The Oval Room

800 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006


Neighborhood: Downtown

Cuisines: Modern, American

Opening Hours:
Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 3 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West

Price Range: Expensive

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Parmesan custard; foie gras brûlée over brioche; beet salad with horseradish and passionfruit gelée; cucumber soup; burrata cheese with apple; lobster over curried rice; striped bass with heirloom peppers and littleneck clams; braised short ribs.

Price Details:
Lunch appetizers, $7 to $13; entrees, $7 to $22. Dinner appetizers, $8 to $16; entrees, $16 to $32.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

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From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia


Dishes at Ashok Bajaj's pretty dining room are always elegant, but there's also a playful side to chef Tony Conte's food. Take the butternut-squash soup with . . . olives and banana? In Conte's hands, it works.

On any given night, you might encounter a Secret Service detail hanging around the front door. Patrons who don't need bodyguards still skew toward the category of power player. A private room is available on one side of the restaurant, while a smaller dining area sits behind a striped curtain.

What to get: A tiny tower of sweetbreads; pastrami-cured kampachi; Peekytoe-crab salad; fig salad with basil and ricotta; tagliatelle with mushrooms and pine shoots; crisp-skinned rockfish; scallops with crab chowder; coconut custard with lemon-lime sherbet; a hazelnut "Twix" bar.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Expensive.