100 Best Restaurants 2012: PassionFish

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The best restaurant in Reston Town Center is also one of Washington’s best seafood palaces. Jeff Tunks’s kitchen does well with raw-bar towers, jazzed-up sushi rolls, and an atlas’s worth of appetizers and entrées, from Thai red-curry lobster to cioppino.

Lots of techies, Chardonnay-drinking fortysomethings, and neighborhood families converge at the bilevel space, a sedate antidote to the surrounding chains. Many dishes are inspired by Passion Food Hospitality’s other restaurants, all in downtown DC: Seafood gumbo comes from Acadiana, mushroom-crusted halibut is a staple at DC Coast, and a Yucatán shrimp cocktail is Ceiba all the way.

What to get: Shrimp-tempura-filled Captain Crunch Roll; fried oysters and fried clams; crab-and-shrimp spring rolls; clams-casino-inspired dip; whole crispy flounder with two fabulous dipping sauces; doughnut holes.

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

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.