Grillfish DC

4.4
2311 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
We source the finest, sustainable & local ingredients to create handcrafted food & beverages.

Our setting is unmatched and the best casual, neighborhood dining in the West End. The bar is ornately decorated with massive mirrors, large columns and a multitude of glowing candles. These, along with the open kitchen where flames leap from the grill, create a warmth and intimacy in a casual atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-4:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 331-7310
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ernesto Nuñez
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Private party facilities
Please contact Andy Phan for more information.
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Private party contact
Andy Phan: (202) 617-6869
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Catering
Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
M St.
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Parking details
Parking Garages close to Grillfish are PMI garages.
The first is located at 1110 New Hampshire Ave. NW less than one block from the restaurant. The Garage is open Monday through Wednesday until 10 pm and Thursday through Saturday until 12 Midnight. Sunday the garage closes at 8 pm. If the garage is full or if you're dining with us on Sunday there is another PMI garage at 2300 M St. NW. This is two blocks away from the restaurant and is open 7 days a week until 12 midnight.
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Public transit
Red Line -Dupont Circle. 19th street exit, walk down 19th St. to M St., turn right. 2 and a half blocks to the corner of New Hampshire & M St.
Blue/Orange Line -Foggy Bottom/GWU. Go left toward Washington Circle. Walk across Washington Circle to New Hampshire Ave. Walk 2 blocks on New Hampshire to the corner of New Hampshire & M St.
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Special events & promotions
Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2311 People Are Saying
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food
4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great service

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Smoky and loud, the delicate taste of the soft shell crab lost under a half inch coating of gooey batter. Unpleasant experience and would never go back.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great Food and a Great evening out. Really enjoyed grillfish!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent, service food and price! Searched google for new restaurants and this popped up and we had no regrets

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We’ve been to Grillfish on a previous trip to D.C. and it was great. This time, the service was just average and the food didn’t wow us. For the money, we expected something better.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Hadn’t been to Grillfrish in several years. Was very pleased the experience was delightful.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Our appetizer arrived quickly. The special cocktail of the day - Tamarind Ginger Margarita - was very tasty. And our entrees were generous and well-prepared. The server was helpful and friendly, available for any needs but unobtrusive. A lovely evening!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Love this place when in DC

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Enjoyed our meal at Grillfish. Food was outstanding. Service was okay. Ambiance/noise-level was a little loud for my taste, even though the dining room was only 3/4 full.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Service was slow and place was not busy.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I was a bit disappointed after seeing the high open table review for this restaurant. The fish was fresh and the food overall decent, but the service and ambiance was a bit off. It took almost 10 minutes of us just sitting at our table for us to get water and order drinks, and drinks took about 10 minutes to arrive at the table. After the initial delay, our server made an effort to be attentive and our meals arrived quickly. It's worth noting the limited 'sauces' offered for the grilled fish menu. All three options were catering to individuals that like heavy sauce on their fish. It would be great if they could offer a spiced grilled fish or simple fish with a lemon sauce for those that don't want a heavy sauce, particularly in hot weather. Finally, the setting is a bit bizarre since the neon sign and outside give the appearance of a modern restaurant but the inside is filled with faux greco-roman columns and decor. Really strange since some of their fish dishes are clearly asian-inspired (coconut-curry sauce, ginger calamari), rather than light and simple fish dishes found in both Greece and Italy. We came here after winning a gift certificate in a raffle, without another I can't imagine returning given the other restaurants we could choose in DC.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I was unimpressed with our table and how uncomfortable and small it was for 2 although I made a reservation. I noticed other tables of 2 with larger tables while we squeezed into one. The staff didn't seem to like that we'd turned the table to sit us both in the booth but we have a right to be comfortable also. I feel like the service was sub par. The wine list was not presented and the special menu for the night was not explained. We definitely would have bought alcohol had we known more of their cocktail list so all I had was lemonade & water. Overall the food was fantastic from beginning to end but I truly wish I'd had better service.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Was in Washington for the weekend. Had the most delicious dinner. Our table was ready when we got there. Our server was wonderful! Will definitely recommend to our friends!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Eclectic decor, you don't feel you need to be a DC "suit" to eat here and get the freshest seafood. Very reasonable wine list with knowledgeable wait staff. Felt like we were treated like family

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

I ordered the scallops, which were market priced at 35 dollars . I expected the tastiest scallops as i assumed i was paying for fresh scallops. They came in a delicious lime buttee sauce. However the scallops were slightly overcooked and no taste beyond the sauce. Service was okay.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Excellent food and service. Am from out-of-town but would return again if we visit DC again. Could not have gone better.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Excellent fresh fish at a great value. Many excellent choices available on the menu! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Overall, Grillfish D.C. was very good. The food was fresh, well presented and it had a varied menu. Enjoyed it very much and would probably go back again the next time in D.C.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This was my second visit to Grillfish and it was exceptional again. We were a few minutes early that didn’t phase them at all. The food was excellent, as was the wine. We shared the Buffalo shrimp to start which was really good and definitely a highlight. The mixed seafood pasta I had for main course was as good as ever. Definitely a place to visit in DC. Possibly wouldn’t bring my kids though as my kids aren’t the most adventurous of eaters!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Always one of my favorites while visiting family in DC.

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2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I loved the food and service have eaten there many times, but I won’t be back, because of their aggressive campaign to get their customers to vote no on Ballot Initiative 77 to provide a minimum wage for tipped workers. It inappropriate to force this view on their customers, when there isn’t the opportunity for education on the other side. A debate can be had, but this isn’t the way to do it.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Excellent place to indulge your fish and sea food passion. Nothing fancy, but everything is well prepared and delicious. Prices are reasonable and service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Everything was great regarding service and food! Drinks were not anything special and I would not recommend the drink with pineapple/habanero. The habanero sunk to the bottom and left little to no flavor besides the watered down pineapple. With mezcal I expect a focus on the Smokey and it did not complement well. Mixed grill for two was a great deal! We left full and enjoyed each fish.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Grillfish was wonderful. Food was great — fish was fresh. And staff were genuine and accommodating. No pretentiousness here! Thank you, in particular, to Alfredo.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

It was a good meal. Oysters from pei were take good.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Fish was a bit bland, service a bit slow, but overall nice place. Would return again but order diff items.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I've been coming here for many years, and have never been disappointed!

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Broccoli I was cold and bok choy soggy

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Grillfish is a reliable seafood establishment. It is consistently good at grilling fish, offering a nice assortment of local fish prepared very well.

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Food was ok but a restaurant specializing in seafood should certainly know better than to overcook tuna. Place was far too noisy to easily carry on a conversation. Will probably look elsewhere to find good seafood in D.C.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The Food & Service was excellent. Some of the portion sizes were on the smaller side, but I still left satisfied.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We loved everything about our meal! The ambience is cozy, but lively enough that it was upbeat. The service was excellent, unrushed, and they gave us complementary dessert for our birthday/graduation celebration. All 7 of us loved the appetizers and our meals. The calamari and scallop appetizers were especially delicious! We will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

One of the best birthday dinners ever! Thank you for making us feel welcome and making my day special.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Grace is an outstanding waitress.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We ate here twice on a recent weekend visit to DC. The first time I had a piece of red fish (similar to snapper), which was just perfectly cooked--exquisite. The second visit we shared the mixed grill, which was not quite as perfect but still quite good. Entrees are mostly fresh fish, cooked simply, with dipping sauces and a side (I had asparagus.) Easy place to eat gluten free, if you like fish. Service very good. On our second visit, we were seated outside when a giant typhoon-like thunderstorm started; we moved inside and I nursed my last drops of wine for a good while, hoping the rain would slow, and they were very gracious about it although they were busy. Wish we had a fish place like this near us.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I typically love Grillfish, but I have come to realize that they may not be a good option on holidays/special weekends. When I have dined during the week, the food was amazing, so I was excited to bring my family for Mother's Day. Let me first say the service was spectacular and I think that this was an off day for them. I have been to grillfish many times and this was my first negative experience. The food quality was just not what I wanted it to be. Again, the service was spectacular and I would go again, but never on a weekend.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent food and service. Great food for an excellent price! Will definitely dine here again.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The setting is a bit dingy with a rather dark downbeat mural taking up an enormous wall but fish and seafood meals are excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Was ok. Fantastic tamarind margaritas

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

From the moment we walked in the staff was on point. Greeted us like family. Excellent wine, dinner and dessert were delicious. Recommend the chocolate sundae cake and the lobster pasta dish. Scallops were very good too. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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