The Jefferson hotel houses one of the most refined dining rooms in Washington. A Monticello mural graces the chandelier-lit walls, and luxe touches include cushioned stools to perch your purse. Ralf Schlegel’s French-inflected cooking is equally elegant. Hushed “wows” follow tableside presentations such as an oxtail consommé infused with herbs in a siphon and king salmon perfectly poached in hot beeswax. An expansive wine list imagines Thomas Jefferson’s tastes, but be mindful of recommendations if you’re watching the tab. Our sommelier’s first pairing suggestion? A $75 glass of Champagne. Very expensive.
Also great: oysters; scallops with kuri squash; rack of lamb; bergamot soufflé.