100 Very Best Restaurants: #55 – Plume


Photograph by Scot Suchman.

About Plume


American, Modern
1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Few restaurants can be called palatial these days, but the Jefferson hotel’s prix fixe salon fits the bill (behold the silk wallpaper and silver-tonged bread service). Chef Ralf Schlegel holds stodginess at bay with his modern flavor pairings—such as bison with shishito peppers and aji amarillo—and showstopping tableside presentations, including Wagyu shabu shabu heated in a siphon. Sommeliers may seem unenthused if you opt for a $17 Prosecco flute over $25-plus Champagne. No matter—save your drinks, because the lovely Quill bar sits down the hall (with live piano most nights). Very expensive.

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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 Logan Circle.

Food Editor

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