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French Restaurant
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“Bustling brasserie serves classic French fare & drinks amid a zinc bar, tile floors & sidewalk cafe. Washington Post Review by Tom Sietsema Here’s why it’s so hard to book a table at a decent hour at the city’s most popular French restaurant: the bread basket, generously filled with three flavors, including country wheat; the waiters in their long white aprons, there when you need them and quick to describe any dish to your satisfaction; a setting of pressed-tin ceilings, blood-red banquettes and honeyed lighting that could pass for a brasserie in the country of inspiration. Then there’s the food, textbook versions of onion soup, steak frites and apple tarte Tatin, plus daily specials that will make you glad to be there on, say, Friday for spot-on bouillabaisse. Who in town makes a lighter foie gras mousse, or a finer duck a l’orange, the skin of the leg fried so that it shatters under your teeth? Noise is the cochon at the party. Otherwise, I recognize the attraction of fans including Gérard Araud. If it’s good enough for the discerning French ambassador, it’s good enough for moi.”
255 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“The 9:30 club doesn't look like much but it's a historic and intimate music venue that also owns the brand new The Anthem at the Wharf. It's a venue with beautiful sounds, a little divey, and an intimate setting to see any band. Definitely check out a live show here if you get the chance. Check out the specific shows for age limitations, if any, at shows. It's also just off of the U-Street corridor which is a popular spot for bars, clubs, and restaurants that can very VERY lively. ”
225 locals recommend
Café
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“We love venturing out of our 'hood sometimes and this is one of our favorite spots!”
179 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Busboys and Poets is a local chain with a social change agenda and a bookstore in each restaurant. They regularly hold poetry readings and other events. The food is American with a range of sandwiches, salads, and other options. ”
69 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Italian-influenced American restaurant. Food and atmosphere is phenomenal - great date spot. ”
181 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Located just down Monroe Street, I’m at The Coupe at least once a week! They do coffee and pastries to-go ($3-$5), as well as sit down breakfast ($15pp), lunch, and dinner. It’s pretty big so there isn’t usually a wait (Sometimes for brunch), and very reasonably priced. Definitely worth checking out! ”
171 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“This place is pretty popular right now. It has a high end feel, but you can still wear a button down or dress/jeans. You often will see exotic cars parked out front and the clientele reflects that. If you are in DC on a cool night, appetizers are excellent out on the front patio. High-end cocktails are the norm, but you may see some of the younger crowd line up some shots later in the evening. ”
158 locals recommend
Noodle House
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“This ramen house seats only 23 people, but the atmosphere and food are second to none. Have a drink at The Pug downstairs while you wait for your table. ”
137 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“One of the most popular restaurants in DC and close by! This places is on the pricy side but well worth it! It serves eclectic “New American” small plates menu crafted in a cozy, converted townhouse with upstairs bar. No reservations, so we recommend going early or, if there’s a way, putting your name on the list and grabbing a drink nearby. ”
174 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A large space that houses a coffee shop with indoor & outdoor seating, as well as a full-service bar upstairs (which serves brunch on weekends). It serves breakfast sandwiches all day (!), has good coffee (with latte art), and a variety of other sandwiches/salads after 11 am. There is metered parking available.”
56 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Looking for a break place to get a low-key lunch and settle in to read a book or chat with a friend? Tryst has a vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu with lots of options for meat-eaters as well. The large restaurant also features large couches so you can lounge while you sip on an incredible chai latte or beer!”
161 locals recommend
Pub
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“Local pub. Can get crowded with the late-night crowd, but a good place for a meal in the early evening.”
146 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Busboys & Poets is so much more than a restaurant. Enjoy Poetry slams? Go to Busboys. Interested in partaking in community conversations surrounding social inequities? Go to Busboys. The food is good, but you get so much more here than a full stomach. ”
126 locals recommend
Bar
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“New beer pub within walking distance! Get variety on tap, and good pub food. ”
145 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Upscale pizza, panini, and salads. Hoppin' spot for lunch or dinner. Don't miss the roasted beet salad or stuffed dates! Excellent gelato conveniently located right next door.”
58 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Think of Room 11 as a more upscale Coupe. They have lovely brunch and dinner options, a great wine list, in a gorgeous space (Patio too)”
145 locals recommend