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Old Ebbitt Grill Restaurant Review

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Old Ebbitt Grill Restaurant Review

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The Bottom Line

Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest saloon in Washington, DC, dating back to 1856. The landmark restaurant, located near the White House, features upscale American cuisine in a Victorian setting. It is a popular gathering spot for politicians, congressional interns, journalists, and tourists.


  • Great food at reasonable prices
  • Prime location near the White House and theater district
  • Friendly service
  • Oyster Bar with a variety of fresh seafood
  • Complementary parking (see hours below)


  • Seating in the Atrium lacks the ambiance of the rest of the restaurant
  • The main dining room can be noisy


  • Address: 675 15th St., NW Washington, DC. Located on 15th St. between F & G Sts.
  • Phone: (202) 347-4800
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 am-1 am; Sat-Sun 8:30 am-1 am; Bars: open until 2 am Sun-Thurs; 3 am Fri-Sat
  • Prices: Breakfast $10-14; Lunch $11-17; Dinner 14-26 (most entrees $16-17)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Metro: Closest station is Metro Center
  • Valet Parking: $10

Guide Review - Old Ebbitt Grill Restaurant Review

The Old Ebbitt Grill is a 525-seat saloon-style restaurant located in the historic Beaux-Arts building that was once the B. F. Keith's Theater. The restaurant, owned by the Clyde's Restaurant Group, was relocated to its current space in 1970. There are four bars, four dining rooms and a private dining room for private parties. The unique Victorian decor features a vast collection of antiques and memorabilia including antique gas chandeliers, animal heads and magnificent oil paintings.

The menu includes a wide variety from burgers to elegantly prepared shellfish. Favorites include the Parmesan crusted Virginia trout, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, and Veal Stew simmered with vegetables and herbs over mashed potatoes. The Oyster bar is ranked as one of the best in DC and is especially popular during the half-price happy hour on weekdays from 3-6 p.m. Old Ebbitt Grill serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and an a la carte brunch. Old Ebbitt Express offers carryout service for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.

Reviewed March 2007 - Prices are subject to change

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