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Celebrate a Special Occasion With D.C.’s Fanciest Meals

Multi-course dinners for birthdays or a big date night, whether going out or picking up takeout

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As D.C. continues to await widespread vaccination for COVID-19, special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations need to be celebrated with caution. But as long as people have a reason to toast, high-end restaurants across D.C. will pull out all the stops with with luxury items like foie gras or caviar and menu formats that that offer courses in the double digits (with three-figure price tags, to match). Here are 20 options for some of the District’s fanciest meals, including many with to-go packages and more budget-friendly items than usual.

D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tail Up Goat

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1827 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-9600
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Adams Morgan destination Tail Up Goat — known for piling Mediterranean preparations of local ingredients into thick toasts, pastas, and composed entrees — offers four-course dinner menu available for heated outdoor dining or carryout at $79 per person. Mains include a maple sugar rubbed autumn olive pork, a charred octopus, and a roasted candy onion. Dessert gets even more interesting with taleggio mousse and dark chocolate tarte.

2. Xiquet by Danny Lledó

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2404 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, DC 20007

Glover Park’s high-end Spanish restaurant specializes in Valencian cuisine, whether that’s paella or grass-fed ribeye. Xiquet offers seven or 10-course tasting menus or a la carte dishes in its dining room, and plenty of takeout options.

Vegan paella gets cooked over orange wood fire at Xiquet
Vegan paella gets cooked over orange wood fire at Xiquet
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3. Maydan

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1346 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 370-3696
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A wood-burning hearth fires off dishes showcasing flavors from across the Middle East and North Africa at Maydan, which has maintained its status as one of D.C.’s hottest restaurants with a variety of prix fixes, to-go options, and a rug-lined impromptu patio. Celebration packages (two-person minimum; $60 to $100 per person) are built around shareable vegetables or kebabs. The restaurant is also offering both indoor and outdoor dine-in reservations at $75 per person for up to six guests.

4. Seven Reasons

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2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 417-8563
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Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo explores pan-Latin influences with colorful sauces and dramatic plating at his trendy fine dining restaurant north of U Street NW. During the pandemic, the team has put together creative to-go offerings, including Playte at Home, which allows customers to take apart (and put together) some of the restaurant’s most famous dishes, like cauliflower tempura and lamb loin palo-a-pique for $160 (the kit serves two). A chef’s table experience is $110 per person.

The bar at Seven Reasons. Seven Reasons/official photo

5. Bresca/JÔNT

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1906 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 518-7926
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Chef Ryan Ratino of modern gastronomic bistro Bresca opened tasting menu and bar Jônt upstairs in July. That 14-seat chef counter is open for diners, and Bresca’s “Beehome” menu offers luxe takeout prix fixes.

Bresca DC duck Rey Lopez/Eater DC

6. Gravitas

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1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 763-7942
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Chef-owner Matt Baker’s Chesapeake-sourcing American restaurant lures big spenders out to Ivy City. After winning its first Michelin star in the tire company’s 2020 D.C. guide, Gravitas has tinkered with its tasting menu format, offering everything from a three-course to-go dinner ($55 per person) to a 15-course chef’s counter experience ($210). — Gabe Hiatt

Tuna crudo at Gravitas
Tuna crudo at Gravitas
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7. Annabelle

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2132 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 916-5675
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Longtime D.C. chef Frank Ruta — formerly of Palena, the Grill Room, and Mirabelle — is renowned for old school Continental cooking, on-site curing, fresh pasta, and homey basics like roasted chicken. Rotating options at this fine dining newcomer in Kalorama include a Sardinian cous cous that feaures clams, mussels, calamari, and scallops in a saffron broth; grilled Shenandoah angus beef steak; and mezze rigatoni. Don’t skip dessert from pastry chef Aja Cage, with choices like black forest cake and roasted apple napoleon. Open for indoor or outdoor dining and to go.

8. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Restaurateur Stephen Starr’s always-busy brasserie serves French classics like trout amandine and steak frites alongide individual pastries like chocolate croissant or gougères. Le Dip also offers an “At Home” kit for its Burger Américain, which includes instructions and ingredients to make four cheeseburgers as well as dilly potato salad. The Logan Circle staple has one of the more elaborate outdoor setups in town along with inside seating, takeout, and delivery.

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9. Little Serow

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1511 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Little Serrow is now all carryout, all the time, In pre-COVID times, the Thai standout offered its ever-changing set menu to patiently queuing patrons. Now, customers can get the classic set dinner ($110 or two) with dishes like tom kha and catfish dumplings, crispy tofu salad, and Mekhong whiskey-marinated pork ribs.

A pile of colorfully-garnished pork ribs on a china plate with a teal wall background at Little Serow Bill Addison/Eater

10. Sushi Taro

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1503 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 462-8999
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One of D.C.’s most beloved sushi restaurants is offering its seafood-centric menu to go. Box sets for two start at $100 for the kaiseki box set, which includes an assortment of sushi and sashimi, as well as composed entrees. To really ramp up a celebration, spring for the custom omakase set, starting at $250 for a chef’s selection of the freshest fish available. Indoor dining reservations are available on Resy.

Famed D.C. Sushi Restaurant Sushi Taro Announces Its Closing Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

11. Obelisk

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2029 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-1180
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This Italian fine-dining mainstay in Dupont Circle turned its constantly-changing, four-course “menu completo” and Sunday dinners into $73 to-go packages with primi such as eggplant ravioli with walnuts and secondi like roasted squab. A vegetarian version is also available.

12. Masseria

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1340 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 608-1330
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Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s stylish Italian restaurant near Union Market specializes in a six-course coastal Italian tasting menu modeled after cooking in the Puglia region. Diners can choose to eat in spaces like the indoor sala, chef’s counter, or under an outdoor pergola. There’s also a takeout option with “Masseria a Casa,” an $85 dinner with a menu that changes often, with optional add-ons like foienoli, Stefanelli’s signature savory cannoli, or lobster risotto.

13. Nina May

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1337 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 518-3609

Shaw’s contemporary American restaurant Nina May’s dining room and outdoor dining spaces are open, but the team also rolled out a meal delivery service called Feast in April in addition to its regular delivery and takeout menu. Each delivery box for breakfast, dinner, and lunch includes a three-course meal for two, complete with heating instructions and plating suggestions.

Nina May’s Feast ribs can be heated up at home
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14. The Dabney

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122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 450-1015
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The Dabney, the wood-fired Mid-Atlantic restaurant from James Beard award winner Jeremiah Langhorne, reopened its dining room with a prix fixe, four-course menu priced at $85 per person, with ingredients sourced from local farmers and foraging. An a la carte version of the menu is available to-go, and reservations are available inside or outside.

15. Kinship

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1015 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-7700
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At chef Eric Ziebold’s contemporary American restaurant Kinship, “Chips and Dip” means Osetra caviar with Yukon gold potato chips and crème fraîche. Dine in, or try an a la carte carryout menu with dishes like barbecue Louisiana shrimp and slow roasted pork loin. Adjoining tasting room Métier is the place to splurge on seven-course tasting menus ($175 per person) full of items like lobster confit and Moulard duck foie gras mousse.

16. Cranes

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724 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-4900
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Chef Pepe Moncayo debuted his highly anticipatedhighly ambitious Spanish-Japanese restaurant in Penn Quarter right before the pandemic. Streetside tables outfitted with fire pits along Eighth Street NW are a prime place to sample his six-course omakase menu ($88), gorgeous tapas, and high-end sake. Takeout is an option, too.

Nameko mushroom rice with stracciatella, enoki, and myoga.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

17. Rasika

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633 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 637-1222
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James Beard winning chef Vikram Sunderam is now offering his modern Indian menu for both pickup and delivery. Most favorites, like the goan shrimp curry and lobster lababdar, are available to be enjoyed at home, though the restaurant does charge a 3 percent packing fee.

Palak Chat from Rasika Michael J. Colella

18. Fiola

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entrance on Indiana Ave, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 525-1402
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At this upscale favorite for politicos, chef Fabio Trabocchi runs an ongoing dinner series to show off products from Rappahannock County’s Chancellors Rock Farm. The three-course menu at the Michelin-rated restaurant rotates frequently, depending what’s in season. Three-course dinners start at $145 per person), and special menus for occasions like Valentine’s Day are also available. Or, you can take the chef’s offerings home with various pick-up and delivery options.

19. Albi

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1346 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 921-9592
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Chef Michael Rafidi explores the food of his Palestinian and Jordanian relatives at his wood-fired restaurant in Navy Yard. Dine inside or in greenhouse enclosures on the patio. In addition to a la carte options, there’s a special $95 tasting menu highlighting seasonal dishes (add on a $55 beverage flight). Takeout options include short rib dolmas, pomegranate glazed lamb shank, and tahini caramel brownies.

20. Shilling Canning Company

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360 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 554-7474
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This Mid-Atlantic restaurant and raw bar with a wood-burning oven offers three-course prix fixe packages ($55 per person) Wednesdays to Sundays. The menu rotates weekly, packed with produce plucked from local farms and seafood sourced from the Chesapeake. Reserve a seat inside or on its patio garden, or go the takeout route.

Shilling Canning Company’s plant-filled patio.
Shilling Canning Company/official photo

1. Tail Up Goat

1827 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Adams Morgan destination Tail Up Goat — known for piling Mediterranean preparations of local ingredients into thick toasts, pastas, and composed entrees — offers four-course dinner menu available for heated outdoor dining or carryout at $79 per person. Mains include a maple sugar rubbed autumn olive pork, a charred octopus, and a roasted candy onion. Dessert gets even more interesting with taleggio mousse and dark chocolate tarte.

1827 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Xiquet by Danny Lledó

2404 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20007
Vegan paella gets cooked over orange wood fire at Xiquet
Vegan paella gets cooked over orange wood fire at Xiquet
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Glover Park’s high-end Spanish restaurant specializes in Valencian cuisine, whether that’s paella or grass-fed ribeye. Xiquet offers seven or 10-course tasting menus or a la carte dishes in its dining room, and plenty of takeout options.

2404 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, DC 20007

3. Maydan

1346 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

A wood-burning hearth fires off dishes showcasing flavors from across the Middle East and North Africa at Maydan, which has maintained its status as one of D.C.’s hottest restaurants with a variety of prix fixes, to-go options, and a rug-lined impromptu patio. Celebration packages (two-person minimum; $60 to $100 per person) are built around shareable vegetables or kebabs. The restaurant is also offering both indoor and outdoor dine-in reservations at $75 per person for up to six guests.

1346 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Seven Reasons

2208 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The bar at Seven Reasons. Seven Reasons/official photo

Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo explores pan-Latin influences with colorful sauces and dramatic plating at his trendy fine dining restaurant north of U Street NW. During the pandemic, the team has put together creative to-go offerings, including Playte at Home, which allows customers to take apart (and put together) some of the restaurant’s most famous dishes, like cauliflower tempura and lamb loin palo-a-pique for $160 (the kit serves two). A chef’s table experience is $110 per person.

2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Bresca/JÔNT

1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Bresca DC duck Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Chef Ryan Ratino of modern gastronomic bistro Bresca opened tasting menu and bar Jônt upstairs in July. That 14-seat chef counter is open for diners, and Bresca’s “Beehome” menu offers luxe takeout prix fixes.

1906 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Gravitas

1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Tuna crudo at Gravitas
Tuna crudo at Gravitas
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Chef-owner Matt Baker’s Chesapeake-sourcing American restaurant lures big spenders out to Ivy City. After winning its first Michelin star in the tire company’s 2020 D.C. guide, Gravitas has tinkered with its tasting menu format, offering everything from a three-course to-go dinner ($55 per person) to a 15-course chef’s counter experience ($210). — Gabe Hiatt

1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Annabelle

2132 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Longtime D.C. chef Frank Ruta — formerly of Palena, the Grill Room, and Mirabelle — is renowned for old school Continental cooking, on-site curing, fresh pasta, and homey basics like roasted chicken. Rotating options at this fine dining newcomer in Kalorama include a Sardinian cous cous that feaures clams, mussels, calamari, and scallops in a saffron broth; grilled Shenandoah angus beef steak; and mezze rigatoni. Don’t skip dessert from pastry chef Aja Cage, with choices like black forest cake and roasted apple napoleon. Open for indoor or outdoor dining and to go.

2132 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

8. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Facebook/Le Diplomate
Facebook/Le Diplomate
Le Diplomate/official photo

Restaurateur Stephen Starr’s always-busy brasserie serves French classics like trout amandine and steak frites alongide individual pastries like chocolate croissant or gougères. Le Dip also offers an “At Home” kit for its Burger Américain, which includes instructions and ingredients to make four cheeseburgers as well as dilly potato salad. The Logan Circle staple has one of the more elaborate outdoor setups in town along with inside seating, takeout, and delivery.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Little Serow

1511 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
A pile of colorfully-garnished pork ribs on a china plate with a teal wall background at Little Serow Bill Addison/Eater

Little Serrow is now all carryout, all the time, In pre-COVID times, the Thai standout offered its ever-changing set menu to patiently queuing patrons. Now, customers can get the classic set dinner ($110 or two) with dishes like tom kha and catfish dumplings, crispy tofu salad, and Mekhong whiskey-marinated pork ribs.

1511 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

10. Sushi Taro

1503 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Famed D.C. Sushi Restaurant Sushi Taro Announces Its Closing Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

One of D.C.’s most beloved sushi restaurants is offering its seafood-centric menu to go. Box sets for two start at $100 for the kaiseki box set, which includes an assortment of sushi and sashimi, as well as composed entrees. To really ramp up a celebration, spring for the custom omakase set, starting at $250 for a chef’s selection of the freshest fish available. Indoor dining reservations are available on Resy.

1503 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Obelisk

2029 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

This Italian fine-dining mainstay in Dupont Circle turned its constantly-changing, four-course “menu completo” and Sunday dinners into $73 to-go packages with primi such as eggplant ravioli with walnuts and secondi like roasted squab. A vegetarian version is also available.

2029 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

12. Masseria

1340 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s stylish Italian restaurant near Union Market specializes in a six-course coastal Italian tasting menu modeled after cooking in the Puglia region. Diners can choose to eat in spaces like the indoor sala, chef’s counter, or under an outdoor pergola. There’s also a takeout option with “Masseria a Casa,” an $85 dinner with a menu that changes often, with optional add-ons like foienoli, Stefanelli’s signature savory cannoli, or lobster risotto.

1340 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

13. Nina May

1337 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Nina May’s Feast ribs can be heated up at home
Laura Chase de Formigny Photography

Shaw’s contemporary American restaurant Nina May’s dining room and outdoor dining spaces are open, but the team also rolled out a meal delivery service called Feast in April in addition to its regular delivery and takeout menu. Each delivery box for breakfast, dinner, and lunch includes a three-course meal for two, complete with heating instructions and plating suggestions.

1337 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

14. The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Dabney, the wood-fired Mid-Atlantic restaurant from James Beard award winner Jeremiah Langhorne, reopened its dining room with a prix fixe, four-course menu priced at $85 per person, with ingredients sourced from local farmers and foraging. An a la carte version of the menu is available to-go, and reservations are available inside or outside.

122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

15. Kinship

1015 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

At chef Eric Ziebold’s contemporary American restaurant Kinship, “Chips and Dip” means Osetra caviar with Yukon gold potato chips and crème fraîche. Dine in, or try an a la carte carryout menu with dishes like barbecue Louisiana shrimp and slow roasted pork loin. Adjoining tasting room Métier is the place to splurge on seven-course tasting menus ($175 per person) full of items like lobster confit and Moulard duck foie gras mousse.

1015 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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16. Cranes

724 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Nameko mushroom rice with stracciatella, enoki, and myoga.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Chef Pepe Moncayo debuted his highly anticipatedhighly ambitious Spanish-Japanese restaurant in Penn Quarter right before the pandemic. Streetside tables outfitted with fire pits along Eighth Street NW are a prime place to sample his six-course omakase menu ($88), gorgeous tapas, and high-end sake. Takeout is an option, too.

724 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

17. Rasika

633 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Palak Chat from Rasika Michael J. Colella

James Beard winning chef Vikram Sunderam is now offering his modern Indian menu for both pickup and delivery. Most favorites, like the goan shrimp curry and lobster lababdar, are available to be enjoyed at home, though the restaurant does charge a 3 percent packing fee.

633 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004

18. Fiola

entrance on Indiana Ave, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

At this upscale favorite for politicos, chef Fabio Trabocchi runs an ongoing dinner series to show off products from Rappahannock County’s Chancellors Rock Farm. The three-course menu at the Michelin-rated restaurant rotates frequently, depending what’s in season. Three-course dinners start at $145 per person), and special menus for occasions like Valentine’s Day are also available. Or, you can take the chef’s offerings home with various pick-up and delivery options.

entrance on Indiana Ave, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

19. Albi

1346 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Chef Michael Rafidi explores the food of his Palestinian and Jordanian relatives at his wood-fired restaurant in Navy Yard. Dine inside or in greenhouse enclosures on the patio. In addition to a la carte options, there’s a special $95 tasting menu highlighting seasonal dishes (add on a $55 beverage flight). Takeout options include short rib dolmas, pomegranate glazed lamb shank, and tahini caramel brownies.

1346 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

20. Shilling Canning Company

360 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Shilling Canning Company’s plant-filled patio.
Shilling Canning Company/official photo

This Mid-Atlantic restaurant and raw bar with a wood-burning oven offers three-course prix fixe packages ($55 per person) Wednesdays to Sundays. The menu rotates weekly, packed with produce plucked from local farms and seafood sourced from the Chesapeake. Reserve a seat inside or on its patio garden, or go the takeout route.

360 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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