Bombay Club (815 Connecticut Ave NW)
An upscale version of your classic home-style Indian dishes. We went during restaurant week for lunch and the food was very good.
Boqueria (1837 M St NW)
They have two locations of this place in NYC and I was delighted to discover there was one in DC as well. They have a good brunch deal for unlimited tapas and drinks, or just go for a regular tapas meal. Delicious sangria!
Duke’s Grocery (1513 17th St NW)
I first went here because I was craving an English breakfast and I was not disappointed by theirs. They have a delicious brunch with lots of fresh options.
Iron Gate (1734 N St NW)
This place was made for date nights. It’s in an old horse stall that is now rustic-ly decorated, with twinkly lights leading in. The food is Mediterreanean, all of it fresh and delicious. I’ve come for both lunch and dinner and enjyed both experiences. Must make a reservation.
Jack Rose (2007 18th St NW)
This is one of the most multi-faceted establishments. Whether you want a drink at the bar (main floor), a rooftop cocktail in a coconut at the Tiki Bar (upstairs), or a cozy night in the speakeasy (downstairs), there’s an option for it all. They have solid food as well.
Mintwood Place (1813 Columbia Rd NW)
Mintwood and Convivial have the same executive chef, with Mintwood being a more casual French bistro. We enjoyed our meal (it was almost too much food) but we could have skipped the escargot hush puppies. Must make a reservation.
Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd NW)
We came here because I wanted a rooftop dinner in the summer and the sushi was not half bad. The happy hour cocktails were lovely as well. We got a squid ball skewer though that was awful, so stick with the maki rolls!
Rasika (1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW)
Rasika has a few locations (we went to the West End One) and it did indeed live up to the hype. Everything we got–from the cocktails to the food–was amazing. The cuisine is more modern Indian. We were told to get the palak chat dish–and we did–and oh em gee it was amazing. Do not miss it! Must make a reservation.
Tail-Up Goat (1827 Adams Mill Road NW)
The food here is Caribbean-inspired, and although I’m not sure that’s how we’d describe our dishes, they were all still very good. The rabbit sausage was our favorite of the meal.
Little Serow (1511 17th St NW)
Thai tasting menu. The plates are actually all shareable, and only set you back about $49 for six to seven courses. They don’t allow modifications to the ever-changing menu, but you’ll be right at home if you love spicy food and pork!
Lapis (1847 Columbia Road NW)
Amazing Afghan restaurant–try the mantoo beef, buranee banjan, and the bolani. The flavors were unique and blew us away! Make a reservation.