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Dining Guide

O- outdoor
L- lunch
B- brunch
K- kid friendly
N- late night
V- views
$- under $25 per person
$$- under $50 per person
$$$- over $50 per person

Washington D.C.

1789 Restaurant- Serving seasonal American cuisine with a French flair, by Chef Ris Lacoste in a historic residential Georgetown federal home. This has been a favorite of Washingtonians since the beginning! 1226 36th Street, N.W. (202) 965-1789 P $$$

Al Tiramisu- The space is intimate, but the fresh fish and pasta cannot be beat. A fun dining experience for the Italian food lover. 2014 P Street, N.W. (202) 467-4466 L $$

Bistro Bis- This modern stunner in the Hotel George continues to offer contemporary takes on French bistro fare, as well as a hopping bar scene. 15 E Street, N.W. (202) 661-2700 L, B, P $$

Café Milano-The see-and-be-seen Georgetown restaurant where visiting celebs mix with DC notables over delicious Italian food and wine. 3251 Prospect Street, N.W. (202) 333-6183 L,N $$$

Cashions Eat Place- A down home feel with a cozy atmosphere, and an accommodating staff, not to mention the fresh food make this an Adam's Morgan favorite. 1819 Columbia Road, N.W. (202) 797-1819 B $$

Ceiba- This downtown DC hotspot from the guys who brought us DC Coast and TenPenh is taking Latin cuisine to new heights with a creative menu, cool décor and funky specialty cocktails. 701 14th Street, N.W. (202) 393-3983 L $$

Citronelle- Michel Richard is an internationally- acclaimed chef cooking at the top of his game. If you're after fabulous nouvelle French food, this is the place for you. 3000 M Street, N.W. (202) 625-2150 P $$$ CityZen- Chef Eric Ziebold who trained at the world-famous French Laundry in Napa is wowing DC with his menu showcasing the freshest available ingredients. 1330 Maryland Avenue, S.W. (202) 787-6868 $$

Clydes- This bustling American saloon has been serving Washingtonians since 1963. Seasonal American cuisine, including some of the area's best crab cakes, is accompanied by a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. 3236 M Street, N.W. (202) 333-9180 L,B,K $$

DC Coast- With a bustling bar and stellar setting, DC Coast continues to serve some of the best contemporary American food in town. 1401 K Street, N.W. (202) 216-5988 L $$

Indebleu- French cuisine is infused with bold Indian flavors at this much-anticipated Penn Quarter newcomer. The house Lycheetini is creating quite the buzz. 707 G Street, N.W. (202) 333-BLEU P $$$

Kinkeads- After a recent renovation, the décor is now as inviting as the menu. 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (202) 296-7700 L,P $$$

Le Paradou- The sophisticated modern ambiance coupled with Yannick Cam's high-end French cuisine and superb wine list explain why this restaurant has become a prix fixe lunch and dinner favorite. 678 Indiana Avenue, N.W. (202) 347-6780 O,L,P $$$

Marcels- The mouth watering Belgian- French cuisine of Chef Weidmaier's and live piano jazz is the perfect place to impress a date or out-of-town guest. 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (202) 296-1166 P $$$

Nora- This exceptional Dupont Circle charmer was doing organic, hormone-free poultry and wild fish way before it was in! Whether it's a special occasion or a midweek dinner, a meal here is always memorable. 2132 Florida Avenue, N.W. (202) 462-5143 N $$$

Ortanique- A fun and lively experience with live music and a fun decor, Chef Cindy Hutson creates fusion cuisine with tropical/Caribbean flair. 730 11th Street, N.W. (202) 393-0975 O,L,N $$

Perrys- One of the city's best roof top dining establishments serving contemporary American cuisine and delectable sushi made with fresh and locally grown ingredients. 1811 Columbia Road, N.W. (202) 234-6218 O,L,B,N $$

Poste Brasserie- With a new chef from Gustavino's in NYC who favors fresh produce from local farms, Poste is a delicious and fresh alternative. The martini menu inspires sampling— must try the sinful truffle pommes frites! 555 Eighth Street, N.W. (202) 783-6060 O,L,B $$

Taberna del Alabardero- Extraordinary tapas and classic Iberian dishes make you feel like you're in Madrid. The dining room absolutely sparkles in the evening. 1776 I Street, NW (202) 429-2200 L,P $$$ Vidalia- Since it's remodeling last year, everything is better at this southerninspired American that combines Dixie treats with a refined décor. 1990 M Street, NW (202)659-1990 L,P $$$

Zaytinya- Unusual Eastern Mediterranean meze in a fabulous glass, chrome and marble setting have made this one of the most popular spots in happening Penn Quarter. 701 Ninth Street, N.W. (202) 638-0800 L,B $$ Zola - Sleek décor transports you into James Bond's world. You can sip cocktails in a sexy banquette while you feast on American comfort food. 800 F Street, N.W. (202) 654-0999 L,N,P $$


Cantler's Riverside Inn- Hands down the best crabs in the area!! No better place to casually sit beside the water and enjoy Maryland's finest. It is hard to find-but only 2 minutes from downtown. 458 Forest Beach Road, Annapolis (410) 757-1311 O,L,B,K,V $$

Cesco- Chef and owner Francesco Ricchi creates authentic Tuscan specialties and with just one bite, you'll swear you're back in Italy! Don't forget to sample the homemade tiramisu. 4871 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda (301) 654-8333 O,L,K,P $$

Grapeseed- Offering an inventive menu and a recommended wine choice beside each item on the menu, they're known for a superb wine-tasting experience; a great choice for the wine lover. 4865 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda (301) 986-9592 $$

Jaleo- Perfect for a big group, you can be sure that each plate you order will impress. Tapas and house sangria make for a great night. 480 Seventh Street, N.W. (202) 628-7949 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda (301) 913-0003 L $$

Mon Ami Gabi- This hotspot in downtown Bethesda offers an American take on the French experience. If you're going for the lively scene and party atmosphere, you won't be disappointed! 7239 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda (301) 654-1234 L,B,P $$

Old Angler's Inn- Romance abounds at this rustic Potomac gem. Be it outside on the patio in summer or beside a roaring fire in winter, the New American specialties here never disappoints. 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac (301) 365-2425 O,L,B,P $$$

Persimmon- California-French comes to Bethesda. This intimate newcomer from with fabulous food and gracious service has become a reason to head to the burbs for dinner. 7003 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda (301) 654-9860 L $$

Renato- This chi-chi Potomac Italian is as close to Elaine's as you're going to get without hopping on the shuttle. The see-and-be-seen scene attracts a regular crowd.10120 River Road ,Potomac (301) 365-1900 L $$

Tower Oak's Lodge- The newest offering from the Clyde's group, this Adirondackstyle hunting lodge is located adjacent to a 21-acre nature preserve. Seasonal American cuisine comes to Rockville. 2 Preserve Parkway (off Tower Oaks Blvd) Rockville (301)951-9600 L,B,V,P $$


Colvin Run Tavern- The newest restaurant from Bob Kinkead doesn't disappoint. With a varied menu and elegant surroundings, Kinkead's great food can be enjoyed outside the beltway. 8045 Leesburg Pike, McLean (703) 356-9500 L,P $$$

Elysium- Exquisite taste and presentation, Chef Robert Ulrich dotes upon each detail of his extensive menu. Don't leave without trying the dessert sampler- the perfect ending! 116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria 703-838-8000 P $$$

Fiore di Luna- This Northern Italian eatery provides great food, complemented by a live musician. Don't be dismayed by the suburban strip-mall location, this restaurant is quality all the way. 1025 Seneca Road, Great Falls (703)444-4060 O,L $$

Harry's Tap Room- This up-scale Arlington pub is a great place for a drink or classic American favorites. 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington (703) 778-7788 L,B,K $$

L'Auberge Chez Francois- A meal at this enchanting farmhouse transports you back to Alsace. The gracious service completes the experience. 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls (703) 759-3800 O,B $$$

La Bergerie- Formal, yet understated, this is the place for the best French fare in Alexandria. A truly authentic French dining experience. 218 N Lee Street, Alexandria (703) 683-1007 L,P $$$

Le Petite Mistral- The menu offers the freshest seasonal ingredients to provide French cuisine that is sure to satisfy all five senses. 6710 Old Dominion Drive, McLean (703) 748-4888 L $$$

Maestro- Located in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Tyson's Corner, Maestro combines contemporary Italian cuisine with an elegant dining space.1700 Tyson's Blvd., McLean (703) 917-5498 B,P $$$

Rail Stop- This horse-country neighborhood hangout combines casual ambience with great food. Great for a hearty breakfast or a smart dinner, there's a good reason to make the drive out to The Plains.6478 Main Street, The Plains (540) 253-5644 L,B,P $$

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