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The Grill, SW Washington District of Columbia, DC

The Grill

4.6
4.6
1327 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Chef Roberto Santibañez presents a new American menu focused on Woodfired cooking, with an emphasis on steak, seafood and vegetarian fare. His Mexican roots and French training lend an inspired touch to the American table.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 42 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Grill, Steak
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 916-5996 ext. 9
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive Chef
    David Suarez
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a variety of ways to create an experience to remember. Whether you’re hosting a wedding, baby shower, bachelorette party, offsite luncheon, business presentation with full AV or simply a celebration to remember, we welcome you to learn more. Our semi-private spaces allow our guests to create cocktail reception, family style and pre-fixe menus for lunch, brunch or dinner. Our flexible space was designed with entertaining in mind, and we have several options to fit your personal style and budget. Our Events Department is waiting to assist you in creating an unforgettable event.
  • Area
    Southwest Waterfront
  • Cross Street
    Market Sq SW & Wharf St SW
  • Parking Details
    Paid underground public parking is offered at the Wharf. You may enter the parking garage at the Maine Avenue entrance just east of 9th Street at CVS or at the hotel check-in area of Hyatt House where 7th Street meets Maine Avenue.
  • Public Transit
    We are a short walk from L’Enfant Plaza and Waterfront Metro stops. Shuttle service is available between L’Enfant Plaza and The Wharf. We are on the waterfront size of the 1000 Maine Ave building.
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Experiences

  • The Express Lunch

    Multiple dates available
    Three Course Menu. $29.75 per person farm-raised skirt steak, ora king salmon or freebird chicken salad / herbed fries choice of ice cream or sorbet no substitutions please
    The Express Lunch photo
  • The Mixed Grill Dinner

    Multiple dates available
    Family-Style Menu. $79.00 / Guest Minimum 2 Guests Required All The Bites / House Salad Sliced Farm-Raised Ribeye & Accompaniment Jumbo Lump Crab Cake / Grilled Shrimp Choice Of Side (One Per Two Guests) Grilled Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Or Chocolate Cake (One Per Two Guests) No Substitutions Please
    The Mixed Grill Dinner photo
  • The Express Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    Three Course Menu. $29.75 per person Farm-Raised Skirt Steak, Ora King Salmon Or Freebird Chicken Salad / Herbed Fries Ice Cream Or Sorbet No Substitutions Please
    The Express Brunch photo

What 1,327 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,327 Reviews
  1. Natalie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food made me so sick, not sure what caused it but I had a beyond burger, some salad, and a piece of the grilled cheese. The burger and salad were also very mediocre for taste. Inside seemed cool, but the outdoor patio where we ate was super dark. Finally, someone at my table ordered a $38 lobster roll and it was TINY. Kind of summed up the experience - expensive menu prices, cheap experience. Only real thing they have going for them is the location and the bar.

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  2. Humprheybdb

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The only flag is i cant believe yall changed the BBQ sauce, that old sauce was the BEST, the new one meh

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  3. BrittanyR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Just a overall fail we were squished between 2 other tables and they were so close we couldn’t hear our own conversation over the other couples conversations.. our waiter didn’t greet us for atleast 25 minutes and it seemed as if he didn’t want to serve us.. maybe thought we were children. Food came out wrong and there was no urgency to fix the food. Our bill was $300 with a $50 tip you would think the service would be a lot better! Never going again!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I will be back for the burger. It was cooked just right.

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  5. Debbietampa1

    Tampa

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate here twice. On Thursday, around 6 pm at the bar we shared a large filet mignon snd sweet potatoes. It was cooked perfectly and the service was superb. The server was attentive and very professional. We ate there also Saturday at the bar. The service was sub-par for ordering a simple hamburger. We were there around 6pm, so it was not packed. We could not even get silverware, or mustard and ketchup delivered. So I am not sure the issue, maybe during the week the more experienced staff works. A huge difference in service. Very disappointing.

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  6. ChristineS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love The Grill I would definitely go back. I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family. The food was delicious. The aesthetics was beautiful, peaceful calming. 

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived a few minutes early, sat at bar for drink. We were seated right on time! Our meal was excellent and everyone was happy with the preparation! My filet was cooked perfectly and was delicious!

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  8. Clara

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The beef was delicious and cooked perfectly. The green beans were tasty but just slightly undercooked.

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  9. MarkS

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated right away. Our servers were friendly and I enjoyed my seafood linguine.

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  10. YvetteD

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were amazing! The view was beautiful.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience on The Wharf with good service and very good food

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality food and service. Mackenzie was our waiter and she was absolutely phenomenal! Everything we had from the menu was spectacular

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  13. ErinF

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience at The Grill! They have lots of delicious choices along with many gluten free options. Our server was wonderful too! Great atmosphere and nice spot in the Wharf.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My wife and I ordered the Mixed Grill. Every bite was delicious

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  15. EzelS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Chilean sea bass was great as well as the shrimp cocktail. The yams were particularly tasty.

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  16. CandiceB

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food at The Grill was good, the service was excellent. My only issue was the other patrons who did not seem aware that their children and the noise they made in the restaurant impacted other dining guest.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved dining on the patio at the Grill. Great service. Great food. The only thing was a strange deal with having a problem cutting through the romaine lettuce in my Caesar Salad with white anchovies, which I love. I was given a bread knife and yet with the plate that my salad was served on, it just wouldn’t cut. I should have asked for another plate or a steak knife. It really was an issue. Just FYI.

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  18. MarkK

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service. Two people appetizers through dessert. One bottle of lower expensive wine $409. Pretty pricey.

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  19. Klockmama81

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Food was excellent! Great place for a celebration.

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  20. Chaa

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Host desk personnel had an attitude No place to wait/no seating, can only awkwardly stand near the door Weird entrance, walk through the patio without clear markings. I walked in a random side door, no one seemed interested in directing me to the host station. Ora King Salmon was very bland/ almost tasteless $10.50 French fries side dish was very cold and salty. Servers were fine although the water refills were a little aggressive, coming by to add a drop or two as we were clearly done drinking water. One server actually singled me out and commented that I move my glass over so she could add more. First and last visit.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The branzino, grilled sweet potatoes, and creamed spinach was delicious!

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  22. SWResident

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience. The food and service were excellent. They were incredibly attentive to my granddaughter’s allergies. Everyone greatly enjoyed the evening.

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  23. JPMARSHALL

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff. Great food Wonderful setting. Thank you.

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  24. DeidreeB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an extraordinary dining experience, celebrating graduation with a small group. Everything was phenomenal, the service was exceptional.

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  25. Jbm1906

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to dine in DC on The Wharf! Wonderful cocktails and ambiance for the perfect evening out.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience for my husbands birthday

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  27. AmyU

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience. Food and service was outstanding.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hosts were extremely kind and patient. My guests were from out of town so I had to change my reservation to a later time. They were roughly 10 mins late, but the hosts were very understanding. They sat us at a table right away. And the waitress was very considerate and answered all our questions and handled our requests for any accommodations.

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  29. JenniferC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I made a reservation, upon arriving I headed straight to the hostess desk and was greeted. I provided my name & I had a reservation for 4. The hostess stated “we’ll seat you once the rest of your party arrives”, however my entire party was standing beside me, and she did not ask any question before assuming that the 3 people beside me (who were of a different race than me), weren’t with me. After I corrected her by pointing to the people with me and letting her know we were there, she apologized a number of times, with her coworkers laughing in the background, before having someone seat us. Once we were seated, service was quick and efficient, our cocktail drinks were made well & the food we ordered came out cooked to order and tasted good. Everyone at my table ordered a steak and we all had issues with the steak knives being dull. Our waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable. Overall, I’d recommend.

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  30. Tess

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Accommodating outstanding service and great food! Side dishes were a bit cold but it was a busy Friday after V-Day so we understand. 4.5 stars!

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  31. AngieN

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    My steak certainly wasn't worth $ 50. Was very disappointed.

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  32. AbeK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here for valentines day. Ambience and service was great. Opted for the "Mixed Grill" from the dinner menu and it was plenty of food for two. The steak which we ordered medium came out perfect. Definitely worth the $$. Would go back again and would definitely recommend.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience. The branzino was delicious and lime sorbet for dessert was great. May have to go back since it’s down the street down the office.

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  34. ShereceH

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great! They were able to accommodate allergies without compromising taste. I would definitely eat here again

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  35. HartleyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Music loud inside so we sat out. Very nice, prompt service. Good food. Overall Wharf experience is very commercial, not unique.

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  36. TomellaJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and delicious food! Will definitely be returning.

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  37. Nemo

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and old school service. The view is also really nice!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food decent Nice ambiance Server was kind and attentive

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  39. Alex

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 absolutely great, the service and the food were good

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I went for restaurant week and the establishment is welcoming but the food quality didn’t live up to my expectations. The ribeye steak was subpar flavorful but the quality of meat wasn’t good. The crab cake had a lot of filler and the sides were just ok.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Grill using the Order Online button. The Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 916-5996 ext. 9.

The Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 1327 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 42 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Grill

99 Market Sq, SW Washington District of Columbia, DC 20024-3441

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Market Sq SW & Wharf St SW
  • Area
    Southwest Waterfront
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Grill, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Paid underground public parking is offered at the Wharf. You may enter the parking garage at the Maine Avenue entrance just east of 9th Street at CVS or at the hotel check-in area of Hyatt House where 7th Street meets Maine Avenue.
  • Public Transit
    We are a short walk from L’Enfant Plaza and Waterfront Metro stops. Shuttle service is available between L’Enfant Plaza and The Wharf. We are on the waterfront size of the 1000 Maine Ave building.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive Chef
    David Suarez
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Phone number
    (202) 916-5996 ext. 9
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a variety of ways to create an experience to remember. Whether you’re hosting a wedding, baby shower, bachelorette party, offsite luncheon, business presentation with full AV or simply a celebration to remember, we welcome you to learn more. Our semi-private spaces allow our guests to create cocktail reception, family style and pre-fixe menus for lunch, brunch or dinner. Our flexible space was designed with entertaining in mind, and we have several options to fit your personal style and budget. Our Events Department is waiting to assist you in creating an unforgettable event.
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