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Best Restaurants

Restaurants picks from Wash Post

  • sventur
  • Updated 05/16/2014
  • 9 Items

In Hay Adams Hotel, overlooks LaFayette Park. Modern food in a classic setting. At the expense of good taste, ingredients here are manipulated into unnatural concoctions.


The teeny-tiny space serves a fixed-price bill of fare, including fresh cocktails and lovely antipasti.


Excellent risotto and elegant service set this downtown restaurant apart.


The alluring atmosphere is a great prelude to the show to come. Sup on Indian specialties such as tandoori salmon and lamb rogan josh. ($30 for three courses. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 5 to 6:45 p.m. on Saturdays.)


Simple, elegant and well priced for downtown, the classy French bistro is close to the National and Warner theaters. (Entrees $19.95 to $28.95.)


With an $800,000 makeover and a new chef in place, 701 has reestablished itself as a great place to dine before a play at Woolly Mammoth or Shakespeare Theatre. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant off ers its pre-theater menu post-show, as well. ($28.95 for three courses. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. daily and 10 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.)


Aldie, VA This charmingly decorated establishment will appeal to the true Anglophile. Sample top-notch scones around lace-covered tables under watchful photos of Queen Elizabeth II. Your food (sandwiches or bite-size savories, in addition to sweets) comes on a classic multitiered caddy, and the Pantry serves the popular PG Tips brand. Daily 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; $24.99 per person.


Fresh, local ingredients enliven every dish in chef Cathal Armstrong's dining room. The five- and nine-course tasting menus are gastronomic adventures.


Chef Bertrand Chemel's French American cuisine still makes this spot one of Virginia's culinary gems. The captivating waterfall views are an added perk. Falls Church, VA

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