About Avenue Grill

1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Avenue Grill is located at the corner of 14th St. & Pennsylvania Avenue inside the JW Marriott. Its design celebrates the history of America’s Main Street & its cuisine features classic American food & wine. Angus steaks & fresh seafood accompanied by creative appetizers & great salads are complimented by an extensive wine list prepared by our J.W. Wine Ambassadors.

The restaurant offers a 20% discount on food between 5 pm and 6.45 pm if you present your theater ticket from the same day to the server.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - 6:30am - 11.30 am , Sunday: 6:30am - 11.30 am
Breakfast Buffet: Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 11:30 am, Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 12:00 noon
Lunch: Monday - Friday and Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm .
Saturday: 11.30 am - 5.00 pm

Dinner: Daily: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm daily

Cross Street:
14th Street NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 626-6970

Website:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasjw-jw-marriott-hotel-pennsylvania-avenue/

Public Transit:
Metro Center, Federal Triangle

Executive Chef:
Adam Salyer

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

When your next social occasion calls for the best in private dining, look no further than the Governor’s Room at our luxury hotel near the White House. With its superb catering, classic interior and skillful service, you and your guests will enjoy privilege at its peak.

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40% would recommend it to a friend

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Wait staff split between bar and tables, ...

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Wait staff split between bar and tables, thus service for tables was slow. We would not have made our show time had I not stood at the bar and helped divvy out the split checks/payments. Additionally, two ladies ordered burgers, cooked differently; the waiter did not know which was which and just handed us the plates. Never going back to this restaurant and would NOT recommend it.

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We went there for a pre - show dinner. I ...

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2016

We went there for a pre - show dinner. It was five of us and the restaurant wasn't crowded but the food took a long time and even when it came out not everything was hot and one person ordered her steak medium and it came out medium well but since we were pressed for time we didn't say anything. So if you are in a rush you may want to choose another restaurant.

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Location was perfect for a bite to eat b ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Location was perfect for a bite to eat before the show at Tuesday National Theatre. Food was good. Drinks better!

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Took about 10 minutes for the waitress w ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Took about 10 minutes for the waitress who was also bar tending. After Tea came after about 20 minutes and seen another gentlemen served who came in after me I was annoyed. When I started to get up and complain, overhead waitress/bartender telling another waitress my order like someone forgot. Got food 5 minutes later. Burger was good but fries were hard an not hot. Won't come here again

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The server was pleasant but very slow. ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2016

The server was pleasant but very slow. The food was good and portions adequate.

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The waitstaff took very good care of us… ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2016

The waitstaff took very good care of us… We had a wonderful time to visit as there were eight of us celebrating your 21st birthday. They brought a cake out and saying, and it was tasteful wonderful!

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Good service and really good food

 
 (Houston)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Good service and really good food

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Avenue Grill was chosen for pretheatre ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Avenue Grill was chosen for pretheatre dining. We read several reviews and they seemed great, especially with 20% off for showing theatre tickets. Reviews mentioned service by the bar tender, so when we came in off the street we were not surprised that he came around from behind the bar. I said that we had a booking and he said fine and showed us to a table. We were not directed to the main restaurant, which we saw later when leaving. The food was good, the soup was delicious and spicy. I had the MD crabcakes and we also had pasta. We had mentioned that we were pre theatre when I asked how I would get my Opentable points as he had not taken my name, the bar tender said it was all taken care of. Time was getting tight as we waited for some time for dessert. The dining experience was good as I said,and I was surprised to get an email part way into the meal to say the reservation was cancelled as were were sitting there eating. In hindsight I believe that we should have been shown through from the bar to the restaurant. Although the menu was the same, the experience and the confusion might have been different. I would eat there again.

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Drinks are growing smaller, noise is gro ...

vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Drinks are growing smaller, noise is growing louder, regulars are restless....

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It's a bar/restaurant part of the JW hot ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2016

It's a bar/restaurant part of the JW hotel. Food was good, had the shrimp ravioli. Wine by the glass was a bit too warm. The service was ok, well intended waiters but felt more as bartenders helping to serve food.

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Not that impressed

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2016

Even though it is located in a hotel, I would have hoped for a little more out of a restaurant near the National and Warner theaters in downtown DC.

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A bit of a diner vibe, not reflective of ...

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2016

A bit of a diner vibe, not reflective of what one would expect at a JW Marriott. Menu choices were limited and more towards "fun casual" than upscale dining.

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Great way to enjoy a quick dinner before ...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Great way to enjoy a quick dinner before a show at National Theatre! Food was great as was the service!

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While visiting Washington DC with my bro ...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

While visiting Washington DC with my brother (who came from Poland), I picked this restaurant because of supposedly good hamburger place which my brother wanted to try. What a disappointment! Located at the hotel (can't recall which one, Marriot may be?), almost empty at 7:30 at night, barely few tables being served and, in spite of it, painfully slowly! But, the most unfortunate thing were the hamburgers, so dry and "tasteless" that we were tempted to complain about them bitterly and return them to the kitchen. However, our waiter was so kind that we just did not want to give him any hard time and, we tried hard to look like "happy" customers. Good thing that we had a choice and had a real nice hamburger next day in some other place (no "second chance" for Avenue Grill).

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Great Service, Food and Drink

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 23, 2016

We had a wonderful dinner after attending the matinee show at the National Theater. The service was outstanding, friendly and very prompt. I had one of the best cosmopolitans ever! The menu was new and our choices were delicious - crab cakes and salmon. We were allowed to make a substitution for the salad that came with the crab cakes. We were served a variety of breads that were very tasty. We ended our meal with bread pudding and coffee. The coffee tasted as if the beans had been pressed right before brewing and served to us. No need to wait on the coffee cup to be refilled as we were given a carafe of coffee that kept the coffee very hot. The atmosphere was very quiet and not rushed. To top it of, we got a 20% discount off on our dinner for telling our waiter that we had attended the show at the National Theater.

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Service was first class.

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2016

Service was first class.

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Terrific for pre-theater dining ........ ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2016

Terrific for pre-theater dining ........... excellent food and service, and very quiet. Will certainly return.

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Perfect before going to National Theater

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2016

Perfect spot before going to the National Theater. The food was quite good with vegan options. The service was friendly. We even got a discount for going to the theater! Can't beat that.

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Easy spot to meet before the theater

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 10, 2016

Easy spot to meet before the theater

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great burger!

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 9, 2016

visiting DC for Cherry Blossom Festival and not that we don't love great food...but DC is FULL of froofroo restaurants that just overdo being creative....felt like every meal we had was an episode of Chopped :) until we got to Avenue Grill....we just wanted some simple classic food...crazy us, a normal burger and they delivered. It was juicy and sloppy and perfectly what we wanted. The bar lounge area was a nice place to pop in, sit by the fire, watch the Masters tourny and grab a quick bite before hitting the museums.

We tease that of the several 5 star restaurants in DC we tried....our favorite meal was the burger (and crab/corn chowder) at Avenue Grill.

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Super adequate.

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 9, 2016

The food was fine. The server we had looked like she wandered in by mistake. She was fine except difficult to find when we wanted our bill. The food was good. It was nice to be served and get a nice burger and fries.

Leave extra time to get the bill. Don't be in a hurry.

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Good hotel restaurant. Location trumps food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2016

We were looking specifically for an above-average restaurant within a few blocks of Metro Centre, so we checked availability via OpenTable. Avenue Grill appeared to be a nice choice and we had not been there. It's not easy to see from the street - as it's inside the massive JW Marriott.

They were very quiet the evening we dined. Our server was very courteous and accommodating.

I did enjoy the Block Island grilled swordfish. It was a large, meaty portion. But the rest of the food was uninspired and not at all memorable. My salad was overly saturated with dressing. Asparagus was limp. My husband's steak was over done. Overall, a bit of a disappointment.

For a fairly pricey dinner, there are much better choices in the District.

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Good option before going to theaters in ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Good option before going to theaters in the area. The waitress disappeared around the time we were ready to leave and we had to get her. Otherwise good experience.

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Just okay, close to theatre

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2016

We chose Avenue Grill because it was right next door to the National Theatre. That, along with the quick service, were the best things about it.

The ambiance is very cafeteria-like, the food is mediocre. It's inside a large hotel, and it feels like it.

I wouldn't return unless I was really pressed for time.

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Pre-show dinner

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2016

We had dinner at Avenue Grill before seeing Jersey Boys at National Theatre. Service was great, food was pretty good and the restaurant is steps away from the theatre.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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great place to dine if you are taking in ...

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 20, 2016

great place to dine if you are taking in a show, otherwise DC has got lots of other places to dine. Waitress was quite nice and did a great job.

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Loved The Avenue

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 14, 2016

We found this spot after leaving the theater. The food was greaat!! The service was outstanding. I would come back simply based on the service and the attentiveness of the staff. Definitely a spot I would return to.

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Good but Not memorable

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 14, 2016

Fries were the best part of the meal. Steak was good too. Dessert was a disappointment as the bread pudding arrived cold and when we mentioned it the waiter did take them back but instead of giving us new ones we got the same old ones that were thrown in the microwave and still came out cold in the center. Not the best way to end a birthday meal.

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Loved menu, timeframe, and staff

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2016

loved the menu selections, timeframe of service, and friendly and accommodating staff! Plan on returning this week for another crab cake sandwich!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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We have gluten allergies and the staff w ...

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on March 5, 2016

We have gluten allergies and the staff was great at offering advice for the menu. The also brought out gluten free bread with the other bread, which was a very nice touch. Overall great experience.

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Hit and miss

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2016

I'm torn writing this review, since some aspects of my visit to Avenue Grill were good, and others not so good.

Service: We were not greeted at the host stand when we arrived. We ended up waiting around for about 5 minutes before a server walked by in the restaurant and saw us standing there. He promptly seated us, though. The waitress was nice, though - nothing spectacular, but nothing bad either.

Food: Our mussels appetizer was fabulous! The scallops were cooked very well, but the salads left much to be desired as the whole thing was doused in dressing, and there was little-to-no flavor overall. One thing we did enjoy was the bread!

Price: A little steep for the quality of the food, but not unreasonable for a hotel in DC.

Overall: I was generally unimpressed by the restaurant, but there were a few redeeming qualities, so I think I won't come back unless I'm staying at the hotel again, and in that respect, just out of convenience.

This all being said, the breakfast buffet here is great!! I would definitely recommend Avenue Grill for breakfast over their dinner service and room service of the hotel!

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A Favorite!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 22, 2016

Consistently excellent! Happy hour appetizers of mussels and potstickers were great and priced right. Entrees of Alamosa Bass and Ham and Swiss Gratin were delicious! Service was paced just right. We dined early, so the noise level was much reduced which made for a wonderful evening of conversation. Avenue Grill is one of our go-to restaurants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Dinner - poor to fair, Breakfast excellent

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2016

We spent Saturday night at the Marriott and ate at the Avenue Grill before going to the theater. The dinner salads we ordered were excellent. My friend ordered one of the pasta entrees and I ordered the chicken. The chicken was small and came with green beans, but was quite edible but was very plain. The pasta dish was inedible. The waitress called the chef out to talk to us and he told us the pasta was braised. The bottom line is it was so tough that it couldn't even be cut with a knife. To his credit, the chef took it off the bill.

The following morning we had the breakfast buffet and it was quite good. Great omelet/waffle station and many breakfast options at the buffet. We would definitely go for breakfast again.

Service for both meals was excellent. The restaurant was mostly empty at 6:00 pm on a Saturday night and was moderately busy on Sunday morning around 10:00.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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Birthday Dinner

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2016

The evening was perfect from beginning to end! Food, wine, service...everything was perfect!

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Good Spot for the Theater

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2016

Booked a reservation for 6:30 PM on a Friday night since we had tickets to National Theater and this restaurant is steps away. Prompt service, good food, a bit pricey but the convenience was worth it. The restaurant is located inside a hotel, and next time we have theater tickets, we will either eat here again, or at the bar directly across the lobby from the restaurant that has a busy bar scene, and what looks to be great bar food and nibbles.

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Convenient and Good

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We chose Avenue a Grill mostly because of its convenience and location, close to many Washington DC theaters. We do not usually eat in Hotel restaurants.

The food was good, as was the service with good flexibility on the part of the kitchen to accommodate some requests that we had (lentils with no onion for my wife).

We came back after our theater (New Years Eve) and our same waiter made us some espresso even though the restaurant was technically closed and the final patrons were finishing their meals.

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Good for pre-theater

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2015

We chose Avenue Grill because of its proximity to National Theater. The food was excellent. The service, while friendly, was quite slow. We would consider returning in the future for the food, keeping in mind that we need to allow plenty of time.

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Good for pre-theater dinner

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2015

Adjacent to the National Theater, the Avenue Grill in the Marriott hotel serves good food in a pleasant atmosphere. The wait staff is very courteous and attentive. The restaurant opens to the elegant lobby of the hotel which is currently filled with Christmas decorations. In addition theater goers receive a 20% discount on their check.

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Decent Hotel Food

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2015

We've eaten at the hotel when we stayed at the hotel before. Very little ambiance like you are sitting in the late lobby. Nit a separate restaurant. Waitstaff was friendly but hard to catch when we were there before a show this time. However, it is very convenient for Warner and National Theatres and they do offer 20% off if you have theatre tickets. I like my salmon medium rare but it came out barely warm in the middle. They were very accomodating and took it off the bill even though I told them not to. Would recommend for drinks and a quick bite before a show.

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A great place to eat before the show

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2015

What a wonderful find. The food was just enough to fill and not feel stuffed. The waitress was attentive until they got crowded and then I had to find her for my check. Otherwise, the ambience, décor, and seating were impeccable. I would definitely recommended and return.

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