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Celebrity Map: Where to Dine with the Stars in DC

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D.C. is often called Hollywood for ugly people. And in terms of celebrity spotting, residents are more likely to spot politicos than those in the entertainment history. Wonks have the chance to run into their idols year round. But for those more into the US Weekly crowd, the best option is to check out these places around the time of the White House Correspondents Dinner or The Kennedy Center Honors for some real gawking.
—Jamie Liu

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

BLT Steak

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BLT Steak's close proximity to the White House makes it an easy place for visitors to chow down. It's a regular favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama, (maybe she likes the politically themed burgers?), and has been graced by actors who have played the President and First Lady, Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman.

Blue Duck Tavern

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Blue Duck Tavern makes it easy to nip down from a room at the Park Hyatt to grab a bite to eat. Or it's the duck fat fries that are a big draw for the likes of Harrison Ford, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Oprah.

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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Few things are more alluring than a steakhouse in Georgetown, especially when it's connected to the Four Seasons. Celebrities like Owen Wilson, Rob Lowe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Paul McCartney, and Jack White have all been spotted there.

Cafe Milano

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Cafe Milano is the grand dame of celebrity spotting restaurants. Serving upscale Italian food in Georgetown since 1992, it attracts the full range of celebrities, socialites, athletes, journalists and political figures. During the last White House Correspondents Dinner it played host to RGIII, Dave Chapelle, George Stephanopoulos, Kate Hudson and Elle Macpherson.

Charlie Palmer Steak

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With its relatively closer proximity to the Capitol, Charlie Palmer Steak has become a popular spot for celeb spotting. You're sure to find an array of politicos, and the likes Jada and Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have dug into the steakhouse classics.

Comet Ping Pong

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Away from the glam of downtown, Comet Ping Pong is the spot to find more low key celebrities. Jonah Friedlander, whose family lives in Gaithersburg, often visits the pizza joint for a game of ping pong; Alice Waters, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, and Jake Shears have also been spotted there.

Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

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Fiola is quickly becoming the new D.C. go-to for celebrities. Perhaps they've heard about the "Sex and the City"-style banquette that allows them to look out onto the whole dining room. Or maybe Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, and Katherine Heigl just love Italian food.

The Palm Restaurant

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Some people just like their meat and potatoes. As an old school steakhouse, The Palm attracts a more traditional crowd, including athletes Alex Ovechkin and Bryce Harper, as well as that Golden Girl Betty White.

For celebrities who are a little more adventurous with their taste in food, both locations of Rasika have attracted their share of the rich and famous. Next time you see Bill Gates, Rachael Ray, Victor Garber, or Woody Harrelson, you can ask them if they ordered the palak chaat.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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One of the original celebrity chefs, Wolfgang Puck has long catered to Hollywood palates. Sticking with what and who they know might be the draw for Paul McCartney, Harrison Ford, and Iron Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

BLT Steak

BLT Steak's close proximity to the White House makes it an easy place for visitors to chow down. It's a regular favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama, (maybe she likes the politically themed burgers?), and has been graced by actors who have played the President and First Lady, Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman.

Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern makes it easy to nip down from a room at the Park Hyatt to grab a bite to eat. Or it's the duck fat fries that are a big draw for the likes of Harrison Ford, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Oprah.

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

Few things are more alluring than a steakhouse in Georgetown, especially when it's connected to the Four Seasons. Celebrities like Owen Wilson, Rob Lowe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Paul McCartney, and Jack White have all been spotted there.

Cafe Milano

Cafe Milano is the grand dame of celebrity spotting restaurants. Serving upscale Italian food in Georgetown since 1992, it attracts the full range of celebrities, socialites, athletes, journalists and political figures. During the last White House Correspondents Dinner it played host to RGIII, Dave Chapelle, George Stephanopoulos, Kate Hudson and Elle Macpherson.

Charlie Palmer Steak

With its relatively closer proximity to the Capitol, Charlie Palmer Steak has become a popular spot for celeb spotting. You're sure to find an array of politicos, and the likes Jada and Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have dug into the steakhouse classics.

Comet Ping Pong

Away from the glam of downtown, Comet Ping Pong is the spot to find more low key celebrities. Jonah Friedlander, whose family lives in Gaithersburg, often visits the pizza joint for a game of ping pong; Alice Waters, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, and Jake Shears have also been spotted there.

Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

Fiola is quickly becoming the new D.C. go-to for celebrities. Perhaps they've heard about the "Sex and the City"-style banquette that allows them to look out onto the whole dining room. Or maybe Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, and Katherine Heigl just love Italian food.

The Palm Restaurant

Some people just like their meat and potatoes. As an old school steakhouse, The Palm attracts a more traditional crowd, including athletes Alex Ovechkin and Bryce Harper, as well as that Golden Girl Betty White.

Rasika

For celebrities who are a little more adventurous with their taste in food, both locations of Rasika have attracted their share of the rich and famous. Next time you see Bill Gates, Rachael Ray, Victor Garber, or Woody Harrelson, you can ask them if they ordered the palak chaat.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

One of the original celebrity chefs, Wolfgang Puck has long catered to Hollywood palates. Sticking with what and who they know might be the draw for Paul McCartney, Harrison Ford, and Iron Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

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