Grillfish DC

4.4
2435 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
We source the finest, sustainable & local ingredients to create handcrafted food & beverages.

We are the first restaurant to partner in Washington, D.C. with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, ensuring safe and environmentally friendly seafood as part of our cuisine.

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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

For New Year's Eve, we will be offering two 3-course options for you to choose: a $60 per person package, or $80 per person if you choose to enjoy from one of our wine bottle selections. Our full menu will be available as part of the package, along with specials from Chef Aldo Ramos.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2435 People Are Saying
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WE
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food, service and ambiance. Bree is amazing as is Katie and the chef and manager always makes sure you are happy with your experience. Well done!!!!

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RB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food, atmosphere and service were all very good

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MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went with my parents (who love this place) and my fiancee. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was classy and intimate. We had a very enjoyable time, and I will definitely come back again!

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate there three times this week. Didn’t plan it, but it pulled through for every meal we needed throughout the day. Awesome food and service!

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a
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening with friends, great wine selection, love the 1/2 bottle options

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KR
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was very good, the service was below par. When we arrived and seated , no waiter for over ten minutes. When she did arrive, with a sour face, she wanted to take our order. I had to ask if we could get drinks. The salads arrived before the drinks and the main entree arrived right on top of the salads . Not the service of a high end establishment .

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ET
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Great Service. We go back everytime we are in DC

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fish was excellent, and the staff was very helpful and patient with my friends\’s rambunctious 2 year old. Will eat here again.

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RR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Wine selection is severely limited.
Wait staff makes you wait and wait.
Food average.

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b
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing (middle of bread was hard but crust was good and herb butter delicious) creme brulee cheesecake was to die for

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M
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with fresh Italian and seafood dishes and good wine selection. Service is excellent.

Happy hour only allowed at bar and we were there for dinner so same beverage more expensive at a table. Weird and disappointing from a value perspective. Bar was full and tables empty.

Time for owner to change this up.
Otherwise great place.

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KG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A conveniently located and nicely decorated restaurant. The service was attentive though the waiter made an error with my meal. The down sides: There was a Strong fish smell in the restaurant.My lunch salad was expensive for what was served. $17.50, and the amount of salad was about the size of a smallside salad. The salmon on top was juicy but didn't taste fresh. So overall a disappointing experience. I felt the value not great. The service and ambience were fine. It may be an anomaly since this place as well reviewed in general.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was great, birthday dessert came with a sparkler and no singing which I thought was lovely.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, pineapple carrot cake was to die for.

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is great. Lots of interesting options on the menu. Food was good. Sauces were excellent.

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j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Highly recommend the grilled seafood for two! It was delicious!

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WE
Washington DC
133 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Katie and Bree are outstanding; the fish is always perfectly cooked and fresh. The apple crisp is not to be missed.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there to Celebrate our 20th anniversary! Everyone was exceptionally friendly and accommodating from the moment we walked in the restaurant! Tony was our waiter. He was amazing. The food was delicious and easily accosted my gluten allergy and other food intolerances. It was a very special dinner and we would definitely go back whenever we’re in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food came out cold

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TT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have great experiences here, I’ve been many times. The place I go when I want seafood pasta and the like

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DA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and food . Impressive selections and quality choices . Wait staff extremely attentive .

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CS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the grilled fish skewers for two. The fra Diavlo sauce was perfect with linguine.

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JD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was phenomenal. Highly recommended and we will definitely be back!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, nice ambience. Our Family enjoyed it.

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RH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had previously been to Grillfish and very much liked the place. This time everything seemed to go wrong. Our server did not seem to understand the menu. She did not inquire about choices I had to make (kind of sauce etc), and, in the end made a mistake with the order. As we were going to a concert I took to wrong food. My wife had swordfish that alas and little flavor. It was an unfortunate evening in every way.

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DR
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

In town for a meeting and looking for somewhere close where I could get a quick bit. Nice place. The greeter was concerned with enough space, so she seated me on the patio on a beautiful fall day. Service was prompt. The food was very good.

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JA
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Entree's were very good. We had the grilled rockfish and linguini with lobster.
Could use a more extensive listing of cocktails. Decent wine list. Overall, a very worthwhile meal and experience.

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K
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was absolutely delicious! We started with the oysters, which were the perfect combination of briney with a hint of citrus. We then had the seafood chowder which was perfectly seasoned, no salt or pepper needed. We had the swordfish and the mixed grill, both were amazing. To top it off we went with the chocolate cake, very satisfying ending to an amazing meal. We had a big table behind us that was a little noisy and sometimes very loud. The place is on the smaller side with a great ambience. Overall...phenomenal! Highly recommend this place.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's not everyday that you can dine at a restaurant that serves excellent grilled ginger calamari. It was prepared with love and perfection.

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M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to this restaurant before attending a play at the Constitution Hall nearby. Parking was easy (parking lot next door with reasonable rates). The service was great and the food was delicious. Will definitely return in the near future!

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! I recommend this restaurant to everyone. I'm a resident of DC and this is definitely one of my favorite places to dine.

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MH
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We started with the happy hour at the bar which was average. I ordered some oysters. They tasted fine but the size varied considerably.

We were seated right behind the host counter when you come into the restaurant. For having a reservation, I was a little surprised that we didn’t have a better table since we arrived 45 minutes earlier than our dinner reservation.

The waitress wasn’t particularly friendly. She was all business. No specials, no inquiry for our birthday celebration.

I had a seafood pasta dish and my wife had the rainbow trout. They were decent but not particularly memorable.

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MQ
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Great service (Chris) but the food was really bland and underwhelming and priced at a premium.

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B
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Happy Hour for drinks and for small plates.
We had the full menu the first night, and we're so impressed with the Happy Hour Menu that we returned for a second time. We were not disappointed.

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JM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Waiter was very inattentive and forgot our drinks and messed up our food order. Buffalo Shrimp and mixed grill were very good.

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Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Restaurant was just okay. The seating is too crowded in the space and the noise level very high. For some reason it was very warm I side too. Food is good. Server seemed a bit frazzled but she did a nice job overall.

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DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Posillico was our server and was great, he was very attentive and helpful with both the bar and food menus. highly recommend

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K
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Grillfish was great! I have a lot of food allergies and the waiter put me at ease and the kitchen delivered a delicious meal! I would definitely visit again.

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JF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great space

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For fish in the Dupont area, this is the place. Casual elegance. Fine ingredients. Don't miss dessert

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