Party Earth Review Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill has long been popular with everyone from presidents and political insiders to wandering tourists, all attracted by the upscale American menu, the raw bar, and the fun of guessing which... ... read full review
675 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Blue, Orange Red Lines: Metro Center
M–F 7:30am–2am, Sa 8:30am–3am, Su 8:30am–2am
DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON, DC –
Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill has long been popular with everyone from presidents and political insiders to wandering tourists, all attracted by the upscale American menu, the raw bar, and the fun of guessing which table was Theodore Roosevelt’s.
A stone’s throw from The White House, the venue sports neoclassical architecture that blends in well with its surroundings, while the vast interior hosts multiple Victorian-style rooms that remain busy at practically all hours.
Antique mahogany booths in the main dining areas foster a swanky atmosphere, buoyed by gas lamps and sprawling paintings of patriotic Americana. But despite the crisp white tablecloths and thick wine list, the place features comparatively low prices that will please even budget-conscious patrons.
Four marble and brass bars with saloon-style touches like beer steins and impressive taxidermy attract those in the mood to kick back with a cold one, while seafood lovers gravitate to the oyster station to watch the daily catch being prepared.
And to enjoy a good shuck.
Two daily Happy Hours at the raw bar (Fridays and Saturdays excluded, and one on Sundays) often attract the biggest crowds, especially after 11pm when shy tourists must learn to push past confident politicos if they want any half-price oysters.
Weekend nights tend to draw an older crowd, while weekend brunch tempts all types to overindulge in crêpes, French toast, and Bloody Marys.
Old Ebbitt Grill has certainly stood the test of time, and manages to combine elegance and history without being touristy, and to be swanky without feeling stuffy.
Suited-up young professionals, serious businessmen, politicos, staffers, families, and scads of tourists. All ages.
Handful of flat-screens tuned to sports or news.
A wide range of traditional upscale American fare with full breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, and kids’ menus. Emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients from local farms and meats, fish, poultry, and seafood from their native regions.
Carry-out service available during the week. Reservations suggested. Happy Hour at the oyster bar M–Th 3–6pm and 11pm–1am, Su 11pm–1am.
Valet available M–Sa after 6pm and all day Sunday.
Brunch menu $5–$26, breakfast menu $11–$17, lunch menu $12–$26, dinner menu $16–$26, oyster menu $14–$100.
Beer $5–$7, wine $7–$10+/glass or $24–$251+/bottle, cocktails $6.50–$9. Valet $10.
Casual to business: everything from suits and blazers to cargo pants and loud t-shirts.
Any night but Friday and Saturday to get in on the Happy Hour at the oyster bar, Friday and Saturday nights to hang with an older crowd for a change, or Sundays for brunch.
The same folks who currently operate Old Ebbitt also own The Hamilton (600 14th Street NW), a massive restaurant, bar, and nightclub located just around the corner with lots of seafood and artisan cocktails, and a concert hall in the basement.