An Early Look at Lost Society—With Menus (Pictures)

At this lounge-y take on a steakhouse, two nightclub owners have turned their focus to food.

Left, steak tartare with pickled mustard seeds; the upstairs bar area. Photographs by Kyle Gustafson

The month-old Lost Society, a steakhouse/lounge that occupies two stories and a roof deck on U Street, isn't the easiest restaurant to find—hence the name.  

While purple velvet couches, a bevy of ornate chandeliers, and a DJ booth might suggest otherwise, owners Rich Vasey and David Karim—the former is behind 14th Street's Policy, the latter is a partner in the clubs Josephine and Current—are hoping it'll become known for its food.

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Joseph Evans, a former executive chef at Smith & Wollensky, is behind such dishes as steak tartare with pickled mustard seeds and charred green onions as well as filet mignon with bone-marrow butter. His menu runs both high-and low-end; grilled cheese and Nutella s'mores share space with a brandied-cherry Manhattan and lobster stuffed with blue-crab cream.

Already, there have been celeb sightings (Sean Penn) and a line at the door—signs that Lost Society isn't so hidden after all.

Lost Society. 2001 14th St., NW; 202-618-8868. Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.