Tabard Inn
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Tabard Inn
Address: 1739 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-331-8528
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for breakfast Monday through Friday 7 to 10; Saturday 8 to 9:45; Sunday 8 to 9:15. Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9:30; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10. Open for brunch Saturday 11 to 2
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Main dish $23-$33
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

From January 2006 100 Very Best Restaurants

THE SCENE. One of the few spots in the city where people are inclined to let their hair down is in this tucked-away townhouse that boasts a fireplace, a museum's worth of bric-a-brac, and a cozy but spirited dining room equally accommodating to couples out for a romantic dinner or groups of coworkers letting off a little steam after hours. Official Washington seems far, far away.

. The kitchen, a proving ground for many bright culinary lights in its 88 years--Pedro Matamoros is the latest--goes out of its way to sweat the details, from developing a relationship with a local oyster purveyor to embroidering a simple steak dinner with a creamy marrow flan to rolling its own pastas. Few brunches are more worth setting aside time for--don't miss the house-made doughnuts.

. The vaunted coziness can become cloying as you find yourself in the midst of conversations on either side of you; service that aims to be unobtrusive can turn neglectful, particularly at peak hours; and the prices push dining here beyond every-so-often into the realm of the special occasion, which is more than it can reliably deliver.

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