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Dining in Washington, D.C.

David Nicolas "Il Mosaico," a crudo of ahi tuna and Hawaiian nairagi, at Maestro at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, outside the city

Photo: David Nicolas

Where do political heavyweights head to seal the deal?From Capitol Hill to the Penn Quarter—and just beyond the Beltway—Washington's dining scene has come of age. Actually, D.C. today is reaping the benefits of a gastronomic coming-of-age that began in the early years of the Clinton White House, when a new generation of chefs began to imbue fine dining with the city's own local character. Read the article

Themes: Food + Drink

Inspired by: D.C. Food Scene — by Jay Cheshes, Published Mar. 2006

Restaurants (11)

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    Vidalia

    Like Washington itself, Vidalia serves up sophisticated city flavors colored by a slight but unmistakable Southern accent. Long lauded as an oenoph

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    Maestro

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    IndeBleu

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    Le Paradou

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    Rasika

    Chef Vikram Sunderam, a Bombay native, came to The District after working in one of London’s most acclaimed Indian restaurants, Bombay Brasserie. A

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    Equinox

    Equinox is located just off of Lafayette Park, and is a scant block from the White House and Warner's Theater. A popular spot for a bite after moon

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    Palena

    The creation of former White House chef Frank Ruta, Palena showcases his own interpretation of American cuisine with an Italian- and French-influen

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    Oyamel

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    Minibar at America Eats

    Developed by chef José Andrés, the Minibar at America Eats is a unique dining experience. The restaurant-within-a-restaurant is located on the seco

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    Citronelle

    The newest branch of chef Michel Richard’s growing mini-empire (there are two other Citronelles opening in California this year) is an extra-swanky

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    Zola, D.C.

    Appropriately, this Penn Quarter restaurant, located right next door to the Spy Museum, feels straight out of James Bond. Champagne-filled ice buck

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Similar Trips (7)

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  • Washington, D.C. Hot Spots

    The Mall, White House/Downtown, Penn Quarter, Georgetown, Dupont Circle

    The capital city that John F. Kennedy once panned for its “Southern efficiency and Northern charm” continues to rebuild itself into the world-class cultural and culinary capital it was always meant

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  • Cultural Family Trip to D.C.

    The Mall, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, U Street, Chinatown/Convention Center

    Visiting Washington, D.C., can feel like the school trip from hell: no matter who you are, no matter what you’re interested in, you’re stuck with the same obligatory sights. We say, Table that noti

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  • Green Travel in Washington, D.C.

    White House/Downtown, Capitol Hill, Chinatown/Convention Center, Foggy Bottom

    Eco-minded travelers can tour the capital city in an electric roadster, book a treatment at the country's first LEED-certified spa, and shack up at a wind-powered hotel.

  • Mini Trip: Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

    Penn Quarter, Dupont Circle, Gold Coast, Chinatown/Convention Center, Foggy Bottom

    Catch a performance at the Kennedy Center's free Open House Arts Festival, wine and dine, and go undercover at the International Spy Museum.

  • London's Art Scene

    London, Mayfair, Clerkenwell, Hyde Park/Green Park, Bloomsbury

    Once considered a backwater of crusty Old Master dealers, London is now a contemporary art powerhouse, with more creative and commercial artistic clout than anywhere outside New York.

  • Washington, D.C.'s Emerging MidCity

    Washington, D.C., Dupont Circle, U Street, NW Washingon

    As D.C.’s inner city blossoms, roughly six contiguous areas north of downtown are being grouped as MidCity. At its heart, Logan Circle and the U Street Corridor have been among the city’s most emba

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  • Washington D.C. for the Budget-Conscious Family

    Mount Vernon, The Mall, White House/Downtown, Penn Quarter, Georgetown

    It costs absolutely nothing to visit all 14 museums of the Smithsonian Institution. You'll find the best hotel rates on the weekends, when the movers and shakers skip town. Don't be shy about askin

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