2029 P St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Open Tuesday through Saturday 6 PM to 9:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
A rich, brothy bowl of guinea-hen raviolini with poached egg; a pork chop marinated in grape must; sorbets and ice creams.
Five-course menu, $72.
With the closure of the excellent Eola, it remains up to Obelisk to hold down the high-end culinary fort for the stretch of P Street from Dupont Circle to Georgetown. A longtime favorite for anniversaries and power meals, Peter Pastan’s 27-year-old rowhouse Italian spot continues to impress with an array of antipasti that might include house-made burrata, an ethereal wonder that’s impossible to stop eating. Pastas, too, remain exceptional. At a recent dinner, gnocchi in creamy Gorgonzola sauce tasted light and restrained despite the rich ingredients. Entrées, however, were about as exciting as the sedate dining room. We were bored by a fat-laden grilled pork chop, which felt like out-of-place overkill after such delicate but substantial early courses.
Open: Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.
Don’t Miss: The five-course menu changes daily, but highlights have included eggplant ravioli; swordfish with salsa verde; apple tart; and chocolate cake.