1226 36th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Cuisines: Modern, American
Open Monday through Thursday 6 to 10 PM, Friday 6 to 11 PM, Saturday 5:30 to 11 PM, and Sunday 5:30 to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
The menu changes frequently, but recent hits have been veal cheeks with bits of preserved orange over celery-root purée; broiled Gruyère-topped oysters; a rack of lamb with white beans; pork chop with cider jus; Nantucket bay scallops in any preparation;
Appetizers, $9 to $16. Entrees, $23 to $38. Three-course prix-fixe menu (served after 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and after 10 PM on weekends), $35. Three-course pre-theater menu (served weekdays before 6:45 PM), $35.
Special Features: Valet Parking Available, Party Space
Cuisine: Two years after taking over from longtime chef Ris Lacoste, Nathan Beauchamp is upholding tradition—there’s Waldorf salad, veal with Madeira sauce, that famous rack of lamb—while keeping his larder stocked with surprises, from huckleberries to Spanish chorizo to carnaroli rice.
Mood: Georgetown students on their parents’ dime and moneyed elders as well preserved as the primrose-patterned Limoges china occupy two floors of intimate dining rooms done up with Civil War–era prints and antique maps.
Best for: Holiday dinners and golden anniversaries.
Best dishes: Super-sweet Nantucket bay scallops, in season until March, with lemon, chervil, and florets of cauliflower; mahogany clams steamed with fiery chorizo and shallots; sweet-potato soup made thick with creamed peanuts; rare, pepper-crusted venison with huckleberries and sweet-potato gratin; grilled sea scallops over green lentils; a sourdough Belgian waffle with raw figs and whipped mascarpone.
Insider tips: Unless you’re seated at one of the prime tables around the downstairs fireplace, dress warmly—the 19th-century Federal-style house can get drafty. A $35 early-bird and late-night menu gives you a limited choice of two appetizers and entrées plus a dessert, but the centerpieces—the roasted chicken and grilled scallops—would be worth ordering even without the special. Another perk: free valet parking.