Downtown/Farragut Square Restaurants

Bombay Club

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

Indian


 

$$$
 
 

★★★

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Don Rockwell recommends restaurateur Ashok Bajaj's long-running restaurant, calling it "beautiful, formal Indian dining with impeccable service, a lovely dining room with linens, [and] a special-occasion restaurant that's not priced like one."
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3 Stars (10/21/2012) — Fall 2012 Dining Guide
"Fussing servers, coffered ceilings, slow-moving fans … 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." See Full Review…»
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3 Stars (1/28/2013) — 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 … and a lamb vindaloo laced with aged vinegar. See Full Review…»
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The Oval Room

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

American


 

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★★½

Average Value

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Don Rockwell recommends this Ashok Bajaj restaurant (across the street from Bombay Club), noting its "complex, intricate plates with a virtual absence of cream or butter," but also noting that Chef "Tony Conte is no longer running the kitchen day‑to‑day."
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2.5 Stars (10/10/2013) — Fall 2013 Dining Guide
"Judging by the limo purring out front and a sprinkling of VIPs inside, the second-most-famous oval room in Washington is the one owned by Ashok Bajaj. Some observers might credit the restaurant's proximity to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for the renown. Food enthusiasts might point to the top gun, Tony Conte, who delights in slipping surprises into his cooking." See Full Review…»
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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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BLT Steak

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

American
French
Steak
 

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★★½

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Washingtonian listed this French-influenced steakhouse among its 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014.
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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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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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Kaz Sushi Bistro

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

Japanese
Sushi

 

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★★

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Don Rockwell recommends Kaz Okochi's fusion Japanese restaurant, noting that "innovative flavor combinations, quality sushi rice, and saucing (yes saucing) are strengths here."
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3 Stars (4/24/2005)
An outdated review from Tom Sietsema highlighting Chef Okochi’s innovative combinations. See Full Review…»
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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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Teaism

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

Asian


 

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★★

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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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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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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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Equinox

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

American


 

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★★

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Don Rockwell recommends Todd Gray's flagship restaurant, noting: "my most recent meal at Equinox was the best I've had in years, running neck-and-neck with The Oval Room." See Full Review…»
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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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2.5 Stars (1/23/2012) — 100 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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Chop't Creative Salad Company

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

Salads
Wraps
Healthy
 

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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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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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Chop't Creative Salad Company

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

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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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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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Protein Bar

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

Wraps
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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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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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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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Protein Bar

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

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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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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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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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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 (*).