Rasika West End is one of Sietsema’s picks for a place for business travelers to check out the D.C. scene. (Joseph Victor Stefanchik For The Washington Post)

But deciding on a location for business meals can be tricky. The qualities you’re looking for in a restaurant at which to make a sales pitch or ask for a raise aren’t necessarily the same ones you’d seek when trying to enjoy a romantic evening with your spouse or celebrate a birthday with friends.

So what eateries provide the best setting for the needs of business diners? Our restaurant critic Tom Sietsema offers his picks.