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100 Best Restaurants 2008: Tabard Inn
No. 87: Tabard Inn
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
100 Best Restaurants (2011)

Tabard Inn
Address: 1739 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-331-8528
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for breakfast Monday through Friday 7 to 10; Saturday 8 to 9:45; Sunday 8 to 9:15. Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9:30; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10. Open for brunch Saturday 11 to 2
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Main dish $23-$33
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

Cuisine: Like his predecessors in this long-running kitchen, chef Paul Pelt makes his own pastas, terrines, and charcuterie and smokes his own fish. Fresh accents such as fried green tomatoes and ponzu sauce push the mod-American menu in new directions, while veteran pastry chef Huw Griffiths’s cobblers and ice creams remain rewarding as always.

Mood: Deco-inspired and as dark as a bordello, this Dupont Circle inn looks like something out of a Wes Anderson flick. But during the day, sun streams into the dining room, and in warm weather the patio is the prettiest place of all.

Best for: Center-city dwellers looking for a mini-escape, rumpled hipsters and their parents.

Best dishes: House-made charcuterie; smoked sablefish with lemony vinaigrette; sea scallops atop squid-ink black tagliarini with chili flakes; braised pork cheek next to pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon; freshly fried doughnuts at brunch; blackberry crème brûlée; roasted-banana ice cream.

Insider tips: In winter, the firelit parlor is one of the city’s lovelier spots for a cocktail. Want the Tabard’s famous weekend brunch? Make a reservation: Walk-ins can wait up to two hours.

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