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100 Best Restaurants 2012

Is fine dining dead?

The maître d' seems to have gone the way of the vinyl record, dress codes are nearing extinction, and grand dining rooms have folded up or reinvented themselves. The legendary Jockey Club is the latest to get a makeover--it's now called 2100 Prime. Dinner at a fine restaurant used to be like flying first class; now it's sometimes more like taking a bus.

But burying fine dining may be premature--as we were reminded in putting together our annual roundup of the area's best restaurants. Such institutions as the Inn at Little Washington, Citronelle, CityZen, Restaurant Eve, Marcel's, and Palena are as sumptuous and delicious as ever.

At the same time, some of the most exciting meals we enjoyed occurred not in the world of the

white tablecloth but in the spirited dining rooms of ambitious midrange restaurants--informal, moderately priced places that abide by the kitchen standards of fine dining.

Graffiato, a newcomer, earned not just a spot on our list but a prime ranking, while some restaurants that caught our eye, such as the Atlas Room, began to realize their potential.

Vermilion and Estadio and Liberty Tavern, already good, got better. So did Palena Cafe, where the energy is infectious and the food marvelous.

Ardeo & Bardeo went from being a pleasant night out to one of the area's most affordably interesting meals. Proof, the stylish wine bar, became one of the most consistent places to eat. Eola gambled by going to an all-tasting-menu format and remade itself into a better, more complete experience.

Ripple took on a new chef, Logan Cox, whose vision and maturity have made it a place to watch. Fiola heralded the return of Fabio Trabocchi, whose downscaled ambitions make it possible to indulge more often in his fabulous pastas. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, a fun fish house, became the fifth restaurant in Jeff and Barbara Black's collection--and their most brilliantly realized.

You'll still find plenty of fine dining on this year's list, but you'll also find lots more not-so-expensive places with energy and passion and really good food.

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1789 Restaurant

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1226 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Georgetown
T: 202-965-1789
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space
Description:

A stately Washington institution with a menu that balances tradition (rack of lamb) with adventure (lamb tongue salad).

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 1789 Classics Revisited: 1789 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 1789 100 Best Restaurants 2012: 1789 100 Best Restaurants 2011: 1789

701

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-393-0701
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Upscale
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: Chef Adam Longworth brings new energy to this comfortably elegant dining room.
Happy Hour Details: 3 to 7 PM.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 701 100 Best Restaurants 2012: 701 100 Best Restaurants 2011: 701 701: Full Review 100 Best Restaurants 2010: 701

8407 Kitchen & Bar

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour
Address: 8407 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Neighborhood(s): Silver Spring/Takoma Park
T: 301-587-8407
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

A showcase for Pedro Matamoros’s well-crafted charcuterie and pasta.

Happy Hour Details: 4 to 7 PM.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 8407 Kitchen Bar 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 8407 Kitchen Bar 100 Best Restaurants 2012: 8407 Kitchen Bar Great New Restaurants 2010: 8407 Kitchen & Bar 8407 Kitchen & Bar

Adour at St. Regis

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 923 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-509-8000

Ardeo + Bardeo

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
T: 202-244-6750
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Outdoor Seating
Description:

An airy neighborhood spot for inventive American cooking.

Happy Hour Details: 5 to 7.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ardeo & Bardeo 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ardeo & Bardeo 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ardeo & Bardeo Ardeo

Atlas Room

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 First Look
Address: 1015 H St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Neighborhood(s): H Street NE
T: 202-388-4020
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic, American
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description: H Street's most sophisticated option is intimate and has culinary influences that span India, Italy, and New England.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: The Atlas Room 100 Best Restaurants 2012: The Atlas Room First Look: Atlas Room

BLT Steak

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1625 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-689-8999
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Seafood, Steaks, Modern, American
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: A big-American meat emporium with Parisian refinements.
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday 5 to 6:30: $5 select drinks and small plates

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: BLT Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2011: BLT Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2010: BLT Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2009: BLT Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2008: BLT Steak

Bar Pilar

Rating:
Best Breakfasts 2012 Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2011
Address: 1833 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
T: 202-265-1751
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American, Breakfast
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The seasonal small plates are the draw at this low-key bar.
Happy Hour Details: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm-7:00pm 5:00pm-6:00pm: half-price draft beers 6:00pm-7:00pm: $1 off draft beers

Reviews:

Bar Pilar: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 Cheap Eats 2012: Bar Pilar 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bar Pilar Cheap Eats 2011: Bar Pilar 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Bar Pilar

Bibiana

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1100 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-216-9550
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Scenes:
Food Specials
Outdoor Seating
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj goes Italian.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Bibiana 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bibiana 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Bibiana Great New Restaurants 2010: Bibiana Up and Down Italian (Full Review)

Bistro Bis

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill
T: 202-661-2700

Bistro Provence

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 4933 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood(s): Bethesda/Glen Echo
T: 301-656-7373
Cuisines: French
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Party Space
Description: A strictly French menu from Yannick Cam of the late Le Paradou.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Bistro Provence 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bistro Provence 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Bistro Provence Bistro Provence (Full Review) Great New Restaurants 2010: Bistro Provence

Bistrot Le Zinc

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3714 Macomb Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20016
T: (202) 686-2015
Cuisines: French
Price Range: Moderate

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bistrot Le Zinc

Black Market Bistro

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 4600 Waverly Ave., Kensington/Garrett Park, MD 20896
Neighborhood(s): Rockville, Kensington/Garrett Park
T: 301-933-3000
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating
Description: This retro-chic neighborhood spot oozes charm.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants: Black Market Bistro Black Market Bistro: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Black Market Bistro 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Black Market Bistro 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Black Market Bistro

Black's Bar and Kitchen

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Great Bars 2011 Happy Hour
Address: 7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood(s): Bethesda/Glen Echo
T: 301-652-5525
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Seafood, Steaks, Modern, American
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

The sleek, low-lit interior isn't the only thing that's been revamped.

Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday, 4 to 7: $6 house martinis, $2.75 Miller draft, $3 Blue Moon and Stella Artois, $5 glasses of wine, 50 cent steamed spice shrimp, $6.50 mussels, $5 calamari, $1 boutique oysters

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Black’s Bar and Kitchen Great Bars 2013: Black’s Bar & Kitchen 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Black's Bar & Kitchen Great Bars 2011: Black's Bar and Kitchen Black's Bar and Kitchen

BlackSalt

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Palisades
T: 202-342-9101
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday 4 to 7, Saturday and Sunday 4 to 6

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 99 BlackSalt 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: BlackSalt 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: BlackSalt BlackSalt: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: BlackSalt

Blue Duck Tavern

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1201 24th St., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
T: 202-419-6755
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch
Description:

Straight-from-the-farm cooking is presented family-style.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Blue Duck Tavern 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Blue Duck Tavern 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Blue Duck Tavern 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Blue Duck Tavern 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Blue Duck Tavern

Bourbon Steak

Rating:
75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Georgetown
T: 202-944-2026
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Party Space
Description: Celebrity chef Michael Mina opens a dining room in the Four Seasons hotel.

Reviews:

Great Bars 2013: Bourbon Steak Lounge 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bourbon Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Bourbon Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Bourbon Steak Let Them Eat Steak

Brabo Tasting Room

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Neighborhood(s): Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
T: 703-894-3440
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American, Belgian, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The casual spot next door to Robert Wiedmaier's upscale hotel.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Brabo Tasting Room Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier, Brabo Tasting Room, and the Butcher's Block An Early Look at Brabo and Brabo Tasting Room

Brasserie Beck

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-408-1717

Cafe Du Parc

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-942-7000
Cuisines: French, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Breakfast
Description: At Café du Parc, the cooking is robust, the umbrella-topped patio is transporting, and the prices are reasonable. So what’s not to like?

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Café du Parc 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Cafe Du Parc 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Café du Parc 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Cafe du Parc 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Cafe Du Parc

Cashion's Eat Place

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1819 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood(s): Adams Morgan
T: 202-797-1819

Cava Mezze - Rockville

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 9713 Traville Gateway Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Neighborhood(s): Rockville
T: 301-309-9090
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Greek/Mediterranean
Price Range: Moderate
Happy Hour Details: All day Monday and Tuesday.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 89 Cava Mezze 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Cava 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Cava 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Cava Cheap Eats 2008: Cava

Central Michel Richard

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-626-0015

ChurchKey

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): Logan Circle, Downtown
T: 202-567-2576
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Moderate
Other: Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
Description: Two beer-centric concepts under one roof.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Birch & Barley Birch & Barley: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Birch & Barley/ChurchKey 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Birch & Barley Full Review of Birch & Barley

Circle Bistro

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1 Washington Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
T: 202-293-5390
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Breakfast
Description: A sleek but warm hotel dining room and lounge near GW University.
Happy Hour Details: 4 to 7 PM

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Circle Bistro 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Circle Bistro 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Circle Bistro 100 Best Restaurants 2008: Circle Bistro January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants

Citronelle (Temporarily Closed)

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 3000 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Georgetown
T: 202-625-2150
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, French
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description:

A plush stage for Michel Richard's witty, theatrical brand of Cali-French cooking.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Citronelle 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Citronelle 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Citronelle 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Citronelle 100 Best Restaurants 2008: Citronelle

CityZen (Mandarin Oriental Hotel)

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southwest/Waterfront
T: 202-787-6006
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Good for Groups
Description:

Eric Ziebold reaches for perfection at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's gleaming restaurant.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: CityZen 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: CityZen 100 Best Restaurants 2012: CityZen 100 Best Restaurants 2011: CityZen 100 Best Restaurants 2010: CityZen

Corduroy

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1122 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Downtown
T: 202-589-0699
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Other: Valet Parking Available
Description:

Tom Power's quiet, refined dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Corduroy 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Corduroy 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Corduroy 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Corduroy The Needle: Corduroy

Cork

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1720 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood(s): Logan Circle
T: 202-265-2675
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American
Happy Hour on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description:

A rustic-chic spot for wine and seasonally-minded small plates.

Happy Hour Details: 5 to 7 PM

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Cork Great Bars 2013: Cork 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Cork 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Cork 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Cork

Eola

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2020 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle, Downtown
T: 202-466-4441
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Description: A seasonal American restaurant with a love of offal.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Eola 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Eola 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Eola Great New Restaurants 2010: Eola Full Review of Eola

Equinox -DC

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 818 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-331-8118
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description:

Todd Gray's seasonal American dining room bounces back from a damaging fire with a renovation and new menu.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 72 Equinox 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Equinox 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Equinox Out of the Fire 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Equinox

Estadio

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1520 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
T: 202-319-1404

Et Voila!

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest
T: 202-237-2300
Cuisines: French, Belgian
Price Range: Moderate
Description: Sturdy Belgian bistro classics.

Reviews:

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Ethiopic

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011
Address: 401 H St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Neighborhood(s): H Street NE, Capitol Hill, Northeast
T: 202-675-2066

Fiola

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown
T: 202-628-2888
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Italian
Price Range: Very expensive
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday 4PM- 6PM: Wine and food specials

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 8 Fiola 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Fiola Great Bars 2013: Fiola 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Fiola 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Fiola

Food Wine & Co.

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 7272 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood(s): Bethesda/Glen Echo
T: 301-652-8008
Cuisines: American
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details: Daily 4 to 6. All day Tuesday and Thursday. Late night Friday and Saturday 9 to close.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Food Wine & Co. Great Bars 2013: Food Wine & Co. Fried and True: Food Wine & Co. 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Food Wine & Co.

Four Sisters

Rating:
Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 8190 Strawberry Ln. , Falls Church, VA 22042
Neighborhood(s): Falls Church
T: 703-539-8566
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description: The grande dame of the area's Vietnamese restaurants.

Reviews:

Cheap Eats 2013: Four Sisters Cheap Eats 2012: Four Sisters 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Four Sisters Cheap Eats 2011: Four Sisters 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Four Sisters

Graffiato

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 707 Sixth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown
T: 202-289-3600

Grapeseed

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 4865 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood(s): Bethesda/Glen Echo
T: 301-986-9592
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Scenes:
Food Specials
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Good for Groups
Description: A sunny, sophisticated wine bar and bistro.
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday 5 to 7 $5 appetizers, $5 select wines and premium rail cocktails.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Grapeseed 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Grapeseed The Needle: Grapeseed 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Grapeseed 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Grapeseed

Indique

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3512-14 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
T: 202-244-6600
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Indian
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: A chandeliered Indian cafe and cocktail lounge.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Indique and Indique Heights 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Indique The Needle: Indique (December 2007) January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants Indique

Indique Heights

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2 Wisconsin Cir., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Neighborhood(s): Tenleytown/Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase
T: 301-656-4822
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Tapas/Small Plates, Indian
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: This sister restaurant to Cleveland Park's Indique offers Indian-spiced cocktails and riffs on Indian street food.
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday 4:30 pM to 7 PM, discounts on select drinks and appetizers.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2011: Indique Heights 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Indique Heights 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Indique Heights 100 Best Restaurants 2008: Indique Heights January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants

J&G Steakhouse

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 515 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-661-2440
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, American, Breakfast
Scenes:
Food Specials
Outdoor Seating
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opens a luxe dining room in the W Washington DC hotel.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: J&G Steakhouse 100 Best Restaurants 2012: J&G Steakhouse 100 Best Restaurants 2011: J&G Steakhouse 100 Best Restaurants 2010: J&G Steakhouse Where's the Beef?

Jackie's Restaurant

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 8081 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Neighborhood(s): Silver Spring/Takoma Park
T: 301-565-9700
Cuisines: Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American, Breakfast
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: A splashy, retro-cool spot for updated comfort food.
Happy Hour Details: Monday 5:30 PM to 9 PM, Tuesday to Friday 5 PM to 7 PM. $5 select wines, cocktails, and appetizers.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Jackie’s Jackie’s: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Jackie's 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Jackie's 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Jackie's

Jacques' Brasserie

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 First Look
Address: 332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066
Neighborhood(s): Great Falls
T: 703-759-3800
Cuisines: French
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details: Tuesday through Friday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM; Sunday 3 PM to 4:30 PM. Select entreés and small plates, $5 to $10, $4 drafts, $5 wines.

Reviews:

Jacques’ Brasserie Review

Jaleo - Bethesda

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood(s): Bethesda/Glen Echo
T: 301-913-0003
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates
Scenes:
Food Specials
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: The downtown Bethesda outpost of Jose Andres's tapas house offers small plates both traditional and forward-thinking.
Happy Hour Details: Sunday through Friday 4:30 PM to 7 PM, Saturday 10 PM til close; $4 sangria, $4 select wines, $4 drafts, half-price select tapas.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Jaleo - Bethesda 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Jaleo 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Jaleo - Bethesda Jaleo

Jaleo - Crystal City

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2250 A Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Crystal City/Pentagon City, Arlington
T: 703-413-8181
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates
Scenes:
Food Specials
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: An area favorite for Spanish tapas both traditional and forward-thinking.
Happy Hour Details: Daily from 4:30 PM to 7 PM; $4 red sangria, $4 house wines, $4 Yuengling, $4 select tapas.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Jaleo - Crystal City Jaleo

Jaleo - Penn Quarter

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 480 7th St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-628-7949

Johnny's Half Shell

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 First Look 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 400 N. Capitol St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill
T: 202-737-0400
Cuisines: Seafood, Southern, Modern, American
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM; $5.50 drafts, $8 cocktails, discounts on select seafood items.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 83 Johnny’s Half Shell 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Johnny’s Half Shell 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Johnny’s Half Shell 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Johnny's Half Shell 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Johnny's Half Shell

Kinkead's (Closed)

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
T: 202-296-7700
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Description: Bob Kinkead's jazzy, relaxed seafood dining room.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Kinkead's 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Kinkead's 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Kinkead's 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Kinkead's 100 Best Restaurants 2008: Kinkead's

Komi

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1509 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle, Downtown
T: 202-332-9200

Kushi

Rating:
Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour
Address: 465 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-682-3123
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Sushi, Tapas/Small Plates, Japanese, Breakfast
Scenes:
Food Specials
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Good for Groups
Description: This pulsing izakaya and sushi spot brings fish from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market to downtown DC.
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday, 5:30 PM to 8 PM; $4 rail drinks, $5 select small plates

Reviews:

Kushi: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Kushi 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Kushi Great New Restaurants 2010: Kushi Raw Energy (Full Review)

L'Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066
Neighborhood(s): Great Falls
T: 703-759-3800

La Limeña

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011
Address: 765-B Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20850
Neighborhood(s): Rockville
T: 301-424-8066

Liberty Tavern

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-465-9360

Little Serow

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1511 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle
T: No phone

Lyon Hall

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3100 N. Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-741-7636
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: French, German/Austrian, Belgian
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description:

An eclectic brasserie from the team behind Liberty Tavern.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Lyon Hall 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Lyon Hall 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Lyon Hall The Needle: March 2011 A Brasserie With Buzz—and Potential—in Clarendon (Full Review)

Makoto

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Palisades
T: 202-298-6866
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Price Range: Very expensive
Description:

No sushi bar in the area can match the intensity, focus, and purity of this tiny restaurant in DC’s Palisades.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Makoto 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Makoto 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Makoto 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Makoto 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Makoto

Mala Tang

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3434 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-243-2381
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Szechuan, Chinese
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description: The owner of some of Washington's best Chinese restaurants (Hong Kong Palace, Uncle Liu's Hot Pot, China Jade) is behind this upscale restaurant that attempts to Westernize the hot-pot experience.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Mala Tang Hot Pot, Hot Spot (Full Review)

Marcel's

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
T: 202-296-1166

Michel by Michel Richard (Closed)

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA 22102
Neighborhood(s): McLean/Tysons Corner
T: 703-506-4300
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: French
Price Range: Expensive
Description: The chef's third project--which takes the place of Maestro in the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton--falls in the middle of his fine-dining flagship, Citronelle, and his hip bistro, Central.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Michel Flashes of Genius (full review) 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Michel

Minh's

Rating:
Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2500 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-525-2828
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

Bright Vietnamese flavors hide in a Clarendon office building.

Reviews:

Cheap Eats 2012: Minh's 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Minh's Cheap Eats 2011: Minh's 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Minh's Cheap Eats 2010: Minh's

Minibar

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 855 E St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown
T: 202-393-0812

Montmartre

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 327 Seventh St., SE, Washington, DC 20003
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southeast
T: 202-544-1244

Nava Thai

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 11301 Fern St., Wheaton, MD 20902
Neighborhood(s): Wheaton
T: 240-430-0495
Cuisines: Thai
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

Flavors are clear, bright, and precise, making for some of the best Thai food in the area.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Nava Thai Cheap Eats 2013: Nava Thai 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Nava Thai Cheap Eats 2012: Nava Thai Noodle and Grill 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Nava Thai Noodle and Grill

New Heights

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 2317 Calvert St., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Woodley Park
T: 202-234-4110
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: New Heights 100 Best Restaurants 2011: New Heights 100 Best Restaurants 2008: New Heights The Needle: New Heights

Newton's Table

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 4917 Elm St., Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood(s): Bethesda/Glen Echo
T: 301-718-0550
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description: Forget the hotel-like atmosphere and focus on the good cocktails, informed service, and ambitious food.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Newton's Table An Ambitious Addition to Bethesda Dining (Full Review)

Nostos

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 8100 Boone Boulevard, Vienna, VA 22182
Neighborhood(s): Vienna
T: (703) 760-0690

Obelisk

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2029 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle, Downtown
T: 202-872-1180

PS 7's

Rating:
Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 777 I Street., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-742-8550
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description: In Penn Quarter, thinking small but coming up big.

Reviews:

Cheap Eats 2012: PS 7’s Lounge 100 Best Restaurants 2012: PS 7's Cheap Eats 2011: PS 7's 100 Best Restaurants 2010: PS7's 100 Best Restaurants 2009: PS7's

Palena (Closed)

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 3529 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
T: 202-537-9250
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description:

Frank Ruta's lusty, inventive cooking makes for one of the most superb dining experiences in the city.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Palena and Palena Café 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Palena and Palena Cafe 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Palena 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Palena and Palena Cafe 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Palena / Palena Cafe

PassionFish

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 First Look 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 11960 Democracy Dr., Reston, VA 20190
Neighborhood(s): Reston/Herndon
T: 703-230-3474
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

Jeff Tunks's latest seafood dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: PassionFish 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: PassionFish 100 Best Restaurants 2012: PassionFish 100 Best Restaurants 2011: PassionFish 100 Best Restaurants 2010: PassionFish

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1612 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
T: 202-986-8778

Plume

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1200 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-448-2322

Poste (Hotel Monaco)

Rating:
Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 555 Eighth St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-783-6060
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: A hip hotel restaurant with an ever-changing modern American menu.

Reviews:

Poste: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Poste 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Poste 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Poste 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Poste

Present

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 6678 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22042
Neighborhood(s): Falls Church
T: 703-531-1881
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

This Vietnamese restaurant aims for perfect.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Present Cheap Eats 2011: Present 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Present Cheap Eats 2010: Present 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Present

Proof

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 775 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown
T: 202-737-7663

Rasika

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 633 D St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-637-1222 | 202-466-2500

Ray's the Classics

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 8606 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Neighborhood(s): Silver Spring/Takoma Park
T: 301-588-7297
Cuisines: Steaks
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description: Ray’s the Classics conjures up a bygone era—cocktail hors d’oeuvres, big steaks and chops, retro prices—and advances a daring model for a new era of casual dining.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ray's the Classics 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Ray's the Classics Cheap Eats 2010: Ray's the Classics Lounge 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Ray's the Classics 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Ray's the Classics

Ray's the Steaks

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2300 N. Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-841-7297
Cuisines: Steaks, American
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

The Hereford and Angus beef is butchered here daily.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ray’s the Steaks 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ray’s the Steaks and Ray’s the Classics 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ray's the Steaks 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Ray's the Steaks 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Ray's the Steaks

Ray's to the Third

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1650 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209
Neighborhood(s): Arlington
T: (703) 974-7171

Red Pearl

Rating:
Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2011
Address: 10215 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, MD 21044
Neighborhood(s): Columbia
T: 410-715-6530
Cuisines: Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese, Dim Sum
Price Range: Moderate
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Kid Friendly
Description: A very good Cantonese and Szechuan menu from David Wong, a chef whose sisters own nearby Chinese restaurants.

Reviews:

Cheap Eats 2012: Red Pearl 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Red Pearl Cheap Eats 2011: Red Pearl Red Pearl (Full Review)

Restaurant Eve

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA
Neighborhood(s): Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
T: 703-706-0450

Ripple

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3417 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Cleveland Park
T: 202-244-7995

Ris

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour
Address: 2275 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
T: 202-730-2500

Ristorante Tosca

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1112 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-367-1990
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Italian
Price Range: Very expensive
Description: A streamlined Italian dining room with terrific pastas and lofty prices.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Tosca 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Tosca 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Tosca 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Tosca 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Tosca

Rogue 24

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 922 N Street (rear), Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Downtown
T: 202-408-9724

Ruan Thai

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011
Address: 11407 Amherst Ave., Wheaton, MD
Neighborhood(s): Wheaton
T: 301-942-0075

Seasonal Pantry

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1314½ Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
T: 202-713-9866

Sichuan Jin River (Formerly Sichuan Pavilion)

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2011
Address: 410 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
T: 240-403-7351

Sushi Sono

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044
Neighborhood(s): Columbia
T: 410-997-6131

Sushi Taro

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1503 17th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle, Downtown
T: 202.462.8999

Sushiko I

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2309 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Glover Park
T: 202-333-4187
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description: A sleek DC fixture for some of the freshest raw fish around.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Sushiko 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Sushiko I 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Sushi-Ko 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Sushi-Ko 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Sushi-Ko - Washington

Sushiko II - Chevy Chase

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 5455 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Neighborhood(s): Tenleytown/Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase
T: 301-961-1644

Tallula

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-778-5051
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description: A warm, wine-focused modern American dining room.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Tallula 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Tallula Tallula: Full Review 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Tallula

The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 692 Federal St, Paris, VA 20130
T: 540-592-3900

The Inn at Little Washington

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 309 Middle St., Washington, VA 22747
Neighborhood(s): Little Washington
T: 540-675-3800

The Majestic

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 911 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Neighborhood(s): Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
T: 703-837-9117

The Oval Room

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 800 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-463-8700
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description:

White House staffers flock to this bright and pretty dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Oval Room 100 Best Restaurants 2012: The Oval Room 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Oval Room 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Oval Room 100 Best Restaurants 2009: The Oval Room

The Source

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 575 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-637-6100
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, Pizza, American, Breakfast, Chinese
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available
Description:

Wolfgang Puck's Newseum dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Source The Source: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: The Source 100 Best Restaurants 2011: The Source The Needle: The Source Lounge

Trummer's on Main

Rating:
Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 7134 Main St. , Clifton, VA 20124
T: 703-266-1623
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Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Chef Clayton Miller’s résumé includes a stint at the French Laundry.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Trummer’s on Main Trummer’s on Main: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Trummer's on Main 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Trummer's on Main 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Trummer's on Main

Vermilion

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1120 King St. , Alexandria, VA 22314
Neighborhood(s): Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
T: 703-684-9669
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

Modern-American flavor in Old Town.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Vermilion 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Vermilion Vermilion: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Vermilion 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Vermilion

Vidalia

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1990 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle, Downtown
T: 202-659-1990
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Southern, Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Vidalia 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Vidalia 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Vidalia 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Vidalia 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Vidalia

Volt

Rating:
Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 228 North Market St., Frederick, MD 21701
Neighborhood(s): Frederick
T: 301-696-8658
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Bryan Voltaggio's elegantly minimalist brownstone restaurant.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Volt Volt: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Volt 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Volt 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Volt

Woodberry Kitchen

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 2010 Clipper Park Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211
Neighborhood(s): Baltimore
T: 410-464-8000

Zaytinya

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 701 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-638-0800
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Turkish, Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates, Lebanese, Greek/Mediterranean
Price Range: Moderate

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 34 Zaytinya 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Zaytinya 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Zaytinya 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Zaytinya The Needle: June 2011
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