100 Best Restaurants 2012: 701
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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Address: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-393-0701
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 3:30 and 5 to 10:30, Friday through Saturday 11 to 3:30 and 5 to 11, and Sunday 5 to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Clam chowder with gnocchi and prosciutto; steak tartare topped with a chilled hollandaise “yolk”; spinach salad with bacon and goat cheese; seared halibut; a Spain-inspired branzino with Serrano ham and olives; custardy banana ice cream.
Price Details: Starters $9 to $17, entreés $20 to $34.


With its pale-blue leather chairs, rounded booths, and live piano, this supper-clubby spot is one of the most pleasant places in restaurateur Ashok Bajaj's portfolio. Its location, in view of the Capitol, means the dining room is often populated with power players. But the cozy bar, which stirs a mean dried-fruit Manhattan, attracts a crowd of off-the-clock thirtysomethings, Verizon Center-goers, and tourists. Chef Ed Witt keeps the essence of his menu intact throughout the year, making seasonal tweaks. His elegant pastas and well-prepared meats are big draws.

What to get: Smoky deviled eggs; fig-and-arugula salad with guanciale and vanilla vinaigrette; chestnut-squash ravioli; smoked trout; fig-and-almond tart; rosemary-apple beignets; raspberry-gimlet and pear-and-beer cocktails.

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

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