Capitol Hill South Restaurants

Pineapple and Pearls

715 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-595-7375

American


 

$$$$$
$250.00
 

★★★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Aaron Silverman made national headlines with Rose's Luxury. His new place next door ups the luxury - and price considerably. The prix fixe menu is $250 per person, but includes drink pairings. Unlike Rose's, which is famous for it's long wait, Pineapple and Pearls takes reservations. The bar is reservation only too, but drinks are not included, which drops the price to $150 per person.
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4 Stars (8/3/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
… Heaven? Close. I’m at Pineapple and Pearls, the alluring new neighbor of no-reservations Rose’s Luxury, sibling restaurants brought to life on Barracks Row by native son Aaron Silverman. Two years ago, Bon Appetit hailed the older retreat as the Best New Restaurant in America. Since April, the spinoff has been redefining what it means to be a fine-dining restaurant. … See Full Review…»
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Unrated (4/1/2016)
"Like a team captain after a big win, Aaron Silverman is quick to give his teammates shared credit. The chef/owner behind Rose’s Luxury—and Pineapple & Pearls, set to debut April 7—says everything under his new restaurant’s roof is a collaborative effort. The all-inclusive tasting menu ($250 per person for food, drinks, tax and tip) showcases several dishes from chefs who aren’t named Silverman, two of whom he’s particularly jazzed about. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A $250, all-inclusive prix-fixe menu run by Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury - I haven't been, but how could this *not* be at least very, very good?"

Rose's Luxury

717 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-580-8889

American


 

$$$
$26.08
 

★★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
You won't find better hospitality anywhere than at Aaron Silverman's critically-acclaimed restaurant on Barracks Row, but the playful, inventive, and downright delicious food is what makes diners willing to endure three hour waits for a table. The concise menu includes mostly small plates, plus two larger entrees to share. Offerings can change nightly, but greatest hits include a sausage, habanero, and lychee salad, classic spaghetti "cacio e pepe," and smoked brisket with white bread, horseradish, and slaw. Only one reservation is taken each night (booked three weeks in advance at the restaurant's website), for a party of 8-10 on the restaurant's roof garden. There, for $125 per person, diners are served a changing menu comprised of dishes from the dinner menu and a few specials prepared just for the table.
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4 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015 [1]
"Stop right here if you hate reading valentines, because Rose’s Luxury is awesome, just as its white neon light inside says it is, and I no longer care (much) if I have to stand in line to experience it because the restaurant doesn’t take reservations. Chef-owner Aaron Silverman and staff do so much so well, and with better pacing than before, any qualms I may have had disappear with the waiter’s welcome (“Is there any way I can harm you by feeding you?”) and the sight of a rock shrimp seviche scattered with fried plantain crumbs that blows everyone else’s out of the water. This is food that makes you think…. Unlike last year, there’s not a dish I tried during a recent exploration that I wouldn’t be tickled to try again. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 21 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"The line still snakes down the block at Aaron Silverman’s no-reservations dining room, though the reward doesn’t quite inspire the sheer joy it used to. A once-airtight menu of knockout dishes now yields the occasional dud (a ho-hum Peruvian chicken). Still, to put things in perspective, we’re comparing what was a near-perfect dining experience with one that’s currently very, very good. We’ll continue to brave an hour-plus wait for, say, a meltingly tender goat confit. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Modern American dosed up with wonderful, caring service, excellent cocktails, and complicated, interesting cooking." See 11/12/2015 Review…»

Garrison

524 8th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-506-2445

American


 

$$$
$26.67
 

★★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Rob Weland made a name for himself cooking at Cork Wine Bar and Poste Moderne Brasserie. With Garrison, the chef finally gets a restaurant of his own. He's used the opportunity to make it a deeply-personal statement of his cooking style and the farm-to-table ethos he helped to pioneer.
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3 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015 [7]
"… As packed as the neighborhood is with places to eat, few of them tug at a chowhound’s heartstrings. The situation took a turn for the affirmative this July with the debut of Garrison by Rob Weland. Best known locally for his cooking at Cork Wine Bar and Poste Moderne Brasserie, the chef shines as never before in the first restaurant of his own. Three-bean salad is made supreme with anchovies sheathed in crackling tempura, tortellini shouts “summer!” with a filling of sweet corn, duck gets rubbed the right way (with lavender), and if there’s a better steak salad than sliced bison with juicy tomatoes and sharp blue cheese, I have yet to call it. Most impressive of all is the acreage Weland devotes to vegetables on his menu[.] …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 13 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"You might recognize the name Rob Weland from his stints at Poste and at Cork. Or not. Weland keeps a low profile, choosing to spend his time in the kitchen, cooking—quaint thought! The great benefit of this single-minded devotion is that every dish is carefully wrought, with none of the sloppiness that can creep into a kitchen with an absentee chef. Weland works closely with a local farm, and the bounties are prominently featured (more in spring and summer, when the chef showcased a stunning heirloom-tomato salad). Pastas remain his signature. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Chef-owner Rob Weland has enough of a track record where I'm comfortable initializing coverage of Garrison in Italic, despite not having visited yet." See 8/9/2015 Review…»

Sushi Capitol

325 Pennyslvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-627-0325

Japanese
Sushi

 

$$
$22.62
 

★★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Master sushi chef Minoru Ogawa set out to open a quiet neighborhood spot, but ended up with a restaurant that's becoming a sushi destination. The space is fairly spare — not much different than a typical sushi joint — but the high quality fish and chef's expert preparation set Sushi Capitol apart. But be sure to check if Ogawa is there — when family obligations forced the chef to briefly return to Japan recently, the quality was merely ordinary.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (2/11/2015)
"This is what Sushi Capitol does better than just about anyone in the District: It delivers raw fish to your table with a Japanese precision (albeit augmented by an occasional American penchant for supersizing). From almost the day it opened in 2013, the intimate, 20-seat spot on Pennsylvania Avenue SE has maintained a fairly tight focus on the fish and rice, a conscious decision by management to abstain from yakitori skewers, donburi or kaiseki menus." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 25 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"It doesn’t look like a top-tier sushi restaurant—it looks, in fact, like the kind of place you drop by for takeout: seven tables, little in the way of decor. Many who patronize the place don’t choose to stick around, but here’s why you should. The service is warm and inviting, the soundtrack will remind you why you need more Thelonious Monk in your life, and the fish sparkles— quite literally: The cut surface of the chu-toro and salmon were almost gleaming. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"One of the two best sushi restaurants in the DC area (and half the price of the other), Sushi Capitol is magnificent, the $50 omakase is a bargain."

Hank's Oyster Bar

633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-733-1971

Seafood
Raw Bar

 

$$
$20.75
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
The Capitol Hill branch of this local favorite boasts "Eddy Bar," the bar within the restaurant with cocktails by the incomparable Gina Chersevani–one of our favorite mixologist in the city. The drinks alone are worth a trip, but we also like the excellent raw bar and good, simple seafood dishes.
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Unrated (7/25/2012)
Nightlife guru Fritz Hahn likes the Capitol Hill branch of Hank's best for simpler fare and cocktail maven Gina Chersevani’s stellar drinks. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 65 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"When you tire of restaurant “concepts” and of servers who need to “explain” the menu to you, keep in mind Jamie Leeds’s convivial oyster houses—your antidote to trendy pretense. But why think only oppositionally? Hank’s is also pretty great for a light meal after a movie, or when you happen to have brought together a group of varying tastes and needs and find yourself desperate. The selection of oysters changes daily, the clam chowder rings true, the po’ boys overflow with beautifully fried shrimp and oysters, and the crabcakes (at a time, unfortunately, of diminishing returns on the scene) are reliably light and sweet. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

EatBar

415 Eighth St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-847-4827

American


 

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$16.00
 

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Don Rockwell
 
The small, 44 seat restaurant on Barracks Row from chef Nathan Anda is the reincarnation of the Clarendon original, the casual sibling to the former Tallulah from Neighborhood Restaurant Group. The menu features Anda's signature charcuterie and meaty dishes, but here there's a little something for everyone. As with other NRG properties, Brent Kroll and Greg Engert handle the drinks.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (5/25/2016)
"… The reincarnation, a mere 44 seats on Barracks Row, comes with a visual that appears to have its own fan club: a wall composed of more than 7,000 cassette tapes, some arranged to spell out the word EAT. … Charcuterie plates are as pervasive as beards on bartenders. … Bars are not libraries, and music is central to the theme of this watering hole. I get it. But does the volume at EatBar have to approximate a Motorhead concert? …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Matchbox

521 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-548-0369

Pizza
Burgers

 

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$15.00
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
The original Chinatown restaurant was called Matchbox because it is in a narrow, tall rowhouse that resembles one standing on its side. That restaurant has since expanded considerably and evolved into a chain with nine locations in four states, plus the District. But the formula and quality remain largely the same, at least as regards the pizzas and best-in-class miniburgers. A handful of entrees are also offered, but these are a bit more expensive than our price estimate and not what you should come here for anyway.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"Even though it has expanded from its original three-level location in Chinatown to embrace nearly a dozen same-named restaurants in the District and beyond, Matchbox retains many of its opening-day charms. A wood-stoked pizza oven tips off customers to one draw: thin-crusted pies that whisper of smoke. Servers sport black T-shirts printed with “3-6-9” on them, referencing the several ways you can ask for the signature juicy mini-burgers, heaped with Parmesan-dusted onion strings. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/27/2009)
"… What to get: Plates of mini-burgers—salt-and-peppery Angus patties topped with Gouda and pickles on buttered brioche; a calzonelike crust folded around layers of mozzarella, pepperoni, and spicy meatballs; apple-and-pear salad with Gorgonzola; brick-oven pizzas such as the fire-and-smoke, sausage-and-onion, and Matchbox meat varieties. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Cava Mezze

527 Eighth St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-543-9090

Greek


 

$$
$19.41
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Cava, which has branches in Virginia and Maryland, specializes in Greek classics reimagined as small plates. The food is consistently good and reasonably priced, and the setting sleek and modern. It’s no wonder that the restaurant is consistently packed.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/13/2009)
Tom Sietsema introduces Cava's Capitol Hill outpost in this outdated 'First Bite" column. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 89 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Much has changed in the eight years since founders Ike Grigoropoulos and Ted Xenohristos and chef Dimitri Moshovitis built their original Rockville restaurant while living with family to afford the cost. The mezzeteria’s beloved dips now line Whole Foods’ shelves, while fast-casual spinoff Cava Mezze Grill has expanded to eight Washington locations and counting. Still, the lively, dark-wood restaurants—also in Clarendon and on Capitol Hill—maintain the warm feel of neighborhood joints, while the kitchen sends out rustic Greek hits." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Medium Rare

515 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-601-7136

Steak


 

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$19.75
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Mark Bucher's Medium Rare serves a $19.50 prix fixe menu of steak frites, salad, and bread, with an optional "secret sauce" and free second helping of steak. A portabella "steak" is also available for vegetarians.
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Don Rockwell
 
1.5 Stars (6/12/2011)
Tom Sietsema describes the then-new restaurant from Mark Bucher (who also owns the "BGR: The Burger Joint" chain) as a "two-room, 100-seat restaurant" with "a menu that requires one decision: How do you like your meat cooked?"  See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/27/2011)
Kate Nerenberg's first look at the original Cleveland Park restaurant modeled after Le Relais de Venise "L'Entrecôte" in Paris (L’Entrecôte also has branches in London and New York).  See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Prix fixe $19.50 steak frites (and only steak frites!), salad, and bread, with an addictive "secret sauce", and a second helping!" See 5/25/2011 Review…»

Ambar

523 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-813-3039

Balkan


 

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$22.67
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Ambar is Richard Sandoval's modern Balkan restaurant, which specializes in little-known classics from the region served as small plates. For meat lovers who cant decide, there's also a couple larger mixed grill and sausage plates, plus a $59 unlimited small plates and drinks option featuring most of the menu.
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2 Stars (10/10/2013) — Fall Dining Guide 2013
"Influenced by Greece, Turkey, Austria and Hungary, the robust food is good anytime, fall and winter best of all." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (3/3/2013)
Ambar "unabashedly marries Balkan culinary traditions to current American dining trends–small plates, including lots of vegetable options, with sauces spooned in painterly dollops here and there." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Something of a Jeckyll and Hyde restaurant, stick with the most traditional Balkan dishes, try the cheese pie, and any of the veal dishes."

Beuchert's Saloon

623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
201-733-1384

American


 

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$23.50
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Andrew Markert's Capitol Hill saloon met mixed reviews when it opened, but has settled in to become a neighborhood favorite for its locally-sourced menu and good cocktails.
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Don Rockwell
 
1.5 Stars (5/5/2013)
Tom Sietsema enjoys the cocktails and service at Buchert's, but finds a number of issues with the food.  See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Chef Andrew Markert is making the most out of farm-fresh meats and produce, a fine addition to the neighborhood."

Montmartre

327 Seventh St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-544-1244

French


 

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$23.62
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Montmartre has been a neighborhood favorite since long before Capitol Hill became a dining destination. It has remained that way for so long thanks to a classic French menu and rock solid cooking. Chef Stephane Lezla recently replaced Brian Wilson at the stove, but few would notice the transition on the plate. Lezla stays the course, offering the same high-quality dishes that have helped this gem endure.
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2 Stars (10/15/2013)
"Despite all the fresh choices for lunch and dinner on Capitol Hill … Montmartre remains, with some qualifications, my ready response to the question of where to eat in the neighborhood. The kitchen has a knack for dishing out style and substance on (most) every plate." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 94 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"This Eastern Market bistro has made our list so many years consecutively you’d think it had a lock or something. But no...[i]t earns its way on by being cozy and hospitable and turning out solidly if unspectacularly prepared food at prices that are more in line with 2001, when it opened, than 2015. If that doesn’t sound like much, summon the image of a wintry night when ... [y]ou settle into your seat amid the warmth and happy clatter of the dining room for a country pâté with crusty bread, followed perhaps by a plate of tender duck confit, and send yourself home fortified and refreshed, with a glass of port and a creamy floating island." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
"Stephane Lezla has recently replaced Brian Wilson - one capable chef replacing another."

Belga Café

514 Eighth St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-544-0100

Belgian


 

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$26.50
 

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Belga Café, the neighborhood restaurant from chef Bart Vandaele, features classic Belgian dishes with a nice selection of beers and wine.
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Don Rockwell
 
1 Star (1/16/2005)
"The chef, Bart Vandaele … comes to his new roost from the Dutch Embassy, where he cooked for 3 1/2 years. The 34-year-old's latest act … is not strictly Belgian; amid the classics are some more eclectic combinations of ingredients, what Vandaele refers to as 'Euro-fusion.'" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (2/1/2005)
"Belga Café's modern design, with brick walls, granite bar, and open kitchen, is an appropriate setting for Vandaele's cooking, which combines traditional Belgian and contemporary 'Eurofusion' dishes." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Great Belgian beers, good wine list, complex Belgian recipes, my last visit was quite disappointing, sous-vide has reared its ugly head here."

Bearnaise

315 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-450-4800

Steak
French

 

$$$
$30.43
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Spike Mendelsohn's classic French restaurant was originally intended to serve one dish: steak frites. However, the menu has expanded under executive chef Brad Race, and the kitchen consistently puts out solid food. There are also a number of value priced wines available, making this a decent neighborhood spot.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (2/12/2014)
"Bearnaise suggests an owner who isn’t just a personality with dollar signs in his eyes, but a chef with admirable chops. … The most appealing change from Day One is a greater selection. Steak frites is now one of many draws." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 92 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Spike Mendelsohn’s ode to the Parisian bistro lies on the same Capitol Hill block as his two fast-food spots, Good Stuff Eatery and We, the Pizza. Much of the first floor is devoted to a gorgeously evocative marble bar that makes us crave a pastis. Upstairs—decked out with checkerboard floors and orange banquettes—is where most of the dining goes on. Interpreted by chef de cuisine Brad Race, whom Mendelsohn met when they worked at New York’s Le Cirque, the dishes are happily authentic with an occasional tweak." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant. See 9/9/2013 Review…»

Sweetgreen

221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-547-9338

Salads
Healthy

 

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$9.90
 

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This rapidly-expanding local chain with locations in the DC area, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, offers healthy, good-quality salads. With its emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and calories posted on the menu, it's one of our picks for healthy "cheap eats."
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The Washington Post has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (12/1/2007)
The last word from Washingtonian is this badly outdated review of the original Georgetown location. The chain has expanded up the East Coast and hosts a yearly music festival. But it still follows the same basic format: salads and yogurt, featuring local ingredients and numerous toppings. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Bayou Bakery

901 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-664-5307

Creole/Cajun


 

$
$10.00
 

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Don Rockwell
 
David Guas's casual New Orleans-inspired restaurant has a relatively small menu and is somewhere between a bakery and a cafe. Guas is a pastry chef by training, and the baked goods are marvelous. But don't overlook the savory dishes, which range from solid breakfast sandwiches to excellent versions of NOLA staples like a muffaletta sandwich or shrimp and grits. The Arlington location is the original, but Guas recently opened a second branch on Capitol Hill.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (5/15/2014) — 2014 Spring Dining Guide
"I don’t get to New Orleans nearly as often as I’d like, but in between visits, Bayou Bakery in Arlington is where I fly to get a taste of what I miss in the Big Easy." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Some chefs credit their Michelin-starred mentors for shaping their culinary vision and style. David Guas gives biggest props to his 69-year-old aunt Boo, a cooking-school teacher who hails from Abbeville, Louisiana. Her Cajun-country influence is the reason he keeps his zesty jambalaya extra-moist—unorthodox trick: a little tomato purée—and his crawfish étouffée stays on the mild side (dress it up with hot sauce if you like). …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Initially smothered by the press (including me), Bayou has borne out as a decent, but not great, place, best for breakfast items." See 3/3/2011 Review…»
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).