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.

Ris
2275 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 730-2500
http://www.yelp.com/biz/ris-washington

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
http://www.uptowntaphousedc.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/uptown-tap-house-washington

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
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-prime-rib-washington

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
http://www.yelp.com/biz/filomena-ristorante-washington

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
http://www.stonesthrowrestaurant.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/stones-throw-restaurant-and-bar-washington

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
http://theitalianpizzakitchen.net/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/italian-pizza-kitchen-washington-2

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
http://www.omnihotels.com/findahotel/washingtondcshoreham/dining.aspx
http://www.yelp.com/biz/roberts-restaurant-washington

Bistro Cacao: Upscale French Comfort Food

Bistro Cacao offers a strong menu of fine French dishes in a romantic setting at neighborhood prices.  Here’s taste, pleasure, and refinement that doesn’t require a second mortgage. Bistro Cacao may also be soothing to diners who don’t want to eat raw ocean life or words they’ve never seen before.  Experimentation may only reach as far as frog legs and foie gras—but that doesn’t translate to dull. Food critics are quick to point out that chef Kemal Deger knows what he’s doing and executes his dishes to perfection.

Diners start to swoon over the pheasant pâté and lobster bisque. Scallops, mussels and salads are lovely; and favorite entrees include rack of lamb and hanger steak—if the French fried potatoes come with your meal, don’t turn them down. Good wines are reasonably priced and pair well with your meal, and desserts are probably worth the calories.  Weekday lunch and weekend brunch make Bistro Cacao a convenient culinary catch.

Bistro Cacao
320 Mass. Ave, NE
Union Station Metro Station
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-4737
www.bistrocacao.com

Dino: Woodley Park Italian Cuisine

If you’re looking for an Italian meal that combines fresh, local ingredients with old country preparation, a stop at Woodley Park’s Dino is a must. Opened by chef Dean Gold in 2005 after a lengthy trip through Italy, Dino has built up an incredible reputation among local diners for their innovative, comforting menu and exceptional service. Some of the best dishes on the large menu include the peposo, a spicy slow-roasted cut of beef that is mouth-meltingly tender, as well as the exceptional risotto with salumi that comes with decadent black truffle butter. Desserts are also very, very good, with diners recommending the decadent chocolate and walnut torte. The wine list here is one of the most extensive of any Italian place in town, and regulars remark that the bottle prices are very fair. Dino also hosts a number of interesting special events, including a recurring Italian artisan beer night that casts a well-deserved spotlight on the country’s rich brewing heritage.

Dino
3435 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 686-2966
http://www.yelp.com/biz/dino-restaurant-washington

District Kitchen: Cook’s Tour

One of the most loved restaurants in Woodley Park, District Kitchen is a great addition to the neighborhood. When you get seated, make sure to start your meal with a cocktail – the bartenders here are exceptional, and they mix flavorful and strong. They also have a robust selection of microbrews on tap. Under the tutelage of Chef Drew Trautmann, the kitchen produces a variety of excellent dishes that have diners raving. Appetizers are delicious and unique – the house-cured beef jerky is hearty and perfectly spiced, and the fried duck cracklings are exquisite. Some of the most popular entrees include the spectacular seared scallops on a bed of gingered squash and greens, as well as the market steak with creamed greens and root vegetable hash, which is a modern and local take on a steakhouse classic. The ambience is welcoming and the service is uniformly excellent, making it a great place to bring a date.

District Kitchen
2606 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 238-9408
http://www.yelp.com/biz/district-kitchen-washington