Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005


Neighborhood: Downtown

Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Friday for breakfast 7:30 AM to 11 AM, for lunch 11 AM to 5 PM, for dinner 5 PM to midnight, and light fare midnight to 1 AM. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch 8:30 AM to 4 PM, for dinner 4 PM to midnight, and light fare from midnigh

Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Metro Center

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Raw bar selections such as oysters, littleneck clams, shrimp, crab claws, and lobster; wings; crab-and-artichoke dip; burger; crab-cake sandwich; cheese plate.

Neighborhood Eats: Old Ebbitt Grill

Photograph by Scott Suchman.

A hundred yards from the White House, this 152-year-old institution has been a favorite of several Presidents. We hope they ordered the oysters—they’re some of the best in town. Multitiered raw-bar platters—with a selection of cool, creamy oysters as well as littleneck clams, jumbo shrimp, crab claws, and lobster—are fun for sharing, even more so during the early-bird and late-night happy hours when most raw-bar items are half price. The historic saloon is also dependable for its wings, crab-and-artichoke dip, crab-cake sandwich, and cheese plate.

-March, 2008