Great seafood & less expensive than you think.
I love this place for the bar scene & the restaurant. It has great seafood and the entrees are reasonably priced, most under $20 - even the crab cakes.
At the bar, they have lots of beer & wine options and you can order from the bar menu, which has fantastic crab dip, empanadas, and fresh oysters on the half shell. During happy hour, their oysters are half price, and late in the evening.
Citysearch Editorial Review.
Founded in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is D.C.'s oldest and most historic saloon. Just steps away from the White House, this all-American restaurant--rumored to have once been a boarding house, though the exact original location is disputed--serves traditional American fare with a strong emphasis on fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients. Open seven days a week, the restaurant is popular among both locals and tourists. Old Ebbitt Grill also features four full-service bars serving an impressive selection of craft cocktails and world wines by the glass. This favorite dining destination of former presidents such as McKinley, Grant, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt, has charming Victorian decor, with velvety, emerald-colored booths and transports guests to historic Washington at its finest.
I live in Los Angeles and visit DC every other year or so. No matter what, my trip has to include three things, Visit to the Mall and Museums, Stroll through Union Station, and a meal at Old Ebbits.
The best crab cakes ever. Make a reservation because they're always busy. But even if i had to wait an hour, it would be worth it.
Wide variety of customers. Politicians, Tourists, Locals, all crowd in the bar and front lobby for a drink and to wait for a table.