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September 6, 2009
From journal Our Nation's Capital
September 1, 2008
From journal 4th of July in the Nation's Capital
Los Angeles, California
April 22, 2008
Whether during a business day or at the end of one, it is a great spot to conduct either a business meeting or retire for dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. It was my first visit to this restaurant, but I sensed I was stepping into a small bit of history. The deep-hued woods, marble bar and beveled glass décor offer a welcoming feeling to this classy eatery. The service we experienced was excellent. Our server recommended the house specials, from which I chose their famous Parmesan-crusted Trout. It was a good decision on my part and I was rewarded with a very delicious, crunchy yet moist, piece of fish. It was a perfect-sized portion, accompanied by sautéed vegetables.
Although, when on the coast, I try to take advantage of the flavorful fresh fish fare, the restaurant also offers a wide selection of non-seafood appetizers and entrees. For those that desire an alcoholic beverage, the restaurant’s bar looked inviting and quiet. Check out their gallery of photos online.
From journal Recommended Georgetown Restaurants
February 13, 2008
W St Paul, Minnesota
August 12, 2007
As the bar where Grant came to have a drink, we had to go here. We didn't have reservations but the wait was fairly short (maybe 20 minutes) for a Saturday night. We waited in the bar and each had a cool beer for relief from the day. We were given a pager to let us know when the table was ready. When we were seated, I looked around and was surprised by the variety of clothes. The couple next to us had on a suit and evening gown. We were in shorts and collared shirts. The next table down was in cut offs and tee shirts, so when they say any attire is OK, they really mean it. Our waitress was very prompt at getting our order and making sure that our water glasses stayed full. Having eaten big meals the last 2 nights, this was a sandwich night. My wife had a cheeseburger with fries. The burger was big and done well, but then again how can you go too wrong on a cheeseburger. I ordered a Rueben sandwich, Mine was very good also. The corned beef was tender and very thinly sliced. There was just enough sauerkraut to give the sandwich some flavor. I guess here in Minnesota, the gob on the sauerkraut, so I was surprised at how putting less on added to the taste.
When we were done, we took a quick stroll through to see all the stuffed heads. Rumor has it that one of them was shot by Teddy Roosevelt. The place has an old world feel with the dark wood and stuffed animals all over. It was a nice place for a sandwich with reasonable prices.
From journal Washington in the Heat
Heidelberg, Virginia, Germany
October 24, 2005
Old Ebbitt is Washington's most historic saloon, founded in 1856. Located at a different location, the Grill was initially a boarding house to America's Who's Who. Famous guests include Presidents McKinley, Grant, A. Johnson, Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, and Harding.
Today, Old Ebbitt sits directly across from America's Bank, the Treasury, a stunning sight to meet after emerging from the Grill. Old Ebbitt boasts a Victorian-like interior that resembles Washington saloons around 1900. Guests are greeted by a cozily lit space filled with rich, dark wood booths and marble staircases, as well as a marble indoor seating courtyard. You will immediately be taken back in time and can forget the busy bustle of Washington's streets.
Old Ebbitt's extensive menu is simply delicious. Anyone will find something on their menu that they must try. I personally greatly enjoy their pasta dishes. While the restaurant tends to cater to the after-work/pre-theatre crowd, they are very child-friendly and offer a solid kid's menu. Dress is not a problem, whether you're simply touring the city, grabbing a drink with friends after work, or headed to the 8pm show, you will feel comfortable here. Unless you are dining on a weekend during prime mealtime, you should not require a reservation. Generally the staff is very friendly, greets you with a smile, and will have you seated in no time. However, online reservations can be made through www.opentable.com. Another swell bonus is the free valet parking after 6pm!
From journal Working in Washington, DC
June 1, 2005
I loved the atmosphere here, which had an upscale feel yet still remained casual enough for kids. Think lots of dark woods, tablecloths, and booth seating. Paintings on the walls show scenes like the nearby White House.
We were quickly seated and started looking at our menu.
Since I'm from Georgia, I had to order the Georgia Spinach Salad: a delicious concoction topped with mango and pecans. However, I could have gotten anything from pasta to trout. The offerings are typical American fare, which means there were also a lot of sandwiches to choose for a light meal as well as more expensive entrees like crabcakes. I noticed a "veggie sandwich" offering for those among us who don't like meat. Kids have options such as chicken fingers or PB&Js served with applesauce.
Overall Impression: My friend knew what she was talking about. This is a great place to eat. The oyster bar is famous. You might spot a well-known politician, though he or she may opt to dine in a private room. While more expensive at night, the prices are really very reasonable. Brunch is served on the weekends.
From journal Washington DC with a WWII Veteran
June 14, 2002
The Old Ebbitt bills itself as the oldest saloon in Washington, but this is somewhat disingenuous as its location has changed several times. A boarding house in Chinatown originally housed the Old Ebbitt, which was where Presidents Grant, Andrew Johnson, Cleveland, and Roosevelt came to refresh themselves at the stand-around bar. When the boarding house was demolished, the establishment moved to the National Press Building on F Street, then moved again when that building was razed. However, the contents of the saloon were put up for auction and the owners of Clyde’s of Georgetown snapped them up, happy to get "a lot of history and myth" for their money. The new proprietors have played that historical legacy to the hilt, and the heady Gilded Age atmosphere of the new restaurant is so thick you can practically chew it. The place is "deservedly mobbed" at lunchtime, while reservations are essential for dinner.
The grill is divided into several sections. The crowd in the opulent, paneled Main Dining Room is a virtual who’s who of White House staffers, lobbyists, journalists, and Capitol Hill types intermixed with goggle-eyed tourists. The decoration is Edwardian men’s sporting club, with museum-quality paintings and antiques. Downstairs is a handsome private dining room, while to the side are separate areas for an Oyster Bar, Corner Bar, and Grants Bar, which features a large painting of a reclining nude. Elaborate murals of Washington sights are painted on various ceilings and walls.
While the main dining room is where the action’s at, the Atrium offers a less frenetic, garden-like atmosphere under tall palm trees in an almost hushed marble foyer. This is where a friend and I had lunch after a free noontime concert at the nearby Church of the Epiphany. I splurged and had the Maryland crab cakes, while she opted for a salad with gorgonzola cheese. Neither item was particular expensive by Washington standards, though frankly the food didn’t match the setting. (I confess, though, that being a Marylander makes me finicky in the matter of crab cakes.) The menu changes daily but generally offers upscale pub fare as well as "oysters of the day" from the raw bar.
Don’t leave without looking at the Old Bar, where those famous Roosevelt game trophies are mounted. The maitre ‘d informed me that the two wooden bears placed along the bar once belonged to Alexander Hamilton. One of the bears was hollowed out and used to hide bottles of liquor during the Prohibition.
The power lunch crowd, a heady atmosphere, and hearty food – that’s the Old Ebbitt Grill.
From journal Big Game Hunting in Washington, D.C.
by Bri like Cheese
San Francisco, California
April 1, 2002
From journal The Crazy Girls' Guide to Washington DC
February 1, 2002
The bar is very crowded as is the restaurant. It is in the shadow of the White House and is often a pre-theater dining stop. Old Ebbitt is really is a proverbial DC-establishment place to dine. The dinner menu has moderately priced sandwiches like a buffalo chicken or hamburger both served with fries for $7.95. They also have more traditional entrées like steaks, rack of pork and are known for their oysters served on the 1/2 shell on ice.
The restaurant is large and cavernous. There is a back bar area for smokers and cigar tokers. It is in an office building, but from the wood paneled walls and heavy wooden booths, you would never know it.
From journal Washington, DC haunts