Old Ebbitt Grill

This place reminds me of Cheesecake Factory, minus the cheesecake. Without a reservation, the wait for a party of 4 was 20 minutes on a weekend night (the estimated time was spot on, well done staff!). Gives you time to check out the nearby White House, and they alert you via a buzzer much like Outback Steakhouse.

There’s a more intimate seating area and an extended, more open, beautiful seating area near a fountain. Complimentary bread is provided and the butter is nicely whipped. I had the Lobster Pie, a monthly special that consists of baked Maine lobster and vegetable stew, topped with Parmesan whipped potato crust, $18.95. It was smaller than I expected, but looked marvelous. The potato crust was presented in fluffy waves, giving the impression of a fancy pot pie. Loved the big chunks of lobster but seemed like the potato is too much. It doesn’t quite let the lobster shine as the main item of the dish.

I also tried the Seafood Jambalaya (shrimp, mussels, calamari, scallops, clams, chicken, chorizo sausage, vegetable stew, and saffron rice for $20.95). This appears to be one of the most popular selections. Spectacular presentation, tons of seafood, but mildly spicy.

Server hardly ever checked up on my group. We never got refills on our water. The only time we really had any attention was when we ordered our food.

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