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An Eater Guide to the Most Expensive Dishes in DC

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Does food taste better when it's more expensive? For those that think so, there are plenty of options around town. In the interest of avoiding a list entirely made up of steak and lobster, Eater has scoured the town for the priciest contender in a variety of categories. Whether it's upscale burgers and fries, a pricey power breakfast, or a way to make a tasting menu even more expensive, here's where to go when money is no object.
— Amy Cavanaugh


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Seasons

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0444
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Most Expensive Brunch: Seasons
For $80, you'll get the run of Seasons if you head there for brunch. There are tables upon tables of roasted turkey, crab cakes, a seafood bar, omelet bar, salads, soups, and charcuterie. The brunch is $40 for kids under 12.

2. Adour

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923 16th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 509-8000
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Most Expensive Breakfast: Adour
For $25, order the American and Adour will serve you juice coffee, eggs, home fries, meat, and toast. That’s actually not a bad deal, considering that you could also order the crab cake Florentine ($21) + a French press ($7) + a side of toast ($5) and drop $33 for breakfast.

3. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 626-0015
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Most Expensive Burger: Central
The classic Michel Richard burger uses lobster instead of beef and clocks in at $30. The seafood patty is topped with confit tomato, mayo, and potato tuiles.

4. Society Fair

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277 S Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-3247
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Most Expensive Party: Society Fair
When you’re celebrating a big birthday or a big deal, Society Fair will help you host a 10-person party with chef Cathal Armstrong and bartender Todd Thrasher. You’ll get canapés, dinner, and wine pairings, plus you’ll help prepare the meal yourself— the cost? $3,500.

5. 1789

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1789
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Most Expensive Cut of Meat (calculated per oz of ribeye): 1789
1789 offers a 35-day dry aged rib eye for $52 from the Butcher Cuts Shenandoah Valley Beef Cooperative. If you’re already dropping that much for the main course, why not start with a $22 foie gras torchon and then move onto a $34 tagliatelle with scallops?

6. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Most Expensive Entree: Bourbon Steak
If you’re going to Bourbon Steak, odds are you aren’t too worried about the cost of the bill. But one dish stands out above the others—the $68 lobster pot pie. The dish, made with brandied lobster cream, baby vegetables, and wild mushrooms, is exorbitant in both taste and price.

7. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

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601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-2888
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Most Expensive Pasta: Fiola
One way to make any dish more expensive—add lobster. At Fiola, the Maine lobster ravioli costs $36.

8. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

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3017 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 527-7383
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Most Expensive Pizza: Pete's
Jumbo Slice, this is not. At Pete’s, the Long Wharf pizza is a white pie topped with Chesapeake clams, shrimp, pesto, onions, garlic, and lemon oil. A 14” pie is $25, while an 18” pie is $32.

9. Ted's Bulletin

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505 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-8337
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Most Expensive Milkshake: Ted's Bulletin
Roll big with the Millionaire Malt Shake, made with Macallan 17, vanilla ice cream, and malt powder. The shake costs $19.99.

10. Plume

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1200 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2322
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Most Expensive Dessert: Plume:
To get The Nest, an outrageous five-inch tall gold-flecked white chocolate egg, you first need to sit in The Bird’s Nest nook and spring for the $550 seven-course tasting menu for two, which includes wine pairings. The dessert is filled with Chantilly cream and includes meringues, fresh berries, passion fruit and coconut sorbets, and a nest of cotton candy.

11. Poste Moderne Brasserie

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-6060
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Most Expensive Fries: Poste
The frites are one of the main reasons to visit Poste, though they won’t come cheaply. The traditional pommes frites are $8, the magical truffle frites are $10, and the Bordelaise frites are $12.

12. P.J. Clarke's

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1600 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 463-6610
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Most Expensive Seafood: P.J. Clarke's
For when a dozen oysters won’t do, drop $124 and order The Capitol, a raw spread of 12 oysters, six jumbo shrimp, 12 littleneck clams, jumbo lump crab cocktail, and a one pound Maine lobster.

13. BLT Steak

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1625 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Most Expensive Salad: BLT Steak
The chopped vegetable salad at BLT Steak costs a measly $15—until you add steak and the price jumps to $34. The Lobster Cobb at The Palm is also a contender for this category, though the cost varies depending on market price.

14. Restaurant Eve

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110 S Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 706-0450
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Most Expensive Secret Dinner: Restaurant Eve
Truffles instantly take everything up a notch, including the bill. Restaurant Eve offers an off-menu truffle tasting menu, featuring seven courses and a charge of $300 per person. The menu is available by request.

15. Inn at Little Washington

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Middle Street
Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-3800
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Most Expensive Upcharge: The Inn at Little Washington
Inn at Little Washington's menu changes regularly, but if A Tin of Sin: American Osetra Caviar with Peekytoe Crab and Cucumber Rillette is available, count on an $24 upcharge to the $188 tasting menu.

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1. Seasons

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007
Most Expensive Brunch: Seasons
For $80, you'll get the run of Seasons if you head there for brunch. There are tables upon tables of roasted turkey, crab cakes, a seafood bar, omelet bar, salads, soups, and charcuterie. The brunch is $40 for kids under 12.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

2. Adour

923 16th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
Most Expensive Breakfast: Adour
For $25, order the American and Adour will serve you juice coffee, eggs, home fries, meat, and toast. That’s actually not a bad deal, considering that you could also order the crab cake Florentine ($21) + a French press ($7) + a side of toast ($5) and drop $33 for breakfast.
923 16th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005

3. Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Most Expensive Burger: Central
The classic Michel Richard burger uses lobster instead of beef and clocks in at $30. The seafood patty is topped with confit tomato, mayo, and potato tuiles.
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

4. Society Fair

277 S Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Most Expensive Party: Society Fair
When you’re celebrating a big birthday or a big deal, Society Fair will help you host a 10-person party with chef Cathal Armstrong and bartender Todd Thrasher. You’ll get canapés, dinner, and wine pairings, plus you’ll help prepare the meal yourself— the cost? $3,500.
277 S Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. 1789

1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Most Expensive Cut of Meat (calculated per oz of ribeye): 1789
1789 offers a 35-day dry aged rib eye for $52 from the Butcher Cuts Shenandoah Valley Beef Cooperative. If you’re already dropping that much for the main course, why not start with a $22 foie gras torchon and then move onto a $34 tagliatelle with scallops?
1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007
Most Expensive Entree: Bourbon Steak
If you’re going to Bourbon Steak, odds are you aren’t too worried about the cost of the bill. But one dish stands out above the others—the $68 lobster pot pie. The dish, made with brandied lobster cream, baby vegetables, and wild mushrooms, is exorbitant in both taste and price.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

7. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Most Expensive Pasta: Fiola
One way to make any dish more expensive—add lobster. At Fiola, the Maine lobster ravioli costs $36.
601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

8. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

3017 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Most Expensive Pizza: Pete's
Jumbo Slice, this is not. At Pete’s, the Long Wharf pizza is a white pie topped with Chesapeake clams, shrimp, pesto, onions, garlic, and lemon oil. A 14” pie is $25, while an 18” pie is $32.
3017 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

9. Ted's Bulletin

505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Most Expensive Milkshake: Ted's Bulletin
Roll big with the Millionaire Malt Shake, made with Macallan 17, vanilla ice cream, and malt powder. The shake costs $19.99.
505 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

10. Plume

1200 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Most Expensive Dessert: Plume:
To get The Nest, an outrageous five-inch tall gold-flecked white chocolate egg, you first need to sit in The Bird’s Nest nook and spring for the $550 seven-course tasting menu for two, which includes wine pairings. The dessert is filled with Chantilly cream and includes meringues, fresh berries, passion fruit and coconut sorbets, and a nest of cotton candy.
1200 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Most Expensive Fries: Poste
The frites are one of the main reasons to visit Poste, though they won’t come cheaply. The traditional pommes frites are $8, the magical truffle frites are $10, and the Bordelaise frites are $12.
555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. P.J. Clarke's

1600 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Most Expensive Seafood: P.J. Clarke's
For when a dozen oysters won’t do, drop $124 and order The Capitol, a raw spread of 12 oysters, six jumbo shrimp, 12 littleneck clams, jumbo lump crab cocktail, and a one pound Maine lobster.
1600 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

13. BLT Steak

1625 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Most Expensive Salad: BLT Steak
The chopped vegetable salad at BLT Steak costs a measly $15—until you add steak and the price jumps to $34. The Lobster Cobb at The Palm is also a contender for this category, though the cost varies depending on market price.
1625 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

14. Restaurant Eve

110 S Pitt St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Most Expensive Secret Dinner: Restaurant Eve
Truffles instantly take everything up a notch, including the bill. Restaurant Eve offers an off-menu truffle tasting menu, featuring seven courses and a charge of $300 per person. The menu is available by request.
110 S Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314

15. Inn at Little Washington

Middle Street, Washington, VA 22747
Most Expensive Upcharge: The Inn at Little Washington
Inn at Little Washington's menu changes regularly, but if A Tin of Sin: American Osetra Caviar with Peekytoe Crab and Cucumber Rillette is available, count on an $24 upcharge to the $188 tasting menu.
Middle Street
Washington, VA 22747

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