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 Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Promotions

1,000-Point Tables

Promotions

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1000 point tables

Details
Daily 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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.

Avenue Grill Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

4.2

ambience

3.5

noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

great for lunch (8)
good for groups (7)
special occasion (6)
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neighborhood gem (5)
great for brunch (5)
fit for foodies (4)
romantic (4)
late-night find (4)
kid-friendly (4)
notable wine list (3)
scenic view (1)
great for outdoor dining (1)
vibrant bar scene (1)
hot spot (1)
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Great way to enjoy a quick dinner before ...

vip
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!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Service, Food and Drink

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.

Tags: special occasion, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5

Service was first class.

Dined on April 15, 2016

Service was first class.

food4
ambience4
service5
value5

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

Dined on April 15, 2016

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

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience2
service3
value3

Perfect before going to National Theater

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.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience2
service3

Easy spot to meet before the theater

Dined on April 10, 2016

Easy spot to meet before the theater

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

great burger!

vip
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.

food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Super adequate.

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.

food2
ambience2
service4
value2

Good hotel restaurant. Location trumps food.

vip
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.

food5
ambience4
service3
value4

Good option before going to theaters in ...

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.

food3
ambience2
service4
value3

Just okay, close to theatre

vip
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.

Tags: kid-friendly
food4
ambience3
service5
value3

Pre-show dinner

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: great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
food3
ambience2
service3

great place to dine if you are taking in ...

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.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Loved The Avenue

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: romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Good but Not memorable

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.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Loved menu, timeframe, and staff

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, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

We have gluten allergies and the staff w ...

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.

food3
ambience3
service3
value2

Hit and miss

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!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Favorite!

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: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service5
value3

Dinner - poor to fair, Breakfast excellent

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, kid-friendly, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Birthday Dinner

Dined on January 8, 2016

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

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Good Spot for the Theater

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.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

Convenient and Good

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.

food5
ambience3
service3
value4

Good for pre-theater

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.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Good for pre-theater dinner

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.

food3
ambience2
service4
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Decent Hotel Food

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.

food5
ambience5
service4
value5

A great place to eat before the show

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.

Tags: romantic, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Perfect for before the show at National Theatre

Dined on December 15, 2015

We had a table of 5 and each ordered an appetizer and main course. Everyone loved their dinner and I personally would make a trip to go back. They had nice gluten free options, vegetarian & vegan options, my husband had a big bone in rib-eye that he liked better than a recent visit to one of the expensive steak houses, and the crab cake was amazing. All this and the menu was one page front & back! Definitely quality over quantity of choices and well put together probably knowing they get all tastes being in a Marriott. I highly recommend The Avenue Grill for pre-theatre dining!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food4
ambience3
service1

Meh

Dined on December 13, 2015

The food was good, except for a dessert mishap (a chocolate cookie that was definitely missing sugar, and may have contained salt instead), but very expensive. The place was nearly empty, and our waiter forgot water, forgot bread, had to have drink orders repeated, etc.

food5
ambience3
service5

The resturant was pretty empty but was r ...

vip
Dined on September 10, 2015

The resturant was pretty empty but was really nice. My wife and I absolutely hate hotel restaurants. But I must say this was the best dining experience we've had because of the lack of noise. Steak side items are purchased a la carte which was not really to my taste. And the menu as a whole was rather expensive. The server was very attentive since she had no other customers

food3
ambience3
service3

Convenient for Informal Business Luncheon

Dined on August 25, 2015

While other area restaurants are either crowded and noisy or old and stodgy, Avenue Grill is a nice alternative when you want to have a conversation over lunch. Our club sandwich was very good. The spinach salad was over-dressed. Note to self: request dressing on the side.

food4
ambience4
service5

Good for late night bite.

Dined on July 20, 2015

We were looking for a convenient, quick bite on a Sunday night after a show. We were staying in the hotel so Avenue Grill was perfect. The service was excellent and the club sandwich and Caesar salad were both good. A very nice bread selection was offered. This is definitely a step up from the standard hotel cafe food.

Tags: great for lunch, late-night find
food5
ambience4
service5

Great for pre-theatre dinning

Dined on June 21, 2015

Two of us had pre-theater dinning there this past Sunday. I had a ceasar salad with crab cake and the crab cake was very big, full of lump crab meat and very tasty. My friend had the field green salad and the lobster mac and cheese. The salad was very refreshing and the lobster mac and cheese had a whole lobster claw meat in it. We sat near the bar and service was wonderful, we got served right away and the food came out in very short order. On top of that, we got a 20% discount since we have tickets for the show next door at the National Theater. Will definitely go back there again if attending another show at the theater.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
food3
ambience3
service2

Good For Theatre

vip
Dined on June 21, 2015

We had dinner here primarily because of its convenience to the National Theatre. Unfortunately, that is the best aspect of the restaurant. Both food and service were average (particularly given the prices). Can only recommend as a convenient option for the Theatre.

food3
ambience3
service3

Just okay experience

vip
Dined on May 13, 2015

Everything was average - just okay - not worth recommending - PLENTY other hot dining spots

food4
ambience3
service5

Good Find

Dined on April 12, 2015

We were tired from four days of sightseeing, it was our last night and we didn't want to leave the hotel. We expected the grill to be a coffee shop but what we found was a nice dining environment with excellent service and very good food. The grill also has a very nice bar area. Had we known it was there we would have made it our evening stop.

Tags: fit for foodies
food2
ambience3
service1

Needs Improvement

vip
Dined on April 9, 2015

The food was mediocre but the service was terrible. It appeared our server was trying, but the restaurant came up short on all ends. We had children with us and we waited more than an hour for our food, including the kids food. Total time from sitting to check was more than two hours. Luckily, our children were well behaved this night, otherwise we would have left without eating.

food4
ambience4
service5

Perfect for the Occasion

vip
Dined on March 29, 2015

We carefully selected this venue for lunch prior to a matinee at the National Theatre. Because one of our guests was in a wheelchair, we wanted it to be a no hassle day for parking, eating, and getting into the theatre on time. Aside from the valet parking costing $42, the lunch and the rest of the day was perfect. The restaurant was nearly empty and we had very attentive service by Hanna and several others who were available and ready to assist. I highly recommend the burger and crab cake sandwiches. Show your National Theatre tickets and you get a 20% discount. Overall, the staff in the hotel was very friendly and helpful and offered extra attention in giving directions and the best routes for wheelchair access. Would definitely return.

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Fabulous service

vip
Dined on March 25, 2015

We arrived late and needed to get to a play at the National Theatre. Everyone from the hostess to the manager or supervisor made it happen. The burger was delicious! Would highly recommend before a theater event. Plus, they give a 20% food discount if you show your theatre tickets! Good people watching if you get a window seat.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
food3
ambience3
service2

Could have been better

vip
Dined on March 24, 2015

Arrived here for 6:00 reservation to have dinner before a 7:30 show at the National Theater. The waiter, while he was nice and smiled, seemed scattered/rushed/overwhelmed/stressed. Not sure if they were short-staffed or what but it appeared he was only one of two waiters for the entire restarurant. . He came by to get our drink order around 6:20 and then bolted like lightning before I had a chance to finish my sentence, didn't get to place our food order. Drinks took about 15 minutes to arrive, at which time we placed our food order(had to ask another staff person to place our order-time-sensitive since we had the show to attend). Food came around 6:45 so we had to eat a little fast. Two orders of swordfish, it was dry and not a lot of flavor. Not planning to return; had decided to eat here due to the 20 percent off special for pre-theater diners.

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