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A Dozen Hotel Restaurants Worth a Visit

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It's Hotels Week over at our sister site, Curbed DC, which means they're bringing readers tons of news and features about the city's various places to stay. Now, the term "hotel restaurant" often conjures images of tepid omelets and overpriced Caesar salads. But several of the city's hotel restaurants are not only decent options for guests — they're destinations in their own right. Here are a dozen of the best hotel restaurants in the area; they're worth a visit for tourists and residents alike.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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This Michael Mina establishment is the flagship restaurant of the Four Seasons Washington D.C. Known for its steaks, cocktails and iconic dishes such as the lobster pot pie, the restaurant is now under the helm of John Critchley.

2. CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

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1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 787-6868
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Eric Ziebold's tasting menu-centric restaurant, located within the Mandarin Oriental hotel, is one of the most acclaimed dining destinations.

3. Inn at Little Washington

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Middle Street
Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-3800
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Consistently ranked among the country's top destination restaurant, Patrick O'Connell's American restaurant is known for its seasonal fare and artful, sometimes whimsical dishes.

4. Poste Moderne Brasserie

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-6060
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This Kimpton hotel restaurant, overseen by Dennis Marron, serves up bistro fare like a French onion soup burger and truffle fries. Its outdoor happy hour is one of the city's most crowded spots during the summer.

5. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-8528
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Those who want to snag a brunch reservation at this popular restaurant better call far in advance. The restaurant is also known for its craft cocktails.

6. The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

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692 Federal St
Paris, VA 20130
(540) 592-3900
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This destination restaurant recently expanded its kitchen. Tarver King and Nathan Shaprio excel at using local ingredients; the restaurant also has an impressive, Virginia-centric wine list.

7. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Blue Duck Tavern just took home the Rammy Award for best fine dining restaurant. Dishes like chicken and waffles grace the brunch menu, while dinner involves fare such as seared foie gras terrine and brased beef rib from chefs Sebastien Archambault and John Melfi.

8. Plume

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1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2322
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This restaurant within the Jefferson Hotel has a stellar wine list and offers such dishes as lobster roe pasta and soft shell crab tempura on its tasting menu (which changes with the seasons).

9. West End Bistro

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1190 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 974-4900
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No longer an Eric Ripert restaurant, WestEnd Bistro is going through a period of transition. But the work of chef Devin Bozkaya, cooking up such dishes as chicken breast panzanella and roasted salmon, has drawn early praise.

10. J&G Steakhouse

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515 15th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 661-2440
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This restaurant in the W hotel is overseen by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Though a steakhouse, it is mostly known for its seafood. The restaurant will close temporarily this summer for renovations.

11. Seasons | Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0444
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The city's most expensive brunch destination is known for its epic, farm-centric buffet. The restaurant is also a popular power breakfast choice for the city's business leaders and politicians.

12. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 861-1310
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This festive restaurant, located within Kimpton's Hotel Madera, serves up punch cocktails and spins on comfort food classics from chef Danny Bortnick.

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1. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007
This Michael Mina establishment is the flagship restaurant of the Four Seasons Washington D.C. Known for its steaks, cocktails and iconic dishes such as the lobster pot pie, the restaurant is now under the helm of John Critchley.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

2. CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Eric Ziebold's tasting menu-centric restaurant, located within the Mandarin Oriental hotel, is one of the most acclaimed dining destinations.
1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

3. Inn at Little Washington

Middle Street, Washington, VA 22747
Consistently ranked among the country's top destination restaurant, Patrick O'Connell's American restaurant is known for its seasonal fare and artful, sometimes whimsical dishes.
Middle Street
Washington, VA 22747

4. Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
This Kimpton hotel restaurant, overseen by Dennis Marron, serves up bistro fare like a French onion soup burger and truffle fries. Its outdoor happy hour is one of the city's most crowded spots during the summer.
555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

5. Tabard Inn

1739 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Those who want to snag a brunch reservation at this popular restaurant better call far in advance. The restaurant is also known for its craft cocktails.
1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

692 Federal St, Paris, VA 20130
This destination restaurant recently expanded its kitchen. Tarver King and Nathan Shaprio excel at using local ingredients; the restaurant also has an impressive, Virginia-centric wine list.
692 Federal St
Paris, VA 20130

7. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Blue Duck Tavern just took home the Rammy Award for best fine dining restaurant. Dishes like chicken and waffles grace the brunch menu, while dinner involves fare such as seared foie gras terrine and brased beef rib from chefs Sebastien Archambault and John Melfi.
1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

8. Plume

1200 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
This restaurant within the Jefferson Hotel has a stellar wine list and offers such dishes as lobster roe pasta and soft shell crab tempura on its tasting menu (which changes with the seasons).
1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. West End Bistro

1190 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
No longer an Eric Ripert restaurant, WestEnd Bistro is going through a period of transition. But the work of chef Devin Bozkaya, cooking up such dishes as chicken breast panzanella and roasted salmon, has drawn early praise.
1190 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037

10. J&G Steakhouse

515 15th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004
This restaurant in the W hotel is overseen by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Though a steakhouse, it is mostly known for its seafood. The restaurant will close temporarily this summer for renovations.
515 15th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004

11. Seasons | Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
The city's most expensive brunch destination is known for its epic, farm-centric buffet. The restaurant is also a popular power breakfast choice for the city's business leaders and politicians.
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

12. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave, Washington, DC 20004
This festive restaurant, located within Kimpton's Hotel Madera, serves up punch cocktails and spins on comfort food classics from chef Danny Bortnick.
1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004

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