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Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

Where to Find Delicious Fish and Chips Around D.C.

Eat fish (and fries) through Lent or all year long

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Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips sends out its namesake order atop silver trays or in Union Jack-splashed takeout containers.
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During Lent, much of D.C.'s Catholic population is in search of pescetarian options on Fridays. For non-observers, a basket or plate of fried fish and chips functions as a tasty and filling meal on any day of the year.

To do their part to alleviate the Chesapeake Bay’s ongoing blue catfish problem, more chefs now rely on the invasive species to build their fish and chips dish. With a sweet flavor profile from all the rockfish it’s eating, some say Maryland catfish tastes better than ever. Beer-battered cod or haddock remains the fried fish of choice for others, joined by inventive alternatives to simple spuds and tartar sauce.

Here are 13 restaurants offering fish specials directly targeting Lent observers this year, as well as places that do the British classic justice.

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Horace and Dickies

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Long-running local favorite Horace and Dickie’s is known for its cornmeal-coated whiting with French fries ($17). The original closed in Northeast after a three-decade run, but its Takoma location is still going strong.

Fish In The Neighborhood

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Though not a traditional fish and chips offering, the Park View institution has a large selection of fried fish (catfish, red snapper, perch, trout, tilapia) as well as French fries available. Order by weight and consider the spicy mango sauce.

Boundary Stone

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Bloomingdale’s reliable neighborhood tavern showcases fish and chips from chef David Bacot, who led the kitchen at Potomac’s Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar by Robert Wiedmaier before the pandemic hit. At Boundary Stone, Alaskan cod battered in Busch Light joins lemon, malt vinegar, fries and homemade tartar sauce.

Ivy City Smokehouse

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D.C.’s standard bearer for seafood naturally sends out a solid fish and chips out of its Ivy City tavern, joined by fries, slaw and tartar sauce ($19).

Hank's Oyster Bar (multiple locations)

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Restaurateur Jamie Leeds’s light, airy take on fish and chips is always a solid ordering choice at Hank’s. Three pieces of tempura-battered cod comes with Old Bay fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce ($23). Order online for pickup at its Dupont, Wharf, and Old Town locations.

Fried fish and chips with slaw on a white plate
Fish and chips at Hank’s Oyster Bar.
Hank’s Oyster Bar/official photo

AboveGround

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Chef Nicholas Martino learned the art of pub fare firsthand while working for London’s Michelin-starred icon Marco Pierre White. Martino’s nearly year-old British stall in Union Market replicates across-the-pond staples like “The Governor’s” fish and chips (Atlantic cod, triple-cooked chips, mushy peas, tartar sauce, and malt vinegar). Order online for pickup or delivery ($18).

Duke's Grocery (multiple locations)

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D.C.’s beloved British brand pushes its year-round fish and chips plate for Lent, featuring beer-battered haddock, homemade fries, and lemon. Available at all of its locations (Woodley Park, Navy Yard, and Foggy Bottom).

The Queen Vic

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The Queen Vic couldn't call itself a proper British pub without offering baskets of fish and chips. They're on the menu all year long — with malt vinegar, of course — for $22.

A basket of fish and chips with sauces
Fish and chips at The Queen Vic.
The Queen Vic/official photo

Fog Point at Assembly

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A bright, nautical-themed raw bar tucked off the Rosslyn Metro station opened in 2022 with East Coast oysters and a fish and chips main made with cornmeal-crusted Maryland blue catfish ($19.95) with remoulade, hushpuppies, and coleslaw. For the “chips” component, potatoes are cut, soaked in vinegar, and blanched before hitting plates the next day. Fog Point also makes its own bread and butter pickles and tartar sauce to round out the dish. The 50-seat bar and restaurant is the full-service addition to Rosslyn’s Assembly food hall.

Hawk & Griffin

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Named the mascots at local high schools Madison and GC Marshall, U.K. native and Pure Pasty owner Michael Burgess teamed up with architect Tom Kyllo in 2021 to bring Vienna a bustling British pub with live music and trivia nights. Its thoughtful fish and chips ($22). features fresh cod dipped in beer batter. Its tartar sauce counterpart is also made on-site.

Fish and chips with peas on a table
Hawk & Griffin’s fish and chips features fresh cod and homemade beer batter.
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Mattie and Eddie’s Irish Bar and Restaurant

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Cathal Armstrong amassed a devoted following for his reliable fish and chips at Eamonn’s - A Dublin Chipper in Old Town, which closed in 2019. The fan favorite resurfaces at his latest Irish bar in Arlington. Dubbed “Eammon’s fish and chips” ($27), haddock wrapped in golden batter joins seven “secret” sauces for a dipper tasting of sorts. The saucer selection includes a ketchup-mayo mashup; cayenne and serrano; and curry.

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

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Boisterous British chef Gordon Ramsay pulled up to the Wharf in late 2022 with a takeout-friendly menu centered around its namesake dish and other takes on British pub grub. A three-piece combo of sustainable cod coated with custard powder batter, “chips” (aka fries), and two sauces runs $14.99 and up. Shrimp and chicken get the crispy treatment, too. Chips also shine solo, loaded up with meats and sauces.

District Fishwife

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Union Market stall District Fishwife’s best-selling fish and chips features two pieces of beer-battered Atlantic Dogfish with homemade tartar sauce, fries, and slaw ($16.50). Opt for Icelandic cod loin for $1.50 more. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Fish and chips at District Fishwife.
District Fishwife

Horace and Dickies

Long-running local favorite Horace and Dickie’s is known for its cornmeal-coated whiting with French fries ($17). The original closed in Northeast after a three-decade run, but its Takoma location is still going strong.

Fish In The Neighborhood

Though not a traditional fish and chips offering, the Park View institution has a large selection of fried fish (catfish, red snapper, perch, trout, tilapia) as well as French fries available. Order by weight and consider the spicy mango sauce.

Boundary Stone

Bloomingdale’s reliable neighborhood tavern showcases fish and chips from chef David Bacot, who led the kitchen at Potomac’s Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar by Robert Wiedmaier before the pandemic hit. At Boundary Stone, Alaskan cod battered in Busch Light joins lemon, malt vinegar, fries and homemade tartar sauce.

Ivy City Smokehouse

D.C.’s standard bearer for seafood naturally sends out a solid fish and chips out of its Ivy City tavern, joined by fries, slaw and tartar sauce ($19).

Hank's Oyster Bar (multiple locations)

Restaurateur Jamie Leeds’s light, airy take on fish and chips is always a solid ordering choice at Hank’s. Three pieces of tempura-battered cod comes with Old Bay fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce ($23). Order online for pickup at its Dupont, Wharf, and Old Town locations.

Fried fish and chips with slaw on a white plate
Fish and chips at Hank’s Oyster Bar.
Hank’s Oyster Bar/official photo

AboveGround

Chef Nicholas Martino learned the art of pub fare firsthand while working for London’s Michelin-starred icon Marco Pierre White. Martino’s nearly year-old British stall in Union Market replicates across-the-pond staples like “The Governor’s” fish and chips (Atlantic cod, triple-cooked chips, mushy peas, tartar sauce, and malt vinegar). Order online for pickup or delivery ($18).

Duke's Grocery (multiple locations)

D.C.’s beloved British brand pushes its year-round fish and chips plate for Lent, featuring beer-battered haddock, homemade fries, and lemon. Available at all of its locations (Woodley Park, Navy Yard, and Foggy Bottom).

The Queen Vic

The Queen Vic couldn't call itself a proper British pub without offering baskets of fish and chips. They're on the menu all year long — with malt vinegar, of course — for $22.

A basket of fish and chips with sauces
Fish and chips at The Queen Vic.
The Queen Vic/official photo

Fog Point at Assembly

A bright, nautical-themed raw bar tucked off the Rosslyn Metro station opened in 2022 with East Coast oysters and a fish and chips main made with cornmeal-crusted Maryland blue catfish ($19.95) with remoulade, hushpuppies, and coleslaw. For the “chips” component, potatoes are cut, soaked in vinegar, and blanched before hitting plates the next day. Fog Point also makes its own bread and butter pickles and tartar sauce to round out the dish. The 50-seat bar and restaurant is the full-service addition to Rosslyn’s Assembly food hall.

Hawk & Griffin

Named the mascots at local high schools Madison and GC Marshall, U.K. native and Pure Pasty owner Michael Burgess teamed up with architect Tom Kyllo in 2021 to bring Vienna a bustling British pub with live music and trivia nights. Its thoughtful fish and chips ($22). features fresh cod dipped in beer batter. Its tartar sauce counterpart is also made on-site.

Fish and chips with peas on a table
Hawk & Griffin’s fish and chips features fresh cod and homemade beer batter.
Hawk & Griffin/Facebook

Mattie and Eddie’s Irish Bar and Restaurant

Cathal Armstrong amassed a devoted following for his reliable fish and chips at Eamonn’s - A Dublin Chipper in Old Town, which closed in 2019. The fan favorite resurfaces at his latest Irish bar in Arlington. Dubbed “Eammon’s fish and chips” ($27), haddock wrapped in golden batter joins seven “secret” sauces for a dipper tasting of sorts. The saucer selection includes a ketchup-mayo mashup; cayenne and serrano; and curry.

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

Boisterous British chef Gordon Ramsay pulled up to the Wharf in late 2022 with a takeout-friendly menu centered around its namesake dish and other takes on British pub grub. A three-piece combo of sustainable cod coated with custard powder batter, “chips” (aka fries), and two sauces runs $14.99 and up. Shrimp and chicken get the crispy treatment, too. Chips also shine solo, loaded up with meats and sauces.

District Fishwife

Union Market stall District Fishwife’s best-selling fish and chips features two pieces of beer-battered Atlantic Dogfish with homemade tartar sauce, fries, and slaw ($16.50). Opt for Icelandic cod loin for $1.50 more. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Fish and chips at District Fishwife.
District Fishwife

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