100 Best Restaurants 2011: Montmartre
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Address: 327 Seventh St., SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-544-1244
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southeast
Cuisines: French
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Eastern Market
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Mussels with chorizo or shallots and cream; chestnut soup; duck pâté with Armagnac (a special); roasted-eggplant mousse; braised rabbit with linguine; seafood pot au feu; hanger steak with red-wine sauce; floating island; fruit tarts.

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

This cozy Capitol Hill restaurant, a dead ringer for a Parisian bistro, is unapologetically untrendy: Tomato gazpacho is served in winter, braised rabbit in summer. Like its European counterparts, the kitchen puts out very good food for great value: You could make a meal out of a $9 bowl of steamed mussels with white-wine broth.

The decor features butter-yellow walls, Le Chat Noir–style posters, and pine tables and chairs. The place is exactly what it wants to be: a neighborhood restaurant as nice for an intimate date as it is for an animated group of friends.

Also good: Puréed eggplant with olives, pine nuts, and raw shallots; hanger steak with sautéed potatoes and red-wine sauce; cod in a broth with tomatoes, leeks, and chorizo; lemon and berry tarts; floating island.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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