Enjoy DC’s best restaurants, sorted alphabetically and by neighborhood. Prices reflect average cost of a three-course dinner for one, excluding drinks, tax and tip. Note: Menus change frequently and seasonally, so not all items mentioned may be available at all times. DC 701 Restaurant Bright young chef Ed Witt masters the menu at Penn Quarter’s modern-American favorite. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.393.0701 $$$ 1789 Restaurant This culinary institution pairs a classic Georgetown vibe with a stellar menu of contemporary American fare. 1226 36th St. NW, 202. 965.1789 $$$$ Acacia Bistro Sample delectable Mediterranean bites, from Spanish and Greek tapas to gnocchi, perfect pastas and fine flatbreads. 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.537.1040 $$$ Agua 310 The latest addition to Southwest is making lots of culinary noise, and for good reason: Chef Antonio Burrell’s modern Mexican menu is a winner. Housed in a 4,000-square-foot former lumber shed on the waterfront at Yards Park, the restaurant’s menu features everything from pan-seared black bass to Mexican-spiced adobe chicken. 301 Water St. SW, 202.484.0301 $$$ Acadiana Taste the bayou in DC with Creole cuisine, such as crawfish bisque, fried green tomatoes and zesty shrimp. 901 New York Ave. NW, 202.408.8848 $$$ Al Dente Ristorante James Beard Award-winning chef Roberto Donna helms the kitchen at this Cathedral Heights pizzeria, formerly called La Forchetta. The menu features Donna’s famed homemade pastas, sausages, pizzas and calzones. 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW, 202. 244.2223 $$ Ambar The District’s first Balkan restaurant hits Barracks Row in the form of small plates and cocktails made with rakija. 523 Eighth St. SE, 202.813.3039 $$$ Ardeo + Bardeo Elegant and inventive modern- American meals are prepared with chic style at this great Cleveland Park favorite. 3311 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.244.6750 $$$ Art and Soul Make sure to get your fill of Art Smith’s savory, superflavorful Southern cuisine. The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, 202. 393.7777 $$$ Bandolero This Georgetown restaurant serves up modern Mexican tapas alongside its signature margaritas. 3241 M St. NW, 202.625.4488 $ Bar Pilar Sample tasty small dishes with serious culinary cred, and savor an amazing array of smart cocktails at this hip oasis for in-theknow sippers. 1833 14th St. NW, 202.265.1751 $$ Beuchert’s Saloon Executive Chef Andrew Market puts his spin on using local produce to create a farm-American dining experience at this neighborhood restaurant located in the historic Eastern Market. 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.733.1384 $ Bibiana Osteria–Enoteca Savor marvelous modern- Italian cuisine prepared by chef Nicholas Stefanelli. A casual-chic wine bar is a hip downtown hot spot, serving signature cocktails, tasty pizzas and great wines. 1100 New York Ave. NW, 202.216.9550 $$$ Birch & Barley A stylish outpost on 14th Street features dishes of goodness, like blue crab macaroni And cheese. A selection of more than 500 beers upstairs at ChurchKey is any beer aficionado’s dream. 1337 14th St. NW, 202.567.2576 $$ Bistro Bis This bustling French bistro, popular among the heavy hitters of Capitol Hill, serves some of the city’s best pommes frites, beef bourguignon and lardon-laced frisée salad. Hotel George, 15 E St. NW, 202.661.2700 $$$ Bistrot lepic and Wine Bar This much-loved upper Georgetown restaurant serves traditional and elegant French cuisine. Its cozy upstairs wine bar is a romantic escape. 1736 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.0111 $$ BlackSalt A Palisades favorite, this seafood spot serves up stellar dishes from its front-of-house fish market. The raw bar is one of DC’s best. 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, 202.342.9101 $$$ BlT Steak Chef Jon Mathieson masters the menu at this powerdining favorite that packs in the A-list. The sophisticated menu includes Kobe beef, among other deluxe delicacies. 1625 I St. NW, 202.689.8999 $$$ Blue 44 This big-hearted Friendship Heights kitchen and bar works wonders with seafood (fried oysters, hard-cider mussels, sautéed calamari), and rocks the ratatouille, pappardelle and coq au vin bistro chicken. 5507 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.362.2583 $$ Blue Duck Tavern Chef Sebastien Archambault’s open kitchen turns out truly delicious, fresh farm-to-table cuisine—now for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1201 24th St. NW, 202.419.6755 $$$ The Bombay Club Upscale and contemporary Indian cuisine reigns at this power spot near the White House. Savor a delicious and spicy menu of dishes, from traditional to nuanced. 815 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.659.3727 $$$ Boqueria This Dupont Circle tapas spot has the same dramatic wine-lined walls and marble bar as its New York City sister. Classic tapas dishes, charcuterie, cheeses and, of course, sangria make up the Barcelona-inspired menu. 1837 M St. NW, 202.558.9545 $ Boundary Road This neighborhood eatery is already an H Street favorite. Indulge in the “cult-inary” outpost’s inventive dishes (think foie gras torchon PB&J) and a classicmeets- creative cocktail list. 414 H St. NE, 202.450.3265 $ Bourbon Steak The menu at Michael Mina’s glam steakhouse in Georgetown serves spectacular dishes that make lunch and dinner both stylish and flavorful. Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202. 944.2026 $$$$ Brasserie Beck Dig into DC’s top mussels and best Belgian beer menu. This K Street hot spot is a perfect choice for date night and for friendly, festive gatherings. Don’t forget the frites! 1101 K St. NW, 202.408.1717 $$$ Café Bonaparte Café culture rules at this Georgetown hideaway. Brunch features a selection of savory and sweet crepes. 1522 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.8830 $$ Cafe Milano This Georgetown hot spot brings together the power set for traditional Northern Italian fare. 3251 Prospect St. NW, 202.333.6183 $$$ Café Saint-Ex Downtown hipsters love the fried green tomato BLT, excellent beer selection and friendly cool-crowd. 1847 14th St. NW, 202.265.7839 $$ Carmine’s As a rousing family-style Italian hot spot in the heart of Penn Quarter, Carmine’s offers an extensive menu to please. Standouts include salmon oreganata, porterhouse contadina and a pasta lineup longer than Rome’s main drag, Via del Corso. 425 7th St. NW, 202.737.7770 $$ Casa luca This is Fabio Trabocchi’s homage to his family (the restaurant is named for his young son, who often works the kitchen on weekends) and the Italian region where he’s from: Le Marche. It’s a gorgeous space and a tremendous menu—order the Luca antipasto misto platter for two... and go from there 1099 New York Ave. NW, 202.628.1099 $$ Cashion’s Eat Place Brunchers pack the patio of this Adams Morgan favorite on Sundays. But dinner means ultraseasonal updated Mediterranean fare. 1819 Columbia Road NW, 202.797.1819 $$$ Cedar A rustic vibe rocks this Penn Quarter eatery dedicated to rootsy American fare. Savor dishes from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest. 822 E St. NW, 202.637.0012 $$ Ceiba Contemporary Latin American flavors blend here. Kick back in a comfortable downtown cocktail lounge; then savor beef empanadas criollas and other Latin specialties. 701 14th St. NW, 202.393.3983 $$$ Central Michel Richard This terrific bistro serves a French/American menu full of brasserie favorites. One beloved dish is the lobster burger. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.626.0015 $$$ Charlie Palmer Steak Known as a power spot, this chic steakhouse has a stylish and friendly spirit and is a top Capitol Hill haunt. 101 Constitution Ave. NW, 202. 547.8100 $$$$ Chez Billy The Hilton Brothers’ latest venture brings a French twist to Petworth. Classic and cozy cuisine from steak frites to duck confit is dished out in style in this bistro-meetsbar. 3815 Georgia Ave. NW, 202.506.2080 $$ CityZen Star-chef Eric Ziebold conjures culinary magic near the Tidal Basin. His tasting menu is delicious, decadent and brilliant. It’s one of DC’s best restaurants. Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202.787.6148 $$$$ Cork Wine Bar Logan Circle’s bar and restaurant is a wine-sipper’s oasis of choice varietals and great bites. The vibe is vibrant and the Mediterranean-inspired menu is soulful. 1720 14th St. NW, 202.265.2675 $$ DAS Ethiopian Savor the spices of the chef’s special sauce at this Georgetown gem, formerly known as Zed’s. 1201 28th St. NW, 202.333.4710 $$ DC Coast The luminous menu of American cuisine focuses on DC’s most delicious seafood at this downtown institution. From power lunches to festive dinners, this is a great choice. 1401 K St. NW, 202.216.5988 $$$ Decanter The St. Regis hotel’s chef Sebastien Rondier delivers an elegantly spare and effective menu that includes Farm Creek tenderloin, calamari burger and Atlantic halibut. 923 K St. NW, 202. 509.8000 $$$ Del Campo This new Latin American grill turns up the heat on the Chinatown dining scene with an extensive menu of savory wood-grilled and herbed-smoked meats and extravagantly sweet desserts. 777 I St. NW, 202.289.7377 $$$ DGS Delicatessen Pastrami piled high, latkes a-go-go, bagels-to-die-for, oy vey! The District finally has the deli it deserves in chef Barry Koslow’s Dupont Circle spot. 1317 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.293.4400 $$ District Commons Try chef Jeff Tunks’ mod American menu of seasonal dishes, or sit at the counter of Burger Tap & Shake for the Six Buck Chuck, the secondary space’s thick, signature burger. 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.587.8277 $$ District Kitchen A pressed tin ceiling and exposed brick walls set the scene for seasonal dishes and a selection of local brews on tap. The house-cured jerky and artisanal cheeses are especially popular. 2606 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.238.9408 $ Doi Moi Tradtional Thai and Vietnamese are created to regional perfection by chef Haidar Karoum. Favorites include cha ca la vong (sablefish) and ga roti (lemongrass and spice halfroasted chicken). 1800 14th St. NW, 202.733.5131 $$ Eatonville Southern classics rule at this saucy U Street eatery. Expect fab hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and more. 2121 14th St. NW, 202.332.9672 $$ Eat The Rich Mixologist Derek Brown continues to churn out brilliant spirits-and-food concepts, including this gem. Expect pitchers of cocktails followed by outstanding bites like oysters on the half shell and steamed Rapa whelks with zesty mayo. 1839 Seventh St. NW, 202.316.9396 $$ Edgar Bar & Kitchen Classic cocktails, an American bistro menu and a vintage vibe permeate this surprisingly cool space that heralds The Mayflower Renaissance hotel’s post- Spitzer rebirth as a hip haunt. 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.347.2233 $$ El Centro D.F. Two locations, Logan Circle and Georgetown, attract neighbors to the searing hot taqueria and tequileria and from Richard Sandoval. 1819 14th St. NW, 202.328.3131; 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.4100 $$ Equinox Chef Todd Gray is a maestro of Mid- Atlantic cuisine, and he’s matched in the kitchen by his Chef de Cuisine Colin McClimans. The White House-area restaurant is one of DC’s finest spots for sublimely delicious dining. 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.331.8118 $$$ Estadio Spain has come to Logan Circle with this vibrant and zesty hub! Savor small plates, pinxtos, cheese and cured meats, sherry cocktails, sensational wines, beers and other Iberian delights. 1520 14th St. NW, 202.319.1404 $$ Et Voila! Authentic Belgian cuisine starts at this charming bistro, from housemade lamb sausage to waterzooi, a fresh fish stew. 5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW, 202.237.2300 $$ Farmers Fishers Bakers The modern-American menu of this eco-chic eatery on the Georgetown waterfront has something for everyone (including a sushi bar!). Cocktails are wonderful (check out the tiki), and weekends offer Georgetown’s best brunch—that’s saying something. 3000 K St. NW, 202.298.8783 $$ Fiola Italian superchef Fabio Trabocchi has returned to DC with this seasonal, rustic restaurant, serving excellent pastas and seafood. 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202. 628.2888 $$$ Fujimar This edgy upgrade to Lima’s top floor offers Japanese-Latin fusion dishes in a mod setting, complete w BACK IN BLACK After three years in Naples, chef ith white-leather booths and red-velvet accents. 1401 K St. NW, 202.789.2800 $ Good Stuff Eatery A Michelle Obama favorite, this hamburger joint uses sustainable ingredients to make standout fare by Top Chef-celeb Spike Mendelsohn. 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202. 543.8222; Virginia location: 2110 Crystal Drive, Arlington, 703.415.4663 $ Graffiato This Italian-American restaurant is a chance to taste Mike Isabella’s winning dishes from his spin on Top Chef. The menu includes wood-fired ribs, his famous pepperoni sauce and pizzas. 707 Sixth St. NW, 202.289.3600 $$ Granville Moore’s Squeeze past the hipsters into DC’s go-to gastropub, known for its delish Belgian Beer and tasty mussels. 1238 H St. NE, 202.399.2546 $$ The Grill Room Sure, the setting at the Capella Washington, DC, Georgetown is spectacular, but it’s matched by chef Jakob Esko’s creative menu that includes everything from dry-aged bone-in beef tenderlion to crispy suckling pig. Also, don’t miss the new power brunch. 1050 31st St. NW, 202.617.2424 $$$ The Hamilton From succulent sushi to savory sweet potato gnocchi, the menu is as mixed as the musicians at this 37,000-square-foot music venue and restaurant. 600 14th St. NW, 202.787.1000 $ Hank’s Oyster Bar Fresh oysters ride crests of shaved ice at this long-standing favorite with a brand-new Capitol Hill addition. Chef Jamie Leeds serves lobster rolls, grilled squid and tasty fried calamari at all three locations, while the Hill location offers a cocktail twist courtesy of Gina Chersevani at its Eddy Bar. 1624 Q St. NW, 202.462.4265; 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202. 733.1971; 1026 King St., Alexandria, 703.739.4265 $$ il Canale Escape to Southern Italy, if only for a night, with the wood-fired thin-crust pizza, divine pasta dishes and extensive wine selection—imported from a vineyard in Sicily—at chef Antonio Biglietto’s raved-about Georgetown bistro. 1063 31st St. NW, 202.337.4444 $$ Izakaya Seki Who knew that a casual Japanese pub would offer the most thrilling bites in town? Chef Hiroshi Seki is a master of fresh, perfectly prepared sashimi, but his tiny two-story restaurant specializes in grilled meats and fish, and other small dishes. The sake selection rocks. 1117 V St. NW, 202.588.5841 $$ J&G Steakhouse Chef Jean- Georges Vongerichten’s saucy DC steakhouse rocks a chic space with a menu of beefy classics. The W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW, 202.661.2440 $$$$ Jaleo Jaunty sangrias, sublime tapas and paella will delight in the newly renovated Penn Quarter space. Finish off with flan, a family recipe from star chef José Andrés. 480 Seventh St. NW, 202.628.7949; for locations in Bethesda, Md., and Crystal City, Va., see jaleo.Com $$ Jardenea The Melrose Hotel ups the ante on Pennsylvania Avenue with this outstanding farm-to-fork restaurant. The chic space is a good choice for a business breakfast or lunch. 2430 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.955.6400 $$$ Johnny’s Half Shell This Capitol Hill haunt serves great oyster po’boys, crabcakes and fresh Chesapeake Bay delights. It’s a top spot for drinks and dinner. 400 N. Capitol St. NW, 202.737.0400 $$ Juniper Tucked inside the recently renovated Fairmont Hotel, this restaurant features farm-to-table modern-American cuisine, complete with desserts and cocktails that feature honey from its rooftop hives. 2401 M St. NW, 202.457.5020 $$$ Kapnos Top Chef Mike Isabella is in fine culinary form with this smash hit from Day One. Greek is the theme, and authenticity reigns. Don’t miss the spit-roasted selection of meats—but vegetarians will adore the menu choices here, too. 2201 14th St. NW, 202.234.5000 $$$ Kaz Sushi Bistro Dive into the elegant art of Japanese cuisine at chef Kaz Okochi’s sushi haven. Nigiri and sashimi are revelatory at this top DC sushi locale. 1915 I St. NW, 202.530.5500 $$ Komi Chef Johnny Monis’ dishes shimmer with modern Mediterranean flair. The speckwrapped tuna and risotto with sea urchin are legendary. The menu changes often; call a month ahead for reservations. 1509 17th St. NW, 202.332.9200 $$$$ le Mirch Dupont Circle’s latest crowd-pleaser is a sophisticated take modern Indian dining with an a la carte menu, featuring everything from seared scallops to masala crab. 1736 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.629.3577 $$ leopold’s Kafe & Konditorei Swing by this Cady’s Alley café for a stellar menu of fresh and delicious modern-European dishes. Great pastries, sandwiches and entrées. 3315 M St. NW, 202.965.6005 $$ lincoln This Thomas Circle restaurant’s floor may be lined with nearly 1 million pennies, but the real shine happens on the seasonal small plates and all- American cocktails. 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, 202.386.9200 $$ little Serow This rotating seven-course Northeastern Thai tasting menu comes from the star chef behind Komi. Don’t come if food allergies are an issue. The no-reservations and no-substitutions policies for the fine fare may come with their own price. 1511 17th St. NW $$$ lost Society U Street’s steakhouse isn’t just meat and potatoes. Eat grass-fed game and local seafood under sparkling chandeliers; then move upstairs to the hopping rooftop. 2001 14th St. NW, 202.618.8868 $$$ Makoto DC’s top traditional Japanese restaurant is a small space with a huge reputation. Say omakase to the talents of the master chef. 4822 MacArthur Blvd. NW, 202.298.6866 $$$$ Marcel’s Brilliant Belgian dishes are served with Flemish flair at this classic eatery near Georgetown. 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.296.1166 $$$$ Martin’s Tavern This historic haunt is a favorite for its classic American cuisine. The 80-yearold Georgetown gem stars a new chef and menu, including jumbo lump crabcakes. 1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.7370 $$ Marvin The hip vibe of this Belgian bistro flows upstairs to a laid-back space where Djs hit the decks. Mussels are excellent; fries are fine; and Belgian ales flow. 2007 14th St. NW, 202.797.7171 $$ Masa 14 Chefs Kazuhiro Okochi and Richard Sandoval blend their two specialties, Asian and Latin, at this 14th Street industrial-chic hot spot. 1825 14th St. NW, 202.328.1414 $$ Medium Rare This Parisian bistro serves just one entrée: steak frites (with a vegetarian option). Supplement the meat with excellent French wines. 3500 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.237.1432 $$ Minibar by José Andrés This haven of a gastronomic laboratory has gotten a little less mini with its relocation, reopening with an addition of six more seats. The brandnew adjacent barmini serves up creative cocktails in an equally sleek setting. 855 E St. NW, reserve at minibarbyjoseandres.Com $$$$ Mintwood Place This seasonal, café-like space features a rustic ambience and adventurous fare you might not have expected on this Adams Morgan block. Go when the weather is warm to take advantage of the 30- seat patio. 1813 Columbia Road NW, 202.234.6732 $ Mockingbird Hill Derek Brown can do no wrong these days, and this cozy spot in Shaw proves he’s at the top of his creative game, with a focus on sherry and food items like delicate bites of ham and smoked trout. 1843 Seventh St. NW, 202.316.9396 $$ Mourayo Greek for a fisherman’s safe harbor, Mourayo is an oasis of classic and delicious Greek dishes. This spirited venue is a Mediterranean escape in Dupont Circle. 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.667.2100 $$ Muze The Mandarin Oriental’s delicious new concept features Southeast Asian dishes like confit lamb shoulder and soy-roasted sunchoke, and rockfish miso cauliflower and tempura blue prawns. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202.787.6064 $$ Napoleon Bistro & lounge Get Parisian at this Adams Morgan café serving modern bistro fare, a long list of Champagne and clever cocktails. 1847 Columbia Road NW, 202.299.9630 $$ Neyla This sexy venue serves Lebanese food with imaginative dashes of spice. Grilled items are big on flavor. Traditional dishes rule. 3206 N St. NW, 202.333.6353 $$ Nopa Kitchen + Bar Experience chef Greg McCarty’s exotic and edgy flavors at this Penn Quarter brasserie, where he serves up olive oil-poached octopus, ancho chili-glazed baby back ribs and Chilean sea bass alongside signature cocktails. 800 F St. NW, 202.347.4667 $$$ Nora Chef Nora Pouillon is a pioneer in local, organic, sustainable cuisine. Her menu is a classic, served in a cozy space near Dupont Circle. 2132 Florida Ave. NW, 202.462.5143 $$$ Obelisk Can’t fit a Roman holiday into your schedule? Book a night with one of DC’s best fivecourse seasonal menus, featuring utterly extraordinary Italian dishes. 2029 P St. NW, 202.872.1180 $$$ Old Ebbitt Grill A classic DC stop for amazing oysters, great steaks and sandwiches. The Old World bar draws a cheerful crowd. 675 15th St. NW, 202.347.4800 $$ Osteria Morini Superstar chef Michael White makes his move into the DC dining scene with a spot in the burgeoning Yards Waterfront. Early menu favorites include Adriatic seafood soup, grilled cornish hen and Hampshire pork chop. 301 Water St. SE, 202.484.0660 $$$ The Oval Room Chef Tony Conte offers up brilliantly inventive modern-American flavors at this chic White House-area eatery. It’s a power lunch and dinner spot with a phenomenal menu. 800 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.463.8700 $$$ Oya With its elegant French- Asian fusion fare and unique wine pairings, it’s no wonder this sleek restaurant is one of the District’s top spots for celeb sightings. 777 Ninth St., 202.393.1400 $ Sidecar at P.J. Clarke’s Traditional eats, such as oysters and steak, are perfect at this NYC eatery just steps from the White House. 1600 K St. NW, 202.463.6630 $$$ Palena James Beard Awardwinning chef Frank Ruta stuns with unexpected seasonal creations and luxe local ingredients that ramp up the cucina genuina of his mother’s Italian hometown. 3529 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.537.9250 $$$ The Palm Politicos and power brokers come for the steaks, chops, hefty salads and scoops of gossip. 1225 19th St. NW, 202.293.9091 $$$ Pacifico Cantina Listen for the waves—er, Barracks Row traffic—at this surf-shack-styled rooftop restaurant. Baja tacos, pitchers of icy margaritas and buckets of beer make a splash on the beach-inspired deck. 514 Eighth St. SE, 202.507.8143 $ Peacock Café Stylish DC denizens flock to this scenemaking Georgetown restaurant for a stylish and kid-friendly weekend brunch. 3251 Prospect St. NW, 202.625.2740 $$$ Pearl Dive Oyster Palace Jeff Black’s bilevel (and bivalve) experience offers seafood with a kick via the Louisiana bayou. Enjoy a second take on the menu, upstairs at Blackjack. 1612 14th St. NW, 202.319.1612 $$ Pesce Sauteed stone bass, lobster risotto and tuna tartare are some of the tasty catches at this wonderful Dupont Circle restaurant. 2002 P St. NW, 202.466.3474 $$ Plume The Jefferson’s elegant restaurant pairs French flourish with fresh American ingredients. Its lounge bar, Quill, offers signature cocktails and a dynamic wine list of which Thomas Jefferson would approve. 1200 16th St. NW, 202.448.2300 $$$$ Policy Indulge in small plates of deliciousness, like madras curry lamb sliders and duck spring rolls, at this swanky U Street restaurant. 1904 14th St. NW, 202.387.7654 $$ Proof Dozens of sommelierselected wines by the glass are served at this modern-American restaurant in Gallery Place. 775 G St. NW, 202.737.7663 $$ Range Top Chef ace Bryan Voltaggio serves pastas, pizzas and chic comfort food reign supreme in a space that’s both swank and comfortable. The best seats are along a marble-top counter, with views of the open kitchen, raw bar and pizza oven. 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.803.8020 $$ Rasika The Penn Quarter original and its brand-new West End sister restaurant are two of the top reservations in town. The modern-Indian favorites at both outposts feature flavorful recipes that will thrill your taste buds with dazzling, imaginative dishes from across India. The younger sister restaurant features a subterranean chef’s table and lounge with Indian whiskeys. 1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.466.2500; 633 D St. NW, 202.637.1222 $$$ Ripple This cozy Cleveland Park wine bar and restaurant serves farm-to-table American deliciousness, from artisanal cheeses and charcuterie to midpriced entrees and addictive desserts. 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.244.7995 $$$ Ris The West End’s neighborhood favorite serves fab flavor in The Ritz-Carlton complex. Chef Ris Lacoste is a master of modern- American cuisine. 2275 L St. NW, 202.730.2500 $$$ Room 11 Fine wines, handcrafted cocktails and great bites make this a favorite chill spot for the Columbia Heights crowd. Save room for the fab dessert menu. 3234 11th St. NW, 202.332.3234 $$ Rose’s luxury Chef Aaron Silverman creates a menu featuring an eclectic fusion of comforting cuisines with one-of-a-kind dishes, such as popcorn soup and pasta with strawberry sauce. 717 Eighth St. SE, rosesluxury. Com $$ Seasonal Pantry Gourmet market by day, elite supper club by night, this chef-driven restaurant serves a multicourse, locally sourced, set-menu prix-fixe dinner for 12 guests Wednesday through Saturday evenings. It’s one of the most colorful dining experiences in DC. 1314½ Ninth St. NW, 202.713.9866 $$$ Seasons Fresh off a $1 million renovation, the Four Seasons’ lower level restaurant now looks as chic and modern as the stars and power players who dine on its decadent breakfasts and brunches. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.342.0444 $$$ Sei Expect a stylish Asianfusion restaurant with a cool lounge. Sushi and dishes like the spicy miso-crusted salmon are top-notch. 444 Seventh St. NW, 202.783.7007 $$$ Smith Commons This stylish bistro’s menu includes everything from grilled lamb to Maine lobster. Enjoy the fare in the main dining room, or explore the common area on the floors above. 1245 H St. NW, 202.396.0038 $$ Smoke & Barrel Beer, barbecue and bourbon is the triumphant trio at Smoke & Barrel, which serves up country cooking in a casual setting. 2471 18th St. NW, 202.319.9353 $$ Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar Dozens of wines by the glass and a hot lounge draw crowds to this Capitol hill spot. 223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.544.8088 $$ Sorriso DC’s best Italian pizzeria is a father-son operation that serves sublime classic thin-crust pies and divine homemade pasta in Cleveland Park. 3518 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.537.4800 $$ The Source by Wolfgang Puck Chef Scott Drewno’s dishes dazzle at this modern Asian-fusion restaurant. A Japanese menu offers dreamy bites in the chic lower level. 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.637.6100 $$$$ SushiKo Try the tataki of amaebi (chopped sweet shrimp with beluga caviar), sushi and other Japanese delights. 5455 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Chevy Chase, 301.961.1644 $$ Sushi Taro Come for one of DC’s most delicious kaiseki feasts—a multicourse Japanese dining experience you’ll never forget. 1503 17th St. NW, 202.462.8999 $$$$ Tabard Inn Brilliant cocktails shine, along with stellar breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at this charming Dupont Circle restaurant that feels like an escape from the hustle of life. Hotel Tabard Inn, 1739 N St. NW, 202.331.8528 $$ Taberna del Alabardero DC’s best traditional and modern Spanish specialties are prepared with flair at this elegant, Old World eatery near the World Bank. 1776 I St. NW, 202.429.2200 $$$ Teddy & The Bully Bar S triking modern design matches the ambitious menu, with favorites like bacon-wrapped pork loin, roasted trout and a creative array of flatbreads. 1200 9th St. NW, 202.872.8700 $$ Ted’s Bulletin This Barracks Row stalwart offers all the classics, from crafty cocktails to old-school favorites like lasagna and burgers. 505 Eighth St. SE, 202.544.8337 $$ Toki Underground An authentic ramen-noodle house gets a cuttingedge design treatment with hipster skateboard accents befitting the up-and-coming H Street Atlas District. It’s an art-house favorite. 1234 H St. NE, 202.388.3086 $$ Tosca Northern Italian dishes shine at this downtown favorite. Fine wines from Veneto, Tuscany and Puglia pepper the impressive list. 1112 F St. NW, 202.367.1990 $$$ Town Hall Now in a new, larger venue, this popular Glover Park tavern offers cozy nooks, a fire pit-accented patio and the same comfortfood favorites. 2340 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.5640 $ Urbana This swank eatery feels like an ultramod wine cellar. Enjoy tasty, authentic dishes. Hotel Palomar, 2121 P St. NW, 202.956.6650 $$ Vidalia Chef Jeffrey Buben serves his dishes with a Southern slant at this sophisticated eatery. Don’t skip the warm, buttery cornbread. 1990 M St. NW, 202.659.1990 $$ Vinoteca This U Street neighborhood eatery offers an extensive wine list, and is known for its celebratory afterwork crowds and convivial weekend brunch. Bottomless mimosas, anyone? 1940 11th St. NW, 202.332.9463 $ Woodward Table Vidalia and Bistro Bis chef Jeff Buben brings farm-to-table cuisine to the former Potenza space. Think heirloom vegetables and artful stick-toyour- ribs rustic cuisine. 1426 H St. NW, 202.347.5353 $$ Zaytinya Star-chef José Andrés offers a taste of the Mediterranean, with Greek, Lebanese and Turkish tapas, served in a bustling dining room in the Penn Quarter/ Gallery Place neighborhood. 701 Ninth St. NW, 202.638.0800 $$ Zentan Pan-Asian cuisine is on the menu at the Donovan House’s hip eatery, driven by star-chef Susur Lee. Come for sushi, sashimi and flavorful fusion dishes. 1155 14th St. NW, 202.379.4366 $$ MARylAND 8407 Kitchen–Bar Chef Pedro Matamoros’ hot spot shines the spotlight on great small plates and seafood. 8407 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring, 301.587.8407 $$ Assaggi Mozzarella Bar Formaggio is the focus at the first mozzarella bar in the U. S. Try dishes from Italy and beyond. 4838 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 301.951.1988 $$ Bistro Provence This Bethesda bistro transports diners to the south of France with its entrees and ambience. Organic ingredients, including chickens raised on an Amish farm, and fresh-baked breads and pastries, add to the appeal. 4933 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, 301.656.7373 $$ Black’s Bar & Kitchen Modern American—with a side of California cool—is on the menu at this Bethesda favorite. Chef Quanta Robinson— at famed chef Jeff Black’s direction—dazzles with wood-grilled steak, seafood and tapas. 7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301.652.5525 $$$ Cava Mezze Grill Tzatziki, hummus, harissa, falafel and more are all at the diner’s disposal to create their own pitas, bowls and salads at this Greek eatery. 4832 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 301.656.1772 $ Hanaro Restaurant & lounge A stylish scene and superb sushi menu, along with other Japanese delights, make this a hot spot in Bethesda. 7820 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, 301.654.7851 $$ Indique Heights Escape into the rich and exotic flavors of modern Indian fare, including dishes like mussels à la Indique and saffron malai chicken. 2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, 301.656.4822 $$ Jackie’s Inventive and flavorful comfort food rocks this bistro. A true local favorite, Jackie’s is a hip haunt for casual dining. 8081 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, 301.565.9700 $$ Mussel Bar Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s version of Belgium hits Bethesda, offering a deliciously traditional menu of savory mussels, crispy fries and Belgian beer. 7262 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301.215.7817 $$ Redwood California comes to Bethesda Row with this chic restaurant fueled by Mid- Atlantic ingredients in a space that has the feel of a Napa nook. 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, 301.656.5515 $$$ Republic Chef-Owner Jeff Black’s latest dining outpost serves sustainable seafood and offers an impressive raw bar. Mainstays from other Black Restaurant Group menus include a Portuguese seafood stew and Addie’s mussels. 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, 301.270.3000, republictakoma.com $$$ Sushi Damo This sexy outpost of the Manhattan sushi joint stars authentic and flavorful Japanese cuisine, from traditional dishes to modern ones, served in a chic space. 36-G Maryland Ave., Rockville, 301.340.8010 $$ VIRGINIA 2941 Restaurant Chef Bertrand Chemel is a master of artful, elegant and seasonal French- American cuisine. This stylish venue is a culinary and aesthetic escape. 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, 703.270.1500 $$$$ Bastille Housemade charcuterie and Parisian bistro dishes are served with style by Christophe and Michelle Poteaux. Desserts are fabulous. 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, 703.519.3776 $$ Evening Star Café Del Ray’s favorite neighborhood eatery features a boldly flavorful new-American menu and a spectacular wine list. 2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., 703.549.5051 $$ Eventide Restaurant Rustic food and excellent cocktails drive this Clarendon hot spot. The seasonal menu is powered by local produce. 3165 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703.276.3165 $$$ Evo Bistro Savor small plates of French, Italian and Spanish tapas; order a wine flight; or take home a bottle. 1313 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean, 703.288.4422 $$ Four Sisters This much-lauded Vietnamese restaurant continues to draw new converts. Authentic describes its extensive menu, which includes family favorites such as caramelized pork ribs and roasted quail. 8190 Strawberry Lane, Suite 1, Falls Church, 703.539.8566 $$ Fuego Cocina y Tequileria Open for dinner and weekend brunch, this Mexican outpost from the Passion Food Group serves up 120 tequilas and authentic cuisine with enough spice to make good on its name. 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, 571.970.2800 $$ Harth This haute hardwood dining space heats up chef Thomas Elder’s inspired menu of fired flatbreads, smoked oysters and char-roasted rosemary chicken. 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, 703.761.5131 $$$ Il Forno With the English translation, “the oven,” this modern Italian restaurant in Ballston offers flavorful Italian dishes, as well as authentic pizza prepared in a pizza oven imported from Italy. 900 N. Glebe Road, 703.807.2050 $ liberty Tavern The historic building holds one of the best surprises in Claredon, with modern American dishes like pan-roasted branzino, diver scallops and wood-oven pizzas. 3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703.465.9360 $$ lyon Hall Minimalist chic meets a steady culinary tradition. The mussels receive the biggest applause, but don’t overlook the sausage selection here. 3100 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington, 703.741.7636 $$ PassionFish Reston Town Center’s buzzing restaurant features fresh fish. The raw bar is top-notch. 11960 Democracy Drive, Reston, 703.230.3474 $$$ Restaurant Eve Chef Cathal Armstrong’s eatery is among the best in DC. Head to the Tasting Room for a four-star gourmet sensation. 110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria, 703.706.0450 $$$$ Seasons 52 While every entree rings in under 475 calories, the flavor count soars. This warm, wooded destination fills with foodies looking for healthful plates and a great wine list. 11414 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301.984.5252; 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Va., 703.288.3852 $$$ Tallula & EatBar Tallula is for casual-chic dining and EatBar is a gastropub. Dig into Tallula’s Amuse Yourself menu, a selection of finger-friendly nibbles. 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, 703.778.5051 $$ Trummer’s on Main Well worth the trip, the mixologist co-owner and his accomplished chef make magic in this seasonal eatery, where the menu changes daily. 7134 Main St., Clifton, 703.266.1623 $$$ Virtue Feed & Grain Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve produces upscale pub grub in this converted warehouse. Sandwiches and bar bites go with “hoptails,” or beer cocktails. 106 S. Union St., Alexandria, 571.970.3669 $ SEASONAl SPlENDOR Winter’s Tale For the past six months, Alain Ducasse acolyte Sébastien Rondier has been busy crafting his own culinary story at Decanter—formerly the muchbeloved Adour at The St. Regis. The good news is that Rondier’s story is worth our attention. Though his menu is brief—some would say wellcurated— it offers more than enough sophistication for gourmands looking for unexpected twists. From Norwegian cod and lobster bouillabaisse to sagebutter roasted veal porterhouse, the entrees here impress. But don’t overlook Rondier’s appetizers, such as the marinated hamachi nicoise—shaved seasonal vegetables, quail egg, artisan pesto and dry lemon chips—where the chef summons the French Riviera during winter’s big chill. 923 K St. NW, 202. 509.8000, decanterdc.Com – Michael McCarthy TOP FIVE New year, new chefs! Five chefs start fresh in 2014 with new epicurean appointments. –Katie Bianco Marjorie Meek-Bradley After a successful stint at Ripple, Meek-Bradley is making the move to the brand-new Roofers Union in Adams Morgan. The new resto, also from the owners of Ripple, will focus on the executive chef’s unique take on casual cuisine. 2446 18th St. NW Amy Brandwein Brandwein teams anew with Roberto Donna for the opening of Alberto Osteria. The chef de cuisine of the new Italian restaurant formerly worked with Donna at both Galileo and Bebo Trattoria. 425 I St. NW, albaosteria.Com Mike Huff After a three-year stint at Pizzeria Da Gennaro in Naples, Huff is back in DC and sharing his Italian-influenced cuisine as the new executive chef at BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant. 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, 202.342.9101, blacksaltrestaurant.Com Katie Busch Busch makes her debut on the DC restaurant scene as the chef de cuisine for Bistro Vivant. Her previous positions include sous chef at David Burke Townhouse in Manhattan and Eden South Beach in Miami. 1394 Chain Bridge Road, Mclean, Va., 703.356.1700, bistrovivant. Com Jason Gehring Jason Gehring, who designed the doughnut menu at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, was recently named head pastry chef for Frederik de Pue’s local restaurant empire, including Table, 42 Degrees Catering and the forthcoming Menu MBK. Table, 903 N St. NW, 202. 588.5200, tabledc.Com My DC MEAl Going With the Flow Pandora listeners hear local musician Marcus Johnson’s brand of what’s known as Euro jazz roughly 5 million times a year, and 74 percent give his tunes a thumbs-up. So, when we asked the DC native and Chevy Chase resident—who also holds an MBA and a law degree from Georgetown University—if he had equal enthusiasm for the dining scene around town, he was eager to contribute. When the avowed gourmand isn’t performing at Blues Alley or touting his new wine—known simply as Flo—he’s table-hopping. Johnson, who has recorded 15 jazz albums and owns Three Keys Music, will perform at Strathmore Feb. 14 –MM Appetizer “On the way to a great night of eating, my first stop is the Four Seasons to order Michael Mina’s duck-fat fries at Bourbon Steak (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.944.2026, bourbonsteakdc.com). Entree I love the shrimp and grits—made with organic white cheese—at Ben’s Next Door (1211 U St. NW, 202. 667.8880, bensnextdoor.com). Eight large shrimp are sauteed with tomatoes, white wine, saffron, shallots and Parmesan garnish. If I’m lucky, I’ll catch a poetry or jam session. I can sit in an wonder how U Street circa 2014 compares to U Street 1933.” Dessert “I’d head to Sax Restaurant & Lounge (734 11th St. NW, 202.737.0101, saxwdc.com) to catch a burlesque show and get ready for the real fun by enjoying a cognac bread pudding with pecan brittle and salted caramel ice cream.” WATER lANDING Sibling Revelry It must be tough growing up as the culinary sibling to CityZen, the gastro powerhouse in the very capable hands of chef Eric Ziebold at Mandarin Oriental. That was always the feeling about the now-shuttered Sou’Wester, the dining concept with the challenging name and a menu that never gained traction. Now, a new sibling has moved into the former Sou’Wester space—and this upstart appears to have a solid footing. Dubbed Muze, the just-opened Asian-inspired dining room is helmed by Executive Chef Didier Pouzier and new Chef de Cuisine Mark McDonnell. Small plates include Korean short-rib empanada, tempura blue prawn and ahi tuna crudo. A reformed lineup of entrees is an exercise in taking the familiar and infusing small Asian epiphanies. Case in point: The grilled Alaskan halibut is crowned in red miso-curry cream atop coconut forbidden black rice—subtle charms that enable this sibling to make its own noise on the dining scene. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202.787.6148, mandarinoriental.com –MM
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