Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave.

4.6
225 reviews
$30 and under
British
The old Union Jack behind the bar may be faded, but spirits are soarin’. And why not? This is after all, a laugh-out-loud, slap-on-the-back, greet-you-with-a-roar, English-style pub. Where the traditions are as rich and warm as the Shephard’s Pie. And where the stories flow as freely from the tongue as the beer flows from the taps. Since 1977, Elephant & Castle has rolled out its well-worn welcome mat to anyone and everyone looking for a cracking good time. Whether that means cheering on your beloved team or chatting up your mates or simply savoring fresh made eats with a bit of jolly old England folded in here and there, this is the pub where you get your brit on.

Offers

  • Weekend Specials

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Sat 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    Bottomless bloody marys & mimosas, 11am-3pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Weekday Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Wed 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Thu - Fri 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM, Sat 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Enjoy $.500 domestic draught beers, well cocktails and 6oz house wines. We also offer 1/2 priced snack & share items.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 225 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanC
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I am in town on business this is one of the places I like to support. I have enjoyed many entrees on the menu and always very pleased.

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vipsamlikesSavios
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here for a business lunch.

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vipGinaW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent British pub with a gourmet flair. The flight of pies was a great idea since we got to sample all the options. All were good, but the chicken pot pie was outstanding. The butter chicken entrée was excellent as well.

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JosephO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A colleague and I had lunch at E&C Monday. We were seated promptly upon arrival and our meal was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Great food. Great service. To bad we could only sit out side . Yea how about no. It would have been nice to know that .... we could have just ordered delivery.

So we ordered take out and took
It back ....

Great food


To bad ... hope they make it

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KathyW
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner at Elephant and Castle. It was a cold rainy night and so nice to go into the warm cozy restaurant and relax, drink and eat.

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vipStudyingSommLvL1
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our Server was EXCELLENT, we had just gotten off and stopped in for a bite and drinks before heading home. Even though we arrived 30 minutes prior to closing our server was patient, helpful and very informative of the new guidelines for drinking after 10pm due to Covid-19, without being rude or pushy. The food was good nothing overly amazing but good, the service will bring us back though hopefully at an earlier time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Asked us to wait 10 minutes for our table, we didn’t mind. Then they closed down due to “escalating protests.” Manager claimed Capitol police said they should shut down. Asked police and they said they hadn’t talked to the owner, nor were things escalating. Bummer we didn’t get to eat.

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Denise
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the most pleasant and relaxing experience. The food was superb. Would give a lot of extra stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to different Elephant and castle restaurants before and they always had great food, but the service here was great! I also enjoyed the patio with the plants and flowers, nice atmosphere.

LW
LynetteW
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved having British pub food while visiting Washington DC.

CC
ChadC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside. At noon we were the only patrons there. The shepherds pie and fish & chips were amazing! We will definitely be back!

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Carol
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the Irish pub atmosphere of this restaurant. The fish and chips were very good, but a little heavy on the breading. We appreciated the plentiful side sauces for the meals. Our waitress was very attentive and pleasant! Overall a very nice experience. We will return to this restaurant when we are back in the DC area.

CF
vipCapsFan25
New England
75 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the outdoor dining experience - what a great job they've done in the COVID era!
Service started out slow (took forever to get our cocktails order) but then improved for the rest of the dinner. Fish tacos are terrific, and the fish & chips are what you'd expect in London, so that's a good thing! Short walk to the White House after dinner to see it all lit up for the evening, which was a nice end to the evening.

JP
JeffP
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The waiter never refilled water, was rude and exceptionally slow. We love this restaurant normally but we went two times last week and had poor service both time. The last time even the pot pies were less than half full. It was such a waste of money (over $150- six of us) and for a special occasion. Not sure whether to return again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to eat. Fish and Chips and Bangers and Mash are the best!

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vipjoshuas
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Low quality food, but fine as a bar. Would not recommend for food. Downtown prices but applebees quality

AC
vipAlwaysChoco
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This pub was quiet for a Friday night. There were 3 other tables indoors other than us. There were a few tables outside. I had the Butter chicken & my husband had bangers & mash. The food was average, but the service was good. it must be tough to ramp back up to pre-Covic levels. Even though this is supposed to be a British pub, they didn’t have any Bitters other than Guinness. We are visiting from Colorado and wanted to help local businesses. I would come back again for a casual meal.

JR
vipJRthekid
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

One cook and limited servers...they were working hard

JO
JosephO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here since I came to US Customs and Border Protection in 2005. I have always had a wonderful experience.

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Megauooh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a good experience .. much of the surrounding roads were closed off.. leading to a very quiet area. Service was great and very quick and responsive Thank you Tanya! Food was great I had the veggie Vindaloo which was flavor full and fulling. I would def visit this spot again.

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NithyaN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The restaurant was dirty and the service atrocious. We made reservations but it took them 10 minutes to even notice us even though the place was practically empty

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TeresaP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was lousy! Server never came back to check on us after he took our order, never came back to see if we received the correct food order or to ask if we needed anything. My son finished his water and I had to give him mine so he had something to drink! We had to flag him down to get our check! Very disappointed with the service since the food was very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Annual visit to DC

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vipHERBERTF
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly casual tavern with good English tavern food!

KS
KevinS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Glad I can always count on this establishment to provide a nice last-minute option for taking the team to lunch. Service has typically been great and you can’t beat the location.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good venue for a group from a Trump Hotel conference.
Fish and chips were great, salmon was dry, overcooked

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible. Shame because we have enjoyed it before. Won’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Tried to go fro a quick dinner before a show at National Theatre. Total fail unless you feel like waiting 50 minutes for food after ordering and telling your server you were in a hurry. We ordered burgers and soup.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food and drinks were all good. Later that night my wife and daughter got extremely sick. Something was off with their meals and the aftermath was awful.

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Brian
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great food but very poor service tonight. Seemed to be short staff because EVERYTHING took way too long. Drinks, food, dessert.

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Maria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great food but slow service. Appetizer came only after dinner came.

DP
DavidP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Used to love this place... not sure what’s happened. Several regular menu items were not available. Their signature cocktail “Old Fashioned”... not able to make it? They’ve changed the menu, and are missing a few old favorites. Lettuce wraps are gone. Fish tacos were not up to par at all. Looks like I’ll be finding a new pre-theater spot. Sad, because their neighbor “Del Frisco’s” was more consistent, but they’ve closed.

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vipPaul
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had drinks and food after the NATS parade. Crowd was great. Considering the crowds and the excitement, the staff did a great job.

AM
AloysM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forget reservations. They only take for large groups.

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Chris
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the worst dinner I ever experienced. Waiter forgot to put our order into the kitchen - after waiting an hour. Manager was not helpful at all. Neither the waiter nor manager came to our table to apologize for the bad experience. When our food did finally arrive (75 minutes after placing the order) is was luke warm at best. This restaurant is not worth going to

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OliviaR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I waited 10 minutes for someone to come take my drink order and overheard the servers saying they didn't want to wait on my table (presumably they wanted to end their shifts and not stay waiting on us). From then on service was pretty good, a little slow for a very empty restaurant. The draft beer selection was pretty good. I had a black bean burger which was pretty good.

JK
JimK
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Good time had by all. Nice server, very attentive.

LH
vipLaurenH
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was just ok, kitchen made several errors which were promptly fixed. Steak and mushroom pie was the best entree. Very disappointed in the brownie Sundae. Very thick, cakey, dry brownie without much flavor.

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NatalieR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality and service. Separate gluten-free menu, which explains how to order regular menu-items GF.

FAQs

Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave. does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave. also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 347-7707.

Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave. is rated 4.6 stars by 225 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.