2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
Cuisines: French, Belgian
Daily for dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West, Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Very expensive
Alaskan crab legs; filet of turbotin; medallions of lamb wrapped in phyllo with spinach and duxelles; boudin blanc; grape clafoutis; soufflé specials; cheese plate with honeycomb
Mood: The honey-lit dining room, which lies beyond a pair of heavy burgundy drapes, feels elegantly plush and civilized. It takes you back to a time when the only blackberries at the table were on a tart.
Best for: A dinner to dress up for; those nostalgic for the days of Rive Gauche and Sans Souci.
Best dishes: Sweet Alaskan crab legs sided with a brightly flavored crab salad; filet of turbotin (a small, flaky relative of turbot) in a delicate beurre blanc; rosy medallions of lamb wrapped in phyllo with spinach and duxelles; boudin blanc (Wiedmaier’s signature), an elegant, mousse-filled sausage; venison with a rich reduction of Carmenère wine; grape clafoutis; soufflé specials; cheese plate with honeycomb and raisins on the vine.
Insider tips: The menu offers a four-, five-, or seven-course menu, but a three-course pre-theater menu ($52) is a good deal—and when you consider the amuse-bouche, the mignardise, and the take-home madeleines, it amounts to a pretty sumptuous meal. If you’re headed to the nearby Kennedy Center, you can valet-park your car for the evening and the restaurant will arrange to have you driven to and from the theater via Mercedes; you can also opt to have your dessert after the show.
Open daily for dinner. Very expensive.