Downtown/McPherson Square Restaurants

Casa Luca

1099 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-628-1099

Italian


 

$$$
$28.00
 

★★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Fabio Trabocchi's casual osteria features the kind of simple Italian cooking that the chef grew up with in his native Marche. It's not cheap by any stretch, but it's extremely affordable for cooking at this level. More so, thanks to a nice selection of value-priced wines, many for just $28 a bottle.
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2.5 Stars (10/10/2013) — Fall Dining Guide 2013
"Casa Luca is a response to patrons of the chic Fiola who told Fabio Trabocchi they were hungry for something more relaxed. … Introduced in July, Casa Luca takes its name from Trabocchi's young son and places diners in a large and light-filled osteria, its walls made personal with family photographs." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 9 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"This was supposed to be Fabio Trabocchi’s simplest, most accessible restaurant. Oh, some dishes are served family-style and meant to evoke the Italian countryside, and nearly every one is carried off with a minimum of fuss. But there’s a rigor and a passion that lift the place above a casual trattoria. The fish has always shone here—don’t miss one of the area’s best tuna tartares—but lately the strength of the pastas (including a beet-stuffed casonsei and a spinach pappardelle) have been making it difficult to decide what to order. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Fabio Trabocchi's more casual osteria, many wines $28, house-made pasta, seasonal vegetables, an important newcomer."

Woodward Table

1430 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-347-5353

American


 

$$
$24.23
 

★★½

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Woodward Table is the all-American concept from Jeff Buben and the team behind Vidalia and Bistro Bis. Chef Joe Harran runs this kitchen, which features pizzas, big salads, and entrees that emphasize hearty, meaty fare.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"The youngest in a family of establishments from restaurant honcho Jeff Buben, this sibling to Vidalia and Bistro Bis has emerged as the cream of the crop after an uneven launch. Just taste the efforts of new chef Eddie Moran and tell me otherwise. If you’re looking for a meal downtown that’s stimulating but not shocking, Woodward Table flashes a green light. Asparagus soup is precisely that, a pale green puree dotted with crab for sweetness and dappled with lemon creme fraiche for contrast. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (1/28/2014) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014
"Jeffrey Buben … loosens things up at this brasserie-gone-Southern, where the smell of fry batter lingers in the air. The menu is one of those lineups where nearly everything at least sounds tasty, and the unstuffy place is as suited to a post-work snack and glass of wine as it is to a date night or pre-theater dinner." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"The wonderful chef Joe Harran comes from Bistro Bis, one of downtown's greatest restaurants." See 4/18/2013 Review…»

Siroc

915 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-628-2220

Italian


 

$$$
$25.43
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
Siroc is a labor of love for co-owners and brothers Keram and Mehdi Dris and chef Martin Lackovic, which shows in everything from the service to the cooking. The Mediterranean-influenced menu shows a heavy Italian influence in its good selection of pastas, but also incorporates flavors from France and Spain.
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2.5 Stars (5/18/2013) — 2013 Spring Dining Guide
Tom Sietsema revisits Siroc and finds that "the reason I first fell for Siroc is the one that continues to draw me back: The intimate restaurant overlooking McPherson Square fills whatever niche a diner wants it to occupy." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (1/1/2010)
Washingtonian finds that Siroc "minds the middle—a place of quiet refinement and moderation." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A good all-around restaurant, decent wine program, caring and attentive service, on a recent visit the food was shockingly bad (even the pastas)."

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-489-0140

Seafood
Steak

 

$$$
$32.01
 

★★

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Billy Klein is chef de cuisine at this offshoot of the century-old Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach.
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2 Stars (10/9/2014) — Fall Dining Guide 2014
"An import from Miami Beach, Joe’s made a splash when it launched in the former Union Trust Bank in January. Almost overnight, the corner restaurant became a place for the powers that be to seal deals over meals or simply unwind over a classic cocktail and oysters that are terrific whether they’re raw or fried. Come with an appetite or a crowd; everything — the bread basket, the salads, the side dishes — is plus-size. A cheat sheet to the menu flags chopped vegetable salad, silken black cod in clear tomato broth, bone-in rib-eye and fried chicken sheathed in cracker meal, a signature of the original Joe’s. Conspicuously absent from the list? Joe’s signature stone crabs from the Florida Keys, damp and sometimes stringy when I’ve caught them." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (5/8/2014)
"The chilled claws thus far have been underwhelming—lacking both sweetness and flavor—especially given their over-the-top price. … I’d save my $50 and focus a seafood craving on the jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab, the supremely crunchy calamari, and the garlicky, scampi-like shrimp De Jonghe, which is showered in buttery bread crumbs." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
Make no mistake, Joe's is Italicized because it's so outrageously expensive that they can afford to serve quality ingredients, bustling happy hour

Acadiana

901 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-408-8848

Creole/Cajun


 

$$$
$28.00
 

★★

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Jeff Tunks' dependable New Orleans restaurant is a favorite spot for business lunches. The menu features upscale versions of Bayou classics.
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2 Stars (1/22/2006)
An extremely outdated review by Tom Sietsema. See Full Review…»
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2 Stars (1/1/2010)
An outdated review from Washingtonian's 100 Best Restaurants 2010. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"The most soulful of the Jeff Tunks restaurants, with a world-class Bourbon list, still very corporate feeling."

Decanter

(St. Regis)
923 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-509-8000

American
Italian

 

$$$
$32.00
 

★★

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Chef Sebastien Rondier stayed on after Alain Ducasse closed Adour, reinventing the place as an upscale Mediterranean restaurant. The setting remains one of the most beautiful in DC.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (7/9/2013)
"The posh setting hasn’t been touched[.] … Adour's chef, [Alain] Ducasse acolyte Sebastien Rondier, is still in command of the kitchen. But his concise menu has switched allegiance from France to the Mediterranean." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/24/2013)
Decanter is more of a facelift operation than a full-on makeover. … you’ll find the exact same elegant-chic dining room, a focus on wine …, and executive chef Sébastien Rondier, who worked with [Alain] Ducasse for more than a decade. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Chef Sebastien Rondier stays on after Alain Ducasse and St. Regis sever ties, a Mediterranean theme replaces upscale French."

Pennsylvania 6

1350 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-796-1600

American


 

$$$$
$35.96
 

★★

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This seafood and steakhouse chain is named after the Pennsylvania Railroad, which also gives its name to the train station near the original New York branch. It offers fairly standard American fare, but the dishes are well prepared making it a solid choice for a wide range of tastes. What really distinguishes the restaurant is the work of James Beard Award-Winning Sommelier Mark Slater.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/13/2016)
"… Visions of political dealmaking over a $62 bone-in filet will always draw a certain set, and Pennsylvania 6, which prostrates itself before the expense-account crowd, feels both elegant and staid, with a clubby, old-fashioned vibe, dark-wood decor and a steak- and seafood-heavy menu. It’s an ode to an era “when dining was a social event, not just to feel satiated,” said culinary director Brian Cooke. &hellip:" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A Pennsylvania steakhouse chain, modernized, and with a National James Beard Award-Winning Sommelier in the great Mark Slater"

WTF

1426 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-347-5355

Sandwiches


 

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$11.23
 

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The takeout counter next door to Jeff Buben's Woodward Table (playfully dubbed "WTF") serves excellent breakfast and lunch items to go.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (12/26/2012)
"WTF features classic American comfort foods reimagined with cheffy flourishes and an emphasis on house-made ingredients. Because it’s essentially a deli, WTF focuses on sandwiches, which include some of the best in the District. They all are built upon house-made breads." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (3/7/2013)
"Aimed at the working-lunch crowd, WTF—where you’ll find a terrific cheddar biscuit with fried chicken at breakfast and an equally good fried-chicken sandwich with pickles at lunch—is the grab-and-go counterpart to Woodward Table, Buben's … restaurant in the 230-seat space vacated last summer by Potenza." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"'Woodward Takeout Food,' one of downtown's greatest breakfast nooks and sandwich shops, absolutely wonderful."

Chix

1121 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-682-2449

Chicken


 

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$12.48
 

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This eco-friendly chicken rotisserie offers three styles: Peruvian, Columbian, and a house blend of spices. A collection of good sides rounds out the menu.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/6/2011)
"Slow-roasted chicken in a trio of seasoning styles," including "the familiar Peruvian;" "Chix Chicken" (a house style made with a secret spice blend); and "Colombian" (a Chix invention where the chicken is marinated in coffee and coconut milk).  See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/24/2008)
"The suburbs are rife with good spit-roasted-chicken joints. Now DC has one, too, as the free-range birds coming out of this ecominded brownstone rotisserie prove." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Rotisserie chicken presented with an eco-friendly twist, quality ingredients, well-made sides."
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 (*).