100 Very Best Restaurants: #35 – Mirabelle

Mirabelle’s “beehive” with lemon curd and meringue. Photograph by Scott Suchman


If you haven’t been to this opulent French spot near the White House in a while, well, you’re in for a surprise. Pretty much everything but the burgundy decor has changed. Leading the revolution is wine expert Jennifer Knowles, who oversees the whole place with sass and smarts. Her hand-picked chef, Keith Bombaugh, is a fellow New Englander. His best dishes call that region to mind, whether with an ingredient (anything lobster is a fine bet) or a dish—such as the littleneck stuffies on the bar menu. Come dessert, it’s all about the Boston-cream-pie puffs. Very expensive.

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.