100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bourbon Steak
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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Bourbon Steak
Address: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-944-2026
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 6 to 10 PM, Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10:30, and Sunday 6 to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Spice-poached-shrimp cocktail; chilled lobster with yuzu; classic wedge salad; tuna tartare; creamy shrimp Louis; pan-roasted chicken with mac and cheese, a Trump-style TV dinner; garlic-and-chive pierogi; boozy butterscotch pot de crème made with 18-year
Price Details: Starters $12 to $25, entrées $29 to $145.


Steak is almost beside the point at Michael Mina's Georgetown eatery. (The San Francisco-based chef has 19 other restaurants around the US.) Mina's executive chef, Adam Sobel, cuts a wide swath across cultures, making for more eclectic eating than typical steakhouse fare. The main dining room is bright and noisy, the smaller annex cozier. Tables are covered in leather, and there's the whiff of money in the crowd of politicos, Georgetown old guard, and flashy singles at the bar.

What to get: Free truffle rolls; ahi-tuna tartare with ancho chili; foie gras spaetzle with chicken liver and fried egg; veal schnitzel with brown butter; lobster pot pie; the lounge's pork "cupcake," smoked pork embedded in a cheddar-scallion biscuit; prime-steak burger; cheeses, such as robiola fresca and Le Brenton Blu, made in-house by pastry chef Brenton Balika; butterscotch pot de crème; chocolate-coconut candy bar.

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

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