Convention Center Restaurants

All Purpose Pizzeria

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-849-6174

Pizza


 

$$
$18.17
 

★★★

Excellent Value

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This popular pizzeria is a collaboration between the owners of Red Hen and Boundary Stone restaurants in Bloomingdale. In addition to its signature "deck oven" pizza, the menu offers cured meats, hot and cold antipasti, and a small but well-chosen wine list.
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3 Stars (9/7/2016)
"From the moment All-Purpose opened in Shaw, it became one of the most popular tables in town and a notable lesson in collaboration. The owners of Red Hen and Boundary Stone, both in Bloomingdale, joined forces to create the Italian-American draw. They, in turn, looked to Tiffany MacIsaac, one of the city’s leading pastry chefs, to sweeten the arrangement with desserts made out of her Buttercream Bakeshop, which opened next door at about the same time. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/13/2016)
"Two Bloomingdale powerhouses–the Red Hen and neighboring pub Boundary Stone–have teamed up for Shaw’s hottest new restaurant: All-Purpose. Chef Michael Friedman tapped into his Jersey/Italian-American roots for the 90-seat eatery, whose menu centers around pizzas, house-made charcuterie, and riffs on red sauce classics like eggplant parm and sweetbreads “marsala” with mushrooms and bacon. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"An Italian-American pizzeria collaboration between Red Hen and Boundary Stone, early initial reviews are very promising."

Kinship

1015 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-737-7700

American


 

$$$
$32.73
 

★★★

Average Value

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Don Rockwell
 
The casual offering from Chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent has the same style and grace as Ziebold's former restaurant CityZen, but without the formality and expense of a tasting menu. The restaurant offers 59 seats plus a 15-seat bar with lounge area and fireplace. The à la carte menu highlights fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients prepared with skill and care in Ziebold's signature style.
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3 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"The music is played at a level that allows for easy conversation, the space comes courtesy of one of the city’s top decorators, and the food ... suffice it to say it’s great to see Eric Ziebold cooking again. (Also: His whole roast chicken is worth the hour-long wait.) The former CityZen chef and his wife, Celia Laurent, aimed to replicate a dinner party in their alluring new home near the convention center; thank you, sir and ma’am, for hitting your (high) marks. …" See Full Review…»
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Bold — Superlative
"Kinship is the best restaurant in the Washington, DC area, and might end up being the best restaurant in the *history* of the DC area, tuxedo or sweater-and-jeans, you'll feel comfortable either way."

Metier

1015 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-737-7500

American


 

$$$$$
$200.00*
 

★★★

Poor Value

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The formal offering from Chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent is not just a follow-up to Ziebold's critically acclaimed CityZen, but an evolution. The intimate restaurant upstairs from Kinship seats only 36 guests. Dinner begins with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the salon before moving to a dining room with views of the Chef’s kitchen. There, diners find a creative seven-course tasting menu priced at $200. Drinks are extra, reservations are essential, and jackets required for men. But if all that sounds stuffy, it's not — this is one of the most special dining experiences in the city.
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3.0 Stars (6/22/2016)
"The only question I had after eating at Kinship, the suave, a la carte American restaurant introduced by Eric Ziebold last winter: How would the chef try to top the experience at Métier, his more exclusive dining retreat that followed downstairs this spring? … Now, with several meals at Métier under my ever-tighter belt, I can tell you the differences between the siblings are many and rich, sometimes even surprising. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"It's unheard of for me to rank a restaurant in Bold without going, but rules are sometimes made to be broken. (Compare 'best' with 'most important' below)."

Baby Wale

1124 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-450-3311

American


 

$$
$17.00
 

★★½

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The casual restaurant from chef Tom Power and the team behind Corduroy features a large bar, Go-Go soundtrack, and a menu of relatively inexpensive comfort foods like papusas, lumpia, pizzas, grilled cheese, lobster rolls, and a killer hot dog. Larger entrees are also available, including crowd pleasers like salmon, roast chicken, and mushroom fettucine.
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2 Stars (10/2/2013)
"It took awhile for Power to bring Baby Wale to life. But his is a pattern a lot of diners should look good in." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 58 (2/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"This is where Tom Power lets his hair down. His neighboring Corduroy is formal and elegant, with nary a note to be heard over the sound system. Here, in this high-ceilinged den, go-go music percolates and the chef works in a playfully casual vein, turning out, say, a foot-long griddled hot dog tucked into a seeded roll and draped with sauerkraut. There’s finesse to go with the fun. Power is a master soup maker, and if his elegant tomato version is on the menu, you’d be remiss for not starting there. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"I’m not sure how Tom Power did it, but he managed to open a huge, artistic-funky, bar with a kitchen attached to it, putting out good, simple food." See 8/12/2015 Review…»

Espita Mezcaleria

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-621-9695

Mexican


 

$$
$19.93
 

★★½

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Both the menu from chef Alexis Samayoa and mezcal selections from Josh Phillips pay tribute to the region of Oaxaca. Both are superlative. The menu features seven excellent moles, plus equally impressive ceviches and tacos.
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2.5 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"Evangelist Josh Phillips is on a mission to get Washington to drink more (and better) mezcal. Belly up to his bar, stocked with 90-plus artisanal spirits, and soak up his sermon. Better yet, pair a flight of something special with the handiwork of Alexis Samayoa, whose Mexican menu pays particular attention to the region of Oaxaca. That’s a prompt to spend time with one of the chef’s seven moles, my favorite of which is green with pumpkin seeds, kicky with serrano and lavished on pork ribs. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (3/8/2016)
"To say that Espita Mezcaleria is a Mexican restaurant specializing in mezcal doesn’t capture the concept. Certified Master Mezcalier Josh Phillips and wife Kelly Phillips spent an extensive time studying the spirit in its native Oaxaca, Mexico, and were inspired to bring the region’s dining and drinking traditions to Washington with the help of chef Alexis Samayoa—an alum of lauded New York restaurants WD~50 and Empellon. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Although Oyamel has tons of Mezcals, Espita is DC's first "official" Mezcaleria, nothing but praise has come my way."

The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-450-1015

American


 

$$$
$25.60
 

★★½

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Chef/owner Jeremiah Langhorne, the former chef de cuisine at the acclaimed McCrady’s in Charleston, came to DC two years to open a restaurant with business partner Alex Zink. The highly-anticipated result is this charming restaurant in two converted rowhouses in Shaw’s Blagden Alley. Langhorne's inventive menu features "Mid-Atlantic" cuisine inspired by local farms, produce, and fish. However, most items also show a slight Southern accent reminiscent of the chef's prior post.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"In his Valentine to the Mid-Atlantic in Blagden Alley, Jeremiah Langhorne is so obsessed with using only regional ingredients, the chef nixes olives for cocktails and even makes his own Worcestershire sauce. The heart of the restaurant is a massive hearth that’s part eye candy, part source of some very good eating: vegetables smoky from the embers in which they’re tucked, quail bronzed from brushes with fire, and cornbread cooked on a griddle in a cast-iron skillet. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 51 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Few kitchens are equipped with 19th-century cookbooks or a Colonial-style hearth, but that’s just part of the reason the Dabney has set itself apart in its three-month existence. Chef Jeremiah Langhorne—who left Charleston’s lauded McCrady’s to build his Shaw restaurant—aspires to do for the Mid-Atlantic what mentor Sean Brock has done for Southern cuisine. We’ve found the greatest satisfaction in exploring the smaller plates …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"One (very) early visit shows great promise, execution needed work, terrific ingredients, potentially very well-cooked, superior bar, cocktail, and wine program." See 11/17/2015 Review…»

Corduroy

1122 Ninth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-589-0699

American


 

$$$
$33.13
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
Tom Powers' decidedly formal restaurant has a dress code (no shorts) and a somewhat pricey wine list. Yet it remains a favorite among local foodies thanks to Power's deceptively complex cooking, which uses the best seasonal ingredients (most of the produce comes from local farms), and its warm, cozy atmosphere. For a great deal, head to the top-floor bar, where a $30, three-course menu is available.
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2.5 Stars (10/9/2014) — Fall Dining Guide 2014
"Corduroy is a luxury restaurant with a dash of pomp in the dining room, navigated by servers in dark suits, and a soupçon of surprise on the menu.…Chef-owner Tom Power plays with contrasting temperatures the way his onetime mentor, Michel Richard, dramatizes textures.…A few main courses taste routine — lamb loin with clumps of bok choy comes to mind — although every dish has something to sustain your interest (in this case, rich Lyonnaise potatoes).…Less fun are wine prices that tempt us to sip water through dinner. But a bargain awaits upstairs, on the bar menu: three courses for $30, every dish as polished as what’s playing downstairs."  See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 39 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"In a neighborhood bustling with newcomers—including ... more casual sibling, Baby Wale—chef Tom Power’s stately original is a welcome anomaly. Minimal din allows for soft jazz and easy conversation, crisp linens dress the tables, and black-suited servers deftly cater to the clientele. Still, the two-story dining room never feels dated, thanks in part to Power’s dedication to consistency and seasonality. The menu rarely gets any kind of overhaul, but tucking into a bowl of beautifully earthy cauliflower-Parmesan soup or the signature seared tuna with sushi rice...feels as satisfying as hanging out with an old friend. One worthy nod to the neighborhood’s younger demographic: a $30 three-course menu in the upstairs bar." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Bold — Superlative
"Open in a beautiful new space, Corduroy is back - fantastic, somewhat pricey wine list, refined, superior cooking, excellent service." See 12/26/2015 Review…»

Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-316-9396

American
Cocktail Bar

 

$$
$25.00
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Derek's Brown's reincarnation of the Columbia Room is three bars in one. The Spirits Liabrary features some of the best craft cocktails in the city, from head bartender J.P. Featherston, and a menu of light fare from chef Johnny Spero, formerly of Minibar. The Tasting Room offers a craft cocktail tasting experience, with prepaid tickets starting at $75 (including service) for three drinks and a variety of snacks. Finally, there's the rooftop Punch Garden, with a variety of ten punches and bottled cocktails.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (8/17/2016)
"… The new Columbia Room, uncorked just before Valentine’s Day, is not one but three drinking destinations. The entrance, staffed by a guide who also checks IDs, leads to a flight of stairs and the Punch Garden, a rooftop deck arranged with wicker chairs and planters, alive with black mint, peppers and borage, which lend their charms to some of the venue’s drinks. A door opens to reveal the Spirits Library, clubby with leather chairs, shaded lamps, mirrored tables and, true to its name, fascinating stories in the bottles on display behind glass panels. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (1/21/2016)
"… Though drinkers once had to reserve one of the coveted few stools in advance, there’ll be more room to sip at the Columbia Room 2.0. The 2,400 square-foot space is divided into three areas: a 20-seat “spirits library” for à la carte imbibing; a 14-person tasting room for three and five-course set menus ($75 and 100 per person, respectively); and an outdoor “punch garden” that’ll open in the spring. Head bartender J.P. Fetherston and others will lead the tastings, which include a mix of cocktails and snacks, plus upgrades like glasses of Champagne ($25) or Osetra caviar service ($100). …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"An exclusive cocktail lounge, concentrating on hand-crafted, upscale cocktails with well-trained mixologists and staff."

Table

903 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-588-5200

French
Italian

 

$$$
$29.78
 

★★

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This modern American restaurant in a former garage near the Convention Center has a minimalist décor that lets what's on the plate shine. Opening chef Frederik De Pue has departed, as has his replacement, Patrick Robinson. It soldiers on under new executive chef Akhtar Nawab, a great chef in his own right But it remains to be seen how much of a presence the chef will actually be in the kitchen.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (5/13/2015) — 2015 Spring Dining Guide
"Keep an eye on Patrick Robinson. He’s the able successor to Frederik de Pue at one of the most intimate restaurants in town, where he’s cooking front and center in the open kitchen of a simple room with ribs of wood overhead. Lucky diners might find themselves at the three-seat chef’s table, hugging the counter, where they can watch dinner whipped up before their eyes. … Robinson came to Table after serving as executive sous-chef at the much-missed Citronelle in Georgetown. Hence the many pretty plates. Or most of them, anyway…." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 29 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Our most recent meal was the best we’ve eaten here since the contemporary French bistro opened, with thoughtful, subtly rendered dishes that didn’t merely speak to the potential of the place; they shouted, loudly and clearly, that the restaurant had arrived in the big time." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A charming, modern American eatery in a Quaker-like setting, seafood-centric, good execution in the kitchen, handwritten wine lists."

SUNdeVICH

1314 Ninth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-319-1086

Sandwiches


 

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$11.00
 

Cheap Eats
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This restaurant in a converted garage has a menu of baguette sandwiches themed for different cities around the globe. It also has a food truck roaming the city daily.
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Unrated (8/26/2011)
"Ali Bagheri is serving gourmet sandwiches from a converted garage beneath his apartment in Shaw … a modest counter-service operation with a menu of 11 carefully considered sandwich creations and a handful of house-made salads and sides." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/31/2012) — Cheap Eats 2012
"This mottled-brick sandwich shop … is a nice change of pace from the usual sub chains and cookie-cutter delis … The kitchen, outfitted with a grill, takes inspiration from around the globe, crafting hefty sandwiches inspired by cities from Madrid to Tehran." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A world tour inside a baguette, excellent sandwiches, in a converted garage, one of our city's best in this genre." See 6/21/2013 Review…»

CherCher

1334 Ninth St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-299-9703

Ethiopian


 

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$13.99
 

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Owner Alemayehu “Alex” Abebe's tiny basement restaurant specializes in raw beef dishes, including kitfo and kurt (also known as tere sega), but other classic dishes are also among the best in the area.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/28/2015)
"… Ethiopians don’t go to his restaurant for doro wat, a dish they can prepare fresher and better at home. They want kitfo or the glistening slabs of raw beef known as kurt. … Ethiopians and Eritreans, mostly men, gather in small clumps at the bar or around a wobbly table in the corner, talking loudly in foreign tongues …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"This rowhouse restaurant may have a Ninth Street address—on the restaurant row off U Street that’s known as Little Ethiopia—but it lies blocks from its competition. The cooking, too, stands apart, with a complexity and robustness that are testament to the unspoken but unmistakable desire of the operation, owned by Alemayehu Abebe, to cook for Ethiopian expats. You don’t have to have grown up in Addis to appreciate this passionately uncompromising approach. …" See Full Review…»
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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 (*).