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Johnny's Half Shell

1819 Columbia RD NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
+1 202-506-5257
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good37%
  • Average21%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood” (46 reviews)
“crab cakes” (49 reviews)
“food cake” (4 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1819 Columbia RD NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard about the restaurant on a plane and tried it. The service was superb-friendly and professional. The three varieties of fresh, raw oysters were a delight. Scallops in entree were nearly perfect. We topped off the evening with a lemon chess pie that was straight...More

Thank Sparky31953
Reviewed 9 April 2018

Not only the food is delicious but the service is great, special mention to Chris who helped us selecting the best of the best. Old style look restaurant with plenty of charm

Thank RJMtravelling
Reviewed 31 March 2018

The whole package is what makes Johnny's so great. It is located in a small, hard to spot little place, and from the outside you would never suspect it has 5-star food and service. The inside is loaded with ambience (especially the Motown music), the...More

Thank arvillat
Reviewed 20 February 2018

this place used to be the closest restaurant to the Senate side of the Capitol but it moved. admitidly we left Union Station area during rush hour, but it took 35 minutes to get to the restaurant and 20 minutes to get back. the service...More

Thank Sugarman4084
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Our first visit here since Johnny's moved from N. Capital st. -- not disappointed. The drinks and fresh oysters were excellent and were the shrimp and grits appetizer and kale salad. The entrees -- scallops, rockfish and crab cake also were excellent. I will say...More

Thank Rich H
Reviewed 28 December 2017

I've always had a warm welcome here, whether I arrive alone or with friends. The food is great, especially the fish.

Thank Jon H
Reviewed 26 December 2017

Five of us had dinner here the other night It was our first time but we were welcomed like family by the owner, who was funny and charming and checked in on us several times. Our waiter was also excellent and, since we had a...More

Thank LRose49
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Stopped in for a late evening dinner. Much more quiet from zest, buzz and energy (and conversations' noise) after 9:00 PM. Started with fried Oysters; my wife loved them so much she wants to go back for a double portion tonight. I had the scollops...More

Thank allerton21
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

This was a fun place to dine. Service was very good, attentive and very helpful. The crab cakes were excellent as was the grilled calamari. Not an extensive wine list but the choices were good choices. Terrific cocktail list. I would return.

Thank Leapfrogisaac
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Had a late night dinner on a rainy, Sunday night - food was real good! Great oysters. Our table had different dishes I had nice crab cakes. Yum. Good barm with specially drinks (cherry vanilla Manhattan was nice and smooth)

Thank DogfaceJones
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22 June 2016|
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Response from POSHtravelier | Reviewed this property |
I do not think they would deny service to one dressed in shorts. However, the clientele are mostly those who have business on the Hill, who are dressed in suites. Also, Washington DC does tend to be city that favors... More
7 October 2015|
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Response from Harris H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, do not know. Suggest you call the restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1819 Columbia RD NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
    (between E Street and Louisana Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Union Station on the Metro Red Line. Walk across Massachussette right onto E street turn lelf on North Capitol. We are next to Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
  • Neighbourhood: National Mall
  • Phone Number: +1 202-506-5257
  • E-mail
James Beard award winning Chef Ann Cashion’s critically acclaimed classical American seafood restaurant. Since 1999.
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