Phillips Flagship Restaurant in SW Closing April 28th

Phillips Flagship Washington-20140404-00822

“Dear PoPville,

I went to the Maine Avenue Wharf to get some fresh scallops for the weekend and found out the Century old Phillips Flagship Crab Deck Restaurant founded in 1914 at 900 Water Street closes Monday April 28 to make way for the huge Wharf development on the SW waterfront.”

Wharf Development Sign Washington-20140404-00825

Ed. Note: We looked at a final farewell to the nearby Channel Inn’s Engine Room earlier this month.

23 Comment

  • good. f**king. riddance.

    • Yeah, this place was pretty awful. Some of the worst food I’ve ever eaten in DC (yet still pricey) and the interior was dark and dated. At least Jenny’s has a weird sort of charm to it.

    • I thought it was just me — until I caught the Sysco truck unloading shrink-wrapped pallets into the place. Food straight from the factory, just like it was meant to be!

      FWIW, the fish market is staying put, but there will be some detours to get there this summer.

  • That SW Waterfront was one of the ugliest assortment of buildings. Urban Renewal ruined any historic significance. So although these businesses may have been around for a century, the fifties ruined anything worth saving.

  • As someone who grew up in Maryland and spent my summers “going down the ocean,” one place my family never, ever ate was at Phillips. The food, whether at the D.C. spot, Harbor Place or beach is terrible.

  • Fugly building, disgusting food.

  • That restaurant outside (never went), that video was the most comprehensive view of the Wharf I’ve seen yet. Wow. It’s ambitious. I have no idea if it’s going to “work” or not but I am really anxious to see what happens.

    • Ambitious seems to be the right word for it. Not sure how much will be up by the targeted 2017 date, but the neighborhood is pretty excited for it nonetheless.

      • Once ground is broken, these deadlines are almost always met. Developers can pretty much pinpoint exactly what piece of the project is being completed on a particular day. Getting the financing in order is usually what delays projects but once it’s in place and they break ground, the ball is rolling.

  • How are they going to clean up the water?

  • Finally, the senseless abuse of perfectly decent seafood has come to an end in that dim culinary nightmare.

  • brookland_rez

    Ha. I’m actually going there this week for a co-workers retirement luncheon. Hopefully it’s not that bad…

    • justinbc

      We always wound up having to go for work functions because the 100+ item buffet was the only thing that certain picky eaters could agree on. It wasn’t quite as wretched as many people make it out to be, but I also wouldn’t describe it as “good” either.

      • brookland_rez

        I’m expecting a Golden Corral kind of experience, except with a focus on seafood. Frozen shrimp, fried fish, etc. If that’s what it is, I can eat it. I know good food, but at the same time I’m not that picky. I can eat almost anything.

        • justinbc

          The buffet really isn’t even seafood focused. There are a good number of items on it that are seafood, but it’s really just a mix of anything buffet style you can think of. I’m pretty sure there’s even some Chinese stuff on there.

          • brookland_rez

            Well we went today… You’re right, for a seafood place there wasn’t a lot of seafood. Frozen breaded shrimp and fried whiting fillets like I was expecting. I had the boiled clams. They were awful, like rubber. Crab cakes were ok. I had some of the sides like mac and cheese and french fries, they were of Golden Corral quality. Overall, it did remind me of a Golden Corral. Except instead of being $10 it was almost $20. I guess it’s ok if you want to pig out on a bunch of cheap food. I was pretty underwhelmed. It was just ok. I don’t think I would ever go back on my own though. They accommodate large groups, which is why it is ideal for retirement parties, etc.

  • I used to work in SW and used to frequent the waterfront places for lunch. Phillips is not half-bad if you order off the menu, but the buffet is….what it is. It was high hog eating for lots of folks— crablegs, shrimp etc.

  • I remember when the Philips in Annapolis closed its doors. It was a pretty great restaurant for most of its tenure. I don’t know if they were sold off, or just became too big with multiple restaurants, but they were awful the last few years.

    The new Wharf project sounds pretty awesome! I hope they keep some of the kitschy seafood market buildings/signs though. I also hope whatever retail/restaurants go in aren’t just cookie cutter crap you can get anywhere in any city (similar to how Georgetown and CityCenter area, or will be)

  • What about the fish market?

  • djdc

    Ha! Alfred Hitchcock’s cameo takes place at 4:02 in the lower left corner.

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