100 Best Restaurants 2010: Westend Bistro
No. 67: Westend Bistro
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 1, 2010
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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.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: N/A
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

Cuisine: This outpost of chef Eric Ripert’s empire benefits from the spending power of its peripatetic culinary master. Among the new wave of casually elegant restaurants to hit DC, this byline bistro has evolved and now speaks with a bit of a Southern accent, with fried okra and shrimp ’n’ grits joining salmon rillettes and tuna tartare.

Mood: The slick room fades into the background, making this a surprisingly versatile choice for special occasions, dates, and business meetings. It’s neither hushed nor lively but something in between.

Best for: Happy hour at the U-shaped bar; dinner with friends, especially on the small patio in warmer months.

Best dishes: A buttery tuna carpaccio sprinkled with chives; a pot of rich salmon rillettes; a homey 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.

Insider tips: Desserts are a weak spot—the best of the recent bunch were the corn madeleines and the ginger parfait. And although the menu changes seasonally, the Web site fails to keep pace with those changes, making advance planning difficult.

Service: ••½

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

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