Tier 1: High priority. These are restaurants that either have a distinguished RW track record or have demonstrated their excellence during the year, or both. I’d target these places first.
Tier 2: Don’t expect gastronomic fireworks from these places, but you ought to dine well.
Tier 3: If I wouldn’t include these places in my first round of calls, I wouldn’t turn away a lunch or dinner there during RW, either. And I’d expect a good, solid performance.
* You’ll notice there are no tapas or mezze spots on the list, among them Jaleo and Zaytinya; that’s because I consider those sorts of restaurants to be good values all the rest of the year—without a RW promotion.
Adour at the St. Regis Hotel
Café du Parc
Charlie Palmer Steak
Johnny’s Half Shell
The Prime Rib
Trummer’s on Main
Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert
3 Bar & Grill
Subscribe to Washingtonian
Follow Washingtonian on Twitter
Follow the Best Bites Bloggers on Twitter at twitter.com/bestbitesblog