An October 2005 trip
to Washington, D.C. by candycorey
Quote: Wisdoms from my days spent working and touring around our nation's capital. Read to learn more about Washington's best restaurants and hot spots!
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!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 24, 2005
Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20005