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Michelin-Starred Metier Tops Washingtonian’s Latest 100 Best List

Shaw’s subterranean, tasting menu-driven dining room jumps 13 spots in the annual guide

Chef and restaurateur Eric Ziebold in the kitchen at Metier.
Photo: Metier

Metier, the nearly two-year-old restaurant in Shaw that last fall earned its first Michelin star, has rocketed to the top of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants guide for 2018.

The annual issue is projected to land on newsstands this week, but Washingtonian has released the names of the top 25 eateries around town to whet everyone’s appetite for the full rankings. Metier failed to crack Washingtonian’s top 10 last year, though Eric Ziebold — Eater’s chef of the year in 2016 — was well on his way to the head of the class with sibling restaurant Kinship; the more approachable of Ziebold’s fantasy dining destinations has dropped at least 21 spots this time around.

Three additions to the top 20 are just a few months old: the Southwest waterfront’s new paella source, Del Mar (3); flame grilling showplace Maydan (17); and restaurateur Mike Isabella’s now-flagship French restaurant, Requin (20). Elder statesman the Inn at Little Washington, which turns 40 this year and plans to savor every minute of it, drops a few more places (now at 12) but remains in the mix.


1346 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009 Visit Website


1015 7th St, Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 737-7500 Visit Website


100 District Square SW, , DC 20024 (202) 827-8380 Visit Website

Del Mar

2125 Lombard Street, , CA 94123 (415) 345-8663 Visit Website

The Inn at Little Washington

309 Middle Street, , VA 22747 (540) 675-3800 Visit Website