701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 3 and 5 to 10:30, Friday 11 to 3:30 and 5 to 11, Saturday 5 to 11, and Sunday 5 to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Clam chowder with gnocchi and prosciutto; steak tartare topped with a chilled hollandaise “yolk”; spinach salad with bacon and goat cheese; seared halibut; a Spain-inspired branzino with Serrano ham and olives; custardy banana ice cream.
Starters $9 to $17, entreés $20 to $34.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Scene: Outdoor Seating, Upscale
Happy Hour Details:
3 to 7 PM.
Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
With its pale-blue leather chairs, rounded booths, and live piano, this supper-clubby spot is one of the most pleasant places in restaurateur Ashok Bajaj's portfolio. Its location, in view of the Capitol, means the dining room is often populated with power players. But the cozy bar, which stirs a mean dried-fruit Manhattan, attracts a crowd of off-the-clock thirtysomethings, Verizon Center-goers, and tourists. Chef Ed Witt keeps the essence of his menu intact throughout the year, making seasonal tweaks. His elegant pastas and well-prepared meats are big draws.
What to get: Smoky deviled eggs; fig-and-arugula salad with guanciale and vanilla vinaigrette; chestnut-squash ravioli; smoked trout; fig-and-almond tart; rosemary-apple beignets; raspberry-gimlet and pear-and-beer cocktails.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Expensive.