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The Ratings Code

By The Dining Guide
Sunday, October 17, 2004; Page W18

* (1 star) Satisfactory

Restaurants that are useful to know about if you are nearby; they may have only a few dishes or a single quality, such as a view or scene, to distinguish them.

** (2 stars) Good

_____Dining Guide_____
Food for All Seasons (The Washington Post, Oct 17, 2004)
Restaurants by Location (The Washington Post, Oct 17, 2004)
Restaurants by Cuisine (The Washington Post, Oct 17, 2004)

Restaurants with generally appealing cooking, service and settings; they tend to be worth driving across town for.

*** (3 stars) Excellent

Rewarding destinations, no matter where you're coming from; they typically blend high-quality cooking with environs and service to match.

**** (4 stars) Superlative

An unsurpassed experience; these restaurants do what they do extraordinarily well.

Ratings are based primarily on food quality but take into account service and ambience. Restaurants that earn no stars are rated Poor.

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