5 Great Places to Eat in Cleveland Park

The Norcia pie at 2 Amys. Photograph by Scott Suchman
Washingtonian Recommends

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This leafy neighborhood in Northwest DC has a thriving restaurant scene—including cozy bistros, a modern-Indian destination, and the area’s best Neapolitan pizza shop.

1) Ripple

A cozy, gently trendy bistro where the emphasis is on great wine, nicely curated cheese boards, and chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s creative, playful spins on seasonal ingredients.

What to get: Bacon-roasted pecans; rabbit cassoulet; butterscotch pot de creme; baked-to-order chocolate-chip cookies.

2) Indique

We’ve long been fans of this prettily latticed Indian restaurant, where thick, aromatic curries share the menu with modernized creations such as mini-dosas and tandoori quail.

What to get: Chaat papri (a salad of potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt, and tamarind chutney); salmon sliders; Malabar shrimp curry; chicken chettinad; tandoori lamb chops.

3) Medium Rare

At this popular, Paris-inspired bistro crammed with butcher-papered tables, $19.75 buys you a set menu—a simple green salad and steak frites, with free second helpings of the dry-aged sirloin cap and skinny fries.

What to get: Hot fudge sundae with rainbow sprinkles.

4) Vace

This old-school, grab-and-go Italian deli is most famous for its excellent sauce-on-top-of-cheese pizza, available by the pie or slice.

What to get: Onion white pizza; pepperoni pizza; Italian sub; filled-to-order cannoli.

5) 2 Amys

In the shadow of the Cathedral, Peter Pastan’s clanging pizzeria turns out superlative small plates and salads and puffy-crusted Neapolitan pies.

What to get: Deviled eggs; charcuterie and cheese; Margherita Extra, Norcia, and Vongole pizzas; cannoli; ice cream.

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 Logan Circle.