Johnny's Half Shell

400 N. Capitol St., NW
Washington, DC 20001


Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Cuisines: Seafood, Southern, Modern, American

Opening Hours:
Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.

Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station

Price Range: Expensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Roasted-beet-and-cucumber salad with smoked sturgeon and a caviar parfait; charbroiled Chesapeake oysters; made-to-order oyster stew; gumbo; Maryland crabcakes; lobster with drawn butter and fresh shell beans; coconut cream pie.

Scene: Outdoor Seating

Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM; $5.50 drafts, $8 cocktails, discounts on select seafood items.

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Johnny’s Half Shell

Ann Cashion has been hailed over the years for championing local foods, but the James Beard Award winner is perhaps more properly understood as an advocate for place. At her bustling Capitol Hill restaurant, the traditions of the Mid-Atlantic are given their due in unfussy preparations, while the divides of Congress are surmounted as politicos find commonality in food and drink.

It doesn’t hurt that Cashion sends out some of the city’s finest seafood, from perfect crabcakes to an immensely satisfying grilled lobster.

Leave room for cakes and pies that, like the restaurant, never show off and always hit the spot. Don’t miss: Barbecue shrimp; grilled chicken wings; tequila-cured gravlax; charbroiled oysters; oyster stew; sautéed soft-shells; crab imperial; lemon chess pie; chocolate angel-food cake. Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Expensive.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013