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13 critic-approved spots where you won’t see a Restaurant Week menu

It's D.C. Restaurant Week, and as any experienced diner knows, it's one of the worst times of the year to go out to eat. Restaurants are filled to capacity. Servers are harried. The whole atmosphere is stressful. So leave the promotion and upselling behind and visit one of these 13 stellar dining spots, none of which will ask you if you'd like to see the Restaurant Week menu.

Baby Wale


Whole roast chicken with arugula. (Photo by Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

Le Diplomate


Small seafood platter. (Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg/For the Wahington Post)

Doi Moi


Curry Tofu. (Photo by Amanda Voisard for The Washington Post)

Eat the Rich


"Beach and Beans" with seafood and vegetables (Photo by Mark Gail/For The Washington Post)

Iron Gate


Mezze served before the tasting menu. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

Izakaya Seki


Tonjiru (Pork Belly Miso Soup). (Photo by Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post)

Little Serow


Khao Tod (crispy rice with mint and peanuts) . (Photo by Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post)

Palena


Lobster roe and saffron pasta. (Photo by Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post)

The Red Hen


Gnocchi with hazelnut pesto. (Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg/For the Washington Post)

Ripple


Seared halibut with morel mushrooms, fava beans and spring onion. (Photo by Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post)

Rose's Luxury


Spicy pork and lychee salad. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

Silo


Mussels in vermouth leek sun-dried tomato sauce at Silo (Photo by Reza Mohaddes).

Water and Wall


Duck confit with caramelized brussels sprouts. (Photo by Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)
Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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