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Johnny's Half Shell

1819 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2005
+1 202-296-2021
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good38%
  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (41 reviews)
“crab cakes” (45 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
1819 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2005
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1 - 10 of 257 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the curb appeal to the interior décor to the friendly servers to the great drinks and outstanding food! What a find in DC. Sustainable food at reasonable prices and prepared perfectly by a veteran staff. I had the soft shell crab entrée...the best ever...wife...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I take my seafood seriously having grown up on Cape Cod and done my share of clamming and fishing. Johnny's chefs do fresh seasonal fish and bivalves with consistent visual flair and impeccable taste. This time four forks shared halibut, crab, scallops, and strawberry shortcake....More

Thank John C
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Everything on the menu that we got was amazing. We had reservations but actually ended up eating the bar area which is slightly elevated from the main dining space and had great views of the room and fun people watching. Christopher, our waiter, was amazing...More

Thank AEP77
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Johnny’s Half Shell recently moved from Capitol Hill to Adams Morgan, downsizing and, in the process, returning to its roots as a neighborhood restaurant serving impeccably fresh seafood and a few other, extremely well-prepared selections such as a braised chicken dish and a rib-eye. It...More

Thank mstvt
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We came here for a work lunch. Its a short walk from the Capitol, and they host a lot of political events and private meals for lobbyists and politicians, which was clear from looking around the restaurant. We had the soup, which I did not...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Lots of seafood on the menu! The restaurant smelled of fried food. Crab cakes were even deep fried. I had Scallops that were delicious with mushrooms and butter. However service was a bit "iffy". For example we were not offered bread until we asked for...More

Thank Runningen
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Our waiter was not informed about the restaurant's wine selection. He told us "I don't like white wines and cannot comment on them." Service was very slow, never received bread, or salt or pepper until asked for, over and over. The potions were far too...More

Thank Myrani
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My group was seated immediately as we arrived and we were served promptly. Raw oysters were very good, The fried oysters were as good as they get - deftly and delicately seasoned and breaded, cooked to perfection. We ordered a second plate, which disappeared quickly....More

Thank Lyman777
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Terrific spot for dinner. Highly recommend. Great neighborhood spot. Within walking distance of Woodley park

Thank Clover1646745
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Unexpected delight . . . the gumbo is the best we've had anywhere. Seasoning is perfect and has just the right amount of slow burn to the heat in it. Salads were delicious too. Crab Louis salad was very good - just a tad on...More

Thank HDMM
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there a dress code and are men's dress shorts appropriate for dinner?
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
what time is your happy hour mon -Thursday?
8 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
USD 20 - USD 25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1819 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2005
    (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: +1 202-296-2021
  • E-mail
Johnny's Half Shell is a highly acclaimed seafood restaurant in Washington DC located near Capitol Hill and Union Station. Ann Cashion, a James Beard award winning chef, uses organic produce, poultry, meat, and sustainable seafood to create memorable renditions of Chesapeake and Gulf Coast dishes. Pair the flavorful food with an amazing outdoor dining terrace, breathtaking views of the US Capitol and a vibrant happy hour and you have found your new favorite Washington DC restaurant!
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