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.
Opened in 2007, Brasserie Beck is a contemporary Belgian brasserie by the acclaimed chef Robert Wiedmaier. The elegant space includes stone floors, exposed steel fixtures and vintage decor that give it a charming look. The open kitchen tantalizes your appetite while you wait for your order. Their bar has an impressive beer list of more than 100 varieties which will make an enthusiast thrilled. Whether it is a quick lunch or a late night meal, the flexible hours and the delectable food that includes charcuterie plates, crispy skate wing and mussels will just make you want come back for more.
Assaggi Osteria is for all those who love Italian food and good mozzarella. The menu features a wide array of appealing appetizers, salads, homemade pastas, fresh seafood and veal. You need to keep a careful watch on the road if you are driving as chances are you might miss this hidden gem. Due to the chef-owner's love for seafood, Assaggi specializes in seafood and you can find interesting treasures from the seas all around the world in here all sourced freshly of course. All the other produce is procured from local Amish farms and the desserts are made in the house. The farm to table menu is served as small plates meant to be shared.
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
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.
Situated adjacent to the Mason and Rook Hotel, Radiator is a friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar that pays homage to the rich automotive history of 14th street. The dining area features vintage parts of automobiles and checkerboard floors, exuding a nostalgic vibe. The menu includes a wide range of International cocktail-friendly small plates meant for sharing and innovative drinks and an eclectic selection of specialty cocktails and spirits.
This traditional-style Japanese restaurant and bar in Dupont Circle offers much more than sushi. It has a broad menu and a decor imported directly from Japan. Gleaming wood sets the tone and blends well with the authentic Japanese screens and tatami flooring. There is a tremendous selection here, ranging from Sushi and Sashimi to dainty grilled skewers of Yakitori. The restaurant also serves up some high-end sake, which is a Japanese rice wine that can be served hot or cold, and Sho-chu, a Japanese alcohol that has a base of rice, soba, barley, and sweet potato. Other drinks include Japanese beer and wine.
At Komi, located a few twists and turns from the hustle and bustle of Dupont Circle, simplicity is key. The staff, the space, the cuisine and the wines are all elegant, but none are flashy in the least. Komi is most famous for its fixed-price tasting menus with optional sommelier-managed wine pairings, each one a new five-course symphony of tasty wonder. Whichever route you choose, you'll surely be faced with some luscious salads, top-notch pastas and some of the finest meats and fishes you'll ever lay eyes on.
Chances are you will get duped by the name, for Duke's Grocery is an East London inspired gastropub! This bi-level space has a laid-back vibe to it and you can enjoy their happy hours with craft beers and seasonal cocktails. Their ever changing menu consists of tasty sandwiches, charcuterie, shared plates, salads and soups. Their market-driven fare will definitely keep you guessing what's on for the day. It is a nice spot to hangout with your friends.
The Pig is a must visit for pork lovers in Washington DC. This restaurant in Logan Circle advocates a nose-to-tail culinary philosophy and specializes in creative renditions of pork. It sources its meat from La Plata MD, its local farm, and features specialties with global influences like barbecue pigtails, bratwurst, Cuban porchetta and cider braised cheek. Their sausage board and pig platters are great when paired with wine, sake or champagne from their beverage list. Other contemporary dishes include salad and seafood. Their pork blood chocolate pudding deserves a special mention. This place is ideal for hosting private parties and events.