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Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill

8.947 reviews
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American, Seafood
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675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-4800
http://www.ebbitt.com/
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Established in 1856, the Old Ebbitt Grill was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding, and Theodore Roosevelt. The restaurant's decor is comprised of a Beaux-Arts facade, mahogany and ... Read more
velvet booths, and bars set in marble, brass, and beveled glass. Old Ebbitt serves a diverse selection of food including steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, and also features an Oyster Bar.

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Sydney, Australia

Great atmosphere, Chris in the Corner Bar was amazing. Good food. Good prices. Easy relaxed stop after a long day.

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New York State

A historic lunchtime fave, Old Ebbitt Grill is an iconic DC spot, which first opened in 1856. Sit at the bar (look up to see an array of stuffed animal heads) and have the bartender help you spot famous DC politicos while you wait for your table.

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Orlando, Florida, USA

I would give 10 Stars if I could, we sat at the bar and Arturo served us.. he was on point.. the drinks were top notch, the convo was good, the advice on where to go next was the best (he was right). Food was amazing and the atmosphere felt like how an old throw back bar should feel. Prices are a lil high, but worth it for me... And it was packed we had no reservations and waited about 40 mins (they quoted us 90 at check in).

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Richmond, Virginia, USA

Tried them during restaurant week, the food was excellent! Very tasty, and the portions were massive! Great family, business, or dinner date place!

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Topeka

Been here a few times, definitely a D.C. historic staple; great food and knowledgeable staff.

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Oregon City, Oregon

The atmosphere was fantastic, the food was good, but not great. If you are looking for a superb dining experience, head to BLT.

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Edinburgh, UK

One of DC's most historic restaurants, this is a fun place to get a meal. It manages to maintain a bit of pomp and circumstance without being too stuffy. Food isn't cheap, but not nearly as expensive as I expected. Try the seafood -- I never have (I'm a vegetarian), but that's what it's known for.

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I believe it is the oldest restaurant in Dc still in operation. The food is mostly southern, but I likesd their clam chowder. My father liked the crab cakes. It's close to the White House, so you could make it part of a 'Dc History Day'-type adventure.

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I came for the history and I left impressed with the unique flavors and
excellent service.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Old Ebbitt is DC institution, and it lives up to its name, with a great set of standard dishes that seem to have been part of its traditional menu for quite some time. I ordered the lobster special and it was a surprising value. Service was prompt and excellent. Save room for dessert, as it was one of the best parts of the meal.

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Somers

Excellent is all I can say! I had the short ribs... Excellent, service was great (Stefanie). Great drinks. Highly recommended!

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Riverside, California

Had a very enjoyable time. I would definitely come back for the food and atmosphere.

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Local from Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

Old Ebbitt Grill, a historic oyster bar and restaurant, is just steps away from the White House. After work, the bar buzzes with a mix of tourists and business people eating oysters and sipping cocktails. The bartenders and waiters are well versed in the restaurant's history and are happy to share fun facts about the antiques and memorabilia that decorate the restaurant.

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Falls Church, Virginia, USA

Known as the city’s first saloon (opened in 1856), the Old Ebbitt Grill was originally part of proprietor William Ebbitt’’s boarding house (a place that accommodated some of the country’s most powerful political figures). Today, as one of the city’s oldest and poshest establishments, the Old Ebbitt Grill is still a good place to run into some of DC’s most powerful movers and shakers. Expect a dining experience heavy on atmosphere and a menu centered on American classics (i.e. well executed meat and seafood and a ridiculous wine list). For the budget conscious, the late night menu is full of reasonably priced treasures ($10.95 steamed mussels and Korean inspired pork belly tacos for $9.95).

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Escondido, California, USA

My favorite spot in DC the oldest restaurants near the White House. Stop in have the crab cakes and see the shakers and the movers of DC power lunch. Make a reservation as waits can be long.

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Local from Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

Old Ebbitt Grill was founded in 1856 by William Ebbitt, located right across the street from the White House and has been DC favorite for journalist, politicians and political elite since then. This is Washington’s oldest bar still in existence, though its location has not always been where it stands today. Originally the bar was part of a saloon that housed guests such as President McKinley, Ulysses Grant, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Warren Harding in what is Chinatown today. The bar moved to a number of locations, including the National Press Building, then in the 1920’s to a converted haberdashery. By 1970 the bar had it hard times and the owners of Clyde’s in Georgetown decided to purchase it. By 1983 Old Ebbitt Grill moved for the last time, landing it across the street from the White House and making it one of the most successful DC restaurants today.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Great historic spot with lots of atmosphere and great food, right near the White House.

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Seattle, Washington, USA
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I really liked this place. It's packed at all times, but we were able to find a spot at the bar (do this if you don't want to wait). Came just in time for HH which offers a 1/2 oyster deal. Also ordered the cuban which was very satisfying and came w/ fries. Super cool vibe, lots of pictures/art to look at, and the food/drink is good.

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A must go when visiting DC and the white house. Also have great selection of Oysters and drinks. Historically beautiful and full of stories. Parking in next door garage is reasonable. Service is excellent!

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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Another restaurant in the DC area with a super long wait! Old Ebbitt Grill is just walking steps from the White House.

Get the crab cakes! "95% crab & 5% cracker for bonding"
It was amazingly delicious! The pork chop was done nicely as well. Very juicy and moist.

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