DC Coast: Tasty Seafood Selections

Great atmosphere, service and food combine to create a satisfying dining experience at DC Coast restaurant. DC Coast serves seafood and American cuisine in a chic, comfortable atmosphere.

Walk into DC Coast and be surprised – not all restaurants have a life-sized mermaid at the entrance! Inside you’ll find an inviting space, perfect for a lunch with colleagues, an after work excursion with friends or a dinner with somebody special. The experience continues with the commitment to service, and wait until you try the food!

Seafood is the specialty at DC Coast, whether it’s the “Coast to Coast” menu featuring a different region each month, the “Pleasure is Ours” chef’s menu, the bar menu or the main menu. Visit DC Coast's website to find out more!

DC Coast
1401 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-5988

Medaterra: Hummus and Martinis in Woodley Park

The staple of any Mediterranean diet, the hummus at Medaterra comes in the traditional style: tinged with olive oil, lemon juice, and spices. That's the way local customers like it, crowning the dish as one of their favorites. But you can also order the hummus with cilantro, mint, and a blend of herbs.

However, hummus is just to start at this Woodley Park eatery. The healthy fats indigenous to the Mediterranean diet are also available via seafood dishes such as grilled salmon filet or hazelnut-crusted trout. You can also try a Roman pizza, dusted with everything from goat cheese to chunks of roasted lamb. The menu also offers many options for vegetarian eaters, such as veggie risotto or eggplant and zucchini moussaka. Round out your meal with a $5 martini, a popular cap according to reviews.

2614 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 797-0400


Fresh-Baked Goodness at Firehook Bakery and Coffee House

At Firehook Bakery and Coffee House, wholesome breads are baked from scratch using all natural ingredients. Whether you’re looking for the bookends to your next sandwich, a crusty baguette for dipping, or a suitable vessel for French toast, Firehook has a bread for you.

Choose from varieties like whole grain and rye or sourdough and pumpernickel, or try a specialty bread such as the buttery sweet potato bread or crusty fresh rosemary boule. Pastry lovers will appreciate Firehook’s wide variety of muffins and Danish. Firehook also offers a range of breakfast and lunch trays, like the Mediterranean salad sampler tray or the “fresh and ready” boxed lunch platter. Indulge in one of Firehook’s delicious baked goods, like the raspberry currant bar with pecans and currants, or the crispy-edged lemon cooler.

Visit Firehook's website to find out more about this D.C. bakery!

Firehook Bakery and Coffee House
3411 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(888) 580-0745

The Thai Tanic Restaurant: A Washington Thai Restaurant

With a name like Thai Tanic, you'd expect this D.C. Thai restaurant to have a sense of humor. And it does, but it's also serious about serving authentic Thai cuisine. The decor at this Logan Circle restaurant is modern and fun, with distinctive tables and seating and interesting art on the walls.

On the menu you'll find a varied selection of classic Thai cuisine. Entrees can be prepared with your choice of chicken, pork, beef, or vegetables, and the list encompasses options like Panang curry, red curry, and yellow curry, as well as classics like Pad Thai. Soups, salads, and appetizers are available too, as are dessert options like rice pudding and coconut custard.

Visit Thai Tanic's website to learn more about this Washington Thai restaurant.

Thai Tanic Restaurant
1326 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 588-1795

LiLLies Restaurant: Brunch and Dinner in Washington, D.C.

A bright, relaxing ambiance and a menu of Mediterranean-inspired food is what endears diners with LiLLies Restaurant. It’s a popular lunch spot where diners can enjoy dishes like a Greek Salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, feta cheese & Greek dressing, or a Manchester Turkey Wrap with smoked turkey, crème brie, cucumber, avocado, mixed greens & aioli dressing.

The dinner menu features entrees like Tortellini with pesto cream sauce or marinara, Crusted Tilapia with risotto, Lobster Ravioli with red pepper sauce, Grilled Salmon with wild rice, and Roasted Lamb Shank with eggplant & risotto.

Weekend brunch is a great time to stop by to relax with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary and Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict, or a Greek Omelet, all in a spot that's not too far away from Meridian at Gallery Place in Washington.

LiLLies Restaurant
2915 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 450-4824

Fogo de Chao: A Brazilian Steakhouse in Washington, D.C.

If you’ve never experienced a Brazilian steakhouse, here’s one tip: bring your appetite.

Fogo de Chao brings the Brazilian steakhouse experience to the U.S. First opening its doors in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1979, the company has expanded rapidly all over the Western hemisphere. Regulars at the Washington, D.C. outpost rave about the many exquisite cuts brought to the table here, including the luscious filet mignon wrapped with bacon and the exceptional lamb chops.

The way it works here is that you pay a flat fee per person – around $50 for dinner – and then servers come to the table with meat as it comes off the grill. You can take whatever you like, but make sure to leave room for the good stuff. The meal also includes a well-stocked salad bar.

Fogo de Chao
1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4668

Birch & Barley: Washington’s Spot for Beer Aficionados

With a collection of 555 artisanal beers, Washington, D.C.'s Birch & Barley is a goldmine for aficionados of the mighty brew. It’s also a place to indulge in a full meal, with a menu focused on rustic farm to table options like Honey Glazed Duck Breast, Pan Seared Sturgeon, and Pork Loin Roulade. Not up for a full meal? Back up your beer with an appetizer like the Atlantic Char Tartare, Beef Tongue Pastrami, or Beet Risotto with whipped goat cheese. All entrees are accompanied by delectable array of fresh veggies like hand-cut fries, braised collards, and wild rice with brandied cherries. Stop by the bar for a drink or make dinner reservations to avoid a long wait for a table.

Birch & Barley is open every day for dinner and also offers Sunday brunch.

1337 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576

Terasol: Paris Meets DC

Terasol puts you on the boulevards of Paris, serving informal French food in a charming setting. Start with charcuterie or onion soup, dig in to a bowl full of mussels with a flavorful saffron sauce, and linger over a sweet creme brulee. For weekend brunch they offer several warm sandwiches like a croque monsieur, as well as quiche, omelettes and crepes. Regulars rave about their bacon — don’t miss out!

Diners appreciate the attentive service, and prices are reasonable, with most entrees in the $15 to $25 range. Their wine list also offers many reasonably priced selections from around the world. Remember to check out the small art gallery.

5010 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 237-5555

Charlie Palmer Steak: A World-Class Steakhouse

Located near the Capitol building in D.C., Charlie Palmer Steak stays true to its founder’s wishes to operate a world-class restaurant for everyday dining and special occasions. And there’s always something special happening, be it a holiday menu or even special presidential entrees leading up to the inauguration. Washington power brokers can be seen dining on the lunch prix fixe menu, which a different first, main and dessert course every day. And wait until you try Charlie Palmer for dinner! The award winning wine list is on display above a pond in the modern, comfortable dining room. Whether you get a rib eye, NY strip, Filet or Porterhouse for two, you’ll be sure to get a great cut of steak, prepared expertly.

Charlie Palmer Steak
101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 547-8100

Palena: Market Fresh

Chef Frank Ruti named his popular Cleveland Park eatery after the small Italian village that his mother hails from, and that deep connection to the land and its people informs each and every one of his dishes. Palena offers two very different eating experiences. The dining room is open from Tuesday through Saturday and offers a popular prix fixe tasting menu, while the café is open seven days a week, doesn’t take reservations, and offers all menu items a la carte. Whichever you choose, you’re in for a truly fantastic meal. Some dishes that draw raves from seasoned diners include the monkfish with large salted beans, which transforms the notoriously difficult fish into a spectacular entrée, as well as all of the hand-made pastas. The café has become famous for its exceptional hamburgers, made from the best beef and garnished with a simple slice of cheese and pickles.

3529 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 537-9250