100 Best Restaurants 2012: J&G Steakhouse
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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J&G Steakhouse
Address: 515 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-661-2440
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, Breakfast, American
Opening Hours: Open for breakfast Monday through Friday 7 to 10:30; Saturday and Sunday 8 to 11. Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:45 to 2:30. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5 to 11. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:45 t
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Metro Center
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Oysters on the half shell; corn ravioli with basil purée; seared tilefish; fried calamari; crabcake and burger; poached peach with pistachio ice cream and Champagne sabayon; molten chocolate cake.
Price Details: Starters $8 to $19, entrées $22 to $58.


Palates tired of butter, bacon, and cream will find relief at the Washington satellite of famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's global empire. The kitchen relies on brighter flavors such as grapefruit, lime, chilies, and miso.

Don't be put off by the Lewis Carroll-on-acid hotel lounge that fronts the restaurant. With cream-painted walls, soaring windows, and crimson velvet banquettes, J&G is one of the most elegant rooms in town. It couldn't feel less like the typical boys'-club steakhouse, and cuts of beef are only a small part of the menu.

What to get: Parsnip soup with coconut foam; fried calamari with yuzu mayonnaise; salmon tartare with avocado; rare tuna rolled in crunchy puffs of rice; oversize crabcake with grapefruit and ginger; lobster with green chilies and ginger; Akaushi (a breed of Wagyu) strip steak with soy-miso mustard; molten chocolate cake; salted-caramel sundae.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Expensive.

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