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AGAINN Restaurant Review - Washington DC

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AGAINN Restaurant Review - Washington DC
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AGAINN offers a modern twist on traditional British Isles pub cuisine, focusing on organic, sustainable, locally-produced ingredients and family-style dining. The menu includes a variety of interesting dishes that are creatively prepared and presented.

This restaurant announced it is closing in November 2012


  • Great food, interesting menu
  • Extensive wine, beer and cocktail list


  • Noisy
  • Limited street parking
  • European sized portions


  • Address: 1099 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Phone: (202) 639-9830
  • Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri. 11:30am-10pm, Sat. 5:30-10pm, Sunday, 11am-8pm
  • Prices: Raw Bar-$14-$65, Starters-$8-$15, Entrees-$12-$24 (lunch); $18-32 (dinner)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Closest Metro: Metro Center
  • Valet Parking: $10

Guide Review - AGAINN Restaurant Review - Washington DC

The menu at AGAINN offers traditional British Isles pub cuisine, with many unusual items that you will have to ask the waitstaff to interpret. We were feeling adventurous and ordered a recommendation from our waitress - skate (the fish special) and we ordered the roast of the day which was roast pork with crackling. We enjoyed both dishes. Recommended dishes include cured Lock Duart salmon salad served with fennel, watercress and pumpernickel; Shepherd’s Pie; Cornish fish soup with croutons and rouille; house-made corned beef with horseradish crème, brown bread and pickles; Scottish highland beef burger served on a house made bun with caramelized onions, farmstead cheddar and chips; ale battered fish fingers with English egg sauce; sticky toffee pudding served with toffee sauce and stout ice cream; and chocolate Cambridge cream pecan shortbread, jam cookie and ginger snap.

The decor of AGAINN is modern with rich, dark paneling and cognac colored furniture accents. The restaurant seats 140, plus there's a 19-seat bar that serves as the backdrop to the main dining room. There's one private dining room for 14 and two semi-private dining rooms (accommodating 8 and 27, respectively). Outdoor patio seating is available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting), and can accommodate 40 guests.

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Reviewed December 2009 - Prices are subject to change

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