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14 Destination Tasting Menus Around D.C.

Got time and money to spare? Try these tasting menus now

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Despite their high price tags, tasting menus continue to gain momentum in D.C. The Michelin Guide has reinforced the movement, naming the Inn at Little Washington the region’s first three-star restaurant. In fact, many of the city’s Michelin-starred eateries appear on this map.

No two tasting menus are run the same way. Spots like Pineapple and Pearls operate one way in the dining room and another at the bar. Others, like Gravitas, give guests flexibility to create a custom journey. Most of the acclaimed tasting menus in town run for $100 or more per person, so $54 for a fiery Thai feast at Little Serow is a relative deal.

These are the area’s essential tasting menus.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

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42461 Lovettsville Rd
Lovettsville, VA 20180
540.822.9017

The Restaurant at Patowmack is about an hour northwest of D.C. and features a regularly-changing menu based on what chef Tarver King finds on the farm. The venue is a must-see with a glass conservatory, gazebo, and an open-air tent. Guests can pick from a seven-course tasting menu that changes daily for $110 per person without a drink pairing and $160 with pairings.

2. Rooster & Owl

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2436 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 813-3976
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Dining is designed to be communal here, as guests are encouraged to share their tasting menu dishes with their companions. A hybrid format offers a chance for variety, with each diner picking from four dishes across each of the day’s four courses. Chef Yuan Tang, a Hong Kong native whose family moved to Northern Virginia when he was a child, relies heavily on market produce while mixing Asian influences into modern American cooking (think seared scallops with Singaporean chile sauce, peas, and mint). The meal costs $65 per person with a beverage pairing option for $35 and wine pairing for $55.

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Barbecue carrots with cornbread ice cream from Rooster & Owl
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3. Gravitas

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1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 763-7942
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Chef Matt Baker brings finesse and seasonality to his airy Ivy City dining room. The modern American menu is heavy on vegetables but also includes a range of rotating proteins. Guests can customize five or seven course meals from categories like “light beginnings,” “indulgence,” and “hearty.” Pricing starts at $90 with optional wine pairings for $64. A 15-course, $140 chef’s tasting menu is available too, as is a market priced caviar service.

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Hay-smoked duck breast
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4. Little Serow

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1511 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 332-9200
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Co-owned by Komi chef Johnny Monis, Little Serow doesn’t accept reservations, so snagging a table requires waiting in line before opening time. The weekly rotating menu focuses on Northern and Northeastern Thai cuisine at $54 per person. It’s not a place to take picky eaters, as most dishes include either pork, seafood or nuts, and and many are extremely spicy. Drinks can be purchased separately. (Note: Little Serow is closed until September 4 for a summer break).

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5. Komi

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1509 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 332-9200
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Monis’s fancier restaurant takes influence exclusively offers a Mediterranean tasting menu that costs $165 per person, with $85 for a wine pairing. There are no cocktails, if that’s a consideration. Diners experience about a dozen dishes in total, with a main-event final course like roasted baby goat or suckling pig.

6. Obelisk

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2029 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 872-1180
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Opened by Peter Pastan, Obelisk has been around since the mid-1980s and is now helmed by longtime chef Esther Lee. The Italian tasting menu is five courses, offered at $78 Tuesdays through Thursdays and $88 on Fridays and Saturdays. The courses consist of an antipasti, served as several small plates for sharing; a choice of a primi (pasta) course; a choice of a secondi (entrée) course, followed by a cheese course and dessert. Wine pairing prices vary from $53 to $58 per person, depending on day of the week.

7. Masseria

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1340 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Masseria is Nicholas Stefanelli’s Michelin-starred, tasting menu-only restaurant near Union Market. Influenced by the Puglia region of Italy, the restaurant offers a nightly four-course menu, at $98 per person, and five courses for $115. They also have a six-course customizable tasting menu, called La Cucina Menu, for $143 per person. Beverage pairings can be requested separately. Course choice is flexible, so its possible to load up on multiple exquisite pastas.

Lobster and tripe from Masseria
Lobster and tripe from Masseria
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8. Plume

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1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2300
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Plume holds a Michelin star for its refined menu of new American cooking paired with attentive service. Standouts on the prix-fixe menu include a fillet of King Salmon cooked tableside in a bath of beeswax and a take on lobster gratinee. Prices range from $106 for three courses to $270 for five courses and wine pairings. Trying wine is a must here, too, as the selection includes unique finds from around the world, including some from right in Virginia.

9. Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 296-1166
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Marcel’s is Robert Wiedmaier’s destination for fine service and French and Beglian cooking. Diners can opt for a three-course a la carte menu, a four-course vegetarian menum or a seven-course chef’s tasting menu. Prices range from $70 to $170 and can be supplemented with caviar service, truffles (when in season) and wine pairings. A relatively affordable pre-theater menu is available for $68 daily from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

10. Metier

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1015 7th St
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-7500
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Métier, the tasting menu sibling restaurant to Kinship, is another of D.C. Michelin-starred dining rooms. Both restaurants come from chef Eric Ziebold. Métier offers a seven-course menu, as well as pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres. The total is $200 per person, with gratuity included.

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11. Mirabelle

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900 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 506-3833
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Chef Keith Bombaugh oversees this elegant dining room, bringing touches of France, New England, and the mid-Atlantic to his menu. A menu of three savory courses and dessert runs for $95, and a composed cheese plate can be added for $10. The restaurant’s knowledgeable wine staff is happy to provide custom pairings and recommendations for either option.

12. minibar by José Andrés

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855 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-0812
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Minibar is Chef José Andrés’s two-Michelin star creation, showing off molecular gastronomy innovations that capture a fun sensibility. The menu consists of approximately 20 avant-garde courses for $275 per person before an optional wine pairing, which can vary in price. For a truly indulgent experience, book a private dining experience at José’s Table. Spots run $565 per person for 20-plus courses and new dishes in addition to world-class wine pairings. A separate drinks and snacks menu is available a la carte at Barmini.

13. Pineapple and Pearls

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715 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Pineapple and Pearls is the grown-up sibling of Rose’s Luxury’s, and it has earned two coveted Michelin Stars for its formula of fine dining in a playful atmosphere. Reservations must be purchased online and paid in advance. Tickets for the chef’s counter and dining room are $325 per person and include drink pairings, tax, and gratuity. A five-course bar menu is available for $150 with a la carte beverages. Expect around a dozen dishes paired with creative sips along the way.

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14. The Inn at Little Washington

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309 Middle St
Washington, VA 22747

The Inn at Little Washington has always been a worthwhile drive for anyone seeking award-winning fine dining. That reputation was further solidified this year when it earned its third Michelin star, becoming both the first and only restaurant in D.C. to earn the guide’s highest mark. Chef Patrick O’Connell focuses on American and French cuisine, priced at $238 per person. The optional wine pairing is an additional $170 each.

A peach dessert from the Inn at Little Washington.
A peach dessert from the Inn at Little Washington.
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1. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

42461 Lovettsville Rd, Lovettsville, VA 20180

The Restaurant at Patowmack is about an hour northwest of D.C. and features a regularly-changing menu based on what chef Tarver King finds on the farm. The venue is a must-see with a glass conservatory, gazebo, and an open-air tent. Guests can pick from a seven-course tasting menu that changes daily for $110 per person without a drink pairing and $160 with pairings.

42461 Lovettsville Rd
Lovettsville, VA 20180

2. Rooster & Owl

2436 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Rooster & Owl carrots
Barbecue carrots with cornbread ice cream from Rooster & Owl
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Dining is designed to be communal here, as guests are encouraged to share their tasting menu dishes with their companions. A hybrid format offers a chance for variety, with each diner picking from four dishes across each of the day’s four courses. Chef Yuan Tang, a Hong Kong native whose family moved to Northern Virginia when he was a child, relies heavily on market produce while mixing Asian influences into modern American cooking (think seared scallops with Singaporean chile sauce, peas, and mint). The meal costs $65 per person with a beverage pairing option for $35 and wine pairing for $55.

2436 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Gravitas

1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Gravitas
Hay-smoked duck breast
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Chef Matt Baker brings finesse and seasonality to his airy Ivy City dining room. The modern American menu is heavy on vegetables but also includes a range of rotating proteins. Guests can customize five or seven course meals from categories like “light beginnings,” “indulgence,” and “hearty.” Pricing starts at $90 with optional wine pairings for $64. A 15-course, $140 chef’s tasting menu is available too, as is a market priced caviar service.

1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. Little Serow

1511 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Bill Addison/Eater.com

Co-owned by Komi chef Johnny Monis, Little Serow doesn’t accept reservations, so snagging a table requires waiting in line before opening time. The weekly rotating menu focuses on Northern and Northeastern Thai cuisine at $54 per person. It’s not a place to take picky eaters, as most dishes include either pork, seafood or nuts, and and many are extremely spicy. Drinks can be purchased separately. (Note: Little Serow is closed until September 4 for a summer break).

1511 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

5. Komi

1509 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Monis’s fancier restaurant takes influence exclusively offers a Mediterranean tasting menu that costs $165 per person, with $85 for a wine pairing. There are no cocktails, if that’s a consideration. Diners experience about a dozen dishes in total, with a main-event final course like roasted baby goat or suckling pig.

1509 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Obelisk

2029 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Opened by Peter Pastan, Obelisk has been around since the mid-1980s and is now helmed by longtime chef Esther Lee. The Italian tasting menu is five courses, offered at $78 Tuesdays through Thursdays and $88 on Fridays and Saturdays. The courses consist of an antipasti, served as several small plates for sharing; a choice of a primi (pasta) course; a choice of a secondi (entrée) course, followed by a cheese course and dessert. Wine pairing prices vary from $53 to $58 per person, depending on day of the week.

2029 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

7. Masseria

1340 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Lobster and tripe from Masseria
Lobster and tripe from Masseria
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Masseria is Nicholas Stefanelli’s Michelin-starred, tasting menu-only restaurant near Union Market. Influenced by the Puglia region of Italy, the restaurant offers a nightly four-course menu, at $98 per person, and five courses for $115. They also have a six-course customizable tasting menu, called La Cucina Menu, for $143 per person. Beverage pairings can be requested separately. Course choice is flexible, so its possible to load up on multiple exquisite pastas.

1340 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Plume

1200 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Plume holds a Michelin star for its refined menu of new American cooking paired with attentive service. Standouts on the prix-fixe menu include a fillet of King Salmon cooked tableside in a bath of beeswax and a take on lobster gratinee. Prices range from $106 for three courses to $270 for five courses and wine pairings. Trying wine is a must here, too, as the selection includes unique finds from around the world, including some from right in Virginia.

1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Marcel’s is Robert Wiedmaier’s destination for fine service and French and Beglian cooking. Diners can opt for a three-course a la carte menu, a four-course vegetarian menum or a seven-course chef’s tasting menu. Prices range from $70 to $170 and can be supplemented with caviar service, truffles (when in season) and wine pairings. A relatively affordable pre-theater menu is available for $68 daily from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

10. Metier

1015 7th St, Washington, D.C. 20001
Metier [official]

Métier, the tasting menu sibling restaurant to Kinship, is another of D.C. Michelin-starred dining rooms. Both restaurants come from chef Eric Ziebold. Métier offers a seven-course menu, as well as pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres. The total is $200 per person, with gratuity included.

1015 7th St
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Mirabelle

900 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Chef Keith Bombaugh oversees this elegant dining room, bringing touches of France, New England, and the mid-Atlantic to his menu. A menu of three savory courses and dessert runs for $95, and a composed cheese plate can be added for $10. The restaurant’s knowledgeable wine staff is happy to provide custom pairings and recommendations for either option.

900 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006

12. minibar by José Andrés

855 E St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Minibar is Chef José Andrés’s two-Michelin star creation, showing off molecular gastronomy innovations that capture a fun sensibility. The menu consists of approximately 20 avant-garde courses for $275 per person before an optional wine pairing, which can vary in price. For a truly indulgent experience, book a private dining experience at José’s Table. Spots run $565 per person for 20-plus courses and new dishes in addition to world-class wine pairings. A separate drinks and snacks menu is available a la carte at Barmini.

855 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

13. Pineapple and Pearls

715 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Anna Meyer Photo

Pineapple and Pearls is the grown-up sibling of Rose’s Luxury’s, and it has earned two coveted Michelin Stars for its formula of fine dining in a playful atmosphere. Reservations must be purchased online and paid in advance. Tickets for the chef’s counter and dining room are $325 per person and include drink pairings, tax, and gratuity. A five-course bar menu is available for $150 with a la carte beverages. Expect around a dozen dishes paired with creative sips along the way.

715 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

14. The Inn at Little Washington

309 Middle St, Washington, VA 22747
A peach dessert from the Inn at Little Washington.
A peach dessert from the Inn at Little Washington.
Bill Addison/Eater

The Inn at Little Washington has always been a worthwhile drive for anyone seeking award-winning fine dining. That reputation was further solidified this year when it earned its third Michelin star, becoming both the first and only restaurant in D.C. to earn the guide’s highest mark. Chef Patrick O’Connell focuses on American and French cuisine, priced at $238 per person. The optional wine pairing is an additional $170 each.

309 Middle St
Washington, VA 22747

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