Spanish cuisine is on the rise in Washington, and the most promising newcomer of them all is this Mike Isabella–owned dining room in the Marriott Marquis. Deep-blue walls and keyhole booths help shake the feeling that you’re in a mega-hotel, but it’s Michael Rafidi’s reimagined tapas—with Middle Eastern and North African accents—that are most transportive. Salt-cod fritters get a hit of salt and vinegar, while luscious lamb ribs go beautifully with spiced yogurt and coriander honey. Expensive.
Also great: Burnt eggplant; foie gras parfait with ras el hanout doughnut; fried-chicken bocadillos; aged-duck and Berkshire-pig bomba rice; cookie plate.