The Hamilton, 600 14th St., NW; 202-787-1000.
Howard Theatre, 620 T St., NW; 202-803-2899.
Time was, if you wanted entertainment with your entrée, your main choices were Blues Alley in Georgetown, the Birchmere in Alexandria, and Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia and Baltimore. Not anymore. The dinner-and-a-show combo is experiencing a renaissance, thanks to the opening of the Hamilton last year and the reopening of the historic Howard Theatre in April.
Taking up almost an entire block in downtown DC, the Hamilton includes a 15,000-square-foot downstairs music venue with acts ranging from jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut to rocker Jesse Malin.
The Howard Theatre’s $29-million makeover includes supper-club seating for 650 and a menu designed by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. It opened with a star-studded gala attended by Dionne Warwick and Bill Cosby. In other words, Washington’s definitely ready for its dinner date.