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100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Westend Bistro
The dining room at Westend Bistro in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC.
Comments () | Published January 28, 2014
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Westend Bistro
Address: 1190 22 St., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-974-4900
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Moderate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tuna carpaccio sprinkled with chives; a pot of salmon rillettes; shrimp-and-bean soup; macaroni and cheese with ham and toasted bread crumbs; a golden-crusted fish burger with saffron aïoli; a filet of wild striped bass with Asian spices.
Price Details: Starters $10 to $16, Main dish $16 to $30
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

The fish burger—a panko-crusted patty on an olive-oil roll slathered with saffron aïoli—has long been the bellwether dish for the sleek-lined restaurant in the West End’s Ritz-Carlton hotel. Creator Eric Ripert severed his relationship with the bistro in 2012, but the sandwich tastes just as wonderful under the auspices of current chef Devin Bozkaya. The rest of the menu has fared well, too: Try glistening, tuna carpaccio, topped with chives and shallots and dashed with olive oil and lemon, or sweet-corn soup drizzled with cilantro oil. When nothing but homespun roast chicken will do, Bozkaya’s tender version, served over slow-cooked vegetables and a rich celery-root purée, will satisfy your craving.

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner.

Don’t Miss: Salad of mustard greens and Pink Lady apples; mac and cheese with country ham; pan-roasted duck breast with smoked honey, walnuts, and golden raisins; olive-oil/poppy-seed cake with orange cream.

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