Restaurant Reviews Archive

Restaurant Review: Centrolina

Reviewed By Todd Kliman August 27, 2015
At CityCenter's stylish new restaurant, the Italian dishes are beautifully presented. If only they were more dependably delicious. more

Restaurant Review: All Set

Reviewed By Todd Kliman August 19, 2015
An ambitious seafood restaurant wants to prove that a fine-dining place can stay afloat in Silver Spring. more

Restaurant Review: Clarity

Reviewed By Todd Kliman August 12, 2015
Jon Krinn was once known for elaborate tasting menus. His new place goes more casual (but keeps the foie gras). more

Restaurant Review: Bar Civita

Reviewed By Ann Limpert August 3, 2015
At his new restaurant, Liam LaCivita makes his own cheese, charcuterie, and pasta. Not to mention the art on the walls. more

Restaurant Review: Maketto

Reviewed By Ann Limpert July 30, 2015
Want some Asian fried chicken with those $300 sneakers? The culinary and commercial pleasures of Erik Bruner-Yang’s Maketto. more

Restaurant Review: Tazza Kitchen

Reviewed By Todd Kliman July 24, 2015
Tazza Kitchen, part of a Richmond chain, proves that crowd-pleasing doesn’t have to feel corporate. more

Restaurant Review: Preserve

Reviewed By Todd Kliman July 20, 2015
On Annapolis’s Main Street, Michelle and Jeremy Hoffman have created a place with big-city ambition more

Restaurant Review: Taqueria el Mexicano

Reviewed By Todd Kliman May 21, 2015
At Hyattsville’s Taqueria el Mexicano, Bernardo and Clara Vargas prove they’re masters of mole. more

Restaurant Review: The Alley Light

Reviewed By Todd Kliman May 19, 2015
This restaurant is putting Charlottesville on the culinary map. more

Restaurant Review: Chez Billy Sud

Reviewed By Ann Limpert May 13, 2015
With Chez Billy Sud, the Hilton brothers have created a gorgeous little Georgetown dining room. Sometimes, the bistro fare lives up to the setting. more

Restaurant Review: Hunan Taste

Reviewed By Todd Kliman April 14, 2015
Uncommonly elegant Chinese creations—witness the Divine Incense Mint Pork—are the draw at this refined Fairfax eatery. more

Restaurant Review: China Chilcano

Reviewed By Ann Limpert April 6, 2015
The latest from José Andrés celebrates the Chinese and Japanese influences on Peruvian cuisine. more

Restaurant Review: Thip Khao

Reviewed By Todd Kliman April 1, 2015
Bangkok Golden chef/owner Seng Luangrath expands to Columbia Heights while staying true to the fiery flavors of her native Laos. more

Full Review: True Food Kitchen

Reviewed By Anna Spiegel February 18, 2015
Dr. Andrew Weil’s Fairfax cafe cooks up health-minded fare for those who love food as much as they care about their waistlines. more

Full Review: City Perch

Reviewed By Ann Limpert February 12, 2015
It’s all about breads and sugary treats—rather than many of the savory dishes that come in between—at North Bethesda’s new restaurant. more

Full Review: Crane & Turtle

Reviewed By Todd Kliman February 6, 2015
Daring flavor combinations make Crane & Turtle one of DC’s most interesting places to eat. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 100 Bourbon Steak Lounge

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 13, 2015
Michael Mina’s big-ticket dining room in the Four Seasons Hotel... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 99 BlackSalt

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 13, 2015
Things don’t change much at this narrow seafood dining room... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 98 Compass Rose

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 13, 2015
This restaurant, which celebrates street food from places as varied... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 97 The Fainting Goat

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 13, 2015
While gastropubs are no longer the hot dining trend, this... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 96 Westend Bistro

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 13, 2015
Salmon cooked to a tender medium. Plump mussels. Fish seared... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 95 Rus Uz

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
The name only sounds as if it were invented by... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 94 Montmartre

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
This Eastern Market bistro has made our list so many... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 93 Kaz Sushi Bistro

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Chef Kaz Okochi’s Foggy Bottom sushi spot has been around... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 92 Béarnaise

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Spike Mendelsohn’s ode to the Parisian bistro lies on the... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 91 Ris

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Ris Lacoste eschews the hallmarks of the 21st-century restaurant interior—there’s... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 70 The Partisan

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
The lighting is soft, the music low, the vibe sophisticated—but... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 90 Et Voila!

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
There are more imaginative restaurants than this storefront charmer in... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 69 Saba

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
We know you’ve probably eaten a lot of rice in... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 68 Nostos

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
This Tysons dining room bypasses Greek-restaurant tropes—ropes of garlic, blue-and-white... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 89 Cava Mezze

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Much has changed in the eight years since founders Ike... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 67 L'Auberge Chez François and Jacques' Brasserie

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
This gingerbread-like cottage isn’t for everyone: Lovers of minimalism and... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 66 Toki Underground

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Even in its third year, Erik Bruner-Yang’s ramen spot attracts... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 65 La Limeña

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
A resort hotel with a view of the water can... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 64 The Majestic

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
There’s a reason you don’t see more high-end diners. It’s... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 63 Kogiya

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Virginia’s Koreatown boasts no shortage of barbecue, but this hip,... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 62 Doi Moi

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
For its first few months, this white-on-white dining room felt... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 61 Poste

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
With the arrival of Kyoo Eom, who joins the kitchen... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 60 Ethiopic

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
There’s no end, it seems, to the number of restaurants... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 88 Petit Louis Bistro

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
The southernmost satellite in the six-outpost empire of Baltimore restaurateurs... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 59 G by Mike Isabella

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Unless you have a nonna who wants nothing more than... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 87 Republic

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Jeff and Barbara Black, the restaurateurs behind such hits as... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 58 Brasserie Beck

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Belgian-born chef Robert Wiedmaier returns to his roots at these... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 86 Liberty Tavern

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
This Clarendon bistro was at the forefront of the upscaled-downscale... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 57 Lupo Verde

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
On the restaurant menus of the last decade, charcuterie and... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 85 Sushiko

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
This longtimer—the first sushi bar in Washington when it originally... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 56 Ripple

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Some restaurants you go to once a year; others are... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 84 Rappahannock Oyster Bar

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Picture it: a late afternoon, too early for dinner, too... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 55 Aggio

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Even if this restaurant within a restaurant didn’t have a... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 54 Water & Wall

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
It’s a sad fact: Most restaurants don’t improve, and this... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 83 Johnny’s Half Shell

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
In a just world, Ann Cashion’s ode to the cooking... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 53 Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Jeff and Barbara Black’s most laid-back dining room (they own... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 52 Ocopa

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
The unlikeliest hit of the year was this Peruvian newcomer,... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 51 Passage to India

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Twangy sitar music and exotic aromas add to the allure... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 82 DBGB Kitchen and Bar

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
The long-awaited arrival of New York chef Daniel Boulud has... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 50 Iron Gate

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Michael Babin—the restaurateur behind places like Birch & Barley and... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 49 Ruan Thai

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Everybody’s got a favorite neighborhood Thai joint. So what exactly... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 48 Etto

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Among the first things you’ll notice when you walk into... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 81 Rogue 24

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
You don’t come here to dine; you come for the... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 80 Tico

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
A graffiti-scrawled pan-Latin dining room is not the first place... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 79 Ghibellina

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
During the great restaurant boom of 2013—when 20-plus restaurants opened... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 78 Birch & Barley

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
It wasn’t so long ago that when you were deciding... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 24 Kapnos

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Mike Isabella channels the spirit of a Greek Easter feast... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 23 Estadio

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Pork belly has been maligned and mishandled over the last... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 22 The Inn at Little Washington

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
How in the world has our number-one-ranked restaurant for the... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 21 Woodberry Kitchen

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Spike Gjerde’s locavore destination, our favorite reason to head to... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 20 Marcel's

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Here’s why you want to book a table for your... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 19 Izakaya Seki

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
At many sushi restaurants, the cooked is given short shrift... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 18 Plume

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Many restaurants eschew pampering in favor of edginess or just... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 17 Mintwood Place

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
The origins of Cedric Maupillier’s whimsical, winking style can easily... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 15 Central Michel Richard

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 12, 2015
Sightings of chef Michel Richard are rare these days, but... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 47 Rice Paper

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
The big news is that the service has improved—the genial... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 46 Sushi Taro

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
The second-floor dining room is as hushed as a day... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 45 Cashion's Eat Place

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
One of the biggest pitfalls of taking the small-plates route... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 44 Sushi Sono

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Yes, we know it might be a long drive up... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 43 Green Pig Bistro

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Owner Scot Harlan and chef de cuisine Pierre Saussy may... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 14 Le Diplomate

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Stephen Starr’s smoky-mirrored Francophile fantasy of a corner brasserie was... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 40 Bangkok Golden

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Remember this name: Seng Luangrath. You’ll be hearing a lot... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 39 Corduroy

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
In a neighborhood bustling with newcomers—including this rowhouse restaurant’s more... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 38 Daikaya

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
The ramen craze of the last decade has dovetailed with... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 37 The Bombay Club

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Loungey piano trills give Ashok Bajaj’s sophisticated Indian restaurant a... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 36 Baby Wale

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
The pairing is delightful, completely unexpected, oddly enthralling. No, not... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 13 Casa Luca

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
The most casual operation in chef Fabio Trabocchi’s portfolio, this... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 35 Gypsy Soul

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
The glorified shopping mall that is the Mosaic district is... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 34 Zaytinya

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
More than ten years on, the space—a soaring vision in... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 12 Del Campo

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Victor Albisu sets fire to just about everything he can... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 33 Osteria Morini

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Washington has become well-trod territory for out-of-town chefs looking to... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 32 Crane & Turtle

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Paul Ruppert is the name behind the late, lamented Ruppert’s... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 31 2 Amys

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
A plate of roasted red and yellow peppers striped with... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 30 DGS Delicatessen

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Maybe it’s time to stop thinking of this deli as... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 29 Table

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
The closing of his Penn Quarter restaurant, Menu MBK, was... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 11 Seasonal Pantry

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Alternative dining experiences—pop-ups, secret destinations, guest-chef dinners—may be the trend... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 28 Obelisk

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Peter Pastan’s 28-year-old temple of regional Italian cuisine is still... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 27 Jaleo

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
It’s now common to get Thai, Indian, or even Serbian... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 26 Sushi Capitol

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
For nearly two decades, Minoru Ogawa oversaw sushi operations at... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 25 Thai Taste by Kob

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Kob is the nickname of chef Phak Duangchandr—and trust us,... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 10 Vin 909 Winecafé

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 11, 2015
Some folks are probably wondering how on earth a bungalow... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 77 Bar Pilar

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 9, 2015
Lest you think this oft-crowded spot is just for cocktails... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 76 Trapezaria

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 9, 2015
So many restaurants style themselves as throwbacks, as if to... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 75 Restaurant Eve

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 9, 2015
Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong’s plush dining room marries the farm-to-table... more