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Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill

American Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • Chris H.
    Chris Higginbotham4 days ago
    Been here 5+ times
    The hummus is surprisingly good. Great place for a casual after-work gathering
  • Brian O.
    Brian O'Neill1 week ago
    Great food. Had a lean Ruben sandwich, shared with Terri! Also chicken pate with raspberry jelly!
  • Alex M.
    Omg! The crab and artichoke dip is out of this world. Also the pan seared Atlantic salmon my husband loved! Highly recommend. Not so much the cream brûlée. But heard the peanut butter pie is great!
  • Will P.
    Good food and nice place
  • Jennifer W.
    Half-price oysters for late night happy hour
  • Bill C.
    Bill CarsonApril 26
    Walrus platter and butterscotch blondie
  • Andrew F.
    The service used to be had the lousiest waiter today
  • Claire M.
    Avoid like the plague during tourist season. Otherwise September through March great for drinks and oysters at the bar.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HMarch 20
    fantastic happy hour 50%-off deals on oysters! very delicious and fresh and generously-sized with plenty of meat and briny juice.
  • Doug W.
    Doug WMarch 2
    Cool old school vibe and outstanding seafood.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ColellaFebruary 27
    Been here 5+ times
    If in DC this is a must
  • Gail M.
    Gail MitchellFebruary 26
    The healthy choice menu item is excellent and filling. Nice ambience and staff. Bathrooms need updating with their leaky faucets though.
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaFebruary 13
    The Oyster Stew was quite delicious, and my mother really enjoyed her jumbo lump crab cake. Trout was just ok. Of course, the atmosphere is the real pull of this place:) Been around since 1856.
  • Christopher M.
    11pm clam and oyster happy hour
  • Thomas M.
    The environment
  • Megan W.
    Megan WillettDecember 31, 2016
    Half priced oysters during happy hour ❤ And very friendly bartenders!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyDecember 30, 2016
    I have eaten here a few times and am very impressed. Touristy for sure but the food and service delivers
  • John P.
    John PhillipsDecember 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A bit lacking on the holiday spirit. They were running 45 minutes behind and the host said it was our fault for arriving 5 minutes late. That will win the hearts and minds of your customers....#fail
  • Angeline B.
    Angeline Bishop-OshokoDecember 19, 2016
    Chesapeake eggs Benedict was to die for, lots of bacon with meat. Romantic setting in the back.
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.December 16, 2016
    Love it here, cold beer and oysters
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerDecember 13, 2016
    oysters rockafeller, shrimp n grits, sit at the back bar
  • Desiree A.
    Desiree AlvarezDecember 3, 2016
    Drinks were tasty.
  • Thomas V.
    Thomas Vander WalNovember 21, 2016
    Salad with goat cheese still is a go to to start after all these years.
  • Moe D.
    Moe DexlerNovember 17, 2016
    Great place, but always good to have a reservation, even for lunch.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CallahanNovember 16, 2016
    Don't be put off by a long wait for a table. They'll give you a device to tell you when your table is ready and just head to one of their 3 bars and get the pre-dinner drinks started.
  • Rodwell S.
    Rodwell SmithNovember 14, 2016
    Have the Parmesan Chicken appetisers should time permits.
  • İbrahim K.
    İbrahim KurtNovember 1, 2016
    Sword fish grill,pekan pea muhteşem...😄
  • Don S.
    Don SullivanOctober 31, 2016
    It can get very busy - have an idea of what you like or want. If you are new to oysters, make a reservation.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineOctober 18, 2016
    After a long day at museums, take a seat at the bar for happy hour: no wait, no fuss, more discounted oysters, clams on the half shell, and chilled crab claws than you know what to do with. Read more
  • Michael A.
    Michael AmbjornOctober 12, 2016
    Go for the oyster happy hour...
  • Titita 10 T.
    Titita 10 TohenOctober 10, 2016
    Crab claws and clm chowder are excellent
  • Raquel M.
    Raquel MunozOctober 9, 2016
    Service was terrible.
  • Robin W.
    Robin WulffOctober 7, 2016
    The oysters.
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellOctober 5, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    No politics at the bar. Seriously. It's not allowed.
  • Kay T.
    Kay TOctober 1, 2016
    Hands down, my favorite place in town. Love their food and the oyster happy hours. Book in advance for the evening! Big parties are welcome there, but it's not a perfect choice for those, we tried.
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerOctober 1, 2016
    Love the oysters. Also, excellent navy bean soup!
  • Abrar A.
    Abrar AlsuwainaSeptember 24, 2016
    This place is awesome and very antique .. Try the mini crab sliders, house made soup (both as appetizers) and the mussels as an entry
  • Darnell J.
    Darnell JonesSeptember 20, 2016
    The crab cakes are excellent. Also enjoyed the clam chowder. However the ambience is it strongest point! Come on, less than 2 blocks from the White House!
  • David C.
    David CostSeptember 17, 2016
    Bourbon Walnut Chocolate Pie + glass of Basil Hayden = Perfect Dessert/Nitecap
  • Dobry D.
    Dobry DobrevSeptember 17, 2016
    Awesome ribeye steak! And Salty caramel cheesecake is a killer!
  • natalie k.
    natalie kaySeptember 12, 2016
    Very good. Crab dip and flat bread are always a good appetizer option here. Try a cocktail.
  • Nils
    NilsSeptember 2, 2016
    Food is always great - no matter what you try. Service is good too. Try the crab cakes and the oysters!
  • น้ำแข็ง น.
    150 year old bar and grill. Amazing!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WangJuly 31, 2016
    Terrible waitress name called Jenny.
  • Gus A.
    Gus Alvarez MorenoJuly 30, 2016
    Eggs Benedict are one of the best I've had in the world.
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliJuly 28, 2016
    wangi siot
  • Pam B.
    Pam BlumeJuly 22, 2016
    I had the pastrami sandwich for lunch. It had enough pastrami to open a deli! Yum!
  • Katie C.
    Katie CarrJuly 6, 2016
    I had the shrimp with pimento cheese grit cakes 😳 All I can say is AAAMAZING! Crab dip appetizer was awesome as well!
  • Edgar E.
    Edgar EstevesJune 30, 2016
    BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese and Crab Cakes were so good. Also, had a solid beer selection. But if you can, come back for the breakfast.
  • Kathe A.
    Kathe ArnesenJune 14, 2016
    Good food, friendly staff - and the bartender Margaret Ann in the side bar is the most professional, friendly and fun bartenders I've ever seen in action :)
  • Sara H.
    Sara HammondJune 7, 2016
    Pulled pork w/mac
  • Eric P.
    Eric PettyMay 31, 2016
    Oysters and any cocktail you have!
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningMay 19, 2016
    Oysters and clams at the bar.
  • Karl S.
    Karl ScheidtMay 5, 2016
    Bacon cheeseburger is excellent.
  • Zechariah S.
    Get the scallops!!!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurtoApril 30, 2016
    It gets busy, so expect a wait. Worth it for a boozy Saturday lunch though. Don't settle for less than a booth.
  • Kasia K.
    Kasia KApril 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    seasonal "Wild Peach Tea" cocktail with Absolut Wild Tea Vodka is fabulous
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WatsonApril 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp and Grits were delicious.
  • Hillary N.
    Hillary NguyenApril 21, 2016
    Loved that this place had different types of oysters. Didn't know that different oysters existed.
  • William H.
    William HueppauffApril 13, 2016
    Great food and ambiance. Call ahead for reservation.
  • Heidi L.
    Heidi LongApril 10, 2016
    Oysters and deserts
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MironovaApril 7, 2016
    Amazing atlantic salmon and beef steak, good service, reasonable prices
  • Sean L.
    Sean LefeverApril 5, 2016
    Definitely worth coming by for a visit.
  • Bridget H.
    Best crab cakes ever.
  • Erica H.
    Erica HallApril 1, 2016
    Blood Orange Refresher - delicious
  • Rox N.
    Rox NogueraMarch 29, 2016
    Shrimps and Grits was OH SO GoOD!!!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 27, 2016
    Try the Liver and Onions with Bacon - The fanciest liver and onions I've ever seen. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Mary Kate K.
    Mary Kate KeapplerMarch 26, 2016
    Came for breakfast and everyone enjoyed their meal. Handled a table of 10 very well.
  • Riley L.
    Riley LynchMarch 18, 2016
    Some of the best steaks in the world!!!!
  • Gabriel M.
    Gabriel MarcheziniMarch 14, 2016
    No memories of this place
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickMarch 14, 2016
    A great DC experience
  • Deborah B.
    Deborah BatesMarch 10, 2016
    Mad Men feel, Old Washington Congressman feel, Dark, just found out every president since 1856 has been here, Crab Cake (which buy the way, was mostly lump crab, AMAZING!)
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 10, 2016
    I like having breakfast there !
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 10, 2016
    Authentic American food and good location !
  • KristiaMarie P.
    Seared scallops!
  • Mohammed A.
    Mohammed AlyousefFebruary 4, 2016
    Lovely restaurant and delicious food
  • Donna N.
    Donna NurmiJanuary 27, 2016
    This is a DC landmark. Great food and service. Reservations are suggested.
  • Karli S.
    Karli ScottJanuary 19, 2016
    Make a reservation in advance if you're coming on a weekend for dinner. This is a busy place, but is really worth the planning. I loved their crab cakes, and everyone else in my party love this place.
  • Juan D.
    Juan DiezJanuary 17, 2016
    Great value, great food. Awesome sandwiches and crabcakes, perfect location and broad wine and beer selection.
  • Reggie C.
    Reggie CampbellJanuary 13, 2016
    The horseradish glazed meatloaf & pear upside down cake were excellent as was the service.
  • Reneta T.
    Reneta ThurairatnamJanuary 9, 2016
    Definitely get the crab cakes and oysters! Happy hour is a great time to go. Half price!
  • Ernie and Dora H.
    Ernie and Dora HiersJanuary 9, 2016
    French Dip: Tender beef, cheesy, and the bread ratio was perfect! Read more
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJanuary 6, 2016
    One of the oldest bars in DC. Get the full platter of oysters during happy hour.
  • JL
    JLJanuary 3, 2016
    Don't want a fancy meal, but want to try a DC classic? Grab a drink in the Duck Bar - to the left after you enter the main door!
  • Tobi D.
    Tobi DavisDecember 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get your wings double dipped (not on the menu).
  • Luis Felipe R.
    Luis Felipe RiveraDecember 23, 2015
    Oyster's Rockefeller are amazing!!! And the Fish & Chips delicious!!!
  • George Z.
    George ZinkgrafDecember 22, 2015
    Food and drinj
  • Derrick B.
    Derrick BrownDecember 21, 2015
    The hot steak salad
  • Mario A.
    Mario AyalaDecember 16, 2015
    Wonder ful
  • Ingvild M.
    Ingvild M. PlosivDecember 14, 2015
    A definite favorite! The chicken salad was really tasty.
  • Erik M.
    Erik MillerDecember 13, 2015
    Great atmosphere with superb service and yummy tasty options
  • J. T.
    J. T.December 13, 2015
    Excellent food and a perfect atmosphere. Close to the White House.
  • Charla P.
    Charla PayneDecember 12, 2015
    The oyster variety was fabulous to try! The restaurant was packed and a little noisy but the service was great and the bar is great! If you want a nice atmosphere then this is the place. Worth the wai
  • lauri p.
    lauri parrottDecember 10, 2015
    Pasta was not cooked , actually was hard ... Overall setting was enjoyable
  • Chris E.
    Chris EricksonDecember 9, 2015
    Happy Hour is a good time at one of D.C.'s most iconic locations!
  • Ben H.
    Ben HazelkornDecember 8, 2015
    Great food and service.
  • Veronika I.
    Veronika IevdokymenkoNovember 30, 2015
    Really great place! Be sure to get there! But don't forget to do reservation if it's Friday night or weekends!
  • Igor' D.
    Igor' DanchenkoNovember 26, 2015
    The walrus's head)
  • Betony K.
    Betony KellyNovember 25, 2015
    Fabulous food combined with old fashioned service. Warm and welcoming. You'll want to be a regular but they'll treat you like one even if it's your first visit.
  • Carlos N.
    Carlos NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    Service was excellent. Food ok, however the honeymustard rocks.
  • Franziska K.
    Sowohl die Austern, als auch die Burger sind super lecker!
  • Jose B.
    Los benedictinos
  • Anastacia O.
    Fica bem próximo a cada branca. Não deixe de provar as deliciosas ostras
  • José R.
    José RamírezNovember 11, 2016
    Las Ostras
  • Артем К.
    Цены - вполне средние. Советую брать стейк.
  • Clau C.
    Clau CortesSeptember 27, 2016
    Woooooooooow un imperdible, no te vayas sin probar las ostras como entrada en general toda la cocina es súper buena :)
  • Артём Ж.
    Артём ЖуковSeptember 5, 2016
    Хороший ресторан! Стоит резервировать столик заранее.
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliJuly 28, 2016
    lagak vip masuk sini
  • Mathieu M.
    Mathieu MessegueApril 14, 2016
    Les Burgers sont dignes de l american s Way of Life ;-) superbe brasserie typique et authentique avec du service ;-)
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