The Grill

4.5
443 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.

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 443 People Are Saying
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Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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vipSteveM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The food was OK, good enough for the price if not spectacular. There were 3 desserts on the menu and two were run out, so choice of one dessert was dissapointing

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vipJTnyc
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food. Lovely sunset view on a warm fall evening.

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vipReallyopentable
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

What the heck Open Table...maybe an off night, but this place was a mess. From the moment we sat down, drink orders were wrong, appetizer orders were wrong, and then food orders were wrong...seriously, write it freaking down dude!

Other fun mishaps, teaspoons for soup (ran out of spoons), extra anchovies when no anchovies requested, completely burned steak, botched Caesar salad (so lemony it was unedible), pasta was crunchy undercooked, and $40 glass of wine with floating bits in it.

On the plus, the crudo, and vegetable sides (sweet potato and squash) were excellent.

Service- guy gave the appearance of trying and yet everything was wrong...restaurant added 20% automatically (party of 4), which was ultimate insult.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Managers were amazing. Girl at front was very stern about the mask, just a heads up. 12/10 food. Will be coming back many times!!

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Ellen
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lunched at The Grill, outside, with a dear friend who was visiting from Vermont. She's a vegetarian, so I'm careful to choose places that have delicious veg options. The Grill did not disappoint! We split a roasted vegetable entrée and two sides: roasted yams/sweet potatoes and an eggplant and olive salad. They were all absolutely fantastic -- imaginative (the roasted veg had dried cherries and pickled cauliflower mixed in with them, a combo we never would have thought of, and plan to try ourselves), and so good we probably overate. Kudos! The Grill is now my favorite place at the Wharf, and I'm a resident, not a tourist. (Not that there's anything wrong with being a tourist! :) Oh, and the coffee was outstanding, too.

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vipAmanda
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love coming here. Literally one of my favorite restaurants in the Wharf.

A must-have.

Excellent service.

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Jeff
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My fiance and I really enjoyed our time here. We made reservations and it was well worth it. The staff was awesome, food was delicious and the vibe was spectacular. The food came out in great timing as well. From the location, to the vibe, to the food, I highly recommend for anyone in the "Wharf" or DC area to check this spot out. You definitely will NOT regret it!!! We can't wait to come back

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CrystalS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everyone was accommodating.

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AliM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Every dish was way too salty. It was a salt fest. Saltier than the sea. So much salt, in everything.

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vipLoRellP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Service!

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vipMrandolph
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate outside overlooking the Potomac River & enjoyed the beautiful day & the great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful! We had our two children with us and they also enjoyed it! The service was incredible!!

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Ashley
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent the food was superb and they made our first experience amazing!!

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vipSinger
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a party of 4. Starting with drinks, the whole dinner was excellent. I started with the cosmo blanc and it was delightful with a yummy cranberry foam on top. The other woman in our group got the Manhattan Noir and it was just as delicious. Both drinks were great remakes of 2 classic drinks. We began appetizers with the duck mousse pate deviled eggs and the cheesy crab dip. Both were absolutely wonderful. I would confidently recommend them to anyone. Dinner was two orders of surf and turf, one petite filet and one burger. We added the mac and cheese as a side (it was enough for all of us to taste which was plenty for us but perhaps not really a side meant for more than one or two people). Every dinner was better than the next.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for fine dining in a comfort atmosphere. It is elegant but not stuffy with excellent service from the hostess to the bartenders to the wait staff.

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vipKnowsfood
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall1Food3Service4Ambience1

I should have walked away when the hostess told me she couldn’t seat me until all members of my party was there (4 of the 5 was there). And this was my 3rd time there and previously they sat me without the full party. After reminder her, I was seated.
Not trying to make a big deal, I noticed my lip was cut and then noticed my glass was chipped and it was what cut my lip. I pulled the waiter aside, not letting my party know and let him know of what happened. He got the manager and He then proceeded to apologize to the whole table, yet I told him I didn’t want to make a big deal and the table did NOT know what happened. This of course made the whole table concerned. To make a long story short, management did not handle the situation appropriately. They overreacted and needs better training on what to do.

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AmandeusW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Grill never fails!!!!

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vipRachelQC
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular dinner all around - food, service, ambiance, etc.! Notified our server of my food allergy and he was super thorough throughout each course; as anyone with a food allergy can relate, this extra attention & caution certainly goes a long way in put one's mind at ease! First time dining at The Grill, but certainly will not be the last!

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steve
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The was outstanding. Our server was so helpful and everything he recommended was perfect. It was easily the best steak I’ve ever had

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dredill45
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First off, you haven't been served by Marc. You're missing out! We got the lime pie dessert to-go based off of his recommendation. From service, to the blue cheese stuffed olives martini's, our meals and even the music selection playing in the restaurant outstanding!! The Grill just got themselves some new regulars, cant wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We went there to get steaks but ended up getting 2 steaks and 2 burgers. The burgers are where it’s at. The steaks were a little over priced for the quality and I was disappointed in them we got the ribeyes. Our server forgot our appetizer and we didn’t get that til halfway through our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was wonderful, The risotto and Chilean Sea Bass were so flavorful. The Grill is a great date night location, If the weather is nice get a table outside! Great atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food wasn’t good. One of the dishes had to be sent Back and the others were just ok. Wouldn’t go back

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SamuelP
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hostess sat us promptly… crab dip was delicious… our steaks were perfectly cooked… our server was outstanding!

Highly recommend for a date night!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The overall experience was nice. The food could have had more flavor/bigger pori

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a awesome dining experience.

Staff customer service was magnificent!

Food was delicious, especially the Cajun Branzino..

Can not wait to visit to visit again!

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FamattaL
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tay was an awesome waiter! The food and drinks were amazing. I will definitely visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal all around.

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vipterrik
Los Angeles
126 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Service a bit slow, perhaps due to staffing challenges?
Food excellent, ambiance very elegant

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Frank
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, food, and service! Everyone was kind and I left satisfied and happy.

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HilShea
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food with an amazing selection of drinks! Great service!

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TLZB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We visited The Grill in celebration of my husband Matthew's birthday. We had a wonderful time. The wait staff provided us with a highchair for our toddler, honored my request to sit outdoors, and sent Matthew a birthday ice cream scoop at the end of dinner. We appreciated Brian the manager stopping by our table to welcome us and ask if everything met our liking. It did! We had a wonderful time and look forward to visiting again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great place to people watch along The Wharf! My party was fortunate enough to sit outside on a beautiful Fall evening. Decent selection of signature drinks, the best part of our meal. Food was just ok, just slightly overpriced for the quality. That said, the restaurant would return, especially for a evening out with friends to celebrate.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall1Food5Service2Ambience3

We had a reservation for the outside patio for happy hour & they instead put us inside where you can’t order off the happy hour menu & the prices are like double. Which would be fine except for the fact our reservation was to be outside & the staff was pretty rude about it. Food was fantastic. Martini was disgusting sadly - they use onions not olives.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Server was great - front desk people were rude.

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reneelpg
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience5

Food was great - as usual. Unfortunately, our server only paid attention to me: how is your wine, how was the calamari, etc. my guest - OUR GUEST was completely ignored. Not once did our server ask her anything. NOTHING. BLATANTLY. To make it worse, the server placed the check in front of my guest. AND, after I signed the check the server was reaching across me to retrieve the signed check and I said it wasn’t ready, so she walked behind me and rolled her eyes. I SAW HER IN THE MIRROR!!!

I did tip her 12% - because the food was great and I love this restaurant. I’ve been there 6 times in 6 weeks. I will be back. I usually tip in cash on top of the included gratuity because the service has always been great. Thankfully, this check didn’t include a gratuity. I would have challenged it with a manager.

When I come back I will request a different server if I get her again.

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MosaicRose
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambience was really nice, great for date night, group dinner, etc. Our waiter, Demetrius, was super attentive, very knowledgeable of the menu, and was pleasant overall. We had a great time (party of 5)!

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hobby
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

The ambiance and food quality does not reconcile with the cost. I spent $280 without wine on birthday dinner for my girlfriend and sat next to group in t-shirts and shorts loudly enjoying a football game on a TV across the room at the bar. Steaks were okay, but nothing special. Service was good. Unfortunately, I won't be back. For the amount spent, there are many better options.

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MomsDay
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outdoor dining is great! Catch a beautiful day and the view is beautiful!

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vipKnowsfood
Washington DC
29 reviews