P.J. Clarke's DC

4.6
1161 reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1161 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMargaret
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Love the outdoor seating. Please bring back the crab cakes!

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MiriamK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not any fault of the restaurant but my team ate outside dining and the traffic noise and construction was very loud. But we were happy.

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footballmomnva
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were very good. We had a nice dinner there with family that was visiting from out of town and they also enjoyed it.

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vipgobucks77
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for dinner! We are from out of town and came with a group of 15. We were happily accommodated without issue (with a 6pm reservation) and seated between two parallel tables of 6. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and professional. Overall it was outstanding and a very good experience. I would highly recommend!!

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vipFinickyFoodie
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

For us, PJ Clarke's is as much about location as the quality of its fare. It's up to the task of providing a satisfactory or better meal in the ambiance of your choice — pub (indoors) or al fresco (outdoors). We wouldn't seek out PJ Clarke's as a destination restaurant, but it sure his the spot for a quick lunch or dinner if you have other business mid-town. Located on the outer end of Black Lives Matter Plaza, photo ops of the White House and the Washington Monument are plentiful a few steps away.

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SamM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the service was wonderful. Our server, Ray was friendly and attentive. We traveled from Chicago and enjoyed learning about DC from Ray. Overall, both of our meals were among the best of our trip to DC - comparing to Le Diplomat, Ebbots and Hamilton…. We had the salmon entree and chopped salad. Thanks for a lovely time at your restaurant.

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edchamberlayne
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent! It was so wonderful to finally get back with friends and eat at a nice restaurant. Located directly on Black Lives Matter plaza which adds to the experience.

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vipDiner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good very good as was service.

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ErikaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I loved this place! They are so friendly and attentive. Very comfortable atmosphere and great for kids as well. The food was good. The burgers were a little salty but still a pretty enjoyable meal. Would definitely return.

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vipJamesS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great host great spot

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JeremyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I used to love this place, but my latest experience left me underwhelmed. Looks like they have gone down a bit since the pandemic. Their menu has changed some, making the prices higher. The service was not the greatest. I am not sure if I will be frequenting this place anymore.

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vipDublin14
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great afternoon

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Hoya
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent for business lunches! I would recommend this restaurant to local families and tourists as well.

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vipDennis
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Especially liked the carafe of iced tea

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DouglasM
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice location, excellent service and good sized portions of very good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy as always!!

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vipTwinMomBalt
Baltimore
62 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Server was kind and attentive at first, but slow to follow up after meals arrived. We waited very long and were never offered dessert menus and two in our party had to leave. The food was good but the hamburger trio was very small, too petite in my opinion. I had the chopped salad and added shrimp; salad was good but the shrimp needed seasoning. No fresh ground pepper was offered to any at the table. It was a friend's birthday so not having an offer of dessert after we were there for two hours sort of bummed me out; I had noted on the reservation that we were there for a birthday.

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KathyJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel and our hostess were fantastic. Food great

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KarenV
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our daughter’s college graduation. It was a great venue for a large group. Thank you!!

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RJBieber
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great lunch on the veranda, good food, attentive service

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MichelleG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Thank you for the outdoor seating. I’ll be back soon.

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vipBillinDC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad PJ Clarke’s is open again. They have created one of the nicest outdoor experiences I have seen. One of the nicest, best uses of outdoor settings there is.

The staff member — Kevin — made it an especially sensational lunch for me and my 16 year old son. This is a classic Washington-New York pub-plus. Glad to have them back.

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vipJanoux
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining at Black Lives Matter Plaza is very nice with a wonderful view of the Washington monument. Service is top drawer. The warm lobster Cobb salad is a favorite. And they have my favorite bourbon.

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vipSky173
Philadelphia
44 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
5 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
39 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
55 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.

FAQs

P.J. Clarke's DC does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. P.J. Clarke's DC also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 463-6610.

P.J. Clarke's DC is rated 4.6 stars by 1161 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.