White House Neighborhood, Dining Near White House - AKA

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1   BLT Steak  BLT Steak breaks free of convention and makes those manly clubs where politicos order mammoth steaks seem fusty and old. This is a steakhouse that gestures at formal seriousness (two-tone leather-and suede booths) without veering toward the uptight. Or just call it a French sensibility; the owner and overseer is New York chef Laurent Tourane.

2   Founding Farmers  Founding Farmers is a sprawling, eco-conscious restaurant in DC’s Foggy Bottom, where barnyard chic meets industrial garage. This two-story dining room with weathered-wood accents and shelves of pickled peaches and corn has been playing to overflow crowds since it opened in the International Monetary Fund building.

3   Bistrot du Coin  With its feel good motto of “French, Fun & Friendly,” this neighborhood hot spot offers great French fare, right in the heart of Dupont Circle. Whatever your hearts desire, the warmth and coziness offered, coupled with the décor undoubtedly makes you feel as if you’ve been transported overseas to a bistro in Paris without breaking the bank.

4   Old Ebbitt Grill  DC’s oldest and most historic saloon, located just steps away from the White House and museums, is a staple amongst Washingtonians and a favorite amongst DC guests. With its Victorian décor boasting a priceless collection of antiques and memorabilia, you are sure to feel a part of the city’s history while enjoying popular dishes like the jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent shrimp cocktail or chicken paillard.

5   Georgia Browns  Serving southern hospitality on a plate is GB’s specialty, and the number one reason its diners return over and over again. Executive Chef Dante Fowlkes dubs his guest favorites fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, sugar and spice pork chops and Carolina gumbo to compete with your grandma’s cooking—low country cuisine.

6   Oya Restaurant & Lounge  With its glitzy backdrop and cool social scene, Oya is amongst DC’s highly favored. The sultry and sleek décor featuring white leather and marble blends is truly French-Asian inspired. Oya is all about options, offering small plates allowing you the opportunity to indulge in several favorites like the apple-jicama salad, herb-crusted lamb or the chef’s pork ribs.

7   Sushi Taro  This family owned and operated establishment offers amazing cuisine and features the largest sushi bar in town. With approximately 30 different varieties of fish and shell fish, along with vegetarian sushi served, they are sure to satisfy every palate. Great for family dinning, offering a taste of Japan.

8   The Oval Room  Located steps from “The Oval Office,” The Oval Room is a critically acclaimed restaurant serving modern American cuisine with Mediterranean influences, in a sophisticated, contemporary setting.

9   Taberna  With raving reviews and amazing Spanish food, Taberna will leave you more than satisfied. Between the beautifully decorated interior and the tasty dishes, you are sure to enjoy a fantastic meal.

10   Source  Sit down in Wolfgang Puck’s glass-centric , three story restaurant located in the news museum, Newseum. Serving a traditional Izakaya Japanese Menu on the ground floor, Source features a contemporary and edgy menu of Asian interpretations upstairs. Make sure to check out their two floor, temperature controlled glass wine wall when you’re there.

11   Komi  Take on one of the most exclusive dining experiences in the city. Not seating more than four people, and only offering a multi-course dinner for $135 per person, Komi follows through with healthy, enjoyable flavors, including pasta and a family-style entrée.

12   Zatinya  Offering innovative Mediterranean food inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, brought to you in a modern setting by a celebrated chef, Jose Andres. Since opening in 2003, Zatinya has been known as one of the most exciting restaurants in DC.

13   Central  Central is an inviting bistro, serving traditional American food with a unique layer of French flair. Featuring delicious food at moderate prices, Central is sure to please almost any diner.

14   Café Milano  Bringing to you the perfect blend of food and entertainment, owner Franco Nuchese believes that they “must always serve the very best food and provide terrific service.” Additionally supplying and electric and vibrant atmosphere, Café Milano is a town favorite.

15   Equinox  A frontrunner in the seasonal and sustainable food movement, Equinox draws diners in with a scrumptious American cuisine prepared with a European technique. Being very close to the White House makes this the perfect place to end a day of exploring.

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