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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.

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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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.

CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

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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.

Inn at Little Washington

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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.

Poste Moderne Brasserie

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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.

Tabard Inn

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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.

The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

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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.

Blue Duck Tavern

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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.

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).

West End Bistro

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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.

J&G Steakhouse

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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.

Seasons | Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

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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.

Firefly

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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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Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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.

CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

Eric Ziebold's tasting menu-centric restaurant, located within the Mandarin Oriental hotel, is one of the most acclaimed dining destinations.

Inn at Little Washington

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.

Poste Moderne Brasserie

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.

Tabard Inn

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.

The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

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.

Blue Duck Tavern

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.

Plume

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).

West End Bistro

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.

J&G Steakhouse

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.

Seasons | Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

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.

Firefly

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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