Teaism: A Warm and Welcoming DC Spot

The tea ceremony is one of the world's most elegant and meaningful rituals, celebrating the simple drink in an eminently social setting. Teaism takes inspiration from that ceremony and extends it into a deeply satisfying dining experience that has tea aficionados pleased. The Dupont Circle incarnation of Teaism is a great place to visit for breakfast or lunch. The teas, of course, are the major selling point here, and they offer a huge selection of brews from all over the world. Regulars rave that the authentic chai is spectacular, as are the green and black teas. The restaurant also serves a variety of food, from breakfast classics like omelets to more innovative dishes like cilantro-spiced scrambled eggs served with tea-cured salmon. Their baked goods are also very nice, with many diners raving loudly about the salty oat cookies.

2009 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Cafe Romeo’s: Fresh Gourmet Pizza

Located a block from the Naval Observatory, Café Romeo’s is a local restaurant that also serves delicious pizzas and other favorites. It’s not a big place inside, but the ambiance is pleasant. The outdoor patio is also a good spot to have a nosh and people watch.

On the menu, you'll find a selection of specialty pizzas, all made with fresh dough, great cheese, delicious sauce and toppings galore. You can also choose a tasty sandwich, wrap or calzones so big, it’s a meal in itself. People also go for the Mediterranean lavash rolls and pita wraps. Want something more? Pasta platters are available, too. Everything on the menu is available for takeout or delivery, and breakfast is available all day long.

Café Romeo’s  
2132 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-1111

Petits Plats: Small But Powerful

This charming French restaurant is one of the most romantic spots in Woodley Park, with a fireplace heating the room and exceptional waiters making every minute you spend there a joy. Located in a remodeled townhouse, the restaurant is owned and operated by brother-sister team Frederic and Cecile Darricarrere. The menu is classic French bistro fare, prepared from high-quality ingredients and perfectly seasoned. Some of the most popular dishes include the exceptional steak frites, made with a rib eye cut of Wagyu beef and a red wine reduction, as well as the seafood risotto, which is bursting with incredible salmon, clams, shrimp, and giant scallops. The wine selection is also very good, and the staff is happy to recommend pairings. Petits Plats also serves a weekly brunch menu that has early risers raving, featuring a very good Eggs Benedict and other items. Every Wednesday, Petits Plats offers special deals on wine.

Petits Plats
2653 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 518-0018

Ris: A DC Place to Meet and Eat

Located in Foggy Bottom just a block north of Washington Circle, Ris is a good place to hold a business lunch, meet with friends at happy hour of have a nice, romantic dinner. You'll love the modern, bright décor, with a choice of tables, booths or longer tables for bigger groups. The lunch menu available from 11:30 to 5 p.m. features terrific appetizers, entrees and even entrée salads. For happy hour, check out the good list of domestic and imported wines by the bottle or glass while hanging out at the bar/cafe. Or just have a seat for dinner and go for a delicious entrée or small plate, perfect for sharing. Sunday brunch features small plates and bottomless mimosas for one nice price.

2275 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 730-2500

Uptown Tap House: Tap into Something Good

Uptown Tap House offers quite a bit to satisfy beer aficonados, people craving classic comfort food, and those looking for a fun night out. During the weekend Uptown features awesome local bands and other live entertainment, while weekly visitors are sure to be wowed by Uptown’s excellent selection of both beer and food. The menu at Uptown offers dishes that are a step up from your standard pub fare. The raw bar features an assortment of fresh seafood, everything from oysters and clams to fresh crab and shrimp. Other delectable appetizers include pulled pork tacos, a variety of bone less Buffalo wings, as well as hummus and warm pita bread. Main courses include a nice selection of Uptown’s fabulous burgers and sandwiches, as well as entrees like short ribs, chicken pot pie, and mixed vegetable stir fry over brown rice and drizzled in a honey-hoisin sauce. Daily specials abound at Uptown, with something going on almost every night, whether it’s the reduced price happy hour or $3 Thursdays, featuring specials on mixed drinks as well as beer.

Uptown Tap House
3412 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-2030

The Prime Rib: A Classic Place for Steak and More

For a good steak in D.C., come to The Prime Rib. With locations in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, Prime Rib has been named one of the best steakhouses in the country and also one of the most romantic restaurants as well. Come into the dining room for lunch or dinner, and enjoy the classy yet comfortable ambiance. You’ll sink right into the leather chairs at each table! The wait staff is always dressed impeccably and are very attentive. But vegans should check at the door – this is a place for great meat! Big cuts of steak, veal chops and seafood, with sides that bring the whole meal together. But be prepared to make a reservation, especially on the weekends, since The Prime Rib's quite popular.

The Prime Rib
2020 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 466-8811

Filomena Ristorante: Delectable Italian Fare in Georgetown

At Filomena Ristorante, it’s all about food and family. The founder wanted to bring back the days when she and her family would get together for a big family meal. She brought that feeling into Filomena’s. Located in the heart of Georgetown, Filomena's dining room will make you feel welcome, almost like family! Relax and be prepared to sample some delightful Italian cuisine. Fresh pasta and sauces top the bill, but for lunch, try a pizza, sandwich or calzone. For dinner, there are also traditional entrees. And the servings are so large, you’ll never leave hungry. Try to save room for some of the homemade desserts.

Filomena Ristorante
1063 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-8800

Stone’s Throw Restaurant: All American Fare

Stone’s Throw Restaurant is a great place for a delightful meal. Located in the Marriott Wardham Park, you can grab a great lunch at Stone’s Throw or take in an amazing dinner, with your choice of top-notch dishes ranging from seafood to succulent cuts of meat. Lunch offerings include many fantastic sandwiches, such as grilled lemon chicken on ciabatta bread, the classic club sandwich, and the burger with fresh toppings and a certified Angus beef patty. To start the meal you have your choice of appetizers and salads, including grilled scallops, crab cakes, and Manhattan clam chowder. Entrees include pan-roasted rockfish with lemon risotto cake, seafood linguini replete with goodies, like crab, scallops, shrimp, and salmon, as well as rack of lamb and New York strip steak with fingerling potatoes.

Stone's Throw Restaurant
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 745-6920

Italian Pizza Kitchen: Big Tastes

For great tasting pizza shop fare and reasonable prices, look no further than Italian Pizza Kitchen. Whether you stop by for a bite and brew or simply call in for delivery, you will be pleased with all that the Italian Pizza Kitchen has to offer. Appetizers include a lot more than your standard wings and breadsticks selection. Tuscan white bean salad is dressed in red wine vinaigrette and served with toasted bread, while bruschetta comes with thinly sliced prosciutto and roasted red peppers. Fresh Caprese salad is a great start to any meal, and pasta choices abound here at Italian Pizza Kitchen. All pasta is homemade and is served with the freshest ingredients available. You can even choose your own sauce, with choices like standard marinara, basil pesto, and garlic infused white sauce. 

Italian Pizza Kitchen
2608 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 939-297

Robert’s Restaurant: Upscale Comfort Food

Just a few minutes from the Woodley Zoo, Robert’s Restaurant is a great place to share a sumptuous lunch or dinner, for both couples as well as the whole family. Executive chef Dan Murray and crew cook up fantastic dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering meals that everyone can enjoy. All the breakfast favorites are available here, from hotcakes to Robert’s custom omelet including Tilamook cheddar cheese, ham, carmelized onions and potatoes. Fried eggs Ruben features corned beef hash, Swiss cheese, and fried eggs with rye, while French toast is made using cinnamon raisin bread and whipped butter. The rest of the day’s dining options are just as fantastic. Signature plates includes crab mac n’ cheese, stuffed meatloaf, and eggplant Napoleon. Sandwiches and salads are available as well, as is a children’s menu offering the same sort of excellent fare with reduced portion sizes.

Robert's Restaurant
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 756-5300