Old Ebbitt Grill

4.6
20365 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,
Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Late Night Dining: Sunday - Thursday: 12:00am - 1:00am,
Friday & Saturday: 12:00am - 2:00am
Closed Christmas Day
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Phone number
(202) 347-4801
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Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Salvatore Ferro
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Catering
Please contact our events department at 202.552.5000.
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Cross Street
15th between F and G
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Parking Details
Valet parking after 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and after 8:30 am on Sundays is available. $12.
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Public Transit
Metro: Red Line to Metro Center, Orange/Blue to McPherson Square
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 20365 People Are Saying
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Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service. Bloody Maryland is great, Chesapeake breakfast was amazing and their wings were on point!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I made a reservation and still waited. While our server was awesome, the food was mediocre at best and over priced.

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Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Make a reservation and bring your patience. Read the preceding sentence out loud. Do not assume that you are coming at an off-hour and there will be no line and no wait. OEG seems to be one of those restaurants that believes a human hubbub by the door is a sign of prosperity and delictability to the passers-by. Maybe so, but lessen (but don't expect to eliminate) your participation in it by making a reservation.

A December Saturday near the noon-hour for brunch found OEG hopping and abuzz with holiday shoppers, tourists, day-trippers and others who might have been drawn by favorable Yelp reviews. Put us in that latter category. We were not disappointed by the food or the service; both were excellent.

OEG will set you back cost-wise, which you should expect given the location (you can hit the White House with a well-thrown frisbee). But whether for a special occasion or not, we'll be back. One of us had the french toast and the other the classic "Bennie" - which means Eggs Benedict. Both prepared to perfection. Again, there are no values here, but for that, bag your lunch or stay in the suburbs.

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CG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Service was a bit slow to get check.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We made reservations for brunch. We were seated immediately. All great. However, it took 15 minutes for our server to appear for our drink order and another 10 minutes for our coffee to arrive. Our meal was very good, and our server was capable and friendly. We were not in a hurry, but 25 minutes to get a drink is too long.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We are relatively young/hip but the party being hosted in atrium area made dinner miserable. Almost left but we were starving. Food and service were excellent - wish management was a little more on it that night however - there is no way that event out-paid every table in the restaurant throughout the evening that had to endure it’s music.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good. Love having a drink at the bar before dinner, it's fun!

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

Our waitress was awesome! She understood we had a show to catch and that we were on a time line. She was very prompt and helpful. One of the hostess was extremely rude but luckily the other realized how bad the one was treating us and stepped in. Typically this restaurant has wonderful staff so I'm hoping she's gone the next time I visit.

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

Friday night before the show at National Theatre. VERY CROWDED! and very loud, but fun.
Waiter seemed overwhelmed but redeemed himself later. Took way too long to get a drink, because you can barely move. I stil love it there

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We go to various Clyde's locations because they are consistent and the ambience is nice

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

Service was very slow, food was moderately good, kind of disappointed.

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DD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Haven’t been in years. Met a business colleague and friend for lunch. We all agreed that Old Ebbitt Grill never disappoints!
Good food for the price ; great wholesome selections...DC comfort

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food, ambience was wonderful with great friends!

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

This was a girl trip to DC. We have dined at Old Ebbitt before. Our first server was not to friendly, felt like she was rushing us.,plus they were still serving lunch and gave us the lunch menu. We were only about 15 minutes away from 5:00. Our second server was much better and took care of us until we left. Food was fine. Wish we could have had the dinner. Will know next time to reserve at 5:00

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

Took my husband there for his birthday. Food was excellent as always & service was exceptional.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was beautiful and classic. Vintage and homey. So warm and cozy. Staff was friendly and engaging. Service was great. The portions were more than enough and delicious!

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b
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a stop when I'm in DC.

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a fun place to eat while in DC. Love to take first timers there. Love the history and the beautiful bars.

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Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding- and the ambiance incredible. A favorite place when we visit DC.

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d
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Old Ebbitt Grill for the oysters -- you cannot beat the happy hour prices/quality. Service was very professional and despite the ever growing crowd both of our waitresses made sure we got what we wanted and needed. Always fun to have oysters here.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going since a kid, even before Clydes. Glad to see Clydes has kept up old traditions,as well as adding more healthy dishes. Now my son is the third generation to enjoy a Washington tradition.

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JP
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

This restaurant packs too many people in
Very impersonal
Service poor and very noisy so conversation was difficult

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

First time for me 2nd for my wife, great experience. We will be back

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

The seating locations make a big difference in your experience. The booths are best.

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HN
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was good but not attentive enough. Food and the company was fantastic!

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JG
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed an early dinner before a play. Deborah, our server, was very knowledgeable and moved things along so there would be no time issues for us. Our meals were good and the booths acted as barriers for the noise in the rest of the restaurant. Good experience.

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k
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Attended our holiday lunch and it was great. We wanted dessert and they ran out of pecan pie. I ordered the blondie sundae. The blondie was not fresh and a little stale. Otherwise it was a good lunch.

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

A fantastic dining experience thanks to the excellent service and suggestions of Arsalan. Amazing oysters on the half shell, delicious calamari, and entrees were perfect. He gave a great recommendation for a wine pairing that worked with all courses so need to switch throughout the meal. A seamless and affordable dining experience. What an asset to the Clyde’s team!

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

Went here for dinner with my wife to celebrate her becoming a Docent at the Library of Congress (the most beautiful building in DC) and was roundly disappointed. First, we had been there before which I did not remember and now I understand why. It's basically high-end bar food and the "scene" is much less casual than I would expect at a place with such a storied past. They have three large bars which I like but getting a drink without a seat was so tough we waited until we were sat. Management should figure out some set-up to promptly accommodate standing patron on busy nights (a Monday?). Maybe lunch but definitely not dinner if you're looking for something special.

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D
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Yearly tradition for Xmas season!

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Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect lunch space

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very delicious meal and great service!

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MW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A regular destination for us for many years. Always a great place to take a friend, especially if it's their first visit to OEG. Never disapointed!

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JO
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch. I had been previously to a block party that Old Ebbitt hosted years ago, and the crab cake was so good that it left an impression, but this was my first time visiting the restaurant. The crab cake was outstanding as before, so no disappointment there. The only issue is value. At over $20 a plate, I kind of expect not to still be hungry after eating. There was a double crab cake option, but even still, I feel that one shouldn't have to buy that to be satisfied when the single option exceeded $20 on a brunch menu. Perhaps some complimentary bread before the meal , maybe a small Caesar salad would make a difference?

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun bustling atmosphere with adorable Christmas decorations. Food was warm and delicious. A DC spot for any newcomers looking for a bite.

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LA
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Reservations strongly suggested. We had to wait quite a while to get our bottle of champagne, which apparently had to go through the manager. I had Eggs Benedict and needed to ask for a steak knife to cut through the English muffin. Crowded and thus a bit noisy, but not awful.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost next door to the White House. Valet parking, be sure get reservations on open table. Medium to high menu prices, the place to be for oysters. Top 10 in Washington DC....

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j
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Old Ebbitt Grill is alive with history and it has great food!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re not “brunch people”, but we thoroughly enjoyed Sunday Brunch at the Old Ebbitt Grill. Our server, Candace was friendly and attentive. The Old Bay Bloody Marys arrived garnished with a jumbo shrimp and were festive and delicious. The Clams Casino were the best we’ve ever enjoyed. Simple steak and eggs were elevated to a new height with a perfectly prepared fillet. From beginning to end we had a delightful time and look forward to our next visit.

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, food and ambiance. Our 'go to' restaurant as a small group and always make sure to have a reservation.

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