515 15th St., NW
Washington, DC 20004
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, Breakfast, American
Open daily for breakfast from 7 AM to 10:30 AM; open daily for lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM; open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM; open for brunch Saturday and Sunday noon to 2:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Metro Center
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Oysters on the half shell; corn ravioli with basil purée; seared tilefish; fried calamari; crabcake and burger; poached peach with pistachio ice cream and Champagne sabayon; molten chocolate cake.
Starters, $9 to $17; entrées, $17 to $49.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene: Food Specials, Outdoor Seating
Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.
J&G stands for Jean-Georges, as in Vongerichten, the French master chef with restaurants around the globe—which tells you much of what you need to know about this high-toned venture in DC’s W Hotel. Porterhouses and T-bones are properly hefty and full of savor, but most of the menu emphasizes fish, seafood, and pasta and reflects a house style perfected over two-plus decades and 28 restaurants: light in its execution, clean in its saucing, and with unmistakable Asian overtones.
The fried calamari are perfectly rendered, and even a less virtuosic dish of seared cod, punched up with chili sauce and swirled with basil oil, is rewarding. Service, superior when the restaurant opened last year, has devolved from pampering attentiveness to efficient professionalism. The cooking, too, has lost some of its edge—the exactitude that distinguished its straightforward plates is missing from many today. Like a phenom turned vet, J&G has aged: The fastball isn’t as blazing, but most nights it’s plenty potent.
Also good: West Coast oysters on the half shell; salmon tartare; glazed short ribs with grits; molten chocolate cake; Grand Marnier soufflé.
Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Expensive.