, was delightful, personable, and professional. Hope to see her again and the owner is also so welcoming. We look forward to trying some of his recommendations next time around as well. Are planning on dinner there soon!

Grillfish DC
Responded on 13 August 2019

I am so glad to hear about the wonderful experience you had at brunch. I am also glad that Maya provided with a great dining experience. We look forward to seeing you at dinner.

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