The Best of Washington, DC

Restaurants
By Debbie K. Hardin
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The Reef Restaurant
GASTRO-PUB PERFECTION: Adams Morgan’s The Reef Restaurant (Nathan Borchelt)

Michel Richard Citronelle (202-625-2150; 3000 M St., N.W., Washington). You won’t find a finer dining experience in Washington, D.C. Period. Chef Michel Richard is nothing short of a culinary genius, and his dishes are routinely exquisite—poetically imaginative, lusciously beautiful, and surprisingly fortifying as well. Service is warm, well orchestrated, and unobtrusive. Citronelle is not a well-kept secret, so come here and expect to rub elbows with political heavyweights, deep-pocket lobbyists, and the occasional Hollywood celebrity. The restaurant is an expensive indulgence, for sure, but well worth it for the gourmet experience of a lifetime.

The Reef (202-518-3800; 2446 18th St., N.W., Washington). This establishment elevates the genre of gastro-pub cuisine to dizzying levels of satisfaction and surprise, in part because they use only locally grown, all-organic ingredients. Fantastic beer, gourmet twists on the traditional, and sinful desserts—all without dropping half your paycheck on one meal. The restaurant has three levels, including an expansive, year-round roof deck; a small, jungle-themed, street-level lounge; and a large second-floor dining room—and the kitchen is open from brunch to late night.

Thai Square (703-685-7040; 3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington). This hole-in-the-wall may not be much to look at, but the crowded dining room encourages a second glance. Simply put, this place dishes out our favorite Thai food in the city, with menu items familiar both to people who grew up on Bangkok street food and those exposed only to Americanized versions. Even better, it’ll never put a dent in your wallet.


Published: 29 Jul 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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