Rose's Luxury is a perfect place to drink, eat and socialize. A quaint little eatery with a simple and unpretentious ambiance, it is popular with locals in the area. Ricotta-stuffed gnocchi, Korean fried catfish, and Vietnamese pate are some examples of what you might find on their constantly changing menu. Cocktails and other beverages are also available to complement your food. The beautiful garden patio is perfect for a romantic meal.
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.
This casual restaurant takes its name from John Singer Sargent's painting El Jaleo. A large mural of a flamenco dancer, based on Sargent's work, adorns a wall in the restaurant and sets the casual tone of the interior. Jaleo is the perfect place to drink sangria, devour tasty tapas and tantalize your taste buds with paella. Flamenco dancers entertain the crowd on Wednesday evenings.
Asia Nine is one of Washington D.C.'s many concept restaurants and bars; it succeeds where many others have failed, with its unique blending of different Asian cuisines. Alongside a delectable selection of sushi, Asia Nine Bar serves innovative dishes that are difficult to resist; the Asia-Nine lamb chop is served with signature spices and a mango soy coulis. The Sukothai noodle soup is served with a topping of crushed wontons, peanuts and scallions. Alongside the modern Asian fare is an extensive sake menu and a selection of tasty cocktails. Reservations are recommended.
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 environments 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.
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.
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.
The Lafayette Room in the Hay-Adams Hotel overlooks Lafayette Square and the White House. Businessmen, politicians, lobbyists and lawyers frequent this favorite haunt. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can visit any time of day. On Sundays you can take a leisurely break whilst filling up on delectable food at the brunch.
Named for the Oval Office in the nearby White House, this restaurant draws the types famous figures who have been invited to the establishment's namesake. The spirit of Washington's political scene is captured in the murals that dominate the restaurant. The menu offers the exceptional elegance and attention to quality one would expect of a restaurant catering to Washington's power elite. Fish is a specialty here and is dressed in a variety of delicate ways. Other options include smoked duck breast and risotto.