Old Ebbitt Grill

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$30 and under
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American
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Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest dining saloon in Washington, DC. Across from the White House, Old Ebbitt serves American Cuisine, and offers the largest selection of oysters in DC. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, and Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Casual dining with service to locals and visitors alike.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Story telling by a waiter was so nice and that made my expectation & satisfaction even higher... not just food served there but entire ambiance of the place made the place really excellent!

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Richmond
90 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met long time friends. Service was prompt the server was excellent, the food was excellent and we were not rushed. That’s all

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, an excellent brunch. The food and service were superb, and my kids enjoyed the atmosphere. A must stop if you are in the area!

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JC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only is the food very good, the service is wonderful. I inadvertently made my reservation for the wrong day, but the hostess was understanding and was still able to seat me during a busy lunch hour in less than five minutes. I am a regular customer of Old Ebbitt whenever I go to DC and am never disappointed.

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JR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for breakfast and it was absolutely delicious. Good size portions, great drinks and impeccable service. Will definitely be back the next time in DC.

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CM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old Ebbitt Grill was selected by my family for our "nice" vacation lunch (we're from Texas). We had a great time, and the food did not disappoint. Full bellies and happy taste buds. I was surprised that the waiter didn't know what a Kentucky Coffee was when I ordered it, but I guess it really is a southern thing. We had a good time learning the history of the grill online while we waited for our food, which took about as long as any comparable restaurant.

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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary that evening. The host greeted us with a smile and anniversary wishes. The food was outstanding as always. My only wish for that particular evening would have not been seated in the back bar area. The atmosphere was too casual for my wedding anniversary. I still love the place, just have to be aware of the alternate seating area.

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DB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice place, great service, decent food, over priced

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MJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the wait staff was particularly professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting D.C. Also, be sure to take advantage of their 1/2 price oysters from 4-6 on weekdays!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food is overrated. Neat bar for a drink but I wouldnt bother eating there.

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NR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. Would highly recommend old Ebbitt to anyone.

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LD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed our Anniversary dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill. Traveled in with my wife and saw Washington DC before sending her back home and working a conference for a week. Would highly recommend it and hope to get back there again this week!

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a wonderful old landmark in Washington. The minute you walk in there is such a energetic vibe. We had reservations and were seated right away. Our server was very attentive and assisted in my selection of oysters. Food was great and would highly recommend a stop if you are in DC.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

They need to clean their glass and carpets more often. Full of fingerprints and carpets old and worn. I know it’s a high traffic restaurant, but just a suggestion to
Maintain cleanliness...

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was great! Got there a little early after sightseeing and they seated us early. Waiter was nice and gave good recommendations on food. We had the salmon, blackened shrimp and grits and the crab cake. All were excellent!

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s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!!!! Been in this area for 30 years and have always wanted to go. Every bite was delicious. Will definitely be coming back.

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AN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have already recommended to several. Our server, Jenny, was an outstanding help. Would prefer a little less volume, but that is part of the ambiance. Not accepting reservations after 5:30 was a surprise and a little disconcerting. The history of the restaurant is interesting, but is not the draw. We loved the experience and will visit when in D.C. again.

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Denver
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous oyster happy hour and an amazing menu. Will definitely make a point of returning next time I'm in DC.

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EK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend who is a first-time visitor to DC. He said he'd heard that the Old Ebbitt was good and he should try it and I'd already made our reservation. The food was so good, including dessert (blackberry shortcake was devine!), as always. Service is always good there, as well. Can't wait to go back!

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AR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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OT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome service!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food for the price and service was quite good even though the restaurant was crazy busy

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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Old Ebbitt Grill is consistency outstanding! We ALWAYS make sure to come here when we come to DC!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, as usual! Perfectly shucked oysters, ice cold martinis, fresh warm bread, excellent service with Ary... what’s not to love in this venerable icon of Washington eateries?

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Just an off day for them, I think. Usually very good but food and service were off that day.

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Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes were delicious! Service great! So glad to have eaten here!

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KS
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Surroundings were great as was the service. Love eating in this historic restaurant

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d
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and fun.......

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JG
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes were delicious. We enjoyed the dinner.

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JD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time
Food and atmosphere was very good
On vacation
We will definitely be back

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was super nice and knowledgeable about the food and the food was sublime! Overall a great experience and I would come here again!

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great! Our server, Remy, was attentive and friendly. The overall experience exceed our expectations.

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MN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I requested a table in a quieter spot in the restaurant to accommodate one of my fellow diners, who struggles to hear in loud places, and was very pleased that the restaurant honored this request very successfully, making for an enjoyable lunch for my party.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Our orders came with fries but there wasn't ketchup on the table and our server was nowhere to be seen. Our water glasses were empty for quite awhile and once again our server was absent.

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JP
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always The Old Ebbitt Grill lives up to its high standards of food quality, service, and innovative menu. It's my must go to restaurant when I am in DC to also feel the Washington political and tourist vibe. It's fun to see the buttoned up lobbyists with the Bermuda shorts midwestern tourists with their tacky t-shirts!

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SH
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and wonderful location! Not far from the White House.

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love old restaurants. A friend recommended Old Ebbits Grill, and I was thrilled to snag a reservation. The decor was beautiful, the food was yummy. The service was not great. My server seemed more focused on the bigger tables she had. Mind you, she was pleasant. But she never asked how my food was or asked if I wanted another glass of wine. I got two glassses of Prosecco and the creme brûlée, which is my favorite. And a lovely salad. Go for the food and the decor and the history. Maybe not a great place to go if you’re dining solo.

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v
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I tend to think of Ebbitt Grill as a place for tourist and as a resident of DC I have steered away from EG. The food ( we had fried catfish and meatloaf) was fabulous as was the service - we were so impressed. We definitely plan on becoming regulars.

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KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent drinks and food!! We arrived about 45 minutes early for our reservation and they accommodated us so we didn't have to wait.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Will be back when I'm back in that area.

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