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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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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good38%
  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (45 reviews)
“crab cakes” (48 reviews)
“grilled squid” (5 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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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 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
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I cannot say that my soft-shell crab was extraordinary, but it was very good, as was the spoon bread and the wine. The best part about the evening was that my friends and I could have a perfect reunion dinner and talk in normal voices....More

Thank JFCoates
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Have been wanting to visit Johnny's Halfshell for a while, and I was not disappointed. We started off with Virgina Oysters on the halfshell - plump and sweet. My friend had her usual chicken wings - which she swears are the best. I had the...More

Thank Patricia H
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We loved the feel and vibe: upbeat, energetic and definitely happy. Shared multiple starters including radishes, calamari and trotter tots ( a unique presentation of slow cooked pork- not for the cholesterol challenged !!) . Added spoon bread and sautéed green beans to mains. Fish...More

Thank allerton21
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We decided to visit Johnny's as a treat on our last night in the DC area. Although we had a reservation for 8:30, it was completely packed and the rain made fewer tables available. As we continued to wait for a table well past our...More

Thank DMcTraveler1
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21 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$25
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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
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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