Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington DC

When Hubby and I have time together we’ve been binging on series of Madame Secretary and Scandal. So when he suggests a trip to Washington DC, I’m in with bells on.

We arrived late afternoon. I was feeling rather exhausted and battered as I often do on long flights, but the thought of spending a few hours eating at the famous 1856 Old Ebbitt Grill soon got me jumping into the shower.

As we strolled close to the right block, Hubby pointed out a large group of people and said ‘I wonder if thats the restaurant?’.

It was! Groups of school children were being taught it’s history. The most excited person at that point however, was my fella. Eating at the oldest Saloon in Washington DC does something to a man.

The Old Ebbitt, Washington DC

Inside was richly panelled, with brass and bevelled glass. All very Victorian.

There was a buzz of noise, which we loved. The atmosphere was fantastic.


We head to the (very popular) bar as we were early for our table. There was no problem getting served and very soon we were sitting on stools gazing around like guppies and supping on tall cold drinks.



The Old Ebbitt Grill has gathered many artefacts over the years. This (rather disturbingly) includes some animal heads that Teddy Roosevelt reputedly bagged in the Main Bar. Wow, happy that isn’t happening right now!



Time flew. We met a local couple who loved their city and chatted enthusiastically about things to see and do. They ate at the Old Ebbitt Grill every week. The place was packed and tables turned over quickly.

At our table a waiter with a broad smile was quick to pour perfectly chilled water and answer any questions on the menu. He recommended the meatloaf, but we had already got our taste buds reserved for other dishes. They are famous for their oysters and we felt a little sheepish that we well just didn’t fancy any.


Mahogany and velvet booths are great for family groups.


Behind me was a rather grand painting of The White House. We haven’t seen it yet, though it’s literally around the corner from here. Something to look forward to!


Hubby chose this cup of chilli. He was delighted. He kept jabbing his fork at it whenever I looked at him. That’s sign language men use when something tastes really good.

It came with little dry crackers, an American twist. I forced Andy to try it. He stopped jabbing. Not an idea to take home then.


This is my crab and avocado salad. I laughed delightedly when it arrived. You’ve got to love the way Americans can pile a tonne of crisps onto a plate, with a small handful of leaves and still call it a salad.

It tastes fabulous. The crab was incredibly tasty – and those crisps were moreish. They went perfectly with the soft crab and avocado. Yuuuuum.


Now, hubby was in a rush to dive into this burger. His photo wasn’t focused. It could be his hands were trembling with excitement (or perhaps he snapped before the automatic focus worked).

Hubby was ‘in heaven’ eating this burger. He had kept back a little chilli to make his own chilli burger.


My braised beef with parmesan polenta was seriously good. At least one in your group should order this meal.


The softed meat ever.


All the dishes are hugely generous in size and flavour. The quality of food would stand up in a boring space. But here, with all this Victorian splendour, atmosphere and great service too bout, well put it on your list of things to do in Washington DC.

We dismissed French sounding desserts and opted for proper American puds.


OMGgggggg. You kinda had to be there to really appreciate their true splendour. Like 80s kids getting their first 99, our eyes nearly popped out of our heads.


The texture and flavour of this peanut butter pie was fantastic.


Now, I’m getting serious now and looking into your eyes. Order this blondie. You will be talking about it for years to come.


Do yourself a flavour and book a table at the Old Ebbitt Grill if you get the chance to visit Washington DC. Just turn up hungry, they feed you well!


Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street, NW
DC 20005

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