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CityZen (Downtown) - Located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel (1330 Maryland Avenue SW, at 12th St.), CityZen’s chef extraordinaire, Eric Ziebold was voted as one of ‘America’s Best New Chef’s’ – and the restaurant one of the ‘Hottest Restaurants in the World.” This American-French restaurant (with Asian roots) boasts soaring ceilings and an exhibition kitchen – where you can watch your scrumptious dishes like foie gras risotto, chicken and dumplings or proscuitto with melon get prepared. Three and five-course tasting menus are also available and will not disappoint. With an 800-bottle wine cellar, a sophisticated lounge, dining area, and a signature martini or champagne cocktail – CityZen will allow you to indulge in a fine culinary journey.

Mate (Georgetown) – An upscale Latin-sushi lounge, this place is simply… hip. Another jewel in the crown of bar guru Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld (creator of Chi-Cha Lounge and Gua-Rapo), this fusion retreat takes over prime corner real estate in one of the last remaining retail spaces at the Ritz-Carlton complex. Known for its verba-mate teas, the restaurant also features imported blends from Argentina mixed with rum and fresh fruit, mojitos and even verba-mate-infused soup. Don’t miss out on the maki-like rolls with zesty Latin ingredients, along with the traditional dishes like platonas. While there’s no dance floor here, Mate turns into a sexy night spot when DJ’s spin. Mate can be found at 3101 K St NW (at 31st St. NW).

Zola (Downtown) – An elegant contemporary place serving American fare, Zola is set amongst restored classic architecture (located in the historic Le Droit Building) and offers an interestingly eclectic wine list. With a little pinch of espionage, patrons can peer through a small spy hole into an adjacent booth and glimpse others feasting on smoked beer and cheddar fondue, roasted lamb tabouleh or potato gnocchi (that’s pronounced enyaw-kees). Though desserts range from simple to sweet, make room for the peanut butter trifle and the chocolate bomb. Zola can be found below the radar at the International Spy museum building at 800 F Street NW (at 8th)....read more

49 Twelve Thai Cuisine
4912 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 966-4696

5 Guys Famous Burgers & Fries
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-2135

51st State
2512 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 625-2444

600 Restaurant At The Watergate
600 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 337-5890
(202) 337-5895 (fax)

6th & E Lobby Shop
600 E Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-8575

A M Briggs Seafood Co Inc
2130 Queens Chapel Road Northeast, Washington, DC 20018
(202) 529-3164

A Slice Of Italy
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20500
(202) 737-0061

A V Ristorante Italiano
607 New York Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-0550

Aatish On the Hill
609 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-0931

Abi Ti Ethiopian Restaurant
1909 9th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 328-2223

901 New York Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-8848

Ackee Tree Restaurant
1905 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 667-3331

Adam's Mill & Bar Grill
1813 Adams Mill Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-9577

Aditi Indian Cuisine
3299 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-6825

Aditi Indian Kitchen
50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 682-0304

Afghan Kabob Restaurant Inc
3320 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-0300

Afterwords Cafe
1517 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 387-1462

Agua Ardiente
1250 24th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 833-8500

Akosombo Inc
613 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-1133

Al Tiramisu
2014 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 467-4466

Al's Pizzeria
1382 East Capitol Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-1113

Alacarte Express
Washington DC's Premier Multi-Restaurant Delivery Service
1606 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 232-8646
(202) 232-3533 (fax)

Alamo Grill Of Georgetown
1063 31st Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-2000
(202) 342-1503 (fax)

American Sea Grill
480 L’Enfant Plaza SW , Washington, DC , 20024
(202) 646-4433

Anna Maria's
1737 Connecticut Avenue, NW , Washington, DC , 20009
(202) 667-1444

Archives Restaurant
1101 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 639-0400

Bravo Bravo Restaurant & Nightclub
1001 Connecticut Avenue Nw, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-5330

Butterfield 9
600 14th Street, NW , Washington, DC , 20005
(202) 289-8810

Cafe Mozart
1331H St Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-5732

Cafe Promenade
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW , Washington, DC , 20036
(202) 347-2233

Caravela Restaurant
4615 41st St Nw, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-3200

Charlie Palmer Steak
101 Constitution Ave., NW , Washington, DC , 20001
(202) 547-8100

Clydes of Georgetown
3236 M Street, NW , Washington, DC , 20007
(202) 333-9180

Curry Club
1734 Wisconsin Av Nw, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-9090

Don Lobos Mexican Grill
2811 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-0137

Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant
1114-1118 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-8735
(202) 667-8736

El Chalan Restaurant
1924 Ist NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 293-2765

Fran O'Briens Steak House
1001 16th Street NW , Washington, DC , 20036

Galileo da Roberto Donna
1110 21st Street, NW , Washington, DC , 20036

Grand'ma Cookin & Jam Down Catering
4007 Norbeck Road, Unit A, Rockville, MD 20853
(301) 929-3377
(301) 929-3388

I Ricchi
1220 19th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 835-0459

Jeffrey's At The Watergate
2650 Virginia Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 298-4455

Kaz Sushi Bistro
1915 I Street , NW , Washington, DC , 20006

La Bergerie
(703) 683-1007

Le Canard
(703) 281-0070

Le Gaulois Cafe Restaurant
1106 King Street , Alexandria, VA , 22314
(703) 739-9494

Luna Grill and Diner
1301 Connecticut Ave. NW , Washington, DC , 20036
(202) 835-2280

1725 F St Nw, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 962-0280

Mimis American Bistro
2120 P Street, NW , Washington, DC

Mr. K's Restaurant
2121 K Street Nw, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 331-8868

Peacock Cafe
3251 Prospect St., NW , Washington, DC , 20007

Persimmon an American Bistro
7003 Wisconsin Avenue , Chevy Chase, MD , 20815

Santa Rosa Restaurant
2224 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 518-8100

Star Saloon
518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-6333

Tabard Inn Restaurant
1739 N Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-8528

Tabard Inn Restaurants
1739 N Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-2668

The Grill From Ipanema
1858 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-0757
(202) 265-4229 (fax)

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Timpano Italian Chophouse
12021 Rockville Pike , Rockville, MD , 20852

Tuscana West
1350 Eye Street, NW (Between 13th & 14th St.) , Washington, DC , 20005

Warehouse Bar and Grill
214 King Street , Alexandria, VA , 22314

Wharf Restaurant
119 King Street , Alexandria, VA , 22314

Wok & Roll
604 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-4656

Bars and Nightlife

Eighteenth Street Lounge (Dupont Circle) – ESL is simply the best lounge in DC - no matter how hard everyone else tries! With its own record label and a hipper-than-thou attitude, ESL is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Of course there is no name on the door and a pretty strict door policy (if you don’t look the part, you don’t get in). Looking pretty sparse from the outside (in an old townhouse sitting above a Mattress Discounters store), you’ll be surrounded by superb music, candles galore and a first-class crowd once inside. While weekends are always packed, special nights are Wednesdays and Thursdays when live music is playing. At 1212 18th St NW (at Connecticut Ave. NW).

MCCXXIII (Dupont) – This place (which most fondly refer to as “12-23”) has really stood the test of time and has never lacked panache! 1223 with its roman numerals, 3 levels of bars and 2 dance floors, has brought in practically every famous clubber or beautiful person in the DC area at one time or another. Radiating pulsating beats and satisfying those who value a venue with a hip dress code, a strict bouncer and a tight velvet rope, 1223 is more than just a trendy watering hole. It exudes an exclusive and elite vibe that encourages flirtation and the unlimited consumption of champagne and caviar. The music ranges from ultra-progressive rock and international house to hip-hop and R&B. The big night here is Spank on Thursdays. 1223 Connecticut Ave NW (near 18th St. NW).

Chi-Cha Lounge (U Street Corridor) – Everyone flocks to this DC nightspot. The theme here is Latino and very sexy – the walls are filled with colorful paintings, the lighting is low and the music is a sultry mix of cocktail jazz and electronica. After you enter and sink into the plush velvet couches, you can order one of Chi-Cha’s popular tapas dishes and signature red or white chi-cha cocktail (a mouth-watering mix of juices, cinnamon, cane sugar and a secret ingredient nobody can seem to figure out). Chi-Cha also seems to be one of the few places in town that you can order your own hookah pipe. Located at 1624 U St. NW (near New Hampshire Ave. NW).

Eyebar (Downtown) – Surrounded by office buildings swarming with hip young things, this lounge and DJ stomping ground, located on I (a.k.a. “Eye” Street), is in the perfect spot to make a killing! With few other clubs in the vicinity, almost daily drinks specials and a roster of trendsetting and fashionista regulars – this place is a hit (on weekdays and weekends). Eyebar is filled with modern furnishings, house and trance music, a sexy ambiance and a full bar. They do enforce a strict dress code policy: no sneakers, flip flops, hats, tank tops, athletic wear, shorts, ripped, worn out or baggy jeans. Eyebar can be found at 1716 I St NW (at 17th St. NW)....read more