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Restaurant Reviews Archive

Restaurant Review: Daniel Boulud's DBGB

Reviewed By Todd Kliman November 24, 2014
Boulud is the latest big-name chef to open a place in Washington. But his stodgy CityCenterDC bistro could use a jolt of New York energy. more

Dining on a Shoestring: Pop’s SeaBar

Reviewed By Ann Limpert November 5, 2014
Pop’s SeaBar brings a little Jersey Shore—in the form of seafood baskets, not Snooki—to Adams Morgan. more

Restaurant Review: Saba

Reviewed By Todd Kliman November 3, 2014
Learn about the many pleasures of Yemeni cuisine (that rice!) at Saba, hidden in a Fairfax strip mall. more

Restaurant Review: Ocopa

Reviewed By Todd Kliman October 30, 2014
At Ocopa, Carlos Delgado wows with his masterful ceviches and Peruvian potato dishes. more

Restaurant Review: Ananda's Farm-to-Tandoor Cooking

Reviewed By Todd Kliman October 29, 2014
The food at Ananda is as impressive as the sumptuous surroundings. more

Restaurant Review: Gypsy Soul

Reviewed By Todd Kliman October 16, 2014
Chef/owner RJ Cooper puts down the tweezers and gets back to his pork-loving, deep-frying roots. more

Restaurant Review: NaiNai’s Noodle & Dumpling Bar

Reviewed By Todd Kliman October 9, 2014
A quick-serve spot in Silver Spring cares about the details, offering hand-pulled noodles and cold DC Brau. more

Restaurant Review: Rural Society

Reviewed By Ann Limpert October 6, 2014
In a downtown DC hotel, Philly chef Jose Garces gives the Argentinean steakhouse a starched-linen makeover more

Tico: All Over the Map

Reviewed By Ann Limpert September 9, 2014
Chef Michael Schlow dabbles in flavors that run from Mexico to Spain to the States. (BLT taco, anyone?) more

Dining on a Shoestring: Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls

Reviewed By Todd Kliman September 8, 2014
A snug Annapolis seafood place does the classic New England lobster sandwich proud. more

Bistro 7107: Hungry for More

Reviewed By Todd Kliman September 3, 2014
In Arlington, Bistro 7107 showcases the hearty pork-obsessed cuisine of the Philippines. more

America Eats Tavern: Bigger But Not Better

Reviewed By Todd Kliman August 26, 2014
At America Eats Tavern in Tysons, José Andrés ditches the small plates—and much of the bold creativity. more

Dining on a Shoestring: Café Rue

Reviewed By Todd Kliman August 11, 2014
Cole Whaley does it all at his snug Beltsville restaurant—including some really good cooking. more

Punjabi Junction: Like it Hot?

Reviewed By Todd Kliman August 7, 2014
Then get yourself to Punjabi Junction, an Indian kitchen that doesn’t stint on chilies and spice. more

Sushi Capitol: Raw Talent

Reviewed By Todd Kliman August 5, 2014
Sushi Capitol might look like an everyday sushi stop—but chef Minoru Ogawa has grander ambitions. more

Macon Bistro & Larder: Southern Comfort

Reviewed By Ann Limpert July 28, 2014
Macon Bistro & Larder brings heirloom recipes and down-home cooking to Chevy Chase DC. more

Namaste: Hidden Pleasures

Reviewed By Todd Kliman July 7, 2014
In Alexandria, Namaste serves Indian standards—but it's the Nepalese dishes that are worth seeking out. more

Petit Louis Bistro: The Old-Fashioned Way (Restaurant Review)

Reviewed By Todd Kliman July 2, 2014
In Columbia, Petit Louis channels a classic French bistro with charm—and sometimes strong cooking. more

Roofers Union: Aiming High—And Low

Reviewed By Ann Limpert July 1, 2014
In Adams Morgan, Roofers Union tries to please food lovers and boozehounds alike. more

Fiola Mare: Star of the Sea

Reviewed By Todd Kliman June 30, 2014
A great restaurant with a great view? It’s true. Fabio Trabocchi makes a splash with Fiola Mare. more

Dining on a Shoestring: Sibarita

Reviewed By Todd Kliman May 20, 2014
In Arlington, Sibarita serves up generous helpings of hearty Bolivian fare. more

Quick Takes: Mussel Bar & Grille

Reviewed By Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel May 13, 2014
We try out some moules frites in Ballston. more

Quick Takes: Donburi

Reviewed By Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel May 13, 2014
We check out Japanese rice bowls in Adams Morgan. more

Quick Takes: Gringos & Mariachis

Reviewed By Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel May 13, 2014
We sample terrific tacos in Bethesda. more

Fire It Up: Thai Taste by Kob (Restaurant Review)

Reviewed By Todd Kliman May 9, 2014
Heat-seekers will savor the spicy cooking at Wheaton’s Thai Taste by Kob. more

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab: South Beach Comes to DC (Restaurant Review)

Reviewed By Ann Limpert May 8, 2014
A Miami destination for stone crabs and Key-lime pie is reimagined in a former downtown DC bank. more

Greek Rush: Trapezaria (Restaurant Review)

Reviewed By Todd Kliman May 5, 2014
The convivial Rockville restaurant Trapezaria is nearly as transportive as a ticket to Athens. more

Quick Takes: Ya Hala

Reviewed By Todd Kliman March 6, 2014
Checking in on a Lebanese cafe in Vienna. more

Quick Takes: Water & Wall

Reviewed By Todd Kliman March 5, 2014
We check in on chef Tim Ma's second restaurant. more

Quick Takes: Urban Butcher

Reviewed By Todd Kliman March 5, 2014
Checking in on a Silver Spring butcher shop. more

Quick Takes: Doi Moi

Reviewed By Todd Kliman March 4, 2014
Checking in on the sleek Southeast Asian small-plates place. more

Quick Takes: Barcelona

Reviewed By Todd Kliman February 27, 2014
Checking in on the 14th Street tapas spot. more

Republic: Tastes Familiar

Reviewed By Todd Kliman February 27, 2014
Jeff Black brings oysters, po’ boys, and other standards to Takoma Park. more

Osteria Morini: Taste of Emilia-Romagna (Restaurant Review)

Reviewed By Ann Limpert February 5, 2014
New York chef Michael White brings terrific pastas and rustic grilled meats to DC’s Navy Yard. more

Shoo-Fly Diner: No Shortcuts Here

Reviewed By Todd Kliman January 31, 2014
Spike Gjerde gussies up blue-plate classics—pass the homemade hot sauce. more

Rose’s Luxury: Hot Ticket

Reviewed By Todd Kliman January 30, 2014
Everyone’s clamoring for a taste of the around-the-world cooking at this Capitol Hill restaurant. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Lest you have sticker shock when opening a menu... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Sushi Sono

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Be prepared to spring for the good stuff at... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Source

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The presence of celebrity chefs in Washington has waned—we... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 1789

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
This history-soaked Federal-style rowhouse in Georgetown isn’t just a... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Rus Uz

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Curiosity might draw you to this Ballston restaurant, one... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ruan Thai

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Not hot enough. Too sweet. These are oft-heard laments... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Rogue 24

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The expanses of exposed brick in this gorgeously industrial... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ris

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Some chefs are more concerned with satisfying their own... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ripple

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
With punch-packing cocktails named for Beck songs and Beethoven... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Rice Paper

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Let’s get the negatives out of the way, shall... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Former Ashby Inn & Restaurant chef Tarver King mixes... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ray’s to the Third

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
To come up with anything priced comparably, you’d have... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Marcel’s

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 5 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ray’s the Steaks

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
There have been lots of shifts in the Michael... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Little Serow

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 6 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Blue Duck Tavern

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 7 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Rappahannock Oyster Bar

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Our favorite reason to visit the artisanal-food hall Union... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Proof

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 8 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The good times roll at Jeff and Barbara Black’s... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: PassionFish

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Passion Food Hospitality’s showy, white-on-white dining room in Reston... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Central Michel Richard

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 9 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Passage to India

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Some of Bethesda’s best cooking goes on in the... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Bombay Club

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 10 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Rose’s Luxury

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 11 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Oval Room

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
In the food world these days, talk of conservative... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Restaurant Eve

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 12 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Fiola

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 13 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Seasonal Pantry

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 14 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Jaleo

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 15 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Corduroy

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 16 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Obelisk

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
With the closure of the excellent Eola, it remains... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Palena and Palena Café

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 17 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Woodberry Kitchen

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 18 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Rasika and Rasika West End

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 19 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Izakaya Seki

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 20 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Mintwood Place

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 21 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Red Hen

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 22 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Estadio

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 23 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Zaytinya

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 24 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Bartlett Pear Inn

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
No. 25 on this year's list. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Nostos

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
This modern Greek restaurant is a popular lunchtime attraction... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Nopa Kitchen & Bar

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Restaurant hitmaker Ashok Bajaj’s American-style brasserie—which took over the... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Nava Thai

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Don’t be fooled by the pub-like wooden ships dotting... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Montmartre

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The arrival, last year, of chef Brian Wilson was... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Maple Ave Restaurant

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
So many restaurants are so cripplingly self-aware that from... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Makoto

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The Japanese-food scene has grown immeasurably in recent years,... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Majestic

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
There’s a special place in our hearts for well-done,... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Lyon Hall

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The most memorable thing on the menu at this... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Liberty Tavern

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The greatest rewards in dining out are generally to... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Bangkok Golden

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Nothing is hotter than Asian food at the moment,... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Baby Wale

January 28, 2014
In the wake of the gastropub era, bar food... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ayse

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Many a Greek restaurant bids to summon the spirit... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Le Diplomate

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The hottest new restaurant of the year is not... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ardeo & Bardeo

January 28, 2014
Chef and Charleston native Matt Kuhn excels at breathing... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Alegria

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
One of the best ways to begin a round... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Woodward Table

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Jeffrey Buben—the chef/restaurateur behind such power bastions as Vidalia... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Westend Bistro

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The fish burger—a panko-crusted patty on an olive-oil roll... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Vin 909 Winecafé

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Anna Lippe, Jessica Voelker, Dana Scarton January 28, 2014
The minute you step inside this charming bungalow, you’ll... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Vidalia

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Pretzel ice cream is the accessory for finely chopped... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Vermilion

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
When Tony Chittum, one of the most underrated chefs... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 2 Amys

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
These days, thin-crusted, wood-oven-fired pizza is as common around... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 2941

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
The adage “change isn’t easy” proves especially true for... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Toki Underground

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
At this tiny hipster ramen house, loyal fans sit... more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Table

Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 28, 2014
Whitewashed and sparely appointed, Frederik de Pue’s bilevel Shaw... more