100 Best Restaurants 2012: The Atlas Room
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Pork flat bread. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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Atlas Room
Address: 1015 H St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-388-4020
Neighborhood: H Street NE
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic, American
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Fennel risotto with cobia and radicchio marmalade; Indian-spiced beef loin with eggplant puree and curry oil; seafood chowder with marjoram.
Price Details: Starters and small plates $6 to $15, entrées $17 to $23.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible

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Think of this DC restaurant as a supper club on the cheap--a satin-curtained retreat where it's hard not to indulge in one of the well-made cocktails and where the staff seems to be taking care of you and you only. Chef/owner Matt Cordes's menu might be a mess--it organizes dishes by their proteins, groups them according to price, and encompasses a UN's worth of influences--but he and fellow chef Bobby Beard work with precision, so that even the heartiest of shared plates feels like a minor masterpiece.

What to get: Fisherman's chowder; chicken flatbread; wonton soup; duo of pork (grilled loin and braised shoulder) with apricot polenta; short-rib ravioli; grilled-vegetable gratin; lamb meatballs; chocolate-mousse cake with honey-lavender ice cream.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

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