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
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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

Open City: Open For Business

This exceptional coffeehouse and café has gone to great lengths to make sure that everything they serve is exactly right. All of the espresso that goes into their great beverages is pulled from an authentic Italian machine that is kept in sparkling condition. The wine system uses special temperature-controlled pouring technology to ensure that every glass is perfect. Even the beer is served through Italian Cobra taps. This place earns its status as the go-to neighborhood café in Woodley Park. The menu is high-end comfort food, with regulars raving about the exceptional turkey burger, which is perfectly seasoned and very juicy, as well as the pulled pork sandwich with spicy chimichurri sauce. They also have a number of filling vegetarian options. And, of course, their dessert case is very tempting to diners with a sweet tooth.

Open City
2331 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 332-2331
http://www.yelp.com/biz/open-city-washington

Figs Lebanese Café: A Hidden D.C. Gem

Figs Lebanese Café in Washington, D.C. might be one of the area’s hidden jewels, with delectable food now served up with the utmost in kindness and courtesy. Everything is made fresh daily, and they use a variety of seasonal ingredients to create awesome specials. Some of the most popular dishes include the combo platters, which allow you to select from an impressive selection fo sides. Regulars rave about the beet salad, which is delectable. Other great offerings include the falafel, the beef shawarma, and the Figs Special: pear, brie, and fig jam on awesome fresh-baked bread. It’s also just a great place to kick back and relax, with free Wi-Fi Internet and a cool collection of cookbooks to browse through.

Figs Lebanese Café
4828 MacArthur Boulevard NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-7773
http://www.yelp.com/biz/figs-lebanese-cafe-washington

Ardour: Classic Food, Modern Ambiance

Friends of French cuisine will love Ardour. Located in Washington, D.C. right across from The White House, Ardour reflects the culinary attitude of its chef. Come in and you’ll immediately love the modern ambiance, with lots of chrome and bright furniture, and wine vaults in full display. Come for lunch or dinner and try appetizers like Ardour’s signature cookpot, with vegetables and fruit, or one of the unique salads. Or share a cheese platter while getting enjoying a bottle or half decanter of wine. The menu changes with the seasons, with seafood and Angus beef entrees sure to please every diner. And because the menu is designed to be paired with the right wine, your server will be happy to help you in selecting a terrific vintage. Ardour also has a nice breakfast menu, including its own coffee barista!

Ardour
The St. Regis Washington, DC
923 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20050
(202) 509-8000
http://www.yelp.com/biz/adour-washington