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16 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 have a home in D.C. The Michelin Guide has reinforced the splurge-worthy movement over the past few years, naming the Inn at Little Washington the region’s first three-star restaurant in 2019 and awarding accolades to a handful of others across the city, from Italian kitchens like Fiola and Masseria to the modern American cooking at Gravitas.

Tasting menus are as much about the experience as they are about the food. At Xiquet, diners can upgrade their evening with indulgent wagyu or uni, and Jônt offers guests a chance to enhance a meal with two tiers of fabulous wine pairings. All that to say, the city’s premier tasting menus don’t come cheap — starting around $75 and soaring to $305 — before drinks, taxes, or gratuities.

With restaurants still recovering from a difficult few years, some of the area’s most acclaimed tasting menus like Komi and Pineapple and Pearls remain on hiatus. And as always, menus and pricing are subject to change as chefs navigate supply and pricing challenges.

These are the area’s essential tasting menus.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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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 Farm is about an hour northwest of D.C. and features a regularly-changing menu based on what chef Vincent Badiee, who came on board in 2020, finds on the farm. The venue is a must-see with a glass conservatory, gazebo, and an open-air tent. Badiee helmed kitchens at prix fixe darlings Fiola and Gravitas, so the experience is sure to be top-notch. The multi-course progressive tasting menu is $125 per person, not including drinks.

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 set menus with 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 duck breast with red kuri squash, red curry and bok choy). The meal costs $75 per person, excluding beverages.

Rooster & Owl carrots
Barbecue carrots with cornbread ice cream from Rooster & Owl
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3. Xiquet by Danny Lledó

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2404 Wisconsin Ave B
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 913-4671
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Paella is among the signature dishes at Xiquet, the Glover Park tasting room helmed by chef Danny Lledo. His take on the classic Spanish rice dish has won multiple awards in his home region of Valencia and helped him earn a Michelin star here in D.C. The 14-course menu begins at $210 per person, with add-ons for extra indulgences like wine, caviar, uni, and wagyu.

The mezzanine bar will serve as a space for pre- and post-dinner drinks at Xiquet
The mezzanine bar serves as a space for pre- and post-dinner drinks at Xiquet.
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4. Jônt

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1904 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

With a tasting menu starting at $305 before wine, Jônt is the place to go and pull out all the stops. Chef and owner Ryan Ratino’s 16-course menu that earned him two Michelin stars changes based on seasons and availability. It’s sure to wow any guest, especially with the optional wine pairing (there are two tiers: $195 or $395). Note that the kitchen is currently unable to accommodate vegetarians or others with specific dietary needs.

The tasting counter at Jônt
The futuristic tasting counter at Jônt
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5. 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, Michelin-starred Ivy City dining room. The modern American menu includes a range of rotating vegetables and proteins to suit the season. Guests can customize a progressive five-course meal for $150 (an optional wine pairing is available), with dishes like yellowfin tuna sashimi or crispy sweetbreads and Maine lobster. Augment each course with black ($50) or white ($120) truffle upgrades. A more accessible “Taste of Gravitas” menu for $80 features four courses, served 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday — and at the bar all night, every night.

Duck on a white plate at Gravitas
Hay-smoked duck breast at Gravitas
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6. 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 sleek setup offers a nightly six-course “La Cucina” tasting menu for $162. Beverages pairings can be requested separately. Dishes change regularly — expect a steady variety of pasta, meat, seafood and vegetables.

Lobster and tripe from Masseria
Lobster and tripe from Masseria
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7. El Cielo

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1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 569-9855
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Colombian cuisine shines at El Cielo, La Cosecha’s flashy, fine-dining fixture that earned a Michelin star under the close watch of celebrity chef Juan Manuel “Juanma” Barrientos Valencia. The creator of the renowned El Cielo restaurants in Medellin and Miami brings D.C. an “experience” menu stacked with around 22 courses. Highlights include seafood cazuela, crab empanadas, blood sausage and other artistic takes on his country’s cooking. Pricing is $228 per person with a $150 wine pairing (10 pours).

A look inside the back dining room at El Cielo
El Cielo’s leafy dining room offers a front-row seat of the kitchen.
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8. Oyster Oyster

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1440 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba’s avant-garde tasting menus spotlight hyper-seasonal veggies plucked from small farms. The Eater 38 restaurant in Shaw that showcases sustainability is also in the running for Michelin star status. Rubba’s current 9-course “cornucopia menu” features mushroom broth with sugar kelp and leek, savory pecan mousse, and a shiitake chip cookie for dessert. Wine director Sarah Horvitz selects a $55 prime pairing to go with the $85 meal.

Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba shows off a fresh batch of mushrooms
Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba shows off a fresh batch of mushrooms
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9. Imperfecto

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1124 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 964-1012
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Don’t be fooled by the name — meals at Imperfecto are among the most polished and precise in the city. Chef Enrique Limardo (Seven Reasons, Immigrant Food), leans into Mediterranean and South American flavors at this West End hotspot that recently served President Joe Biden. The changing 10-course “degustation” chef’s table menu is priced at $210 and ranges from kampachi tartare to wagyu beef that’s dry aged 21 days.

10. 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 exceptional service, plenty of bubbles, and French and Belgian cooking. Diners can opt for a four-, five- or six-course tasting menu, with prices ranging from $110 to $150. The optional caviar service is an additional $145. Current dishes include smoked squab breast with roasted chanterelles and shallots and a venison chop with confit rutabaga.

11. Metier

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1015 7th St
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-7500
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Kinship and its subterranean sibling Métier are both part of D.C.’s elite Michelin-starred club. Both Shaw dining rooms come from chef Eric Ziebold. Métier offers a seven-course menu, as well as pre- or post-dinner drinks in the adjoining salon as space allows. Winter features flavors like poached Maine lobster spaghetti with caramelized fennel and a dessert of spiced pear sorbet.

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12. Cranes

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724 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-4900
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Chef Pepe Moncayo’s D.C. debut blends modern Japanese and Spanish cooking in a sleek setting that holds a Michelin star. His six-course omakase menu runs $98 per person, not including the optional $55 beverage pairing (wine and sake, anyone?). Lunch features a shorter “executive” version, priced at $55 and $25 for beverages. Many dishes are available a la carte, too, including savory mushroom rice with shio kombu and scamorza cheese and stuffed Spanish mackerel with preserved radish.

The modern dining room at Cranes
The sleek dining room at Cranes overlooks an open kitchen framed in slate.
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13. minibar by José Andrés

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855 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-0812
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Chef José Andrés’s two-Michelin star showpiece sends out molecular gastronomy innovations with a playful sensibility. The parade of experimental courses commands $295 per person before an optional beverage pairing, which can vary in price. Current restrictions on staffing and space mean the restaurant is even more exclusive than before, with just a handful of tickets available nightly at the chef’s counter. A separate drinks and snacks menu is available a la carte at Barmini.

A dining area in minibar
Minibar’s quirky dining nooks compliment the creative cuisine.
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14. Fiola

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entrance on Indiana Ave, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 525-1402
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Italian chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Michelin-starred flagship restaurant serves a tasting menu inspired and shaped by its partnership with Chancellors Rock Farm in Virginia’s Rappahannock County. The Harvest Menu is $225 per person and includes options for pastas, meat, seafood, cheese, and dessert. Expect variation by the season, with the freshest ingredients on display.

15. 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 introduced a seven-course chef’s tasting menu upon turning two last summer. The menu changes weekly, featuring local products from fishermen in the Chesapeake and partner farms ($95 per person, $55 for wine pairings). Other prix fixe options include a three-course dinner ($60) or brunch ($35). The team just named vet D.C. mixologist Alexandra Bookless Turner (Passenger, Eaton Hotel) its new beverage director.

Reid Shilling in the kitchen at Shilling Canning Company.
Shilling Canning Company chef Reid Shilling in his open kitchen.
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16. 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 show-stopping presentations of haute American-French cuisine. That reputation was further solidified when chef Patrick O’Connell’s rural gem earned its third Michelin star, becoming both the first and only restaurant in D.C. to earn the guide’s highest mark. The famously theatrical tasting menus start at $288 per person (there’s a full vegetarian menu, too). The optional wine pairing is an additional $208 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 Farm is about an hour northwest of D.C. and features a regularly-changing menu based on what chef Vincent Badiee, who came on board in 2020, finds on the farm. The venue is a must-see with a glass conservatory, gazebo, and an open-air tent. Badiee helmed kitchens at prix fixe darlings Fiola and Gravitas, so the experience is sure to be top-notch. The multi-course progressive tasting menu is $125 per person, not including drinks.

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 set menus with 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 duck breast with red kuri squash, red curry and bok choy). The meal costs $75 per person, excluding beverages.

2436 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Xiquet by Danny Lledó

2404 Wisconsin Ave B, Washington, DC 20007
The mezzanine bar will serve as a space for pre- and post-dinner drinks at Xiquet
The mezzanine bar serves as a space for pre- and post-dinner drinks at Xiquet.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Paella is among the signature dishes at Xiquet, the Glover Park tasting room helmed by chef Danny Lledo. His take on the classic Spanish rice dish has won multiple awards in his home region of Valencia and helped him earn a Michelin star here in D.C. The 14-course menu begins at $210 per person, with add-ons for extra indulgences like wine, caviar, uni, and wagyu.

2404 Wisconsin Ave B
Washington, DC 20007

4. Jônt

1904 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The tasting counter at Jônt
The futuristic tasting counter at Jônt
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

With a tasting menu starting at $305 before wine, Jônt is the place to go and pull out all the stops. Chef and owner Ryan Ratino’s 16-course menu that earned him two Michelin stars changes based on seasons and availability. It’s sure to wow any guest, especially with the optional wine pairing (there are two tiers: $195 or $395). Note that the kitchen is currently unable to accommodate vegetarians or others with specific dietary needs.

1904 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Gravitas

1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Duck on a white plate at Gravitas
Hay-smoked duck breast at Gravitas
R. Lopez/Eater DC

Chef Matt Baker brings finesse and seasonality to his airy, Michelin-starred Ivy City dining room. The modern American menu includes a range of rotating vegetables and proteins to suit the season. Guests can customize a progressive five-course meal for $150 (an optional wine pairing is available), with dishes like yellowfin tuna sashimi or crispy sweetbreads and Maine lobster. Augment each course with black ($50) or white ($120) truffle upgrades. A more accessible “Taste of Gravitas” menu for $80 features four courses, served 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday — and at the bar all night, every night.

1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

6. 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 sleek setup offers a nightly six-course “La Cucina” tasting menu for $162. Beverages pairings can be requested separately. Dishes change regularly — expect a steady variety of pasta, meat, seafood and vegetables.

1340 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. El Cielo

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
A look inside the back dining room at El Cielo
El Cielo’s leafy dining room offers a front-row seat of the kitchen.
El Cielo/official photo

Colombian cuisine shines at El Cielo, La Cosecha’s flashy, fine-dining fixture that earned a Michelin star under the close watch of celebrity chef Juan Manuel “Juanma” Barrientos Valencia. The creator of the renowned El Cielo restaurants in Medellin and Miami brings D.C. an “experience” menu stacked with around 22 courses. Highlights include seafood cazuela, crab empanadas, blood sausage and other artistic takes on his country’s cooking. Pricing is $228 per person with a $150 wine pairing (10 pours).

1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Oyster Oyster

1440 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba shows off a fresh batch of mushrooms
Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba shows off a fresh batch of mushrooms
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba’s avant-garde tasting menus spotlight hyper-seasonal veggies plucked from small farms. The Eater 38 restaurant in Shaw that showcases sustainability is also in the running for Michelin star status. Rubba’s current 9-course “cornucopia menu” features mushroom broth with sugar kelp and leek, savory pecan mousse, and a shiitake chip cookie for dessert. Wine director Sarah Horvitz selects a $55 prime pairing to go with the $85 meal.

1440 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Imperfecto

1124 23rd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Don’t be fooled by the name — meals at Imperfecto are among the most polished and precise in the city. Chef Enrique Limardo (Seven Reasons, Immigrant Food), leans into Mediterranean and South American flavors at this West End hotspot that recently served President Joe Biden. The changing 10-course “degustation” chef’s table menu is priced at $210 and ranges from kampachi tartare to wagyu beef that’s dry aged 21 days.

1124 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037

10. Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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

Marcel’s is Robert Wiedmaier’s destination for exceptional service, plenty of bubbles, and French and Belgian cooking. Diners can opt for a four-, five- or six-course tasting menu, with prices ranging from $110 to $150. The optional caviar service is an additional $145. Current dishes include smoked squab breast with roasted chanterelles and shallots and a venison chop with confit rutabaga.

2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

11. Metier

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

Kinship and its subterranean sibling Métier are both part of D.C.’s elite Michelin-starred club. Both Shaw dining rooms come from chef Eric Ziebold. Métier offers a seven-course menu, as well as pre- or post-dinner drinks in the adjoining salon as space allows. Winter features flavors like poached Maine lobster spaghetti with caramelized fennel and a dessert of spiced pear sorbet.

1015 7th St
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. Cranes

724 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The modern dining room at Cranes
The sleek dining room at Cranes overlooks an open kitchen framed in slate.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Chef Pepe Moncayo’s D.C. debut blends modern Japanese and Spanish cooking in a sleek setting that holds a Michelin star. His six-course omakase menu runs $98 per person, not including the optional $55 beverage pairing (wine and sake, anyone?). Lunch features a shorter “executive” version, priced at $55 and $25 for beverages. Many dishes are available a la carte, too, including savory mushroom rice with shio kombu and scamorza cheese and stuffed Spanish mackerel with preserved radish.

724 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. minibar by José Andrés

855 E St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
A dining area in minibar
Minibar’s quirky dining nooks compliment the creative cuisine.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Chef José Andrés’s two-Michelin star showpiece sends out molecular gastronomy innovations with a playful sensibility. The parade of experimental courses commands $295 per person before an optional beverage pairing, which can vary in price. Current restrictions on staffing and space mean the restaurant is even more exclusive than before, with just a handful of tickets available nightly at the chef’s counter. A separate drinks and snacks menu is available a la carte at Barmini.

855 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

14. Fiola

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

Italian chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Michelin-starred flagship restaurant serves a tasting menu inspired and shaped by its partnership with Chancellors Rock Farm in Virginia’s Rappahannock County. The Harvest Menu is $225 per person and includes options for pastas, meat, seafood, cheese, and dessert. Expect variation by the season, with the freshest ingredients on display.

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

15. Shilling Canning Company

360 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Reid Shilling in the kitchen at Shilling Canning Company.
Shilling Canning Company chef Reid Shilling in his open kitchen.
Shilling Canning Company/official photo

This Mid-Atlantic restaurant and raw bar with a wood-burning oven introduced a seven-course chef’s tasting menu upon turning two last summer. The menu changes weekly, featuring local products from fishermen in the Chesapeake and partner farms ($95 per person, $55 for wine pairings). Other prix fixe options include a three-course dinner ($60) or brunch ($35). The team just named vet D.C. mixologist Alexandra Bookless Turner (Passenger, Eaton Hotel) its new beverage director.

360 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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16. 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 show-stopping presentations of haute American-French cuisine. That reputation was further solidified when chef Patrick O’Connell’s rural gem earned its third Michelin star, becoming both the first and only restaurant in D.C. to earn the guide’s highest mark. The famously theatrical tasting menus start at $288 per person (there’s a full vegetarian menu, too). The optional wine pairing is an additional $208 each.

309 Middle St
Washington, VA 22747

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