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Eateries and Watering Holes in Washington, D.C.

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Your Taste Bud's Guide to a Bit of Washington, D.C.

Restaurant week is Feb 4-10, 2013, so get your taste buds ready to enjoy a variety of tastes and sips from around the Washington, D.C area. From fine cuisine to casual dining, here are a few of my favorite places I have been so far. By providing suggestions for meals, ratings that can be voted on and a few drinks to taste (if you dare), I promise to guide you with a bipartisan view of a few eateries and pubs in the Washington, D.C. area.

For a map to each of these restaurants, see the below.

Map to Restaurants Listed

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A markerArt & Soul -
415 New Jersey Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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B markerBrasserie Beck -
1101 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, USA
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C markerEl Centro -
1819 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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D markerCharlie Palmer -
101 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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Charlie Palmer

Charlie Palmer is a wonderful steakhouse with a very pleasing ambiance that is sure to have your taste buds watering from start to finish. If steak does not suit your fancy, have no fear. The menu provides something for any taste. Make sure to take your time with the wine and cocktail menus as the offerings are extensive. All of the signature cocktails have a political theme, but don't worry about being politically correct in this case. There is also no corkage fee on up to two bottles any night of the week on American wine or on Fridays for up to 6 bottles of Domestic or International wine.

Charlie Palmer is located at 101 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20001 and can be reached for reservations at (202) 547-8100.

Price Point:$$$$

Rating: *****

Suggested:

  • Aperitif: Lobbyist's Libation- Hendrick's gin martini blended with cucumber puree' and house made lemon infused simple syrup
  • Appetizer: Daily selection of oysters on the half shell
  • Soup/Salad: Market green salad
  • Main Course: Butter braised Maine lobster and petite filet
  • Sides: (family style) Yukon gold potato puree', herb roated asparagus
  • Dessert: Chocolate hazelnut pyramid
  • Digestif: Take your pick! Your favorite is sure to be on the list- my friend's favorite is Sambuca.

Other steakhouses to try:

Bourbon Steak (at the Four Seasons), The Palm, Ray's the Steaks, BLT Steak

El Centro

El Centro D.F. is full of personality and an extensive tequila menu. Whether you like to shoot it, sip it or mix it, there is sure to be a tequila for your liking. Visit the rooftop happy hour between 5-7:00 PM nightly to get a start on a great evening before you head into the restaurant for delicious guacamole and tacos (note there is also a vegetarian menu). If you want to head there for a late night snack and a tequila nightcap, check out their late night menu served from 11:00 PM- 2:00 AM. On Saturdays and Sundays they serve an authentic Mexican brunch.

El Centro D.F. is located at 1819 14th St. NW and can be reached at 202.328.3131.

Price Point: $$

Rating: ****

Suggestions:

  • For the table: Guacamole prepared table side
  • Appetizer: Shrimp ceviche
  • Soup/salad: Tortilla soup
  • Main Course: Baja tacos
  • Sides: Plantains
  • Tequila: Check out the list. There are too many to discriminate. There are 5 different tastings that you can try 3 out of the options listed.
  1. Vertical Tasting
  2. Horizontal Tasting
  3. Micro-tequila Tasting
  4. Premium Tasting
  5. Mezcal Tasting



Something to Sip On

Here is a list of my cocktail experiences in the past 6 months of being in Washington, D.C

  1. P.O.V. Lounge & Roof Terrace- The W Hotel Rooftop Bar- prepare for a view of the monuments, outdoor sipping (covered in cold weather) and a fun, mixed crowd. Drink to Try: The French Reception Address: 515 15th Sreet, NW, Washington, D.C.
  2. SAX D.C.- Lose yourself in this fantasy-like bar set inside an old theater with views of dancing women just a glance above eye level. There are many delicious signature drinks, so go thirsty and try them all. Burlesque brunches on Sundays. Drink to Try: Elixir Address: 734 11th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  3. Le Bar- Swanky style and drinks to pair. Located at the entrance of the Sofitel, Le Bar is open from 10-12 PM. The drink menu consists of delicious specialty martinis, Champagne and wine. Drink to Try: Try them all! Address: 806 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  4. Old Ebbitt Grill- Casual, loud atmosphere- grab a drink at the bar or cozy up in a booth or table. When the W closes down, this is a stone's throw away for a few more drinks to end your night. With 4 full-service bars, one is sure to spark your interest. Drink to Try: I ordered a Whiskey and Ginger, but I am sure the bartender can recommend something more sophisticated Address: 675 15th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Brasserie Beck

Brasserie Beck- "A contemporary European style brasserie" (see website), this Belgian eatery has a variety of offerings for starters and main courses that will easily satisfy your hunger. If weather permits, enjoy dinner and/or drinks outside on the patio (there are heaters) while you taste the many different ways that Brasserie Beck serves mussels (if half or whole orders). Then on to your next course which promises just as much satisfaction. Taste some new beer from the beer list or sip a glass of wine as you watch the streets of D.C. bloom with night life.

Brasserie Beck is located at 1101 K Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Price Point: $$$

Rating:***

Suggestions:

  • Appetizer: Spicy, red Thai curry mussels
  • Salad/soup: Prosciutto and summer melon salad
  • Cheeses: Merry goat round
  • Main Course: Seared duck breast
  • Sides: Potato puree
  • Drinks: See the wine and beer menu and ask your waiter- they will give you a more educated suggestion


Art & Soul

Art & Soul- if you are looking for a light dinner or brunch, this is not your place. Your mouth will enjoy a flight of seasonings and rich flavors as you travel from your starters through to the dessert. Southern inspired and sometimes Southern fried, enjoy your time in the restaurant or on the spacious patio. In 2012, Art & Soul celebrated their 10th Annual Charity auction to give back to regions and people affected by disaster. So, feel good when you eat and feel good about where you are, these hosts cook passion in their food and causes.

Art & Soul is located at 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Price Point: $$$

Rating: ****

Suggestions: (brunch)

  1. Drinks: Mimosas and the Redfined Bloody Mary's- you can''t just get one
  2. Starters: Seasonal fruit parfait
  3. Main Courses: Chicken and waffle or Shrimp and grits
  4. The Larder (snacks in jars): Smoked salmon salad
  5. Sides: Mac and Cheese or grits

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Look like some great places to visit next time I'm in our nation's capital.

      Great hub!

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      Delphia 2 years ago

      Thanks for the inhtisg. It brings light into the dark!

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      Addriene 2 years ago

      The paragon of unisdetandrng these issues is right here!

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      Helene 2 years ago

      Keep these arieclts coming as they've opened many new doors for me.

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      Michal 4 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      @Nell Rose - hopefully you make it over here one day to try and I have added many more restaurants to the list ;0) I would LOVE to visit England sometime as well!

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      Michal 4 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thank you, @randomcreative !! I hope to add more as I get to explore more of this city. It's amazing that the longer you live/work in a place the less you get out to try new things. DC has so many great places to eat that it is often difficult to decide where to go ;)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Sounds absolutely wonderful! its a pity I live in England otherwise I would visit, but its so useful, voted up! nell

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for the detailed suggestions! This is a great resource for both residents and tourists.