Scarlet Oak

4.3
640 reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the heart of the newly developed Navy Yard area of DC right by the Washington Nationals Park. Located on the corner of New Jersey and K St, Scarlet boasts a large covered patio on both sides. Our menu is casual American fare with some Italian influence. We offer an extensive, rotating local beer list, an artisanal cocktail menu and daily happy hours all in a casual and modern space. It's all about brunch on both Saturday and Sunday with bottomless mimosas!

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 640 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
3.9
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
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DrME
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined outside. The weather was perfect, the chairs comfortable, and the lighting festive. The two of us ate 3 starters and dessert and it was the refectory amount.

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DJNY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Either understaffed or just inattentive. Took 25 minutes to get first round drinks (a can of beer), restaurant inside was barely half full.

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Jenn
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious brunch! Breakfast pizza and the Benedict! Both amazing!!! Best strawberry mojito I’ve ever had!! Sat outside and enjoyed the day. * wear pants there were some gnats outside

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EddieT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The outdoor seating allowed for social distancing, but the menu offered few, if any, distinctive options. Basically pub fare that does not entice me to return.

On the plus side, they had cider on tap.

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vipHercules
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Crispy Brussels were tasty. Deviled eggs blah, western omelette was ok. Nothing special on the table. I may return fir dinner to give that a try…Staff was nice! Service prompt.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5Food3Service1Ambience5

Service and coffee was not ideal. Seemed understaffed.

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WillM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Brunch: menu looked promising but the outcome was poorly prepared food that was cold and tasted mediocre. Only thing good was the bacon and the mimosas.

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LinaR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5Food3Service3Ambience5

The Brussels sprouts were extremely greasy.

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KOKOEA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

The waiter was not good. We had to keep on looking for her. But food was good per usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was good as always and we enjoyed ourselves as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

I sat on the covered patio- which is great… except for the horrible mosquitos. They have citronella candles and bug spray out there, but it was still a pain.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Service was very slow, food was ok.

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Mair
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food.

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HillDad
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

First and last time at this restaurant. It was, in a word, "Meh". Too bad, too. It's nice inside.

We arrived for a 10:45am Father's day brunch. It all went downhill after we were seated. The server arrived 10+ minutes later asking if we knew what we wanted. Apparently we were suuposed to have checked out the menu by scanning a small QR code on the drinks menu located on the table - but no one told us about that when we were seated. Later the server takes our order and I also order a drink. The drink arrived 15 minutes later; and, no, the restaurant was not busy. The drink appears, as does the appetizer. The appetizer was OK. No one checks in to see if we like the food, or if we need anything. After we finished the appetizer, I had to flag down the server who was studiously avoiding eye contact with our table, to order another drink. The drink and the entrees appear 15+ minutes later. My wife and I ordered salads, which were OK. My daughter's pizza was inedible (seriously).

We intentionally skipped dessert and asked for the check. Never again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

My husband and I came here on a whim one evening. The service was not that great. The drinks were not well balanced at all. The food left very little to be desired. I ordered the braised short ribs and it clearly was not a short rib. It was roast beef. I would not recommend this restaurant or visit again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was awesome, the food and the service.

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DianeD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Was expecting a little more from the restaurant after reading the reviews. Was good, just expected better.

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SusanW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Going back to NATS Park for our first game since the pandemic, so happy to see Scarlet Oaks survived, and they delivered!

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vipAvahsGodMommy
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good. Understaffed due to the pandemic; however, the staff wasn’t very friendly or attentive, especially the manager. I understand the pressure of it all, but never let your customers see you sweat.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

food was great, ambiance is fun but service was absolutely horrendous...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I moved into a building around the restaurant and have always seen people outside eating so I figured I would check it out. Took my older parents who are quite picky about food when they came to visit, and they didn’t have a single complaint. They both got the beef short ribs and it was so tender they didn’t have to use a knife. I can see why this place is always packed. Great food and decently priced.

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vipWeena
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience2

O poor service there were only two servers working; no one enjoyed their meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

We missed our reservation on Saturday …definitely our fault and they were mostly accommodating given the fact that I set up a backup reservation for later. They may have been understaffed on this day which is completely understandable bc I was a Director of a staffing agency for some years so they probably had some call outs. The scramble for the current team that day was obvious but the food was great! One other issue I had was with an AMAZING dish but the menu was a little misleading. The Cajun Shrimp and Cheddar Biscuit was awesome, flavorful, and left you wanting more. Issue: the menu mentions Cajun Shrimp and Cheddar BiscuitS which implies more than one but it is only one. Other than that I would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Brunch spot in DC

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missweetwater
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was tasty, as excepted, previously frequenting Magnolia and Southern Hospitality which were in the same group before closing. Service was subpar as we sat on side outside patio. She could’ve been more present and attentive, but overall all was well. It took very long for server to come to our table throughout.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Food was great! Definitely would go again. Our waitress was definitely having a bad day though and it did translate in the service we received

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food!

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Sherry
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Everything was fine, but the service was a bit slow for the few number of diners there.

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vipmarvinr
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wreat outdoor dining with friendly service and a varied menue.
Close to the Ballpark but far enough away that it is a great experience

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AG11
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Drinks are a good price, and our server was kind. The host was rude to our friend with a veteran service dog. Our food order took 30-45 minutes to take. The food was bland, and pizza crust had tons of flour left on it. Edible but not great.

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kennyd
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Great service

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vipCaltag
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Nothing significant either way regarding the food or service, but the bar options for bourbon and whiskey were excellent. We were happy to get a reservation on a Saturday when everyone else was full.

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KOKOEA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It wasn’t a game day so it was good

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JaneR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

The ambience was amazing, great service with the mimosas, very attentive. That being said, in my eggs benedict, the poached egg was very runny in the whites, the biscuit was smooshy. The grilled cheese was pretty basic. But I will absolutely go back because the bottomless mimosas and ambiance made it all worth it.

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AlysonD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My son and I had dinner before the Nats game. We were running late, they held a table for us. The service was excellent. Everyone was friendly and courteous.

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vipOHSResident
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best spots in the Navy Yard for consistently great food and fun service (with Carlos!)!

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ShirleyN
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent pre-game dining regular - fresh food, attentive service. Thrilled to be back and for many more pregame dinners. ⚾️🧢🏟

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

A Trump supporter bar with unseasoned food and appetizers tasted like they just came out of the freezer

AW
AlexisW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really quiet night but the restaurant is super cute and quaint. The food was really good and reasonably priced! Would definitely come back!

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You can order delivery directly from Scarlet Oak using the Order Online button. Scarlet Oak also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Scarlet Oak also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 780-0140.

Scarlet Oak is rated 4.3 stars by 640 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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