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The Hottest New Tasting Menus to Try

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Call 2016 the year of the tasting menu. Several chefs, both new and veteran, are offering multi-course, prix fixe menus. And no two tasting menu experiences are quite the same.

There's the very fancy and pricey (think Pineapple and Pearls or Metier). And then there are the come-as-you-are "value" meals at places like Boundary Road or Hazel.

While the tasting menu concept is nothing new, it seems more chefs have gotten in on the game. And there's no end in sight. In November, Chef Kwame Onwuachi is willing to bet that D.C. can stomach a $1,000 tasting menu for two.

So why exactly do D.C. chef's continue to gamble on tasting menus? One big reason is control. With a tasting menu, chefs are able to explore food in both a creative and constrained way. It also gives the kitchen time to develop a routine on dishes that may very well come to define the restaurant's reputation.

And whether it's three, six, eight, or 15 courses, chefs are ready to deliver a dining experience driven by their own unique interests. This map focuses on the newest ones in town; looking for something more tried and true? Consider these classics.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 1789 Restaurant

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-1789
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This Georgetown stalwart recently changed up its format to tasting menu-focused. Chef Samuel Kim serves a flexible four, five, or six course menu, priced at $85, $97, and $109 per person.

2. Boundary Road Restaurant

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414 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4336
(202) 450-3265
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Vegetarians will want to head to Boundary Road on Thursday nights for the "Eat Your Veggies!" tasting menu. The restaurant serves a rotating three course menu of veggie-only dishes for $30 per person, with an optional $15 wine pairing.
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3. Conosci

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465 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 629-4662
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Michael Schlow gives you a few choices for tasting menus. His options range in price and course load. At the low end, diners get five-to-seven dishes for $45 each.

4. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

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678 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-2888
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Early this year, Fabio Trabocchi switched things up at his Italian restaurant, offering a variety of prix-fixe menus, including a "chef’s decadence” six-course menu for $120.

5. Hazel

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808 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 847-4980
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Hazel offers a relaxed take on the tasting menu. The "Chef 7" is a $46 per person meal, selected by chef Rob Rubba.

6. Metier

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1015 7th St
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-7500
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Eric Ziebold's Metier is a tasting menu for a special occasion. This $200 dinner experience features seven courses (and yes, there are Parker House rolls). An early talked-about dish: the poached Alaskan halibut, served with uni butter.
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7. Old Angler's Inn

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10801 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 365-2425
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This month Old Angler's Inn in Potomac released a new chef's tasting menu. It's offered every Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The meal is four courses at $75 per person.

8. Pineapple and Pearls

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715 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Chef Aaron Silverman's Pineapple and Pearls is winning the hearts and stomachs of Washingtonians who decide to throw down $250 for an all-inclusive dinner that includes tax, tip, and beverage pairings. Just be sure to snag tickets before you go. This is an online ticketed experience.

9. Proof

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775 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-7663
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Chef Austin Fausett (formerly of Trummer's on Main) is working closely with sommelier Joe Quinn on a $135 tasting menu inspired by France's Loire valley wine region. The result is a progressive dinner with wine pairings for each course.

10. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20565
(202) 637-6100
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When watching the wallet, then The Source's three course tasting menu, located at the bar downstairs, might be a good bet. This $35 menu also let's diners choose between Chinese staples like dumplings and bao.

11. Bub and Pop's

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1815 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 457-1111
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It may not be the most intuitive place to find a tasting menu, but sandwich joint Bub and Pop's now has a supper club. Diners can try the multi-course menu with beverage pairings for an all-inclusive $165 per person. It's only available on Saturday nights. They seat six diners each evening.

12. Drift on 7th

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1819 7th St., NW
Washington, D.C.
Drift on 7th recently brought back the six-course FishNook tasting menu that chef Ferhat Yalcin used to operate at its predecessor restaurant, Fishnet. It's $65 per person plus tax (gratuity not included), plus $35 for beverage pairings, for up to four people.

13. The Pig

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1320 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 290-2821
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With a new chef at The Pig comes a new tasting menu. And it's an affordable one. Chef Nuvee Netayavichitr is putting together a new four-course meal that starts at $35, with wine pairings beginning at $15.
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1. 1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
This Georgetown stalwart recently changed up its format to tasting menu-focused. Chef Samuel Kim serves a flexible four, five, or six course menu, priced at $85, $97, and $109 per person.
1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

2. Boundary Road Restaurant

414 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4336
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Vegetarians will want to head to Boundary Road on Thursday nights for the "Eat Your Veggies!" tasting menu. The restaurant serves a rotating three course menu of veggie-only dishes for $30 per person, with an optional $15 wine pairing.
414 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4336

3. Conosci

465 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Michael Schlow gives you a few choices for tasting menus. His options range in price and course load. At the low end, diners get five-to-seven dishes for $45 each.
465 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

678 Indiana Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Early this year, Fabio Trabocchi switched things up at his Italian restaurant, offering a variety of prix-fixe menus, including a "chef’s decadence” six-course menu for $120.
678 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

5. Hazel

808 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Hazel offers a relaxed take on the tasting menu. The "Chef 7" is a $46 per person meal, selected by chef Rob Rubba.
808 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Metier

1015 7th St, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Eric Ziebold's Metier is a tasting menu for a special occasion. This $200 dinner experience features seven courses (and yes, there are Parker House rolls). An early talked-about dish: the poached Alaskan halibut, served with uni butter.
1015 7th St
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. Old Angler's Inn

10801 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854
This month Old Angler's Inn in Potomac released a new chef's tasting menu. It's offered every Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The meal is four courses at $75 per person.
10801 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, MD 20854

8. Pineapple and Pearls

715 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Chef Aaron Silverman's Pineapple and Pearls is winning the hearts and stomachs of Washingtonians who decide to throw down $250 for an all-inclusive dinner that includes tax, tip, and beverage pairings. Just be sure to snag tickets before you go. This is an online ticketed experience.
715 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

9. Proof

775 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Chef Austin Fausett (formerly of Trummer's on Main) is working closely with sommelier Joe Quinn on a $135 tasting menu inspired by France's Loire valley wine region. The result is a progressive dinner with wine pairings for each course.
775 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

575 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20565
When watching the wallet, then The Source's three course tasting menu, located at the bar downstairs, might be a good bet. This $35 menu also let's diners choose between Chinese staples like dumplings and bao.
575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20565

11. Bub and Pop's

1815 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
It may not be the most intuitive place to find a tasting menu, but sandwich joint Bub and Pop's now has a supper club. Diners can try the multi-course menu with beverage pairings for an all-inclusive $165 per person. It's only available on Saturday nights. They seat six diners each evening.
1815 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

12. Drift on 7th

1819 7th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Drift on 7th recently brought back the six-course FishNook tasting menu that chef Ferhat Yalcin used to operate at its predecessor restaurant, Fishnet. It's $65 per person plus tax (gratuity not included), plus $35 for beverage pairings, for up to four people.
1819 7th St., NW
Washington, D.C.

13. The Pig

1320 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
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With a new chef at The Pig comes a new tasting menu. And it's an affordable one. Chef Nuvee Netayavichitr is putting together a new four-course meal that starts at $35, with wine pairings beginning at $15.
1320 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

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