100 Very Best Restaurants: – Lutece

Lutece. Photograph by Channing Foster.

About Lutece

1522 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

One of the most charming dining spaces in the city is this tiny, usually packed mod-French bistro in Georgetown. If you can score a table (or cozy bar seat), you’ll be treated to Matt Conroy’s decadent riffs on duck, paired with orange-scented sauce bigarade; caviar, loaded into golden-fried cups of shredded potato; and escargots, splashed with Pernod and piled onto puff pastry. There’s a tasting-menu option, but we prefer dabbling on the à la carte side. Expensive.