P.J. Clarke's DC

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1141 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
K Street, the road to the White House, is also the proud home to P.J. Clarke’s—the storied American Saloon with a history that dates back to the late 1800s. The original P.J. Clarke’s in Manhattan has stood beneath rows of skyscrapers for nearly 130 years, collecting famous and infamous regulars. Appreciated for the convivial ambiance and classic fare, P.J. Clarke’s is the quintessential American Saloon.
In our nation’s capitol, the story continues as oak and mosaic floors, red leather banquets and walls lined with eccentric portraits and nostalgic photos contribute to a reassuring familiarity that is classic P.J.s, but also construe a distinct Washington sensibility. Seasoned bartenders make favorite classic cocktails the right way; dexterous shuckers ply the freshest shellfish at a marble topped Raw Bar; and the old-school, convivial dining room welcomes government A-listers, students and their families and visitors to our capitol.

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vipSky173
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best stores in this chain. Creative, tasty lunch menu along with reliable staples; excellent service and fair price/value. Will return again.

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KarenN
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable, decent food presented in a high-end manner in a casual setting.

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zman
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and food

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JohnH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Drink order fell through the cracks, server needed to be reminded

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff

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vipdrs13
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and attentive service.

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I82much
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Nothing about the restaurant is memorable -- while not bad, not worth a return visit

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HarryK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very Good. Steak s and burgers were Great! Cream spinach was bland.
Our waiter Travis was excellent!

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Virginiagal
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only issue was that it's a bit dark in there. Food was outstanding. Homemade tater tots!! And the brussel sprouts as a side is amazing. Great service and quality.

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PaulF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great. The food was delicious. Our waiter, Bobby, was attentive and knowledgeable about the specials for the evening. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Experience was solid. I will visit again.

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at lunch celebrating a co-worker's last day. We enjoyed the food very much. It was a wonderful lunch and the service was excellence. Our server was very polite, courteous, and attentive. thank you,

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delchino1
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Possibly the best oysters in DC. A rotating menu keeps return visits interesting. Consistently excellent. We meet here monthly for lunch and it never disappoints.

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vip031914
Pittsburgh
76 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite eateries when I'm in DC.
Convenient, friendly, well trained staff, and well prepared food.

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viphuskyfan
Richmond
51 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait service, nice table settings and great mixed drinks from the bar. Very affordable with good variety of food options. Waiter made great recommendations. Very attentive and left us nothing to be desired. Perfect location across from The St. Regis hotel

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vipAGRDC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid food, good service. Recommend. Great for after work drinks.

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vipmlowder
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business lunch

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vipRick
Atlanta
198 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was very good. The service was inattentive and very slow.

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vipREDSOX
New England
45 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Mediocre food, small portions and fairly high prices. A disappointing experience. On a more positive note, the room is nice and the sever was pleasant, but no need to return.

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Royag
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

This is the second time I’ve been to this restaurant and it was not the best experience. The raw bar is great, but the service was slow even though they weren’t that busy and the food tasted like it had been sitting out for a while before arriving at our table.

My advice, stick to the bar!

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vipMichael
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT DINNER, PECAN ENCRUSTED TROUT WAS A HUGE HIT! THE CHEESECAKE AND THE APPLE COBBLER WERE TERRIFIC. THE SERVICE WAS VERY GREAT!

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vipDinerout
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town on business and just wanted a quick bite. The wait staff was super. They were very polite, answered all my questions and were delightful to talk with. I spent most of the time catching up on email, they were attentive without being intrusive. I will definitely come again.

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DCSteven
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

P.J. Clarke's and Hamilton are my two downtown go-to places for a solid meal and smooth service.

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DimitrisS
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Casual and simple menu. Good quality and even though they mixed up one if our orders they were very quick to correct the error.
Nice ambience, quiet atmosphere and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Seating location, holiday decor, ambiance and food quality

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vipluvjazz60
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with excellent service!

We used our $50 OpenTable certificate and it did not reduce our service at all.

We will definitely return.

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vipSCCahill
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Losing its touch a bit. Soup was cold and the salad was way over-dressed. Still a good atmosphere.

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terryw
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was exceptional, food was very good, but not sure it was worth the price.
We sat in the downstairs area, the upstairs was much more festive but extremely loud

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JohnK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Waited 58 minutes to be served a soggy cold sandwich. Very disappointing, as I’ve really enjoyed dining there in the past.

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PaulaSidor
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin our waiter was wonderful and always very attentive and friendly. Restaurant was decorated beautifully and our overall experience was wonderful.

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DinaH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The holiday decorations were beautiful. It's a good looking restaurant with a great menu and excellent food. I will return when I am in DC again.

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Clare
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We went to P.J. ‘s for brunch. A member of our party had the omelet I did not care for the eggs Benedict- over cooked.

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vipRCR235
E. Tennessee
32 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant and food/drinks. One of my favorite go to restaurants in DC for business or personal. Great for lunch also!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

If the food were as good as the service. This would be a worthy spot. Unfortunately the food is mediocre.

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RogerI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We booked a late reservation for our last night I Washington after a hockey game. Been many times at P.J’s restaurant I NY and have always been satisfied. This was our second visit to P.J’s in DC and the first time was really good so you expecting the same but it wasn’t. Service could been better and when we just started whit a starter the main course was served, was the kitchen closing? Ordered some gravy but the chef couldn’t have taste it and it almost ruined the steak, the waiter agreed something was wrong but no more. So little fan of PJ’s I hope this only happened ounce and We still going to pay them a visit.

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RickiH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, noisy, waiter was a bit ditzy and wore too much perfume.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The burger wasn’t that flavorful. The bun wasn’t toasted.

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vipStacie
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, it’s a little loud for easy conversation but overall a great choice!

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vipMaryM
New York Area
25 reviews