Debbie and I went with Francine and Mel to Tony and Joe’s at their suggestion. They had been at the restaurant many times before and their suggestions of good restaurants in the past have been excellent. This was yet another time that their suggestion was right on.
The restaurant is huge by any standard. There is a large bar outside which is very popular as is the bar inside when it is in use. Depending on the configurations, both inside and outside the restaurant can seat at the same time 400-500 people. There was no one seated inside the night we were there.
We started dinner by sharing a single starter, the Ivy City Smokehouse Smoked Fish Board – locally smoke salmon, whitefish salad, capers, red onion, cucumber, plum tomato, horseradish cream toasted naan.
Francine and Mel both ordered Teriyaki Salmon – Canada, broccoli, baby carrots, fingerling potatoes, ginger teriyaki glaze. Francine enjoyed the sauce; Mel did not seem to find it a favorite.
Debbie chose Whole Steamed New England Lobster – snow peas, roasted fingerling potatoes, drawn butter.
I started with Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts -rosemary, parmesan, chipotle aioli. It was a very large serving and did not begin to eat it all. The only other person to try the sprouts was Francine who ate 5 sprouts.
I selected the Whole Fried Branzino – sauteed eggplant, basil, red pepper, jasmine rice cilantro. Delivered to the table the fish looked different than anything I had ever seen. There was far more fish than anything I could finish but it was excellent.
For dessert Francine and Mel shared a Vanilla Bean ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce. Debbie and I shared a chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
On the Potomac River side of the outdoor portion of the restaurant there is a large, thick wall which appears to be about 15 to 20 feet high. It turns out that the wall can be lowered using special equipment allowing for a full view of the Potomac and the Kennedy Center, etc.
The restrooms are inside the building and a long distance from where we were seated. Since WW did not need to use the facilities there is no report on those facilities.
There is a very large parking garage in the basement of Washington Harbor.
Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place
3000 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20007