Palisades Restaurants

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5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW
Washington, DC 20016
202-237-2300

Belgian


 

$$
$22.70
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
This popular Belgian bistro from chef/owner Claudio Pirollo draws a predominantly neighborhood crowd who come for top notch versions of classic dishes, a good beer selection, and delicious desserts.
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2.5 Stars (10/9/2014) — Fall Dining Guide 2014
"Some of my most memorable Belgian meals — trips to Brussels included — have originated from the kitchen of Claudio Pirollo, whose slip of a dining room in the Palisades routinely packs in neighbors and statesmen alike.…Depending on how much personal space you need, the narrow restaurant comes across as cozy or claustrophobic. If you’re a group, reserve table No. 1, set in the back but with high stools that allow as many as a dozen of you to still see the scene." See Full Review…»
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No. 77 (2/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Cheek-by-jowl tables and the happy buzz of conversation give this dining room the feel of a Montparnasse hangout. And while the menu includes nods to the City of Light such as duck confit and profiteroles, it skews toward the native cuisine of Belgian chef/owner Claudio Pirollo. That means mussels are reliably plump (we like the version with garlic and saffron) and frites nicely crunchy. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A rock-solid, albeit pricey, neighborhood Belgian bistro, good beers, excellent shortribs, superb desserts." See 7/29/2015 Review…»

BlackSalt

4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-342-9101

Seafood
American

 

$$$
$33.75
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
The fish counter at the front of Jeff Black's Palisades restaurant is an indication of what to get here. Although there are other options, fish is the star of the show here. The menu from executive chef Mike Huff shows a global influence, ranging from New England to Asia, the Middle East, Italy and beyond. A five ($80) and seven ($98) tasting menu is also offered in addition to the regular a la carte offerings.
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2.5 Stars (5/15/2014) — 2014 Spring Dining Guide
"You know you’re in a prime spot for fishing the moment you spy the retail display that fronts one of the few reasons to eat in the Palisades. A … perusal of the clear-eyed ingredients instill confidence in those who have come here to enjoy the work of new chef Mike Huff…." See Full Review…»
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No. 91 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Long before market/restaurant hybrids became trendy, chef Jeff Black’s seafood shop and dining room was a destination in the Palisades. Eleven years in, the crowds haven’t waned, though the space has been refreshed with bar-area banquettes and a brighter palette. Seafood—including specialties you can select from ice-laden cases for chefs to prepare—remains the main draw. Chef Mike Huff, who has spent time cooking in Italy’s Campania region, has added a few daily-special fresh pastas to the menu; they join a global lineup that’s strong when touching down in Europe (wood-grilled sardines with garlic-parsley sauce) and Asia (Skuna Bay salmon atop a rice tower). …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Nowhere near what it used to be, my most recent meal here reflects a big downgrade, the house oysters are not exciting, excellent bread."

Kotobuki

4822 MacArthur Blvd. NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-281-6679

Japanese
Sushi

 

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$20.42
 

★★

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The tiny sushi joint near Makoto features a value-priced menu with many pieces just $2.00. Stick with basics, like scallops, flounder and escolar.
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2 Stars (10/15/2006)
An extremely outdated review of "this second-story Japanese shoebox, where chef Hisao Abe offers nearly 20 kinds of sushi." See Full Review…»
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2.5 Stars (1/1/2010)
As this outdated review from the 100 Best Restaurants 2010 notes, "[t]here’s barely space to breathe in this small second-floor dining room containing a sushi bar, a handful of tables, and nearly always a line out the door." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A charming pillbox, many sushi items are only $1.50, scallops, flounder and escolar are consistent standouts."

Bistroquet

5100 MacArthur Blvd. NW
Washington, DC 20016
202-244-9500

Thai
French

 

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$23.27
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
This charming neighborhood French restaurant also offers a handful of Thai-fusion dishes and, oddly, (average) pizzas.
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"An interesting fusion of French and Thai, often in the same dishes, and it works, gently priced for the neighborhood, pleasant wines by the glass"
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 (*).