You know we have a place in our hearts for the food scene in D.C.—we did, after all, name it our Restaurant City of the Year in 2016. But it continues to surprise us with an ever-changing list of new spots to try. Whether you want to enjoy the warm weather with cocktails and light bites at one of the many restaurants with rooftops or patios, splurge on one of the city’s numerous Michelin-starred fine dining venues, or take a seat at the newest hot spot in town—the nation’s capital has it all. Check out these noteworthy ideas for your next trip to Washington, D.C.
Elevated Fine Dining Where Seafood Gets an Unexpected Preparation
D.C. has a plethora of award-winning restaurants, but when it comes to fine dining, the Michelin-starred Plume at The Jefferson hotel will offer an extraordinary culinary experience you won’t soon forget. The artistry of its chef team shines through in inventive dishes that focus on seasonality and are inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens at Monticello. Beyond the highlights on the menu—like the king salmon yew wood “bento” poached in Amish beeswax served with a brown butter emulsion and filet of Martin’s Angus prime beef with peperonata-stuffed baby bell peppers—Plume offers a stellar wine list of more than 1,300 labels, including the country’s largest Madeira collection.
Globally Inspired Dishes That Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat