Downtown/Farragut Square Restaurants

Bombay Club

815 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-659-3727

Indian


 

$$
$20.55
 

★★★

Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj raised the bar for Indian cuisine in DC when he opened Bombay Club. Over 25 years later, the restaurant still sets that standard for classic dishes in much the same way that sibling Rasika does for modern ones. The restaurant, has long been a favorite among power players and celebrities thanks to its elegant setting (it was recently renovated) and prime location a block away from the White House. Yet its prices are still relatively gentle, making this a restaurant that you don't need a special occasion to visit.
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3 Stars (10/21/2012) — 2012 Fall Dining Guide
"Fussing servers, coffered ceilings, slow-moving fans — the eldest of six restaurants in the empire of Ashok Bajaj puts diners in a New Delhi state of mind. The scene, set to piano music at dinner, is regal; the cooking, from veteran chef Nilesh Singhvi, is sublime. If you like spice, head for tender duck kebab, pulsing with ginger and chilies. Tamer options include a samosa that breaks open to a center that’s meaty with mushrooms and corn.…Those who dislike decisions should head for one of three thalis. Each multiple choice gathers colorful dishes on a showy silver platter that makes you the envy of the table when it’s delivered." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
3 Stars (1/28/2014) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014 [10]
"If the cooking at Ashok Bajaj’s modern Indian spot, Rasika, is like a New World wine—bright, brash, and full-flavored—the Bombay Club, Bajaj’s first restaurant, is its Old World counterpart. Chef Nilesh Singhvi favors subtle, earthy flavors in his Samundari thali—a curry sampler served with a supple slice of tandoori-cooked salmon—and a lamb vindaloo laced with aged vinegar.…For a splurge-worthy feast with out-of-towners, there are few better options for an only-in-Washington experience." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic —Recommended
"Beautiful, formal Indian dining with impeccable service, a lovely dining room with linens, a special-occasion restaurant that's not priced like one."

The Oval Room

800 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-463-8700

American


 

$$$
$29.11
 

★★½

Average Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Ashok Bajaj's power restaurant near the White House (across the street from Bombay Club) just received a full makeover. The result is an even better setting to explore the cooking of chef Tony Conte's complex, intricate dishes, prepared without shortcuts like cream or butter. In addition to the regular, a la carte menu, a $60, four course tasting menu is available ($90 with wine pairings). There's also a $20 lunch menu available at the bar, which includes "one drink, one dish, and one dessert."
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (10/9/2014) — Fall Dining Guide 2014
"Oval Room took a month off this summer, emerging from a million-dollar operation that erased some of its 20 years while adding fresh lighting, cool art and a bar that no longer feels like an afterthought but a genuine drinking destination. The modern American menu reveals a chef, Tony Conte, who digs Asian flavors — and a craftsman at the top of his game.…In a part of the city with lots of distinguished addresses, this White House neighbor ranks as one of its most reputable." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (1/28/2014) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014
"The seared duck isn’t just a signal example of cooking expertise—crisp, salty skin; tender, juicy meat—but also a dish of imagination: Pungent, lightly spicy onion kimchee is an unexpected dance partner and is typical of executive chef (and Jean-Georges Vongerichten disciple) Tony Conte’s penchant for infusing his dishes with Asian accents." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic —Recommended
"Complex, intricate plates with a virtual absence of cream or butter, Tony Conte is no longer running the kitchen day-to-day."

BLT Steak

1625 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-689-8999

American
French
Steak
 

$$$$
$40.55
 

★★½

Poor Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This French-influenced steakhouse, a New York-based chain, is expensive and somewhat formulaic. But it's not without its charms, like the excellent, free popovers that accompany every meal and the solid cooking of Chef de Cuisine, Jeremy Shelton.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (4/10/2012)
The Washington Post's last word on BLT Steak is an outdated preview is of a former chef. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (1/28/2014) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014
"The billable-hours crowd adores this downtown steakhouse, where tables of six and eight dominate the room and there’s plenty of backslapping. Although you’ll likely blow plenty of cash, this is more than an expense-accounter’s paradise." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Kaz Sushi Bistro

1915 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-216-5988

Japanese
Sushi

 

$$$
$28.35
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Kaz Okochi's "fusion" Japanese restaurant specializes in sushi with innovative combinations of flavors. One of the oldest restaurants in the city, it's definitely showing its age and it's not nearly as groundbreaking -- or as good -- as it once was. But if you get a seat at the counter and have Okochi pick the fish, it can be a truly special experience.
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Don Rockwell
 
3 Stars (4/24/2005)
An outdated review from Tom Sietsema highlighting Chef Okochi’s innovative combinations. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (1/28/2014) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014
"Expertly sliced sushi, tables full of chatty business types, and Japanese-fusion dishes that really work: Not much has changed at chef Kaz Okochi’s 14-year-old Japanese restaurant near George Washington University. We’re fine with that." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic —Recommended
"Innovative flavor combinations, quality sushi rice, and saucing (yes, saucing) are strengths here."

Teaism

800 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-835-2233

Asian


 

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$10.70
 

★★

Excellent Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Don Rockwell recommends this local mini-chain, calling these tea houses "treasures" with food that is "simple and good." We couldn't agree more with that, or his suggestion to "try the salted oat cookie with your tea."
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (11/30/2008)
An outdated review of Teaism's breakfast, but we still agree with its recommendation of "scrambled eggs with tea-smoked salmon or chicken sausage with nan and raita." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (12/14/2009)
This outdated review still holds true: "the food is fast, healthy, cheap, and tasty," featuring eclectic "Bento Boxes" at lunch and, of course, tea. And definitely "don’t forget those salty oat cookies." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic —Recommended
"These tea houses are treasures, the food is simple and good, try the salted oat cookie with your tea."

Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-331-8118

American


 

$$$
$32.50
 

★★

Poor Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Don Rockwell recommends Todd Gray's flagship restaurant, noting: "My most recent meal at Equinox was the best I've had in years, *but* that was two Chefs de Cuisine ago, i.e., about a year." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
1.5 Stars (10/14/2012)
A brutal review of former executive chef Karen Nicolas , who has since left the restaurant. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (1/23/2012) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2012
"Chef/owner Todd Gray … is at the center of the area’s seasonal-cooking movement" and "also draws inspiration from the Mid-Atlantic." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic —Recommended
"My most recent meal at Equinox was the best I've had in years, *but* that was two Chefs de Cuisine ago, i.e., about a year." See 4/15/2011 Review…»

Chop't Creative Salad Company

1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-499-2393

Salads
Wraps
Healthy
 

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$9.99
 

Cheap Eats
Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This small salad chain with locations in New York and DC is a great spot for a quick salad or salad wrap. You can make your own combination or select from a number of tasty pre-selected ones. And, with the calories posted on the menu and a good selection of "spa" dressings (all under 50 calories per serving), it's one of our picks for healthy "cheap eats."
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (11/18/2012)
The story about Chop’t highlights some of what we like about it: it’s healthy, fast, has a wide variety of ingredients to choose from, and offers a number of tasty combinations. But that's only half of what caught the reporter's eye. "The other half is the theater that comes with the salad assembly line." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Chop't Creative Salad Company

1629 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-688-0333

Salads
Wraps
Healthy
 

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$9.99
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This small salad chain with locations in New York and DC is a great spot for a quick salad or salad wrap. You can make your own combination or select from a number of tasty pre-selected ones. And, with the calories posted on the menu and a good selection of "spa" dressings (all under 50 calories per serving), it's one of our picks for healthy "cheap eats."
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (11/18/2012)
The story about Chop’t highlights some of what we like about it: it’s healthy, fast, has a wide variety of ingredients to choose from, and offers a number of tasty combinations. But that's only half of what caught the reporter's eye. "The other half is the theater that comes with the salad assembly line." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Protein Bar

1011 19th. St NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-887-0100

Wraps
Salads
Healthy
 

$
$9.99
 

Cheap Eats
Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This fast-casual chain from Chicago focuses on healthier, lower calorie food that still manages to be tastier than the high-fat, high calorie meals it aims to replace. The menu includes wraps (called "bar-ritos" here), salads, and quinoa bowls, all at around 500 calories (most are less). It's one of our choices for healthy cheap eats.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (9/26/2012)
"Protein Bar … aims to give the lunchtime crowd a more healthful alternative with its Bar-ritos, which contain half the fat and less than half the calories." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/13/2013)
"Breakfast options include quinoa bowls and oatmeal, while lunch involves “grilled” and “chilled” protein bar-ritos, salads, and more quinoa bowls[.] … You can also pick food and shakes up for dinner; Protein Bar keeps the lights on until 8 PM." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Protein Bar

925 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-621-9574

Wraps
Salads
Healthy
 

$
$9.99
 

Cheap Eats
Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This fast-casual chain from Chicago focuses on healthier, lower calorie food that still manages to be tastier than the high-fat, high calorie meals it aims to replace. The menu includes wraps (called "bar-ritos" here), salads, and quinoa bowls, all at around 500 calories (most are less). It's one of our choices for healthy cheap eats.
Summary
Washington Post
Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (9/26/2012)
"Protein Bar … aims to give the lunchtime crowd a more healthful alternative with its Bar-ritos, which contain half the fat and less than half the calories." See Full Review…»
Summary
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Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/13/2013)
"Breakfast options include quinoa bowls and oatmeal, while lunch involves “grilled” and “chilled” protein bar-ritos, salads, and more quinoa bowls[.] … You can also pick food and shakes up for dinner; Protein Bar keeps the lights on until 8 PM." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.
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 (*).