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Dupont Circle Restaurants

Find hearty American favorites like steak and seafood near Embassy Row, with a little international flair here and there.

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Come clean and leave dirty at this bar known for strong cocktails.

Come clean, leave dirty. That's the motto of this trendy, yet approachable Dupont eatery. Enjoy an array of yummy sammies for lunch, or unique apps (ever try citrus lavender oysters?) And don't leave without trying a cocktail, which is almost always made with small batch spirits and freshly made bitters, tinctures and syrups. Michael's Mule (FAIR quinoa vodka, fresh grapefruit and lime juice, homemade ginger syrup), and the Black Marlin (Pisco Porton, homemade hibiscus and sage gum, with fresh lime and pineapple juice) are refreshing strays from the restaurant's namesake cocktail, and you'll be glad you came clean with your companions about why you really chose this place.

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Reserve a table for surf-and-turf in the presence of Beltway insiders.

One of the best places to have a power lunch, as voted by Washingtonian magazine, the Palm sticks to the classics. Three pound lobster, 16 oz. Strip, and veal parmigiana are the kinds of things they do best, with a splash of quality, Northern California vino to top them off. Don't be surprised if you catch a few diplomats making deals over drinks here, a short distance from their embassies. Though this is a suit-and-tie kind of place, the atmosphere is lightened by the Palm's signature cartoons and caricatures covering the walls.