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The dining room section, bar is to the left.
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DC Boathouse

5441 MacArthur Boulevard NW Washington D.C. 20016
Open Mon.-Sat. 11am–10:00pm, & Sunday 11am–9:00pm
202-362-2628 2 hours
October 2014 All year
$20-49 Washington, DC District of Columbia
Website Food/Drinks General Restaurants
First review
DC Boathouse is a neighborhood restaurant and bar which opened in 2004. It's a single location family owned business and serves mostly American cuisine and a few Greek dishes as well. Appetizers include dips, shrimp, salads, and a couple soups. There are also hamburgers, subs, steaks, chicken, and pasta dishes. Food prices are slightly above average; entrees typically range from $18-25. There is a full bar as well and a Sunday brunch service.

The restaurant fronts Macarthur Boulevard, and parking is limited to street parking. Although the exterior is somewhat drab, there is a clever interior decorative theme with sculling boats hung from the ceiling and a variety of college crew t-shirts and oars on the walls. A large and accommodating bar is on the left hand side of the dining room with most of the tables to the right. Also, a small lounge area in the back offers has some plush couches for those who want to chill out. There are a few TVs around the room, and a football game was broadcast at the time. The style here is casual, so don't worry about dressing up or coming solo.

Dinner started with a cup of thick and hearty Greek avgolemono soup. The soup had a tasty lemon and egg type flavor and with a good portion of chicken. The main course was a chicken pasta dish, which included grilled chicken breast, linguini, and a delicious Alfredo sauce with olive oil and white wine. It was a rich, filling entree and served piping hot. A large plate of fries was a nice complement to the chicken. The fries were light, not greasy and had a slight peppery taste. If you like fries you can go to town on this dish. Although the three dishes were filling and appetizing there is always some room for dessert. It was a toss-up between homemade baklava and a slice of chocolate fudge cake with whipped cream. The chocolate cake won out but just barely. It was a big portion and had a rich chocolaty taste, very satisfying. Even though DC Boathouse has a relaxed atmosphere, the service was still quite professional. The server was prompt, attentive and pleasant. The overall experience here was satisfying, and a return visit is likely. The restaurant does not take reservations, so you might have a short wait if you visit either Friday or Saturday night at peak times. If you are looking more for drinks than food, there is a weekday happy hour from 4:00-7:00pm and discounted martinis on Mondays.
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