DC Coast
Jeff Tunks's plush, bustling dining room picks up flavors from the Chesapeake Bay to the Pacific Rim.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 12, 2006
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DC Coast
Address: 1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-216-5988
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 PM to 10:30, Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11, and Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Farragut North
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $7 to $14; entrees, $13 to $18. Dinner appetizers, $7 to $45; entrees, $19 to $28.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Good for Groups
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4 PM to 7 PM, Saturday and Sunday all night.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

From January 2006 100 Very Best Restaurants

THE SCENE. Jeff Tunks's first restaurant, a striking art deco setting for the cooking of the Chesapeake, Gulf Coast, and Pacific Rim, is the favored lunch and happy-hour destination of the K Street crowd and a hot spot for touring celebrities. The giant, tipped mirrors behind the bar make it possible to keep tabs on who's coming and going from almost any vantage point.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. The unpretentious sophistication of the service and the atmosphere, the dependably good cooking, and pastry chef David Guas's frequently witty desserts.

WHAT YOU WON'T. Getting a table at peak dining hours can be difficult. And sometimes dishes are big and pretty instead of delicious.

BEST DISHES. Wonderful Louisiana-style seafood gumbo; crispy fried oysters; a chile relleno packed with goat cheese and wild mushrooms; Tunks's signature Chinese-style smoked lobster, aromatic and juicy; a whole striped bass with garlic-soy dipping sauce; buttermilk beignets with a delicious café au lait crème brûlée.

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