Tabard Inn
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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
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Dupont Circle
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Main dish $23-$33

From January 2006 100 Very Best Restaurants

THE SCENE. One of the few spots in the city where people are inclined to let their hair down is in this tucked-away townhouse that boasts a fireplace, a museum's worth of bric-a-brac, and a cozy but spirited dining room equally accommodating to couples out for a romantic dinner or groups of coworkers letting off a little steam after hours. Official Washington seems far, far away.

. The kitchen, a proving ground for many bright culinary lights in its 88 years--Pedro Matamoros is the latest--goes out of its way to sweat the details, from developing a relationship with a local oyster purveyor to embroidering a simple steak dinner with a creamy marrow flan to rolling its own pastas. Few brunches are more worth setting aside time for--don't miss the house-made doughnuts.

. The vaunted coziness can become cloying as you find yourself in the midst of conversations on either side of you; service that aims to be unobtrusive can turn neglectful, particularly at peak hours; and the prices push dining here beyond every-so-often into the realm of the special occasion, which is more than it can reliably deliver.

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