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Mar 11, 2013 01:45 PM

Family Dinner near white house

I'm looking for dinner in the white house area for my family (some of whom have never visited DC before).
There will be 8 of us, ranging in age from 23 to 78. Looking for a relatively casual meal, coming in under $30pp (excluding tax/tip/alcohol).

Italian or American cuisine would probably be ideal.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!

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  1. Old Ebbit Grill sounds like the perfect option for you.

    1. Down the block from the White House is Old Ebbitt Grill. I've had a lot of luck with bigger family dinners there and it's in your price range. I've always felt it's got that very classic, old-school, all-American D.C. feel that would be cool for District first timers.

      Edit: Ah, ipsedixit beat me! Darn slow internet. Well, I second Old Ebbitt!

      1. 3 votes for Old Ebbitts. The food and service are both great. Burgers are outstanding & fantastic oysters on half shell.

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        1. re: MjDematteis

          Well, let's not get carried away.

          The food at Old Ebbit Grill is fine, maybe even pretty good, but "great" and "outstanding"? No dice.

          Old Ebbit Grill is a good fit for the OP's criteria -- beyond that, there's nothing intrinsically good about the place beyond tradition and as a tourist's destination.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            yes. it's not a superlative place, but fits the criteria posed to a 'T', the 'kids' won't be excited and the seniors won't be scared. well-executed is the best term.

            and I gotta say the management team really does train the staff well.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Personally these days I prefer The Hamilton to Old Ebbitt. It's owned by the same people but I think the food is better.

              1. re: Elyssa

                As I've posted before, I like the Old Ebbitt's raw bar happy hour. Clyde's in Gallery Place has the same deal, and that's in walking distance from work for me. That's where I usually go when I want oysters after work.

          2. You should go to The Hamilton. There is a little bit of something for everything and you likely can stay within your price range. Make a reservation for a party that large though.