100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Métier


Photo courtesy of Metier.

About Métier


1015 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Métier loosely translates from French as “an area of expertise.” One can see why chef Eric Ziebold chose the name for his tasting room—a measured and elegant prix fixe that begins in a firelit salon and unfolds over seven courses in an haute-minimalist dining room. If Kinship, located above, is the more casual sibling, Métier is the studied elder—a culmination of Ziebold’s decades in the kitchen (the French Laundry, CityZen) and memories translated to the fine-dining world. Playful dishes such as buttery potatoes, caviar, and crème fraîche—an homage to loaded spuds—make for a delightful special occasion. As hoped, service is flawless between welcoming wife/co-owner Célia Laurent and sommeliers who are as eager to dive into the deep wine cellar as they are to split a glass of something expensive and delicious for a thriftier guest’s enjoyment. Very expensive.

Also great: halibut with coconut and uni; miso-rubbed Kuroge beef; frozen s’more.

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.

Food Editor

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.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.

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Articles Editor

Kristen Hinman has been editing Washingtonian’s features since 2014. She joined the magazine after editing politics & policy coverage for Bloomberg Businessweek and working as a staff writer for Voice Media Group/Riverfront Times.