This Federalist era-inspired mainstay is known for its romantic atmosphere. The townhouse is decorated with historical prints, brass oil lamps and working fireplaces. Men must don jackets at this upscale French eatery patronized by big wig like President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Dishes blend French, savory techniques with hearty, American nuances, such as foiegras with peach thyme jam, carrot cake and bourbon maple syrup. Certain foods are locally produced especially for this restaurant, and the wine list changes weekly. Occasionally the restaurant offers cooking classes followed by lunch with wine.
Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, this popular, business casual joint with views of the C&O Canal is a twist on the modern steakhouse. Its array of local dry aged meats and innovative seafood dishes like lobster pot pie and oak-fired fish is impressive, as is Bourbon Steak's commitment to carrying its seasonal concept into its drinks menu. Bartenders squeeze citrus juice daily, use small batch cordials, make their own bitters, tinctures and syrups, and grow cocktail herbs in an onsite garden. Drink like a local with a Rickey, DC's official cocktail: gin or bourbon, lime juice and soda water.
Nix the heels for a meal at this turn of the century saloon bar and restaurant, which happens to have one of the most diverse selections of seafood dishes in the area (including a happy hour that includes $1 oysters and $6 tuna rolls). J. Paul's 1889 Amber Ale is the restaurant's specialty brew, made with five varieties of malted barleys and hops. You're also patronizing a steward of the community: J.Paul's Georgetown 10K has raised more than $100K for several local charities over the years.