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American 1789 Restaurant 1226 Thirty-Sixth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-9651789, Decorated with American antiques, period equestrian and historical prints, and Limoges china, this elegant restaurant offers five exquisite dining rooms with comfortable surroundings and serves a menu which combines seasonal regional ingredients into true world-class cuisine, complemented by a masterful wine list.
M & S Grill 600 Thirteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, 202-347-1500, Featuring high ceilings, beveled glasswork decor, and a stained glass-accented bar, this classic American grill offers an extensvie selection of USDA prime steaks and chops, fresh daily seafood selections, and roasted chicken entrees on the menu and the bar is a popular spot to enjoy cocktails made the old-fashioned way. Nathan's Restaurant 3150 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-338-2600, A unique American style restaurant which features a front bar room with a nautical theme and a back room which is a civilized, candlelit dining room that offers an array of classic American fare. Nick's Riverside Grille 3050 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, Located in Georgetown's Washington Harbour, 202-342-3535, Overlooking the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Harbour, this restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining options and serves a menu which is mostly sandwiches and bar fare, yet includes inventive appetizers, pastas, seafood, and steaks. Old Ebbitt Grill 675 Fifteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, 202-347-4801, Established in 1856, this popular restaurant is Washington's oldest bar and they offer upscale American saloon cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients. Free valet parking is provided every evening. Sequoia Restaurant 3000 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-944-4200, Be greeted by high ceilings, warm lighting, and cherry wood tables while at this restaurant that features tall windows overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Highlights on the menu include duck and pine nut dumplings, crab cakes, and tender rack of lamb. Asian Restaurant Nora 2132 Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008, 202-462-5143, America's first certified organic restaurant, this elegant restaurant is decorated with antique crib quilts and architectural pieces and offers a wide range of Asian cuisine, made using seasonal, fresh organic food and prepared in a healthy, balanced way. A spectacular, award-winning wine list complements your meal and reservations are recommended. Bar-B-Que
Old Glory 3139 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-337-3406, This great barbecue restaurant specializes in unique styles of genuine, slow cooked barbecue served in different parts of the country complemented by an array of regional housemade barbecue sauces and dry rubs. Delicious sandwiches and oversized platters dominate the menu. Bistro Bistro Francais 3128 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-338-3830, This charming bistro offers a menu filled with delicious fresh seafood, rotisserie chicken, veal, lamb, and pastries, complemented by an excellent wine list. Daily specials are also available. Brew Pubs Brickskeller Down Home Saloon 1523 Twenty-Second Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037, Located in Dupont Circle, 202-293-1885, A "down home saloon" which boasts more than 1,000 beers and hosts the Guinness World Record for the most varieties of commercially available beer. A menu of regional American food is also served. Capitol City Brewing Company 2 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20007, 202-842-2337, Housed in the historic, circa 1911 Postal Square Building, this brew pub was the first brew pub in Washington D.C. since the prohibition and they serve a variety of trademark ales, lagers, and pilsners, as well as a spectacular menu inspired by regional cuisines. J. Paul's 3218 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-3450, "The quintessential turn-of-the-century American Dining Saloon," this Georgetown favorite pub is situated in a historic building and features a 100-year-old mahogany shotgun bar from the Chicago stockyards. Wonderful American fare is served, complemented by an array of drinks including their award-winning 1889 Amber Ale. John Harvard's Brew House 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004, 202-783-2739, A wide selection of ales and lagers, brewed fresh on the premises, is served along with honest, classic American comfort food in a friendly, English pub atmosphere at this microbrewery. Cafes Cafe at the Phillips Collection 1600 Twenty-First Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009, 202-387-2151, Enjoy light American style fare in an intimate setting while at this small, charming cafe which is open every day except Mondays. . Hard Rock Cafe 999 E Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004, 202-737-7625, The "Embassy of Rock 'n' Roll in Washington, D.C.," this well known cafe provides something for everyone on their menu and the two level restaurant features a state-of-the-art sound system, an expansive rock memorabilia collection, a fender guitar bar, and a merchandise store. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe 1517 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, Located Just Above Dupont Circle, 202-387-1462, You will find indoor and sidewalk cafes at this unique cultural landmark that serves an array of good food, complemented by a full bar, cappuccinos, and espressos, as well as a real bookstore on site. Chinese
Hunan Chinatown 624 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, 202-783-5858, Named on the "Best 50 Restaurants" in the Washington, D.C., area for 11 consecutive years by Washington magazine, this Chinese restaurant offers a simple, yet wonderful menu of traditional Chinese cuisine with specialties including dumplings, Ma Po Bean Curd, Szechuan Beef, Two-Flavor Lobster, and General Tso's Chicken. Coffee Shops Firehook Bakery & Coffee House 3411 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008, 202-362-2253, You will find bread, pastry, and lunch menus which are filled with delectables while at this combination bakery and coffee shop that also offers a delightful selection of sandwiches, all made with fresh-baked breads, as well as deli sandwiches, beer, wine, and juices. Small booths and garden seating are available. Sparky's Espresso Cafe 1720 14th Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20009, 202-3329334, Sparky's offers a vast drink menu featuring coffees and teas with a selection of breakfast and lunch items. Contemporary Butterfield 9 600 Fourteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, 202-BU9-8810, One of the hottest restaurants in Washington D.C., this restaurant evokes the elegance of a bygone era and offers an exciting menu of seasonal, contemporary American cuisine with a classic twist. The menu changes four times a year. DC Coast Restaurant 1401 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, Located at The Tower Building, 202-216-5988, Dishes with distinctive ingredients of the tri-coastal areas are featured at this restaurant which specializes in Modern American cuisine that offers dishes from the Mid-Atlantic, Gulf Coast, and West Coast areas. Wines of France, Italy, and the United States complement your meal and reservations are strongly recommended. Red Sage 605 Fourteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, 202-638-4444, Guests can watch the chefs prepare modern, contemporary American dishes in an exhibition kitchen while at this elegant restaurant which also features a street level cafe that offers a diverse menu of affordably priced Southwestern specialties. An extensive wine list is available to complement your meal. Roof Terrace & Bar 2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20560, Located at The Kennedy Center, 202-416-8555, Enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of Georgetown, the Potomac River, and the monuments while at this restaurant that features highly trained seasoned servers and a critically acclaimed menu of mouthwatering Modern American cuisine created by Chef Frederic Przyborowski. A jacket and tie are suggested. Continental Caucus Room, The 401 Ninth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004, 202-393-1300, Washington D.C.'s premier power dining destination, this restaurant offers superb continental cuisine and prime ages steaks, complemented by award-winning wines and handsome decor. Cuban & Latino
Cafe Atlantico 405 Eighth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009, 202-393-0812, The premier Nuevo Latino restaurant in Washington, D.C., this unique restaurant offers an adventurous menu of cuisine made from ingredients of South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean, all presented in a bright, festive atmosphere. Havana Breeze 1401 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 22205, 202-789-1470, A kaleidoscope of exotic tropical flavors greets you at this restaurant which offers authentic, homestyle Cuban cuisine in a bright, tropical Caribbean atmosphere. The restaurant also features a Spanish tapas bar, a tropical juice bar, and a cigar lounge. Delis & Sandwich Shops Cafe Mozart German Deli 1331 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, 202-3475732, Enjoy schnitzels, sauerbraten, pork roast, German sausages, cakes, and other traditional favorites while at this unique deli that also features a full service bar and imported and domestic gourmet items and gifts such as rich coffees, fragrant teas, sweet jams, chocolate gifts, and special baking and cooking aids. Reeves Bakery 1306 G Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, 202-628-6350, The bakery bakes three different kinds of famous strawberry pies, and a variety of terrific and beautiful shortcakes and decorated sheet cakes. Recently, speciality cakes have enhanced their selection, which includes lots of pastries, cookies and some of Washington's best doughnuts. They offer a full array of breakfast selections, made to order, or a breakfast buffet. Their lunches include fresh chicken, either fried or rotisserie and a full menu, lunch buffet or carry-out. They have been pleasing customers since 1886. French Citronelle 3000 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-625-2150, This flagship restaurant of Chef Michel Richard offers "a cuisine that infuses uniquely American influences into the traditional French recipes of his heritage." The menu is a brilliant, contemporary culinary masterpiece and cooking classes with Chef Michel Richard are available. La Chaumiere 2813 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-338-1784, Rated by Washington Magazine as being one of the "100 Best Restaurants" in the Washington, D.C., area for 27 consecutive years, this lovely restaurant has a French country inn atmosphere complete with a stone fireplace. Fresh grilled fish and shellfish are the house specialties and hard-to-find entrees, such as venison, are among the meat dishes. The chef also makes a delicious cassoulet, which is offered on Thursdays.
Fusion Asia Nora 2213 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037, 202-797-4860, A unique and artful interpretation of fusion cuisine, made using the best seasonal organic ingredients, is featured at this unique restaurant which is filled with Asian artifacts, soft furnishings, and mirrors, and offers specialties such as Miso soup with hedgehog mushrooms, Yuzu cured Salmon Nora Maki with Ponzu Dipping Sauce, and Sansho Roasted Duck Breast with Shiitake Mushrooms on the menu. Reservations are recommended. International
Russia House Restaurant and Lounge 1800 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC 20009, 202-234-9433, Designed to emulate the era of the Tsars, Russia House is filled with rich red color and Russian paintings. The menu is filled with Russian infused intercontinental entrees and of course, a vast selection of vodkas. Irish Pubs Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant 808 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, 202-789-0066, Featuring four rooms which were designed to showcase the art of conversation through authentic Irish decor, this lovely Irish pub and restaurant offers traditional Irish food with European influences and they are best known for having the "Best Pint in the Country." Murphy's 2609 Twenty-Fourth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20008, 202-462-7171, This Irish pub and restaurant serves a fantastic menu of authentic Irish and continental dishes before a cozy wood burning fireplace and offers Irish music nightly. Italian
Buca di Beppo 1825 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009, 202-2328466, Reminiscent of Little Italy in the 1940s and 50s, this casual dining restaurant specializes in large portions of Immigrant Southern Italian cuisine, served family style in a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere. Filomena Ristorante 1063 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202338-8800, Frequented by celebrities and heads-of-state, this outstanding restaurant is acclaimed for their homemade ravioli, pasta, seafood, homemade breads, and spectacular desserts, all served in an elegant atmosphere. Galileo 110 Twenty-First Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036, 202-293-7191, The perfect setting for any dining experience, this wonderful restaurant serves a daily changing menu of renowned and innovative Italian cuisine with both traditional dishes and contemporary improvisations available. Numerous options for private dining are available, such as an intimate wine cellar, a rear dining room, and an outdoor terrace. I Matti Trattoria 2436 Eighteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009, 202-4628844, This Adams-Morgan trattoria menu offers a versatile selection of award-winning Northern Italian cuisine, ranging from pizza and pasta to more elaborate seafood entrees. Every table is served a basket of focaccia and other options on the menu include grilled specialties and game dishes. Osteria del Galileo 1110 Twenty-First Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202293-7191, An assortment of appetizers, pastas, main courses, side dishes, and desserts is served at this Italian restaurant that serves a menu which changes regularly based on the availability of ingredients. Ristorante i Ricchi 1220 Nineteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-8350459, Specializing in authentic Tuscany country style cooking, this restaurant is designed to resemble a rustic Florentine country villa and features an open kitchen with roaring wood-burning oven where breads and roasted meats are prepared. The seasonally changing menu also includes hearty pastas and risottos, as well as tempting sweets, all expertly prepared from original family recipes, and an award-winning wine list is available to complement your meal. Tuscana West Restaurant 1350 I Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, 202-2897300, Perfect for enjoying an executive power lunch, an after-work meltdown, a romantic evening, or any special occasion, this restaurant specializes in homemade pastas, a freshbaked variety of Italian breads, pizzas made in a stone pizza oven, grilled seafood and meats, daily specials, and enticing desserts, all freshly prepared on the premises with only the finest ingredients. Japanese
Japan Inn 1715 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 205-337-3400, One of the most unique dining experiences in Washington, D.C., this unique restaurant offers you a choice of an extensive sushi bar with attentive table service, a Teppan-yaki grill, Tatami rooms, and private zashiki rooms. Mediterranean Mexican & Southwestern Alamo Grill 1063 Thirty-First Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, Located in Georgetown, 202-342-2000, This restaurant features terrific mesquite-grilled fajitas, ribs, steaks, seafood, and fresh catch-of-the-day, not to mention outstanding, great tasting Mexican food, all served in a warm Texas Cantina setting. They also provide 21 different tequilas and great margaritas and feature cozy fireplaces, a strolling Mariachi band on weekends, and a happy hour. Red River Grill 201 Massachusettes Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002, 202-5467200, Southwestern decor dominates this restaurant that offers an extensive menu of TexMex fare, such as burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas, all served in a lively atmosphere. A large outdoor patio is also on site. Pizza Paolo's 1303 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-7353, Creative pastas, wood oven pizzas with gourmet toppings, grilled seafood, and more are on the menu at this restaurant that specializes in Nouvelle Italian that offers something for everyone. Pizzeria Uno 3211 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-965-6333, This pizzeria specializes in legendary Chicago style deep dish pizza and offers a variety of other great items like mouthwatering steaks, crisp salads, juicy burgers, sandwiches, flavorful pastas, chicken, seafood, and tempting cocktails, all in an old-fashioned saloon atmosphere. Regional Cuisine Garrett's Restaurant and Railroad Tavern 3003 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-1033, A friendly, local neighborhood restaurant and bar that offers an extensive menu of regional American specialties and features three different bars for your entertainment pleasures. They also offer a delightful Sunday brunch upstairs on the climate-controlled garden terrace or in the copper-topped tavern. Spanish Jaleo 480 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004, 202-628-7949, Specializing in tapas, the little dishes of Spain, this lively Spanish bistro style restaurant that also offers grilled steak entrees, sauteed garlic shrimp, and garlic mashed potatoes. Live flamenco dancing is also featured at this restaurant. Sports Bars & Pubs
ESPN Zone 555 Twelfth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004, 202-783-3776, A unique sports, dining, and entertainment experience awaits you at this 41,000 square foot sports center that includes a studio grill, a sports arena, and a screening room. Rock Sports Bar and Restaurant, The 717 Sixth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-842-ROCK, A three level sports bar and restaurant that offers a pub style menu of wonderful American cuisine plus features pool tables, party rooms, 27 televisions, a dance floor, a special ball game menu, and a roof top tiki bar. Tombs, The 1226 Thirty-Sixth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-337-6668, A favorite hangout for Georgetown University students, this legendary sports bar is filled with classic crew and sporting prints which accents the college atmosphere and they offers an array of homemade food at bargain prices. Seafood Dancing Crab 4611 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20016, 202-2441882, A family owned tradition for over 20 years, this rustic, down home, old-fashioned Maryland crab house serves the best crabs in town and they are famous for their steamed "Maryland Blue Crabs." Other seafood specialties, as well as selections for the landlubbers, are on the menu. Kinkead's, An American Brasserie 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20006, Located in the Foggy Bottom Neighborhood, 202-296-7700, A fantastic modern American seafood menu, with highlights including black pepper-crusted rare tuna and a trio of creme brulees, is featured at this lively restaurant which also includes a full bar and lounge with piano entertainment. Valet parking is available after 5:30 p.m. and reservations are recommended. Legal Sea Foods 2020 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006, 202-496-1111, Experience Boston's legendary seafood restaurant while in Washington and enjoy the freshest fish, seafood, and raw bar while dining at this casual and fun restaurant. Pesce 2016 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037, 202-466-3474, A fresh fish market and cafe that features a constantly changing seafood menu, based on what is fresh and seasonal, as well as impeccably fresh seafood flown in from multiple locations. Specialties on the menu include Carolina shrimp, grilled monkfish, soft shell crabs, and oysters on the half shell. Phillips Flagship Restaurant 900 Water Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202488-8515, 800-648-7067, Overlooking the Washington Channel and the Capital Yacht Club, this full service restaurant features an award-winning sushi bar, as well as a renowned all-you-can-eat buffet which includes over 50 seafood and regional delights. Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar 1054 Thirty-First Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-337-8855, "Serving the finest selection of seafood in the nation’s capital," this restaurant is situated within an award-winning historic building and offers seasonal specialties served in warm and relaxing setting. Inside and outside dining overlooking the C&O Canal are available options. Southern
Georgia Brown's 950 Fifteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, 202-393-4499, Enjoy Southern style cooking inspired by the South Carolina Lowcountry while at this restaurant that features a unique atmosphere created by award-winning architect Adam Tihany and provides a menu which include their famous fried green tomatoes, Perleau straight from Charleston, homestyle fried chicken, and proper desserts such as homemade ice cream. Music City Roadhouse 1050 Thirtieth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202337-4444, The Ultimate Southern dive, this wonderful eatery offers a fine menu of downhome Southern cooking such as fried chicken, pot roast, barbecued chicken and ribs, fried catfish, broiled trout, and magnificent vegetables, all served in a casual ambiance with music ranging from jazz to gospel playing in the background. Supper Clubs Blues Alley Jazz 1013 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-3374141, Founded in 1965, this establishment is the nation's oldest continuing jazz supper club and it is nestled within an 18th century red brick carriage house. The club provides a unique ambiance, reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s jazz club, and they specialize in authentic Creole cuisine, steaks, and seafood dishes, served nightly from 6:00 p.m. Steaks & Chops
Blackie's 1217 Twenty-Second Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037, 202-333-1100, A Washington landmark and one of D.C.'s top fine dining experiences, this steakhouse specializes in famous, USDA choice dry aged beef, as well as fresh seafood. A 3,500 bottle wine cellar is available to complement your meal and complimentary valet is provided. Bobby Van's Steakhouse 809 Fifteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, 202589-0060, This privately owned, fine dining restaurant is known for their delicious, mouthwatering prime beef and fresh seafood. They provide private dining rooms, as well as an outdoor seasonal patio, for your dining options. District Chophouse & Brewery 509 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004, 202-347-3434, A warm, intimate gathering place that serves the finest steaks, chops, and seafood in the Washington, D.C. area, all in a unique, 40s style atmosphere. Handcrafted beers from the on-site brewery are available to complement your meal. Morton's of Chicago 3251 Prospect Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, 202-3426258, This well known Chicago style steakhouse is filled with rich decor and is famous for their mouthwatering USDA prime aged steaks grilled to your perfection, as well as live Maine lobsters, fresh seafood, and an excellent wine list. A jacket and tie are suggested. Palm Restaurant, The 1225 Nineteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036, 202293-9091, "The oldest family-owned, white tablecloth restaurant to expand across the United States and still maintain family ownership," this Washington D.C. landmark is known for their juicy steaks, prime aged beef, jumbo lobsters, and infamous Palm martinis. Ruth's Chris Steak House 1801 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009, 202-797-0033, Home of serious steaks, this well known steakhouse is also known for their superb steakhouse style menu and attentive service, as well as their romantic, comfortable, dark-wooded dining area. Sam & Harry's 1200 Nineteenth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036, 202-2964333, This upscale American steakhouse provides exceptional food, such as aged prime steaks, fresh Maine lobster, and fresh grilled fish, complemented by fine wines, great cigars, and personalized service, all in a clubby and romantic ambiance with a jazz theme. Thai Bua Thai Cuisine Restaurant 1635 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036, 202-2650828, One of the original trendy Thai restaurants in Washington, this restaurant serves an array of authentic Thai cuisine in an intimate atmosphere with specialties on the menu including pad woon sen, coco bouillabaisse, papaya salad, and sauteed squid. Thai Tanic 1236-A 14th Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, Located in the Logan Circle Theater District, 202-588-1795, Thai Tanic serves traditional and innovative Thai cusine. Thaiphoon North 2011 S Street, Washington, DC 20008, Located in Dupont Circle, 202667-3505, Wake up your mouth while at this restaurant that offers a wide variety of authentic, sometimes spicy, Thai cuisine served in a lively atmosphere by gracious servers.
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