818 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Cuisines: Modern, American
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 PM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual (jeans okay)
Noise Level: Intimate
Sweet-corn veloute; soft-shell crab in any preparation; crab springrolls; shrimp and grits; gnocchi with trumpet mushrooms; Arctic char; scallops with artichokes; macaroni and cheese.
Starters $12 to $15, entrées $28 to $34.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene: Outdoor Seating
Cuisine: Chef/owner Todd Gray has long been at the forefront of cooking with ingredients both local and organic—many of the foodstuffs on his contemporary American menu are from artisanal producers and small farms in the region.
Mood: Suits from the White House and nearby think tanks know the glass-enclosed patio is a place to see and be seen, while the dining room, in earth tones with antiques and oversize vases of flowers, is a snug spot for serious powwows.
Best for: A client lunch or dinner.
Best dishes: Sweet-pepper salad with capers and honey balsamic vinegar; kabocha-squash soup with pancetta and pumpkin seeds; salty panko-crusted skate wing with sweet parsnip purée; egg fettuccine with shaved Alba truffles and forest mushrooms; “cassoulet,” lamb three ways; house-made sorbets including blood orange and pineapple.
Insider tips: Gray has a way with vegetables, salads, and sides, which show produce and artisanal ingredients to best advantage. Even in the deconstructed coq au vin, the vegetables steal the show.