Nick's Riverside Grill

3.8
279 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat after work, a fun place for all the friends and family to gather or a romantic night on the waterfront, Nick's Riverside Grill is the place to be.

Our seasonal menus offer everything from fresh seafood to hand cut steaks as well as our signature Crazy Big Nachos and Jumbo Lump Crab cake Sandwich, which means there is something for every one and any appetite.

Join us for Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4-7 pm at our inside and outside bars and take advantage of our $5.00 draft beers, rail liquors and house wines as well as .50 cent wings.

Or reserve space with us for a large party from bar parties, corporate dinners, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, or any other large function you have!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday-Friday 11:30 am-10:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am-11 pm

**Bar is open till 2 am most nights
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Phone number
(202) 342-3535
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We offer catering to go orders to large parties and for the boats docked near the restaurant. For more information, email Marie at marie.golden@nicksriversidegrill.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Thomas Jefferson St NW
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Parking details
Underground Garage located at 30th and K Street. It is part of the complex but we do not validate. K St also offers street parking.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn Metro stations are a ten minute walk from the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Valentines Day is fast approaching and our chef has created some amazing specials just for you! Join us February 10-14th and try out something new!

Chicken Tiki Masala- Basmati rice, toasted naan and fennel jalapeno slaw- $26.00

Stir Fry Alaskan King Crab Legs- Black beans, ginger, scallion and cilantro; Served over basmati rice- $59.00

House Smoked Baby Back Ribs (full)- Chipotle bbq, green beans, baby carrots and French fries- $36.00

Individual Raspberry Truffle Heart- Raspberry jam, chocolate butter cream and ganache- $9.00

Reservations are encouraged
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 279 People Are Saying
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3.6
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing! He was very friendly and ergent.

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LF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nick's has a great location on the waterfront. The outdoor dining faces the courtyard and the food is really good. The staff was prompt and accommodating. They let us know when there was a thunderstorm in the area and gave us the option of moving inside or under the building overhang. We opted for the building overhang and had a fun time watching the light show.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Made a reservation, was seated early but waiter was unfamiliar with menu and specials, food took over 45 minutes to be delivered even though there were only a couple tables in the restaurant. Other tables who arrived after us and seated around us had food delivered even though we arrived earlier and only ordered sandwiches. French fries were cold, condiments provided were empty, had to request items that were listed on the menu but not delivered ex baguette bread with the andouille and shrimp broth appetizer. Restaurant charged to add iceberg lettuce and slice of tomorrow to child’s cheeseburger or told us we had to pay for an adult burger, unable to split checks... I asked to speak to a manager and told she was too busy and then was ignored and then had to request a second time after waiting 10 minutes. After requesting the check it took 10 more minutes to receive the check and then we refused to pay automatic gratuity because of how awful the overall service was. The manager did absolutely nothing to apologize or make the situation right. Extremely disappointed and will never go back. Terrible!! Do not go if you are expecting good service or to be treated well.

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

Food was good. Atmosphere great. Service was below average the day we were there.

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JF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The Place looked messy, service disorganized. Our apps arrived after our mains. The layout and the vibe were chaotic. Yes, there are great waterfront view but the place is a mess

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It wasnice

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

An enjoyable dining experience but a bit noisy for the seniors crew.

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good, service acceptable. Very loud, we were sitting so close to other diners we could hear their conversations. One weird thing happened, a diner next to us was served a medium well steak when he ordered a medium rare steak. I saw the steak (sine we were so close) and it was definitely not medium rare, so he sent it back. The waitress came back and said the chef said it was cooked correctly...WHAT? I have never been to a restaurant where the chef disagreed with the customer. Needless to say, the manager got involved and I think all sides were satisfied. But the gentleman did not get to eat at the same time as his family. Otherwise, the restaurant was okay. We were there only because we were going on a cruise afterward.

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

This place was extremely loud and a little dirty. The food was only ok, but not worth the price.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It was our anniversary. I tried to request outdoor seating but was placed in a small patio far below looking out onto the water. We were also told they could not seat us (even on the small empty patio) because the kitchen was backed up. I tried to negotiate with the young lady at the desk but that did not work. After dinner we went for a walk and found the larger patio up the stairs out by the water with plenty of open tables. Very disappointing anniversary dinner. Oh!! Why do we click on special occasions when they make no acknowledgement of it.

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Cleveland
83 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice river front location. Very impressed with the mussels. Perfectly cooked and cleaned. Loud and casual environment. The noise of children and sports fans in the bar was more than I would choose, but the food was solidly executed.

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Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nick's Riverside Grill was a disappointment. It is in a prime location on the waterfront in Georgetown, and it's very expansive, large indoor areas, bar, upstairs, and a big outdoor patio. On a Saturday at lunch time in was nearly empty indoor and sparsely filled outside. Perhaps because the food is just so-so.

Service was friendly, but a bit haphazard. All items ordered had 'odd' twists to them. An appetizer of edamame - typically steamed and maybe salted - came with a spicy sweet sauce poured over them, making them nearly impossible to eat (VERY messy to pick up, which is the only way to eat edamame) and did not work at all with this normally delicious legume.

Shrimp cocktail - the prawns were indeed large. But again, not sure what the sauce concoction was supposed to be. Over sweet and overwhelmed the shrimp. They were better with just lemon squeezed over them.

Nachos - obscenely huge portion - suited for about half dozen people. The chips were not fresh. Stale or soggy where sauce touched them. Really a big mess.

We will not bother coming back. There are many better options around town.

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PG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views and very tasty food, I will definitely return for other menu items.

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BD
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was excellent. We loved the steak and the salmon. Well seasoned and perfectly done as requested. The only thing we didn't like was the noise level; it was difficult to hear each other.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Showed up on time for our reservation, but had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. When we were finally seated, I saw 7 or 8 empty tables that just hadn't been set yet. As for the food, the bison tacos were excellent, but the baby back ribs were extremely dry. The server was mediocre. The Saturday night crowd was similar to what you would expect to find at Hooters. My sangria was ok, not bad but nothing special. I think this place is more of a meat market than a restaurant, at least on Saturday night.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect for sitting along the water. Not overly pricey but good food.

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was exceptionally friendly and efficient. I will be returning there with a large group after my daughter’s graduation later this month

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CJ
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

After 17 minutes sitting with no wait staff,
We left.

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PF
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

A great place for drinks and hanging out with friends at the bar or outside on the patio but not for dinner where you would like have a conversation. 4 Stars seems too high after dining here. The server was the best part of the experience. She was late coming to the table after we were seated but once she arrived she did a good, not great, job. The entrees were good but a bit overpriced. It’s a very loud place.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reunion with friends from out of town

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was expecting more from the food for the cost.

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GF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Had lamb chops and my wife had tortellini. Both were cooked just right. Key lime pie was very good too. It is a bit loud due to the hard floors and glass walls, but it wasn’t distracting for us. Definitely going again.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate here for Valentine's Day. We were surprised at how empty it was that evening, but it worked great for us since we tend to not like crowds/noise. The restaurant was calm, had great ambiance, was perfect for conversation, and had awesome music playing. I had the crab cake sandwich, which was okay (had great fries), and my boyfriend got the carne asada, which was delicious and very colorful. Great wine & beer menu. I'm sure it's livelier on other nights, but we enjoyed our quiet valentine's date!

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DJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were fine. The only problem was the noise. It was VERY loud. We ate there inside in January so the experience outside by the river may be very different.

The prix fixe was a great value which I strongly recommend.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the spicy mussels on a friend's suggrstion and it was great. We were seated on the glass roof area and we cold during the meal.

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SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quick meal; Views are fantastic and the food is good;

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B
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We looked at the reviews for this on Open Table and they looked really good. The location has the appeal but the restaurant is riding on that and it feels as if they’ve not put any effort into the food here because they have a captive audience. Food was food chain type fare. Really unimpressive and basic.

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Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was perfect!!!!!! Management (Ricky)was awesome so was the Bartender that waited on me!!!!! The food was great just need bigger T.V.'s for watching the skins play lol

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Awful overpriced food. Horrendous service.

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Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Sat outside on a busy Saturday--my expectations for service were pretty low given it was crowded. However, service was generally MIA from the beginning of our visit. Food was pretty mediocre and really no effort to check in on us during the meal, refill waters etc. Good place to hang out and drink, but I would avoid the food.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Awful experience,rude waitress

Vouldnt hear each other from across the table.. People were walking around and had their bacsides in our faces while trying to enjoy overpriced not that good tacos

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Bar had Raider fans that crowded into the dinner area. Restaurant staff should have kept them to the bar area.my dad's 75th bday party celebration was memorable for the wrong reasons. Disappointed.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was very chill, which I liked. The service was great and our food came very quickly. Will definitely eat at again.

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and friendly service, beautiful riverside dinning. However, only reservations for inside can be made ahead. Outside dinner is a first come first serve basis.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was expected to be much better - food orders were completely messed up and one of my family members didn't even get to eat her meal at all. There was an issue with the seating - we were a group of 5 squeezed at a table meant for 4 - not as comfortable as it could have been.

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terriable service followed by terriable food. Reservations mean nothing here, we were sat right next to the bathroom.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

The service and location are both great, but it is definitely overpriced considering the quality of the food. Much better options in the area!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just okay.... a little overpriced .... better dining options around

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! We had reserved an inside table, but they graciously moved us to an unreservable outside table, and added space for four unexpected friends to join us. The crab cakes were wonderful. And, of course, the view is amazing. The interior was VERY loud when we ended up inside due to rain. Not a place for a quiet dinner.

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AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a friend from Buffalo in town just for the evening. We came here for the riverside view which includes the Kennedy Center. But I was pleasantly surprised by how good the service was (before checking in the person in front me was given the hostess an earful about the poor service his group had received) as well as how tasty the food was. Lots of wine and beer selections though it is strange that some of the beers can only be ordered inside. (Nick, you should fix that!) All in all, we had a good time catching up while enjoying the food and view.

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