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
Among the best fine dining restaurants in the region, Plume Restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel is something that entices the serious foodie. The opulent interiors, accentuated by the fireplace and chandeliers, offer the best of environment for refined dining. The menu, prepared with the best available ingredients, features dishes like the Lobster Gratin, and Amish Farm-raised Rabbit. Besides, Plume has gained several awards and accolades for its extensive list of beverages. You can choose from around 1300 vintage wines from around the world, the oldest dating back to 18th Century. Save some room for dessert too as Plume offers a range of divine delights like Chocolate Raspberry Profiteroles, Lemon Blueberry Sable Breton and many more. Dine at Plume to rediscover the pleasures of haute cuisine.
A gem in the famous Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, Bibiana Osteria Enoteca offers an elegant environment to savor some fine Italian cuisine. The restaurant is embellished with wood panels, black leather seating and glass panels that act as separators, with hues of gold and silver gleaming throughout the place. Fine artistic works adorn the walls of the place. The elegant ambiance makes for a splendid place to to go with loved ones and try the delectable menu of pastas, risottos, various meat and seafood dishes.
Olazzo, is a classy and bar, essentially serving Italian cuisine. The chefs prepare delicious options like Shrimp Rose salad and Italian Sausage sandwich. The food is prepared using the freshest of ingredients that effortlessly enhance your dining experience, making each aspect of the dish, tasteful. The long convivial eatery has an elaborate bar, serving wines and craft cocktails. The ambiance of this place is relaxed, enhanced by the cozy dimly lit interiors, with a rustic decor style, making the place perfect for an evening get together.
Positano Ristorante Italiano, is an ethereal Italian restaurant. The kitchen is known for its homemade Tortellini and Lasagna Bolognese, laced with authentic Italian flavors, presented artistically. The place also serves some toothsome dessert options like Tiramisu and black forest cake. This old world charm restaurant also lends its dining halls for private events like weddings and other celebrations. With so much to offer, the place is perfect for any occasion.
Le Vieux Logis is a quaint French cuisine restaurant, essentially known for its ethereal charm. The chefs take great efforts to prepare delicious food like Steak Frites and Artisan Salad, that are artistically presented to you. This eatery features a dynamic seasonal menu, featuring the best of ingredients, that make your dining experience delightful. The chirpy ambiance is enhanced by vibrant decor styles and old world furnishings, that complement the delectable food, making the place perfect for you.
Iron Gate has a history dating back to 1923 and has got a new lease of life due to the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Led by executive chef Anthony Chittum, it is set in the historic carriageway while the lovely courtyard with grapevines and wisteria provide an alluring backdrop for alfresco dining. Their menu is influenced by Greek and Italian styles of cooking. Savor their dishes like Oak Roasted Foraged Mushrooms, Farm Goat Ribs and Iron Gate Mixed Grill. This romantic restaurant also has a fine list of wines and cocktails. It is a great spot for a date or special occasions.
Lincoln is more than just an American restaurant, it celebrates the very spirit of the United States. It was the restaurant of choice for both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during their presidential campaigns. It has also received numerous awards for its happy hours. Its flooring is constructed from antique wood dotted by a mosaic of a million pennies. Its walls exhibit pop art and a painting of the American flag. Their Presidential Tasting Menu offers the preferred dishes of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Savor items like Winter Turkey Salad, Maryland Smoked Quail and Chicken Pot Pie. Do not miss their cocktails such as the 1944 Mai Tai and Gettysburg Address.
Located in Dupont Circle, Luna Grill and Diner has been serving patrons diner fare since 1970. It's a diner with a casual atmosphere done right, although the floors could use more regular attention. The friendly staff are eager to help you with your choices, whether that be a burger, breakfast, or turkey with mashed potatoes. Try the French fries. Specials change daily, and there are even early bird ones. In the evenings, a full bar helps to wash down the greasy spoon delights. Luna gets busy during the lunchtime rush, but is usually worth the wait. Save room for dessert. - Wynne Boelt
There are a dozen Indian restaurants in DC but the Bombay Club has distinguished itself as being one of the best. The restaurant has a distinguished hall of fame and has won numerous awards. The chefs blend ancient Ayurvedic tradition with regional Indian flavors (such as Goan, Parsi and Moghlai) as well as vegetarian food. Savor the taste of the Club Calamari; calamari stir-fried with onions, curry leaves, tamarind and a blend of spices. Or jump across the continent to the Northwest frontier to sink your teeth into tandoori chicken chops, which are breasts of chicken, marinated overnight in a blend of almonds, cashews, yoghurt, ginger and garlic. The menu is as diverse and exotic as India itself.
Tortino Restaurant offers diners a warm, fiendly cozy ambiance, perfect for a quiet meal with someone special. The menu features a nice array of classic Italian fare with dishes like Pan Seared Scallops, Half-moon Ravioli, Veal Scallopini Piccata, Lamb Shank Osso Buco Style and a pleasant selecetion of wines to accompany. The restaurant has an intimate setting, a place for quiet conversations over a bottle of fine wine and a shared meal. A neighborhood favorite, the restaurant often gets full on week ends so reservations are recommended.