Grillfish DC

4.5
2889 reviews
$30 and under
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.
A $3 per person fee for desserts brought from outside will be applied to the check. Outdoor seating cannot be reserved. Reservations can be confirmed over the phone or through OpenTable. Unconfirmed reservations may be considered canceled and tables will only be held for 10 minutes. Reservations for 6 or more need to be made by calling the restaurant and require a credit card.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2889 People Are Saying
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WALT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderfully prepared fish and attentive service says it all. But brilliantly fresh oysters for $1.25 each put the topping on the cake! Highly recommend! Will return soon!

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CharleneT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

Love the atmosphere and ambience! However, the food was mediocre and not worth the money we paid. For $178 we could have gone to a 5 star restaurant. The Seafood Chowder was ok, it had very little seafood. The Risotto was not flavorful. It had a decent amount of shrimp but that was it as far as seafood. I don't need to rush back there. Sorry, just being truthful. As one who relies on reviews to a degree, I wanted to be truthful. Our drinks were good though!

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Joeski
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Went there for lobster, was sad to realise they didn't have any, but then was blown away by the pasta and sides.

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vipSeaside
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Marvelous fresh ingredients prepared perfectly

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Liselle
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a table reserved, but opted to eat at the bar. The bartender was friendly and professional. We enjoyed our drinks and the dishes we ordered.
Will definitely return.

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MattM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere.

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vipErica
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dining experience! John, our server, was attentive, funny and overall superb. The food was delicious. We had the mussels, ginger calamari, branzino, salmon and surf & turf. I also received a very nice dessert (on the house) for my birthday.

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JeffW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and service. Sustainable fish. MD oysters

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StuartD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This was the first time I have been here to Grillfish, me and my wife went for our anniversary and it was about what we expected. I’ll start by our server,
I don’t recall his name but he was very quick and acccurate with everything and it made things go smoother. My wife ordered the Surf and Turf and I got the swordfish. However they were out of the swordfish, so I was left with my second choice, the arctic char. The food took a little time to get to the table but rightfully so considering my wife’s steak is cooked medium. So after about 20 minutes the food came everything came in one and it looked delicious. Then, when I cut into the steak, it was so fatty and it was bleeding all over the plate. If it was medium rare, maybe you could of gotten away with it, but keep in mind she wanted it cooked medium; Which means no blood. But all in all, everything else including the fish that I had never tried before, was super delicious. Maybe I just got a bad steak for the night or the cook wasn’t on his game, but that won’t stop me from coming back. 8/10

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Mary
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I brought 6 friends from out of town to dinner and they loved it. All are seafood lovers and they thought the dishes, especially the Bronzino was excellent. The steak was not great but everything seafood was. Our waiter was soooo funny, attentive, smart and overall added so positively to our experience.

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ChristinaG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chris is a great server! The food is delicious and the ambiance is relaxed but classy at the same time.

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KathleenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food from appetizers to desserts. We especially liked calamari with ginger.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for my wife's birthday and had a great meal. Service was really good. Personal, friendly, took time to get our story. GREAT menu options centered on seafood. Dish presentation was excellent and the flavor was unbelievable! If you want a memorable dining experience this is it!

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LynneW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Mussels were ahhhmazing, but we had to ask for bread for the sauce…you get two small rolls and had to ask again for two more. Mahi with red curry was delicious and asparagus perfectly cooked, not mushy. Kinda petty that jasmine rice was $4 extra. My friend had surf and turf, steak perfectly cooked, shrimp a little chewy. Overall decent meal if you don’t want to pay $50 for similar at fancier place. Server sort of uninterested

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vipLeAnnG
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food. It was packed and too loud.
But, We will keep coming back. Very good food at a fair price.

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KimK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I had a great gathering at Grillfish. The service was excellent and food was delicious. We shared many meals because we wanted to try so many different dishes. The “ginger” calamari is a delicious twist on a classic appetizer, and the Brussels sprouts were perfectly seasoned. The scallops, grilled Buffalo shrimp, rockfish, and Mahi were hits.

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Judy
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent, as was the service. Chris was a very friendly and helpful waiter. We enjoyed our time immensely.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. I have a number of food allergies and they were so understanding and accommodating. They worked with me to ensure I’d have a safe experience and made a special sauce for me because I can’t have gluten, dairy, grains, corn, or soy. Lovely experience. Will definitely be going back. Food was delicious and service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic! Waiter attentive and had great suggestions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ate outside and the service was amazing as usual. Always love the food there and the Smokey marg was a great new addition to the cocktail list.

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AnneF
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The mahi mahi was delicious and a very generous portion. Skewer was a little light for the price. Salad and sides were good and nicely presented. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

White wine served warm.

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Gregoriah
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Well-prepared seafood and excellent portion sizes. Will certainly be back.

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dlynch4444
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful fish restaurant.

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DallasPR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

The waitress was non attentive to requests for items that were ordered and then developed an attitude after it was brought to her attention regarding a request for a umbrella for outside seating….I would eat there again but not with the waitress from purgatory ….

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EatNRun
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The host, I can't recall his name, is outstanding! He remembered us before we walked into the restaurant and welcomed us back. He treated us like old friends :). The atmosphere is always good here, and the bartender, Tony, was great. The food was "okay" this time, seemed not as hot or as well prepared as our time approx a month ago. I ordered the surf and turf, and I am not sure what cut of steak it was, but it was just okay. Shrimp, mashed potatoes & spinach were great. All in all, we will be back.

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MichaelB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Chris was excellent! Great food, service and value. I highly recommend the Grillfish!

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vipAprB
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delish. My favorite restaurant, they never disappoint us. Going is a must!!

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Geniedar
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent crab cakes. Unfortunately the price is high now. Wonderful service

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vipRainbowoman
Charlotte
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We chose Grillfish for proximity to our hotel and their menu. The Oysters were fabulous! As was the squid ink risotto with shrimp and crab. The swordfish was also. Madre D was friendly and helpful.

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Elly
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Good food, poor service. Finally got seated outside half hour after reservation, away from extremely loud and crowded interior. Seafood exceptionally good but restaurant is a hassle. Not sure worth it he effort.

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vipdanindc
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grillfish is a wonderful restaurant that has long been in DC. You won't be disappointed. Generous outdoor seating makes Grillfish a perfect destination on these delightful, fall evenings.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great! Good portions and desserts

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Warmly greeted by our host (THANKS FOR REMEMBERING US) and remembered as long time guests. Food and drinks were great. Waitstaff not up to expectations but satisfactory. As faithful long-time guests we will return. If this were our first experience, it would likely have been our last.

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KahanaS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I visited Grill fish last night to link up with an old high school pal and it turned out to be the perfect spot! The reviews i read online did not mislead. This has to be one of the best seafood joints in the city. I am already planning my next trip so I can take my husband along to experience the deliciousness!! he's gonna love it! I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the good food, EXCELLEN!. Very good drinks (not really a typical drinker but the ginger margarita was the bomb) Very good service, our table rep took very good care of us, he made suggestions, very attentive, just over all just very friendly and polite, he was also super knowledgeable about menu items, which i loved! i don't like going places where the ppl who work there can't make recommendations! He did interrupt us a few times because he wanted to bring the check and clock out lol definitely overlooked this rudeness because everything else was so good. Not to mention it was late. Very nice location, parking garage was close by...less than a block, but it closes at 10pm so beware! I am sure i will be back a few times because there were several menu items i want to experience. and i want that ginger drink again. next time i will also try a dessert but this time i settled for an after dinner mocha latte...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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vipKelseyF
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is such a hidden gem! The food was amazing and wasn't that pricey at all. The staff was super friendly and you MUST get the creme brulee cheesecake! Will definitely be coming back.

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JamieM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service, food presentation was great. Drinks were outstanding, keep in mind that it is primarily a seafood/freshwater fish dining experience and not a steakhouse, etc.

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Octopus
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was generally very good. The grilled branzino was fantastic. Pasta was cooked well. The octopus was beautifully marinated and seasoned, but overcooked by a huge margin - making it incredibly chewy.

After we sent the octopus back, the manager made implied that we weren't accustomed to the texture and hence didn't appreciate the dish, which couldn't be further from the truth. Not a big deal, but I would have appreciated having that dish taken off the bill - which was not the case. I prepare octopus frequently, and it should always be tender, and never a tough choking hazard.

Other than that, It was a lovely experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous staff, inventive menu. Would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent steak and shrimp

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Grillfish DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 331-7310.

Grillfish DC is rated 4.5 stars by 2889 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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