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Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner at the Freedom Inagural Ball in Washington, D.C.
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner at the Freedom Inagural Ball in Washington, D.C.
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Tracking Ivanka Trump's Journey Into D.C. Dining

Monitoring the first daughter's march across the DMV

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Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner at the Freedom Inagural Ball in Washington, D.C.
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Ivanka Trump, the right-hand woman with a direct (blood)line to President Donald Trump, is quickly becoming the most visible member of the First Family here in Washington.

Whereas others affiliated with President Trump, appear to be in no rush to become District denizens, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner — another trusted confidant whom POTUS has thrust into government work as a senior adviser — have already put down roots (temporarily?) in Kalorama. Small world: that just so happens to be the same neighborhood former president Barack Obama and his family relocated to after handing over the keys to 1600 Penn.

The prevailing wisdom is that the septuagenarian commander-in-chief is unlikely to deviate from a meat-and-potatoes existence facilitated by those catering to Papa Trump's existing business empire. Enter Ivanka Trump, who's begun making the rounds at local restaurants for both work and play.

Might Ivanka Trump follow in the trendsetting footsteps of former first lady Michelle Obama?

Only time will tell.

Come along as Ivanka Trump digests the dining scene of her newly adopted home.

The featured restaurants are not ranked. They are arranged chronologically based on Ivanka Trump’s corresponding visits.

Seen the first daughter dining around town? Drop us a line (dc@eater.com) or share reports in the comments below.

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Fiola Mare

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Co-owner Maria Trabocchi says Ivanka Trump spent some time at the waterfront seafood restaurant earlier this year.

Ristorante Tosca

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on January 26 met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at this tony Italian eatery.

RPM Italian

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner broke bread on January 30 at the glitzy restaurant co-founded by “Apprentice” Season 1 winner Bill Rancic.

Seasons

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Ivanka Trump on February 3 wandered onto the home turf of frequent visitor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, doing breakfast here with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.

Open City

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Ivanka Trump has reportedly begun getting to know her ‘hood, presumably grabbing a quick bite at this low-key coffeehouse in Woodley Park. “We offer a space outside of typical Washington political partisanship,” Open City asserts on its website.

Hay-Adams

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A tipster spotted Ivanka Trump having breakfast here on February 15 with another closely guarded woman. No word on who the mystery companion might have been — source was leaning diplomat "because the security looked foreign" — or what was on the agenda.

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BLT Prime

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner joined President Trump on February 25 for what appeared to be a working dinner at BLT Prime.

Rasika West End

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on March 2 squeezed in some alone time, spending approximately 90 minutes indulging in Rasika's award-winning Indian fare. "Both were smart casually dressed and accompanied by Secret Service," a tipster shared.

Le Diplomate

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Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and their children were spotted enjoying brunch March 12 at Stephen Starr's award-winning French bistro. "Tucked away in back corner with both kids. Both parents engaged and happy," a tipster alerted Politico.

BLT Prime

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A day after President Donald Trump suffered his first legislative loss with the scrapping of the American Health Care Act, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner joined POTUS for dinner at BLT Prime, the restaurant nestled within the family’s D.C. hotel. According to observers, Trump consoled himself March 25 with more well-done beef and a fresh bottle of ketchup.

Barcelona Wine Bar

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner stepped out April 20 for some tapas.

Iron Gate

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A tipster spotted Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner squeezing in what appeared to be a working dinner on the patio at Iron Gate on May 8. The anonymous observer says the couple dined with four other people, indulging in small plates and heartier portions of chef Tony Chittum’s Mediterranean cooking.

Ivanka Trump at Iron Gate Eater tipster

Cafe Milano

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Media reports place Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at this safe haven for politicos from both sides of the aisle on June 7, right as the Trump administration was bracing for Comeygate.

Cafe Milano DC patio The patio at Cafe Milano. Photo: Cafe Milano

Le Diplomate

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Reports place Ivanka Trump and daughter Arabella at Stephen Starr’s lone (but not for long) D.C. outpost on July 10 around dinner time. The entire Kushner clan swung by the 14th Street hotspot for brunch back in March.

A tipster spotted Ivanka Trump having dinner with “a female companion” on July 24 at the original Rasika. The visit lasted roughly two hours; No word on whether the first daughter ordered a la carte or opted for a tasting menu from James Beard Award-winning chef Vikram Sunderam.

Rasika Penn Quarter chef's counter Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Barcelona Wine Bar

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Reports place Ivanka Trump at this 14th street wine haven with five other women on half-price wine night. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner did a date night thing here back in April.

Barcelona DC patio Patrons on the patio at Barcelona Wine Bar. Photo: Barcelona Wine Bar

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were spotted having dinner September 9 with Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, at restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier’s new addition to Scott Circle.

The main dining room at Siren. Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Fiola Mare

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were spotted having dinner September 13 at Fiola Mare. Per media reports, the pair dined with onetime presidential hopeful and current Twitter sensation Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Ivanka Trump has visited the high-end seafood restaurant before.

Fiola Mare DC dining room The main dining room at Fiola Mare. Photo: Fiola Mare

Ivanka Trump was spotted having dinner September 25 at Rasika. Per media reports, Ivanka Trump and two “smartly dressed” female friends enjoyed a meal at the award-winning Indian restaurant. Ivanka Trump visited the Penn Quarter standby earlier this summer and has also broken bread at its sibling in the tony West End.

Rasika DC counter Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Darlington House

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A tipster tells Eater Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner popped by this split-level (pub down below; sit-down restaurant above) Dupont Circle mainstay September 26. “Must have had a quick dinner, because they were out again within an hour,” our spy reports.

Fiola Mare

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Media reports place Ivanka Trump back on the Georgetown waterfront September 28, once again having dinner at chef Fabio Trabocchi’s award-winning seafood restaurant.

Fiola Mare DC place setting Photo: Fiola Mare

Masseria

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Ivanka Trump February 14 dined at Masseria with two other women, marking Valentine's Day at chef/owner Nicholas Stefanelli's Michelin-starred property. She and husband Jared Kushner made a return visit this weekend according to Politico, dining again at Masseria on October 7.

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Ghibellina

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Media reports place Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner back on 14th Street NW October 17, this time at Neapolitan-style pizzeria and weekend brunch haven Ghibellina.

Ghibellina DC pizza A wood-fired pizza at Ghibellina. Photo: Ghibellina

Casa Luca

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Just back from Asia, media reports place Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at another of restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi’s establishments on November 11. This time, the apparent pasta lovers opted for dinner at downtown eatery Casa Luca.

Casa Luca DC food Assorted dishes at Casa Luca. Photo: Casa Luca

BLT Prime

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Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner yet again dined at BLT Prime after the White House Hannukah bash on December 7, per media reports.

Momofuku

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made Momofuku their first outing of the new year, stopping by City Center’s source for ramen and bao buns January 6, 2018. Per media reports, the senior White House advisers, who were out grabbing a bite with two other couples, attempted to keep things low-key but still got needled with comments about President Donald Trump’s mental stability.

Momofuku DC sign The Momofuku restaurant in City Center. Photo: Momofuku

Cafe Milano

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Per media reports, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner visited this Georgetown power dining spot January 11 to bid farewell to an outgoing Trump administration aide. It’s at least her second visit to restaurateur Franco Nuchese’s quarter century-old establishment.

Cafe Milano DC exterior Cafe Milano in Georgetown. Photo: Cafe Milano

Cafe Milano

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A return trip to bipartisan clubhouse Cafe Milano late January 27 by Ivanka Trump erupted into a political firestorm when celebrity chef and philanthropist José Andrés made unsubstantiated accusations on social media after being turned away from a private event at the restaurant. Trump denied any wrongdoing; Andrés later said it was a “misunderstanding,” adding “let’s all be friends.”

Cafe Milano DC sign Cafe Milano in Georgetown. Photo by Louise M. / Yelp

Kellari Taverna

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Media reports place Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at this Greek-themed K street meeting spot on February 21.

Kellari Taverna DC display Fresh seafood on display at Kellari Taverna. Kellari Taverna/Facebook

A tipster tell Eater that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner stopped into restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s debut Israeli restaurant on May 1 for dinner. No word on what the couple ordered (Lamb-topped hummus? Grilled sardines? Zesty shakshuka?), but sources say the duo spent about 90 minutes soaking up the scenery.

Assorted dishes at Sababa.
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A Rake's Progress

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Media reports place Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner “upstairs” at the Line hotel on May 5, which means the pair were having dinner at award-winning chef Spike Gjerde’s debut D.C. restaurant, A Rake’s Progress. Former president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama ate at the Mid-Atlantic-centric restaurant just before it opened to the public.

A view of the bar and open kitchen at A Rake’s Progress.
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Chez Billy Sud

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had dinner June 6 at this 5-year-old neighborhood bistro. No word on what the pair ordered, but regulars are fond of chef Brendan L’Etoile’s spot-on country pate, and the crispy duck confit with seasoned potatoes.

Patrons dining at bright and charming Chez Billy Sud.
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Cafe Milano

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Ivanka Trump partied with the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals at Cafe Milano on June 9. The team has been celebrating al over town since winning its first NHL championship.

Ivanka Trump with the Washington Capitals at Cafe Milano.
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