This Fabio and Maria Trabocchi production is still the hangout of choice when the mega-famous come through town. (Yep, that was Barack and Michelle sharing a table with Meryl in December.) Although the menu is heavier on proven hits than innovations these days, few restaurants in Washington serve seafood of this caliber. It’s best sampled on the shellfish platter, one of the most lavish in town, or on a mixed grill with lobster, langoustines, and calamari sided with salsa verde. Throw in grade-A service and a sparkling river view and you’ve got the makings of a starry night, no matter who else is in the room. Very expensive.
Also great: Chestnut soup with lobster; hamachi crudo; lobster ravioli; bucatini with sea urchin and prawns; spaghetti with clams.