Grillfish DC

4.4
2382 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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 2382 People Are Saying
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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We have dined in many establishments from diners to Five Star restaurants. We have never experienced worse service. The waitress was rude and surly. She actually threw the butter plate on the table as she said sorry. Refused to clear plates. Refused to bring water. Intentionally refused service. She did all she could to make it an unpleasant experience. Unbelievable. And no relief from manager or coworkers who were observing the entire charade. Apparently this is standard treatment. This type of non-service can only happen if the management condones it. The subpar food was overshadowed by the abusive service. We were glad to leave. Do not ever go there. We won’t again. I don’t usually rate restaurants but the poor experience deserves the effort. People should know what they are in for.

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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There will never be enough words to express how much we enjoyed this restaurant! The staff were friendly, the atmosphere was nice and laidback and the food was incredible. I honestly can’t remember the last time that I enjoyed a meal so much! The distinct flavors of each dish and the presentation made me feel like I was in a much fancier restaurant! Fine dining food at a mid-range price!

I can’t recommend this restaurant enough!

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BR
New England
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

First time. Food was solid fish chowder was quite good. Will return when in DC again.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Waiter was very gracious to two elderly members of our party.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on a long weekend for our 46th wedding anniversary. This was our last night in Washington and we wanted a special dinner without breaking our wallets. After an exhaustive search on the internet, we decided on Grillfish. What a great choice! First off, they treated us like royalty since they knew that it was our anniversary, via OpenTable. Our waiter, Vick, was wonderful. He also treated us like a king and a queen. The food was excellent and reasonably priced, for downtown Washington. We had shrimp and oysters for an appetizer and then had scallops and Fra Diavolo as entrees. It was all excellent and then they threw in dessert for us for our anniversary. The environment was great and it turned out to be an excellent “anniversary date night”!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh and wonderfully prepared.

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EB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a great experience. The staff was great. The food was excellent. A good selections of food. My waiter was very knowledgeable of the menue. The restaurant is a nice reasonable place to take a date for great seafood, good drinks, and it will not break the bank.

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Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grillfish is consistently excellent. We had swordfish and halibut. Both were perfectly cooked. The Stoli Doli's were a nice start. Great chocolate cake a la mode for dessert. Latoya was personable and helpful. We couldn't have asked for more.

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PS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. Service was terrific. Good kids menu too.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were at the restaurant on a Saturday afternoon. The menu had changed since our last visit so we were slightly disappointed. Nevertheless, the food was still decent but the service was a bit slow.

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had the mixed grill of seafood- delicious!!

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M
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the mixed grill, which came with a variety of seafood (shrimp, scallops, dolphin fish, etc.). Simple food cooked to perfection. The red curry sauce that came on the side was out of this world. Also, the grilled vegetables were really good. If you're looking for something trendy/edgy this isn't the place. Go if you are looking for well-prepared food in a good atmosphere. Will go back.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is great fish, great price, super service and nice location.

Good for after meeting dinner and probably a decent happy hour as well.

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FB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed expected more from the reviews. Service was slow as they seemed to be understaffed in a busy Sunday night . Our server was burnt out and didn't really care ( Did not explain the menu , never brought bread, never checked when the food came out.).
The food was fast but that's probably because my Salmon was still sushi raw in the middle., will not be returning again.

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KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was ok, it came out fast, but the service was mediocre.

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J
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The crab and shrimp omlet was the best I've ever had. Loved that all the great fish options were still available. The mimosa choices are great, and the service is attentive without being cloying. The perfect brunch.

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LA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service by waiter Wind and food was above average . Tony the manager did nice gesture of complementary desert for a slight dissatisfaction we had.

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Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately the reviews that I read were far more positive than our experience. To begin with, the room temperature was quite warm, as in uncomfortable, as the air conditioning was under producing. But most importantly the food was nothing more than average. Bread was brought to the table approximately 15 minutes after we ordered. The appetizers of portobello mushroom and shrimp scampi were unimaginative and routinely prepared by what seemed...amateur short order cooks. Their signature (?) dish... grilled seafood was bland and underwhelming. The seafood linguini was nothing special... lacked seasoning. The Mac & cheese that we ordered for our 12 year old was much too spicy and was uneaten....no mention of the spiciness appeared on the menu. Our server like everything else about this restaurant was of poor quality. Had to ask twice for my wife’s cocktail and had to ask 4 times to have my daughters water glass refilled. Would never return to this restaurant.

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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us went for dinner during Restaurant Week. The choices were fantastic. Everyone got something different and we were all pleased. The service and atmosphere were also great. We will return!

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NA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Came here during restaurant week, but would likely not come and pay the regular prices. This is a good place generally. The entres were delicious. The appetizers tasted like they were defrosted, but the dessrt was tasty.

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i
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed the brunch. I had bananas foster French toast, which was delicious! My son had a crab and shrimp
Omelette, which he really liked. Nice atmosphere!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, had great brunch!

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TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food wasn't the greatest and the host didn't make way to connect with my party in the process of seating. We went for restaurant week and the entree's were quite average to taste. The mango sorbet and kale salad was great, however! We also had a very helpful and friendly server named Katie.

I would give it another try and order off the main menu for sure.

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MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My friends and I went for dinner for restaurant week. The food was really tasty and fresh. The only disappointment was our waitress. She wasn’t friendly nor engaging. At times, it felt as though we were an annoyance when asking for condiments. Aside from that we enjoyed dining there and would definitely return.

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AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Happy hour had a nice seafood menu. We had the mussels, mixed grill, fish lettuce wrap, and a salad. They were all well prepared and nicely priced. We would come back.

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RW
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing special. Fish was bland, waiter was pleasant, and ambiance was more family-dining than romantic.

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LH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We came here for restaurant week. Of the 4 of us, two really liked their entree, and all really liked their appetizers. I was especially gratified that my salmon piccata came served on spinach, rather than pasta, per my dietary request. And it was DELICIOUS! The folks who had the mixed seafood platter were not impressed. The Key Lime pie was wonderful, the mixed sorbet was coconut, which no one knew in advance and I personally do not care for. And although the server was pleasant, we felt like we had been forgotten. Our drinks took a long time to be served. The server did not ask which of 3 sauces the folks with the mixed seafood wanted, and the one served was too spicy for one of the diners. We finally asked a different server to bring dishes of the other sauces. So, kind of a mixed experience for us.

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week in DC. Excellent waiter and great food!!

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was outstanding. Would highly recommend

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ML
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleased with Grillfish. The food was very good with some imagination beyond the usual seafood restaurant. The service was excellent. Our server Chris was very helpful as we chose our dinner selections. The location was very convenient to all the hotels in the West End/Georgetown section. We will definitely return on our next trip to Washington DC.

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LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was great! I will be back.

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Richmond
45 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Wonderful fish. Get the GRILL - sounds obvious, but do it! The pasta dishes are also well done.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish was cooked perfectly and the service was great!

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice spot close to Dupont Circle. The restaurant is gracious and looks brand new. I got a grilled trout with a side of spinach. The fish wasn't the best I ever had, but it was good and fresh. The spinach were very good and we got some freshly baked bread before the mains. Overall recommended, especially for lunch (they run a special menu).

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F
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent: a very good pear + apple salad; pan-seared halibut (all the soft-shell crabs had already been ordered by others); broccolini; and a good Malbec. The bread was fresh and very good, too. The waiter was very, very helpful, in particular by helping ensure that I was served food to avoid a food allergy/problem. He was very attentive and courteous, which was much appreciated. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for food, service and environment. Would love to go back soon!

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MO
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun spot. Excellent fish, sides and desserts. Fresh fish with an Asian fusion flare. Fun!

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Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You'll never be disappointed at Grillfish. The mixed grill is a favorite.

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Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed the steak and shrimp. Steak was cooked as I asked and shrimp were well seasoned. Sides were delicious.

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Q
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrate my birthday here and it was great! they treated my guest of 15 people very well, especially with sesting. they adjusted the table for the comfort of everyone. Grillfish was patient with my arrival due to me running later than my guest. the food was amazing. I was offered free desert and it wa delicious!! i will definitely be coming back again and again!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish was cooked to perfection like always.

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