2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Open for lunch Sunday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU, Farragut North
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Ipswich clams; oysters on the half shell; any of the rotating list of chowders; crabcake; a filet of cod topped with crab imperial and sided with spoonbread; skate wing, either pan-seared or crusted; apple tarte Tatin.
Dinner entrees, $26 to $30.
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The downstairs bar at Bob Kinkead’s Foggy Bottom seafood place is a rollicking spot for a quick bite to the tune of a jazz pianist and the chatter of a genial bartender. Upstairs, the mood is more serious, better suited to a business dinner or quiet night out. Anywhere you sit, the menu pays homage to Kinkead’s New England roots, with the city’s best fried Ipswich clams and a reliable clam chowder; the lobster roll, however, is usually stuffed with too-salty, minced meat.
Beyond that, Kinkead lets loose. You could go from a delicately chopped tuna tartare over sushi rice to pepita-crusted salmon to a bowl of mussels in a bouillabaisse broth with aïoli-slathered toasts. Pastas, such as pumpkin ravioli with brown butter—even a lobster-based riff on carbonara in which spaghetti squash stands in for noodles—tend to be very heavy.
Also good: Roasted-pear salad with Gorgonzola and endive; crabcakes with corn relish; West Coast oysters from the raw bar; cod topped with crab imperial; trio of lemon desserts with pudding cake, chiboust, and lemon meringue tart.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Very expensive.