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Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant at MGM National Harbor
Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant at MGM National Harbor
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Explore D.C.'s Hidden Dining Treasures

Digging into restaurants within restaurants and bars inside bars

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Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant at MGM National Harbor
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Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant at MGM National Harbor debuted this winter, bringing the New York-based chef's signature cuisine to the splashy Las Vegas-style resort on the Potomac. Tucked in the back is a music-fueled bar called Sammy's — named after Rat Pack icon Sammy Davis Jr. — featuring jazz, DJs and gospel brunches.

Sammy's is one of the many surprises awaiting adventurous local diners and drinkers who favor establishments featuring specialty bars within bars or exclusive restaurants within restaurants.

Amaro lovers can currently take refuge in the six-seat bar dedicated to the Italian liqueur at RPM Italian, while seafood lovers are welcome to feast at Conosci, the 30-seat counter folded within Alta Strada. And there's more on the the way: The Dabney is developing a basement wine bar, while the Sugar Shack coming to Shaw is expected to house a speakeasy, similar to Captain Gregory's in Alexandria, Va.

Here's a look at the Russian nesting dolls of the hospitality world operating in the immediate area.

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Captain Gregory's

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The 24-seat restaurant and speakeasy serves cocktails and bar bites in the most unlikely spot — inside sweets shop Sugar Shack Donuts. Naturally, doughnuts are on the dessert menu.

The Columbia Room

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The former 10-seat cocktail bar inside The Passenger gave way last year to its own, separate spot with three distinct spaces: the namesake bar, Punch Garden rooftop deck, and Spirits Library and Bar, a stylish retreat replete with books and leather chairs.

Conosci

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Diners looking for Michael Schlow’s crudo bar must cross through anchor restaurant Alta Strada and slip between velvet curtains to find Conosci. It’s no wonder the name of the restaurant -within-a-restaurant means “do you know” in Italian.

Dram and Grain

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Located in the basement of Jack Rose Dining Saloon, the reservations-only cocktail bar has become a local favorite for its unpretentious vibe and extensive drink list. It’s open Wednesday through Saturday.

Elixir Bar at Barrel

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The basement bar at Barrel has made a splash not just with its cheeky cocktail list but with pop-up projects that have poked fun at our newly installed commander-in-chief. The most recent incarnation featured a Russian theme.

Kobo at Sushiko

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The new restaurant inside Sushiko features a 12-to-15-course Japanese tasting menu with vegan and non-vegan options. It debuted last month following an extensive renovation.

Omakase counter at Sushi Taro

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The Omakase counter at Sushi Taro features four to six small dishes, followed by sashimi and sushi.

RPM Italian

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Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s RPM Italian offers a six-seat amaro bar that features more than 13 types of the bitter Italian herbal liqueur.

Sammy's at Marcus Restaurant

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Staples at Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant include fried chicken and blackened catfish. Head to the back bar, Sammy’s, for music, eight signature cocktails (including the Sammy’s Old Fashioned) and snacks such as cauliflower frites.

Captain Gregory's

The 24-seat restaurant and speakeasy serves cocktails and bar bites in the most unlikely spot — inside sweets shop Sugar Shack Donuts. Naturally, doughnuts are on the dessert menu.

The Columbia Room

The former 10-seat cocktail bar inside The Passenger gave way last year to its own, separate spot with three distinct spaces: the namesake bar, Punch Garden rooftop deck, and Spirits Library and Bar, a stylish retreat replete with books and leather chairs.

Conosci

Diners looking for Michael Schlow’s crudo bar must cross through anchor restaurant Alta Strada and slip between velvet curtains to find Conosci. It’s no wonder the name of the restaurant -within-a-restaurant means “do you know” in Italian.

Dram and Grain

Located in the basement of Jack Rose Dining Saloon, the reservations-only cocktail bar has become a local favorite for its unpretentious vibe and extensive drink list. It’s open Wednesday through Saturday.

Elixir Bar at Barrel

The basement bar at Barrel has made a splash not just with its cheeky cocktail list but with pop-up projects that have poked fun at our newly installed commander-in-chief. The most recent incarnation featured a Russian theme.

Kobo at Sushiko

The new restaurant inside Sushiko features a 12-to-15-course Japanese tasting menu with vegan and non-vegan options. It debuted last month following an extensive renovation.

Omakase counter at Sushi Taro

The Omakase counter at Sushi Taro features four to six small dishes, followed by sashimi and sushi.

RPM Italian

Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s RPM Italian offers a six-seat amaro bar that features more than 13 types of the bitter Italian herbal liqueur.

Sammy's at Marcus Restaurant

Staples at Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant include fried chicken and blackened catfish. Head to the back bar, Sammy’s, for music, eight signature cocktails (including the Sammy’s Old Fashioned) and snacks such as cauliflower frites.

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