Expensive (relative to the mediocre quality and random service that often results in cold food brought to the table). A handsome space and a great menu but neither the kitchen nor the staff live up to the promise.
818 Connecticut Ave. NWbet. H & I Sts.
Washington, DC 20006
Top-knotch, innovative and interesting (in a good way) food from yummy appetizers to sinful desserts. A perfect place for an upscale business lunch. Equally great for dinner but some nights can be surprisingly quiet.
509 Seventh St. NWbet. E & F Sts.
Washington, DC 20004
What you'd expect: great food, large portions, expensive, noisy and fun. Not a bad combination, which explains the large crowds. But if you're looking for something more innovative or quiet, it's not this place.