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Johnny's Half Shell

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1819 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2005 (between E Street and Louisana Ave.)
+1 202-296-2021
11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Forest Hills, New York
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74 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 and fun. Food was delectable -drinks also great. Highly recommend for any type of group... More 

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Woodstock, VT
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 felt great walking into (this new) Johnny’s for the very first time: it’s relaxed and... More 

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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351 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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 enjoy, though my colleagues loved it. Bread was nice, and filling. The crab cakes and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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 it and it came out of the oven Long before we arrived. . . the... More 

Thank Runningen
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 small - one tiny crab cake, with a handful of fries and a lump of... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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. My next course was Crab Norfolk, which is not easy to find and is much... More 

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Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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116 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

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

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Great Falls, Virginia
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229 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
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 the salty side. Can't wait to go back.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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164 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful menu. Delightful appetizers. Grilled calamari with field greens had the perfect hit of citrus and the right amount of tenderness. The rockfish with lime sauce was light and another great hit of citrus. Fish light flaky and very subtle. Scallops got raves too. Tried three desserts. But the chocolate angel food cake with caramel sauce was incredible. My idea... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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158 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This was my first visit to this restaurant, my friends who live in the neighborhood have been several times and have always enjoyed it. But my experience was overall only so-so. There were six of us, we ordered the oysters (which were delicious) and the chicken wings (also really, really good). And split a salad which was also fine. Three... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, 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, Bar Scene, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?