100 Best Restaurants 2010: 2941

No. 6: 2941

Cuisine: Chef Bertrand Chemel, who left Manhattan’s esteemed Café Boulud two years ago to command the kitchen at this destination restaurant, creates rich, rigorously executed French dishes with big-money ingredients—he loves truffles—and the occasional Asian accent.

Mood: The address is an office building, but the dining room is serene and lovely, with soaring windows overlooking a glittering pond.

Best for: Celebrations; weekday business lunches; dining at the bar.

Best dishes: Seared foie gras with huckleberries; burrata-filled ravioli smothered in Robiola cheese; just-creamy-enough clam chowder; madai snapper with ginger beurre blanc; duck with polenta, acorn squash, and grapes; any Wagyu-beef preparation; chocolate mousse spiked with Baileys Irish Cream; a decadent take on s’mores.

Insider tips: A weekday lunch deal offers three courses for $23.95; a dinner special available every night but Saturday gets you four courses for $58.

Service: ••½

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Very expensive.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.