Nestled in the heart of Bethesda's charming downtown district, Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro serving the best in modern and traditional fare. Wooden shelves, ornate wine racks, and small cozy tables adorned with crisp white tablecloths create an air of sophistication and warmth. The food is equally as impressive. Before the meal even begins, guests are greeted by a toasty baguette and service fit for a five-star Parisian bistro. Their signature appetizers, escargot and oysters au gratin, are definitely worth a try. Mon Ami Gabi’s specialty, Steak Frites, is another crowd-pleaser, keeping guests happy by matching top-quality steaks with crispy French fries. This is a great place to enjoy a sumptuous lingering meal. - Zoe Pagonis
What once stood as the historic Bethesda Theater in 1938 has now been transformed into suave live music supper club. Still carrying the glory of the yesteryear, Bethesda Blues and Jazz houses a small concert hall that serves brilliant continental fare. While 300 seats are ticketed as dinner seats, there are an additional 200 performance seats made available later. Come and enjoy this acoustically enhanced wonder on a fine evening.
Praline Bakery & Bistro is a fine place that offers grubs for any ages and tastes since April 2006. The ambiance is cool and casual to hang out at. The bakery has a fantastic variety of macaroons, pistachio chocolate croissant, coffees, cakes and pastries. The delectable French cuisine is much appreciated for a good meal, at any time of the day. Private parties and gathering are accommodated in the restaurant too for memorable moments. Call ahead for more details, or check out their website.
1789 Restaurant, a formal, elegant restaurant in Georgetown, is a Washington favorite. Its Federal-era architecture is nicely accentuated by burning fireplaces and classic linen-and-silver table settings. A wide range of New American entrees are featured on the menu. There are fine vegetarian offerings as well as non-vegetarian delicacies like hanger steak and grill rack of lamb. The desserts here are similarly divine.
Lyon Hall is a quintessential neighborhood brasserie in Arlington. It features an unrivaled beer list with over 20 on tap and over 50 bottled brews on offer. Enjoy a chilled pint with delectable bar fare. German and French classics dominate the menu with the likes of pretzels and steak frites. A packed house and energetic vibes during their weekend brunch reveals its local favorite status.
Capitol Hill's critically-acclaimed Charlie Palmer Steak is a sophisticated restaurant and lounge along the world-famous National Mall. Here you'll find only the finest cuts of artisan meats, game, fish and fowl, prepared in Chef Charlie Palmer's progressive American style. This is the place to see and be seen. If you are a wine connoisseur, scroll through their 10,000 American wines on an eWinebook while three sommeliers are on hand for consultation. The restaurant also has three private dining rooms and a rooftop terrace for events for up to 400 guests, with spectacular views of the Capitol.
Russia House Restaurant manages to take you on a journey across Russia through a platter of food. With fare that is as inspiring as creative, Russia House Restaurant serves authentic Russian Cuisine to patrons with diverse appetites. The restaurant's interiors are a reminder of luxurious standards, complete with bright ocher walls and princely furniture. In another section, the murals on the walls showcase a different aspect of Russian culture. Staying true to Russia's identity, this specialty restaurant boasts of an exclusive Vodka menu. Service is courteous and always around to uplift your East European experience.
Located in a building with a certain Victorian appeal, Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano is the embodiment of fine Italian dining. The decor is a simple affair with an old charm to it. The atmosphere lets worldly romance thrive along with the romance of the taste buds. Signature Veal Chops and linguine are the highlights of the culinary creativity that dwells here. A stellar wine selection of Tuscan roots also feature, which goes along rather well with the decadently rich food on offer.
Open all day, every day, Amphora Diner Deluxe has in excess of 350 delicious menu items for you and your family to enjoy. This casual eatery offers you scrumptious preparations created from the freshest ingredients, and a drinks list featuring wine, beer and cocktails is also offered. You can start your day with red velvet pancakes and the Amphora omelet, build your favorite burger for lunch, and enjoy a grand plate of Cajun rib-eye with mango salsa for dinner!
PassionFish is one of the most preferred restaurants when it comes to savoring seafood. Seafood lovers will surely enjoy their sushi, which is made to order, crabs, scallops, sushi rolls, shrimps, black truffle risotto with spinach, lobster rolls, roast chicken and much more. This upscale place offers a full bar and an extensive variety of cocktails and wines to accompany the freshest seafood. The private dining River Room and the balcony area are offered to celebrate your special occasions too.
This upscale eatery serves some of the best steak dishes in the city. Porterhouse, Double Porterhouse, Double Cut Filet Mignon, New York Strip—all feature on the menu. You can whet your appetite beforehand with the seafood appetizers such as Lobster Bisque, Bluepoint Oysters on the Half Shell, and Smoked Pacific Salmon. Among desserts, your best choice would be the sinfully indulgent Chocolate Velvet Cake—it will prepare you for the toll that dining here takes on your wallet!
American Tap Room is a cozy and intimate restaurant that provides its patrons with warm and friendly service. The ambiance is soft with a fireplace seating too. Try their Bavarian pretzel, jerk spring rolls, pineapple and chicken sandwich, crab soup, Tap French toast and lots more. You may want to come here only for their desserts too. The bar offers an extensive variety to choose from and take advantage of the happy hours. For celebrating private events and making them one of the most memorable ones, call ahead or visit their website.