1226 36th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Cuisines: Modern, American
Open Monday through Thursday 6 to 10 PM, Friday 6 to 11 PM, Saturday 5:30 to 11 PM, and Sunday 5:30 to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
The menu changes frequently, but recent hits have been veal cheeks with bits of preserved orange over celery-root purée; broiled Gruyère-topped oysters; a rack of lamb with white beans; pork chop with cider jus; Nantucket bay scallops in any preparation;
Appetizers, $9 to $16. Entrees, $23 to $38. Three-course prix-fixe menu (served after 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and after 10 PM on weekends), $35. Three-course pre-theater menu (served weekdays before 6:45 PM), $35.
Special Features: Valet Parking Available, Party Space
The Clyde’s Restaurant Group has a well-articulated aesthetic: antique prints, wood-paneled walls, cozy nooks. Nowhere does that charm so readily as at this Georgetown restaurant. A sense of tradition runs through the dining rooms, each lined with drawings that depict gentlemen cavorting in pantaloons or frisking on horseback.
Chef Anthony Lombardo’s menu includes a few nods to modern tastes—“humanely farmed” meats, a salad of figs and trendy burrata cheese. But it mostly recalls an era when a bordelaise-soaked hunk of beef was the main event and appetizers weren’t routinely shared. While most people go to 1789 for formal dining, its tucked-away bar is great for a solo meal. Don’t miss: Mushroom crepes with butternut-squash velouté; scallops with parsnip purée and oxtail ragu; strip steak; rockfish with lobster farro; tagliatelle with crab fritters; petit gâteau of milk-chocolate cream; ice creams and sorbets.
Open: Daily for dinner. Very expensive.