About Avenue Grill
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.
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
14th Street NW
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metro Center, Federal Triangle
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
Avenue Grill was chosen for pretheatre ...
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.
It's a bar/restaurant part of the JW hot ...
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.
While visiting Washington DC with my bro ...
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).
Great Service, Food and Drink
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.
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.
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.
Good hotel restaurant. Location trumps food.
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.
Just okay, close to theatre
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.
Good but Not memorable
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.
Hit and miss
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!
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.
Dinner - poor to fair, Breakfast excellent
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.
Good Spot for the Theater
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.
Convenient and Good
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.
Good for pre-theater
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.
Good for pre-theater dinner
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.
Decent Hotel Food
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.
A great place to eat before the show
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.
Perfect for before the show at National Theatre
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!
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.
The resturant was pretty empty but was r ...
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
Convenient for Informal Business Luncheon
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.
Good for late night bite.
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.
Great for pre-theatre dinning
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.
Good For Theatre
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.
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