100 Best Restaurants 2012: Brasserie Beck
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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Brasserie Beck
Address: 1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-408-1717
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, Belgian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM, and Sunday 11:30 AM to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center, McPherson Square
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Lamb sausage with lentils; pea soup with veal-cheek meatballs; frites with three mayos; mushrooms and spaetzle with a poached egg; coq au vin; snails; black-currant-and-fig clafoutis.


Robert Wiedmaier's Belgian brasserie and beer hall is a multipurpose space--great for blowing off steam with coworkers, downing platters of oysters and pints of beer (the menu is as thick as the best wine lists), enjoying a hearty meal or a leisurely weekend brunch.

Servers cross the dining room with the hurried purpose of commuters at rush hour while diners gamely attack gargantuan plates of food. Belgian cuisine is more robust than French and more blue-collar: It emphasizes the slow braise over the composed plate, fortifies its sauces with beer as often as with wine, and turns up its ruddy nose at seasonality.

What to get: Steak tartare; either of the raw-bar towers with lobster, oysters, shrimp, mussels, and clams; mussels steamed in white wine and garlic or drenched in veal Bolognese; duck cassoulet with white-bean ragoƻt; lamb pappardelle; pear tarte Tatin.

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

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