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After another long workday of commuting, meetings, more meetings, and playing on Facebook, sometimes it's easier to let someone else make the decision. Plenty of new places are allowing the chefs to drive the experience, whether it be through tasting menus, chef's tables or other spins off the same idea.

Even more options have launched since Eater first put together this guide last fall. New updates include a fish-focused menu in Shaw, a Filipino tasting at a well-known Virginia restaurant and many new chefs putting their own spins on tasting menus.

—Ross Perkins and Missy Frederick

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. B Too

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1324 14th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20005
(202) 627-2800
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Chef Bart Vandaele launched a tasting menu back in the fall. Every Wednesday, diners drop $45 and get a tour of Belgium through the chef's selection of dishes. Since this Belgian faire, expect at least one waffle during the course of the dinner. And enjoy the chef's take on using vegetables in the dessert with his sweet avocado soufflé. That's healthy, right?

2. Dino's Grotto

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1914 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 686-2966
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Dino's Grotto added a new five-course tasting menu in February. The restaurant charges about $39 per person (some ingredients can drive up the price further) for seasonal dishes like Alaskan king crab pasta and Tuscan pho. Gluten-free diners can be accommodated, too.

3. The Oval Room

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800 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 463-8700
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The Oval Room's tasting menu is $60, and features four courses – all seasonally selected. There's also the option to include wine pairings for an additional fee. It's now under the guidance of new chef John Melfi.

4. Rural Society

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1177 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 587-2629
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Chef Jose Garces wants diners to eat classic Argentine dishes. His chef's tasting menu has a collection of small plates inspired by the "traditional Parrillada experience". And because this culinary culture has great wines, there's also the South American wine flight available to make the Argentine tour complete.

5. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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Nothing gets to the point like having a section of the menu labeled "Can't Decide". Completely relinquish control at Chef Michael Schlow's eatery on 14th Street. All diners have to decide is if they are "kind of hungry" ($35/person), "forgot to eat lunch" ($55/person) or want the "full on Tico experience" ($85/person). Decisions, decisions.

6. Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria

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1212 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 735-0525
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Nonna's Kitchen, the tasting-menu restaurant within Alphonse, is already on its second chef. Now, James Barton is overseeing the restaurant within a restaurant, and his tasting menu runs around $90 (reservations required).

7. Restaurant Eve

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110 S Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 706-0450
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Restaurant Eve is branching into new territory with its Filipino-inspired tasting menu, which just became a permanent addition to the menu. For $65, diners get to taste a variety of courses, many of them family-style and most of them spicy and complex.

8. Fishnet

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7th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Fishnook is Fishnet's tasting menu experience, priced at $55 per person. The chef custom-prepares a six course meal in front of up to four guests at a time. It all takes place right within the restaurant's kitchen.

9. Trummer's On Main

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7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 266-1623
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The new tasting menu at Trummer's is geared towards a less typical diner: kids. Their "petit gourmand" menu features multiple courses and even mocktails. It's $38.

10. Ristorante Tosca

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1112 F St Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 367-1990
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New Tosca chef Matteo Venini is putting his own stamp on this Italian tasting menu. Four courses are $85 and six are priced at $105. The tasting is set inside the restaurant's kitchen, too.

11. Mio

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1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 955-0075
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Mio launched a chef's counter tasting men in January, available for only two guests per night. Roberto Hernandez prepares nine courses of Puerto Rican dishes for $95 or $135 per person.

1. B Too

1324 14th St NW, Washington, D.C., 20005
Chef Bart Vandaele launched a tasting menu back in the fall. Every Wednesday, diners drop $45 and get a tour of Belgium through the chef's selection of dishes. Since this Belgian faire, expect at least one waffle during the course of the dinner. And enjoy the chef's take on using vegetables in the dessert with his sweet avocado soufflé. That's healthy, right?
1324 14th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20005

2. Dino's Grotto

1914 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Dino's Grotto added a new five-course tasting menu in February. The restaurant charges about $39 per person (some ingredients can drive up the price further) for seasonal dishes like Alaskan king crab pasta and Tuscan pho. Gluten-free diners can be accommodated, too.
1914 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. The Oval Room

800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
The Oval Room's tasting menu is $60, and features four courses – all seasonally selected. There's also the option to include wine pairings for an additional fee. It's now under the guidance of new chef John Melfi.
800 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

4. Rural Society

1177 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Chef Jose Garces wants diners to eat classic Argentine dishes. His chef's tasting menu has a collection of small plates inspired by the "traditional Parrillada experience". And because this culinary culture has great wines, there's also the South American wine flight available to make the Argentine tour complete.
1177 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Nothing gets to the point like having a section of the menu labeled "Can't Decide". Completely relinquish control at Chef Michael Schlow's eatery on 14th Street. All diners have to decide is if they are "kind of hungry" ($35/person), "forgot to eat lunch" ($55/person) or want the "full on Tico experience" ($85/person). Decisions, decisions.
1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria

1212 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Nonna's Kitchen, the tasting-menu restaurant within Alphonse, is already on its second chef. Now, James Barton is overseeing the restaurant within a restaurant, and his tasting menu runs around $90 (reservations required).
1212 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Restaurant Eve

110 S Pitt St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Restaurant Eve is branching into new territory with its Filipino-inspired tasting menu, which just became a permanent addition to the menu. For $65, diners get to taste a variety of courses, many of them family-style and most of them spicy and complex.
110 S Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314

8. Fishnet

7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Fishnook is Fishnet's tasting menu experience, priced at $55 per person. The chef custom-prepares a six course meal in front of up to four guests at a time. It all takes place right within the restaurant's kitchen.
7th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Trummer's On Main

7134 Main St, Clifton, VA 20124
The new tasting menu at Trummer's is geared towards a less typical diner: kids. Their "petit gourmand" menu features multiple courses and even mocktails. It's $38.
7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124

10. Ristorante Tosca

1112 F St Nw, Washington, D.C. 20004
New Tosca chef Matteo Venini is putting his own stamp on this Italian tasting menu. Four courses are $85 and six are priced at $105. The tasting is set inside the restaurant's kitchen, too.
1112 F St Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004

11. Mio

1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Mio launched a chef's counter tasting men in January, available for only two guests per night. Roberto Hernandez prepares nine courses of Puerto Rican dishes for $95 or $135 per person.
1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

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