Black's Bar & Kitchen—a welcoming venue for either lunch or dinner—serves great American food, and the seafood bar is impressive. Outdoor seating is available, and the bar is separated from the restaurant so the noise level is kept to a minimum.
Voted "Best New Restaurant of Bethesda," Mussel Bar lives up to the name and the hype. Opened in the fall of 2010 by Chef Weidmaier, Mussel Bar is known for serving up large, steaming pots of mussels in a variety of savory flavors. In addition to mussels, Mussel Bar's Belgian fries and delicious wood-fired tarts, or Belgian pizzas, are a must. The tarts incorporate fresh ingredients that burst with flavor, and are large enough to share with another person. Lastly, don't forget to try a new beer from their long and unique international beer list, such as Drabo Pils and raspberry beer. -Shirley Hsieh
An elegant ambiance is created in the dining room, which is decorated with wooden flooring, a cozy fireplace and even a separate area for private dining. Feast on dishes like the pork rib eye and the scallop and chicken specials, and end your evening with one of their sinfully delicious desserts. Celebrate your private events here and cherish the memories for life.
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.
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.
Located near the White House, Central Michel Richards pays tribute to authentic American cuisine, but with a twist of French cuisine. Modern, trendy and upmarket, you can either have a cheeseburger or charcuterie, meatloaf or tartare of filet mignon. The wine and beer lists are also quite extensive and you can request a specific pairing with your meal.
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.
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.
Take a day trip from the hustle and bustle of the city and head on over to the charming little town of Great Falls, VA, home of Great Falls Park and Thelma's Ice Cream (just ask a local). Cap off your day at Dante Ristorante, a high-end restaurant housed in the historic Leigh House that serves the finest Northern Italian cuisine. The restaurant offers separate rooms (available for rent), beautifully-prepared dishes, and the finest service. As an appetizer, try the Muscoli Marinara con Peperoncino (sauteed mussels with garlic, hot pepper and tomato sauce). For dinner, try the exquisite Coniglio con Olive Nere e Rosemarino Servito con Polenta (rabbit legs with rosemary and black olives in a red wine sauce served with grilled polenta). The restaurant offers an extensive wine list; desserts vary daily.
Located outside the city in Great Falls, L'Auberge Chez Francois is a restaurant that offers a one-way ticket to the French countryside. They offer an impressive menu that boasts such French classics as escargot and onion soup, as well as more contemporary choices such as the grilled lamb tenderloin (which consists of herbs de Provence, cassoulet, and thyme sauce). End your meal with one of the delectable soufflés or fruit tarts.