His most highly rated restaurants are a mix of reliable standbys and relatively young upstarts. Here's a gathering of the best of this year's best as determined by Sietsema, featuring restaurants that earned three stars and above.
Komi: Sietsema calls chef-owner Johnny Monis “one of the finest chefs of his generation.” His tasting menu dinners feature flawless food and service. 1509 17th St. NW.
Métier: Escape for an evening with Eric Ziebold's seven-course tasting menu, which affirms his role as one of Washington's premier talents. 1015 Seventh St. NW.
The Dabney: Mid-Atlantic cuisine is emphasized to delicious effect by Jeremiah Langhorne, with the help of his wood-fired hearth. 122 Blagden Alley NW.