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Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C., DC

Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave.

4.0
4
340 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
The old Union Jack behind the bar may be faded, but spirits are soarin’. And why not? This is after all, a laugh-out-loud, slap-on-the-back, greet-you-with-a-roar, English-style pub. Where the traditions are as rich and warm as the Shephard’s Pie. And where the stories flow as freely from the tongue as the beer flows from the taps. Since 1977, Elephant & Castle has rolled out its well-worn welcome mat to anyone and everyone looking for a cracking good time. Whether that means cheering on your beloved team or chatting up your mates or simply savoring fresh made eats with a bit of jolly old England folded in here and there, this is the pub where you get your brit on.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 27 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 347-7707

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross street

    12th ST NW and Pennsylvania Ave NW

  • Parking details

    Pay to Street Park or Multiple Pay to Park Garages in a two block radius.

  • Public transit

    Federal Triangle & Metro Center

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • Weekday Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Enjoy $6.00 domestic draught beers, $6 6oz house wines, and $6 share plates! Monday-Friday 3-6PM

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What 340 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Late Night Find

  • District of Columbia

    Good for Groups

  • District of Columbia

    Late Night Find

  • District of Columbia

    Great for Lunch

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  1. JT

    JillT

    Saskatoon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and quick to get into! Food was tasty!
  2. JS

    JennyS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent French dip. Bread on sandwich was crusty but good and hot!
  3. AH

    AmyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Very good food. Mix up with our app and I came out after our food but they took it off our bill.
  4. MM

    MoniqueM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great service, drinks and food - great first visit we will be back!
  5. BW

    BarbaraW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The servers were nice but the food not so good. It could also be cleaner.
  6. A

    Aeryn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure! Best pretzels and beer cheese in town.
  7. B

    Boats1331

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We had a 6:15 reservation in the bar. Got in line at 6:10 and waited in line until 6:40 to finally see the hostess who could not have cared less that we (and everyone else in line) had been waiting so long. They didn’t have a table reserved for us but there was one bar table still open so they stuck us under the TV in a corner. No wait staff; the poor bartender was literally running from the bar to also wait tables. We didn’t get drinks until 7, and didn’t get our food until 7:20, so we got the shovel that down since we had a show to attend at 8. I got the Sunday roast, which was lukewarm and the beef was terrible. Nothing but fat; I got about three bites out of it total. We ended up eating in a rush and having to run out to make the show. Just an absolute mess. They’re located in the theater district, you’d think they’d be familiar with and able to handle the pre-show crowd.
  8. MM

    MattM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Very poor experience. I had a 6:00 reservation and and event to be at 7:30. I assumed this was plenty of time to eat. I received my food at 7:15 and only ate half of the meal. I had to pay half way through my meal just so I got leave quickly for the event I had. I know the kitchen was backed up and I understand, just had a very poor experience
  9. CD

    CDS3

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We dined outside with a view of the Old Post Office building. Beautiful and the food was delicious!
  10. w

    wolfandguzzle

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service, good lunch
  11. MD

    MaryD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve never had a bad meal or poor service at Elephant & Castle, so I brought my sister, our cousins, and their grandkids (ages 13 and 11) for a meet-up dinner when they visited. Our table was ready, our server Nicole was cheerful, spicy, animated, snd detail-oriented, the food was superb, and the noise level permitted easy conversation. We were never rushed — even in the midst of the Pride festival crowds — and had a thoroughly delightful experience. I heartily recommend E&C to all my DC visitors, and look forward to my next meal there.
  12. E

    Eileen

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This was a great find in the neighborhood. The service and food were great; they were a little busy that’s why I did not give five stars on the service but that’s understandable on a Saturday in the summer in downtown DC with so much going on. I highly recommend this place. The food was fabulous and I will be back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Overpriced food that just isn’t that great.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and food!
  15. RM

    RobinM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great place to eat before a show at the Warner Theatre. We had a reservation but the line at the hostess stand was so long , that by the time we sat down it was 20 min after the reservation. But, the service was quick so we ended up finishing in plenty of time. The food was very good and I will be going back to try more.
  16. T

    Travellerohio

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Shepherd Pie was very good; much better than the onion rings. Hamburger was average.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Delicious! Kind staff.
  18. JL

    JerryL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food excellent and good value. Service quite slow.
  19. AS

    AllisonS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Despite the recent pandemic altering how restaurants perform we expected better quality than received. Please have a tutorial day in the kitchen with a proper trained Chef. The food was sad. The only meal which was nice were your fish n chips. Sorry, not returning.
  20. JP

    JohannaP

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Good service. Easy location. Food was delicious.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The server was a bit slow, didn’t remember to bring simple things or check on us more then a couple of times. The food was ok, better beer selection, more local stuff would be great.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The service was terrible. After being seated, nobody came to our table for 15 minutes at which point one of us went to the front to get service. When someone finally greeted us, it was a very rude greeting. A woman who obviously didn’t want to be there said “ready to order “ not even a hello or how are you. It seems this place may be understaffed but even that doesn’t excuse the rude service
  23. S

    Suzy

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were very pleasantly surprised at Elephant and Castle. Service at a time when few servers are present was quite good (he told us in advance that he was the only one on duty till others came in). Food - a surprise - wide menu and good. We were hungry and enjoyed the offerings. Few others present on an early Sunday morning so quiet. And yes, we'd go back again.
  24. YC

    YvonneC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretzel Bites are life!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Very poor experience. Food took forever to come out, was left under heat lamps so long that films had formed on it. Server forgot the drinks, twice. And then to food came out completely over done and over cooked. Very bad experience.
  26. M

    Marco

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Elephant & Castle is certainly shabbier and less charming than a real English pub, but we had a good meal there and would recommend it as long as expectations are kept in check. The menu has a nice mix of options for various tastes.
  27. B

    Barb

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! The service was very friendly and efficient. We will be back. The food portions were generous and a good value, and very tasty!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice sports bar ambience. Good spirits selection. Food was good.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was working his hardest despite being short-staffed. Food was fine, but the en
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This was fine overall. They were definitely short staffed and our server certainly did her best considering how stretched they were. Our food was pretty good, although they were out of some things and some food came out cold. We recognize that there are currently so many obstacles with supply chains and staffing, so we would probably try it again, but this experience falls in the mediocre range.
  31. M

    Marie

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Good place for families. Food is solidly good. Big burgers. Good fish tacos. Lots of kid friendly choices. Huge dining areas with nice outdoor space. Convenient to the Mall, museums, and the White House.
  32. JT

    JeffreyT

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food and service were just average. Prices were reasonable and the location was excellent.
  33. CL

    CarolL

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good bar food. We enjoyed a sampler of pot pies. The Bangers and Mash won’t disappoint. We went on a Friday evening around 8pm with no wait time. It was a fun place. Looking forward to stopping by again!
  34. DK

    DanielK

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Very decent pub food, and generous portions. Service is attentive, but the kitchen can get slow during peak periods, so allow extra time if you're going to a show or game after eating.
  35. TD

    ThomasD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience, excellent service. Great traditional English Pub.
  36. B

    Bandido

    Washington DC

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Reasonable English pub fare although my steak and mushroom pie was marred by an absence of steak and the presence of a fair bit of gristle.
  37. R

    Ray57

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The selection, quality, and taste of the food were very good. Great selection of beer. The service was spot on.
  38. OM

    OldMayfield

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good location, near Federal triangle, Mall etc. Good food, very nice staff.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The steak was perfectly done, the fries crispy, and the ale & onion soup was divine! Our server Shawn was attentive, accurate, and personable! Great visit
  40. s

    stuffedrobot

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great British pub. Service was as good as it can be right now given the circumstances

FAQs

Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave. does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave. also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 347-7707.

Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave. is rated 4 stars by 340 OpenTable diners.

Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave. does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave.

1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C., DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th ST NW and Pennsylvania Ave NW

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Pay to Street Park or Multiple Pay to Park Garages in a two block radius.

  • Public transit

    Federal Triangle & Metro Center

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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