Whiskey & Oyster

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Fresh Oysters. Rare Whiskeys. The latest concept from the HomeGrown Restaurant Group brings an exciting new dining experience to Carlyle.
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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Service did not match the food. Atmosphere could be a little warmer.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

First time. Last time. We were the only table our waitress had. We had to get up several times and interupt her from texting to get service. SERVICE POOR!

CY
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Went during lunch and while there weren't a lot of patrons service was slow and the food was barely mediocre. I've been before and really enjoyed my meal. But the fish and chips wasn't seasoned well nor was it worth the $12.

M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food was good too! Lots of whisky choices though very pricey.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation, made via Open Table, that was prior to the restaurant opening time - YIKE! The restaurant realized the OpenTable mistake AND had a team of employees there waiting to welcome us. Yes - before the restaurant opened. Who does this - SOMEONE THAT CARES! We had one of the best brunches and we brunch often in the DC area. The restaurant staff was OUTSTANDING, the food was INCREDIBLE, and we will be going back at our earliest convenience. THANK YOU Whiskey & Oyster for helping to make our 40th anniversary brunch a memorable one.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We must have had a new waitress. she didn't know the menu, didn't know what things came with, didn't let us know that they were out of certain items, didn't understand us when we spoke and could only handle one task at a time.

That aside, the food was just okay. Their raw oysters were excellent and I recommend the seafood Cobb. Our mains were nothing special - I needed a knife to cut through the "crispy" skin of my fish.

My cocktail was tasty, but was served with the smallest of crushed ice cubes which caused a lot of water to be melting into my drink. It would have been better in either a birdbath glass or served on one large ice cube. my husband's whiskey was served on one large ice cube, but my dad's was served with normal ice cubes. It was strange.

We also asked to see a dessert menu, and was told that they didn't have one. The waitress read us the dessert items from her phone and couldn't even pronounce words like macerated and marscapone. The way she said it, nothing sounded appetizing so we left.

For the price, it really wasn't worth the experience.

AH
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great balance of absolutely the best service and food quality. Would highly recommend this place.

ME
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went in a group of 5 for a birthday dinner on a Sunday evening, so it wasn't too crowded or loud - perfect for good conversation. The service was a tad slow in bringing our drinks but all the food we ordered was fantastic! Wrapped up with a flight of whiskeys and dessert to share. Overall a delicious evening out. They have great happy hour deals too -- we will definitely be back!

E
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun evening with friends.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food!! You won't be disappointed.

PC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place for the food. The service left a lot to be desired.

d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has fantastic oysters. Took my wife out on Saturday night and had a wonderful evening. The service was amazing and the dessert menu cannot be missed. Will absolutely be back!

RC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time trying out Whiskey and Oyster, and will definitely be back! From the amazing list of whiskeys, to the menu of delicious appetizers and entrees, you won’t be disappointed. Many gluten free items as well. We enjoyed seared scallops, signature grilled oysters, smoked caprese salad, followed by a flavorful bourbon maple shrimp and grits and smoked Arctic Char. Service was outstanding! Thanks for making our special night out perfect!

SS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I’ve visited for happy hour and like the options and this dinner visit had great service and options but the best things on the menu are the appetizers. The entree meals (trout and salmon) were not the best and the seafood was barely seasoned. We had the beignets for dessert which were warm and crispy and the sauce that comes with them is sooo good. Overall we had a great time in the restaurant but I’ll probably only visit for happy hour or just to experience the bar.

AW
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. Fantastic menu, craft drinks and speedy service. Alex took great care of us and we’ll certainly return again soon!

AV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. We were a party of five - shared a number is small plates and ordered a variety of entrees - everyone was very happy. Standouts - seafood tower, lobster bisque fries, kung pao cauliflower, crab cakes, and sweet potato French toast! Good drink menu too!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous food and love vibe! Service was friendly but slow. Know they haven’t been open that long, and hope the get the kinks worked out soon.

M
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing! The food was phenomenal, the service perfect, the atmosphere warm and friendly. Can't wait to go back!

TW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

NOT A REVIEW: I gave 2 stars for Ambiance because the inside of the restaurant was FREEZING - the fans and the AC were just blasting down on us where we sat. It would have been fine if it had been too hot outside but the temperature had dropped, so it was too cold inside.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is smaller than I thought it would be. The hostess was very nice as were the bartenders. They were knowledgeable and helped us figure out the best drinks based on our likes. We had the etouffee nachos and they were good.

My party was a group of four and we all selected from the restaurant week menu. All of the portions were regular dinner size. The scallops were very good (3 or 4 in a serving). The cauliflower dish was a huge hit with my friends, and I'd definitely order that next time. I had the W+O Roast which was like a stew. I chose lobster for my protein. Though flavorful and hearty, I didn't find much lobster. My friends enjoyed the shrimp and grits (4-5 shrimp), and the sea bass. We were all pleased with the flavors, temperatures, and portions for our entrees. And finally, for dessert we enjoyed the beignets (warm, crisp on the outside, perfectly soft and fluffy on the inside,) and the mixed berries with what seemed to be hand whipped cream- it was delightful.

I'd definitely go back.

A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried it for Restaurant Week and we will definitely come back. Alex was great. He answered all of our questions and gave us recommendations.

K
10 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We went to this restaurant for the first time during Restaurant Week. The hostess greeted us promptly. The bar was full and lively. We sat in a booth for quieter conversation. The booth was quite tight. It was ok but could have been roomier. We were two average size women. A larger person would not have been comfortable. The drinks were well made. The first courses were quite good. The entree was a melange of seafood in a tomato broth that was similar to a thick cream of tomato soup. While it was flavorful, I thought it overpowered the shellfish. The shellfish should have been the star. The desert was rich and not too large, which we appreciated. All in all, I would recommend this restaurant. I would definitely give it another try with a different entree choice. Happy Hour at the bar look appealing.

SC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I liked that they were one of the restaurants that easily posted their Restaurant Week menu. I heard from several people about the Kung Poo Cauliflower and LOVED it. This is easily a shareable dish as there is plenty. Crabcakes were full of large lumps and the remoulade was great - I even ordered an extra container as it's great on the fried green tomatoes too. Loved the chocolate torte for dessert but had to take it to go as I was stuffed.

I felt like service was a little rushed as I was in and out in an hour. I had the app within 5 minutes of ordering and main course was there within minutes of pushing the app table away from me. Maybe that was in anticipation of a Saturday night Restaurant Week crowd but see below.

I was a little disappointed with the Open Table reservation process. I would have liked a 6:30 or 7pm reservation but nothing was available online. So I took a 6pm slot and expected a crowd by the time I was done. There was plenty of seating for a party of 2 at 630 and 7pm. So did OpenTable not have all the available seats, did W&O under-estimate their capacity, or did W&O withhold seats for walk-ins? Not sure.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The food had potential but temperature was very inconsistent. Cold scallops were not good. Service was terrible. Waited for 20 mins to even get water and server didn’t have any information about the food or wine.

S
Hertfordshire
16 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week so value incredible but been lunch a couple of time and good value and quality

OL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

I would make the caprese with regular burata vs smoked. Our waiter didn’t ask me if I liked it though.

F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar has a really cool design and vibe. The food was excellent and the service was superb. It is a lovely vibrant place for a friends get together.

E
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our server was a bit overly attentive, nice but made us feel like maybe we were staying too long. Honestly, we were there a long time, but the restaurant wasn’t crowded since we were having a later lunch to begin with. Would definitely go back.

AO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quiet Sunday brunch al fresco. We were the first customers of the day.. and it seems W&O is just getting its footing in this mostly lunch-driven neighborhood in the Carlyle complex of Alexandria. The new brunch menu is lovely. We opted for a raw oyster appetizer and then a couple of seafood brunch entrees. His maple shrimp and grits was beautifully plated and equally as delicious. My lobster omelet and potatoes were scrumptious as well. Highly recommend! I work nearby and I’ll be wanting to try their lunch menu. Thank you W&O!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We had a poor experience. There is no sign as you approach the restaurant, so you have to guess where to enter. The air conditioning was not working and the staff acted as though that was no big deal. We sat outside, where it was a little cooler. That led to a very high noise level.

One dish, the tuna, was fine. My companion is a vegetarian, so she got the spicy linguini dish. She was unable to eat more than a couple of bites. There was no discernible tofu in that dish and it was way too spicy.

The service was fine, as were the drinks. Overall, I’d say we won’t be back.

JC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

After the excitement of date night built over 5 days we finally made it to Whiskey & Oyster. Unfortunately, it was a hot day in the DC area and the restaurant had no AC. It was miserable inside the restaurant and I felt pity for the staff. We still pressed on, but the service was slow despite us being one of 2 couples in the restaurant. The lobster poutine was delicious, but it was hard to get past the slow service and oppressive heat.

MA
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sea Bass was delicious and the bartenders were very knowledgeable about whiskey. The crispy mix app was supposed to be a mixture of calamari, artichoke, shrimps and other items. It was basically calamari with a couple shrimp. The AC was broken and we got stuck in the back were it was sweltering hot. The crispy duck spring rolls are delicious, but if you are in a large group, beware, there are only 4. The lobster bisque french feies didn't blow away any tastebuds but they were good. The Far East Lobster Bouillabaisse was not worth the money. It was the equivalent of a started soup. If you want to eat light, order this, but it shouldn't cost so much. The smoked Arctic Char was harty and delicious. This is not a great spot to come woth a child. We had a toddler and they worked with us and made pasta for him but there is not a childs menu. Overall, I am glad I checked it out but I won't likely be back.

S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks and service were excellent. However the air conditioner was not working and it was extremely hot and uncomfortable. We did not linger on our meal because of the room temperature. It would have been nice to know about the air beforehand as we would have gone elsewhere.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome time . We took a family member there for a Birthday outing . Everything was so amazing . The only fault I could see at the time was that their A/C was broken . We visited them @ the tail end of July so it was really hot . Other than that , Staff : amazing , Whiskey Carousel on the ceiling ? the cutest , the food? OMG ! #SimplyDelicious !!!! & for sure I / we'll be back !

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Service was attentive. Decor was nice. Air conditioning was struggling but it was pleasant under the ceiling fans. Will definitely go back.

JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

The temp in the building was @ 83 degrees. Which then puts the pressure on the staff and chefs to be amazing. Which they weren’t.

The salad and appetizers came out at the same time, and less than 2 minutes later the entrees were on the table. The wedge salad was good, the appetizer was horrible the lobster bisque was barely hot ( probably room temperature with it being so hot in the restaurant 😂). The trout was marginal (my grandfather made better in his cast iron skillet). The only entree worth the price was the scallops, which were great (perfectly cooked).

And speaking of price, when it’s 83 inside your restaurant whip up a special drink in the bar and offer people a free glass, it helps. That’s what I would do.

Our party of 4 discussed if they would ever go back and it was unanimous “no”.

L
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A good, convenient location for a business lunch. Good sized portions and quality food. Service was slow, but due to understaffing. All good

HB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New winner from Mike Anderson and partners.....creative interior design and creative menu featuring 100s of whiskeys and fresh oysters from dozens of localities in the US and Canada. Servers know their stuff and eager to make recommendations if sought.
For happy hours at the bar and the raw bar to casual elegant for a celebratory night out.....head to the Carlyle district and Whiskey & Oysters.

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite restaurant in Alexandria. We celebrated two birthdays there, and had a wonderful time. Our server was the best I've seen in 50 years. She knew everything about the food and led us to a terrific meal and evening. The food was excellent as well. So give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

OT
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. The clam chowder was unlike any other I have ever had. As someone who does not eat oysters often, our waitress helped us make a selection we were very happy with. The nachos were a unique starter. The cocktails and bourbon selection were strong. Despite being full we could not resist desert when our waitress said she baked the berry tart herself, save room for some.

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