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Old Ebbitt Grill

January 20th, 2013 by kimly

Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 (valet available for $10)

[on the corner of 15th Street and G, NW – Two blocks west of the 13th Street exit of Metro Center]

January 5, 2013 – 7.30pm reservation, 6 people

Great staff and wonderful food – reasonable wine prices. Old Ebbitt continues to earn its reputation as a DC landmark.

With friends visiting from out of town looking for a traditional DC eating experience, I suggested Old Ebbitt on reputation alone. We had a wonderful un-rushed meal before moving to the bar area for after dinner cocktails. After spending over five hours in the establishment, I wouldn’t hesitate to bring out of town guests here for the evening.


The group enjoyed salads, soups and oysters which were all fresh and tasty. The table shared an order of hand cut potato chips with blue cheese crumble – this starter is highly recommended when available – it is offered on occasion and is not part of the normal menu.

several individual cocktails were also ordered at this time.

Main Course

  • Mushroom Ravioli – wild mushroom-herb marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese
  • Grilled Filet Mignon – sautéed spinach, fried potato cake and sauce Choron
  • Trout Parmesan – parmesan crusted rainbow trout, flash fried, hollandaise sauce, roasted potatoes and green beans
  • Grilled Pork Chop – roasted acorn squash rings, kale and grain mustard sauce
  • Veal Stew – simmered with vegetables and herbs over mashed potatoes

The filets were grilled exactly to order, rare and were very tender and flavorful. The pork chop was significant and well received. The conversation around all the meals signaled dishes well prepared and were enjoyed by all at our table. The staff was attentive without hovering and engaged in a delightful banter with our party allowing for a relaxed night of catching up with friends.


  • Pear Crumble – warm with vanilla ice cream
  • Peanut Butter Pie – roasted peanut and chocolate chip crust filled with peanut butter mousse
  • Bourbon Walnut Pie – chocolate cookie batter, walnut and bourbon pie served warm with vanilla ice cream

The dessert plates were basically cleaned of crumbs, they were enjoyed so thoroughly.

Two bottles of red were shared. The wine list was seemingly extensive and hit a wide range of price points.

Total Cost: ~$500 including tip – unsure as to total cost of meal for the group as the waitstaff kindly split the bill 5 ways according to what each party ordered. Seems Old Ebbitt will evenly divide a bill across multiple parties or assign each menu item to a party ie. they will not split a bottle of wine across multiple people.

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