Johnny's Half Shell

Seafood, American
$ $ $
400 N Capitol St NW (at E St NW)
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-0400
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm



  • Based on data from the Sunlight Foundation's Party Time project, Johnny's Half Shell is the 2nd most popular venue for political fundraisers in Washington. Sunlight's full Scandal Tour App coming soon
  • In summer, dont miss the barbecue crabs served on the patio, accompanied by live jazz.
  • Christopher Hitchens would stop here before and after his appearances on C-SPAN, Fox and NBC News for a Johnnie Walker Black and Perrier his regular drink of choice.
  • Great oysters! Nice cold beer!
  • Join Johnny's Half Shell & My Loyal Family to get 10% off on Fridays and Saturdays, private oyster shucking parties, dinner on the house and more- just for visiting as usual! Be Treated Like Loyalty.
  • First opened in 1999, Johnny's Half Shell Restaurant is a very popular seafood restaurant in the Dupont Circle area.
  • Beers, squid, oysters, grits, shrimp, deep fried pork ribs, and their mini tuni sandwiches. What else more could you ask for?
  • Eat at the bar -- great bartenders. Lunch manager Denny is the model of charming service. Lobster Rolls and Shrimp & Grits are my standards, but never pass up the She Crab Soup when on the menu!
  • Go for happy hour 4-7p. Awesome beer, apps. Try the tuna sliders and grilled oysters!
  • Classic DC haunt. Johnny's does not skimp on it's fried oyster po'boy.
  • They need to step it up and get with the times. This is an old-school (in a bad way) DC restaurant. There are so many new, inventive places in DC. Why go here?
  • Great Oyster Bar!
  • Ask Johnny's Half Shell manager Mary Slattery for VIP treatment. Tell her her Dad, Chris insists!
  • Go during restaurant week. Everything here is delicious. Saturday is $25 for a bottle of wine!
  • The celery soup is fantastic! Also try the banana cream pie, delicious.
  • Not impressive
  • Crab cakes and catfish are great. Skip the dessert.
  • Very New Orleans in flavor. Everything was seasoned nice and tasted awesome. The gumbo was excellent and the crab cake imperial one of the best.
  • Had the seafood stew. Pretty good. Service is slow. Took almost an hour for our entree.
  • Get the Death in the Afternoon Cocktail

Nearby places

4 F St NW (at Massachusetts Ave NW)
201 Massachusetts Ave NE (2nd & D st NE)