Notable Dishes

DC's Best for Shareable Desserts

If you have a sweet tooth, it’s difficult to share desserts with your significant other. Fortunately, the gigantic desserts at these DC-centric restaurants are big enough for the both of you to appreciate.

  • Central Michel Richard
    • French
    • Penn Quarter/Chinatown
    Food
    26
    Decor
    22
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $50

    If you think the banana is the most underappreciated ingredient in a banana split, you’ll love Michel Richard’s deconstructed take. The fruit takes center stage as it bathes in a chocolate sauce, topped with whipped cream & nuts. The decadent dessert is capped off with three heaping scoops of ice cream on the side.

  • Blue Duck Tavern
    • American
    • West End
    Food
    26
    Decor
    25
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $70

    Treat the apple of your eye with an apple pie (for two). This mammoth of a baked dessert is served with ice cream on the side.

  • The Oceanaire Seafood Room
    • Seafood
    • Downtown
    Food
    26
    Decor
    24
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $64

    If you prefer dessert and a show, save room for the classic Baked Alaska. The chocolate cake base is topped with a monstrous portion of meringue, which is flambeed right at your table.

    • Seafood
    • White House/World Bank
    Food
    25
    Decor
    24
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $72

    While this newcomer has a rotating menu of seasonal pies, one of their staples is the Havana Dream slice. Joe’s take on the Mexican classic tres leches cake is soaked in sweetened condensed milk and is topped with a drizzling of caramel sauce.

  • Acadiana Restaurant
    • Contemporary Louisiana
    • Mount Vernon Square
    Food
    24
    Decor
    23
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $45

    Nothing caps off a Louisiana-style dinner quite like beignets. The fried dough is served with a Creole-inspired creme anglaise spiked with chicory coffee.

  • Et Voila!
    • Belgian
    • Palisades
    Food
    24
    Decor
    15
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $42

    Breakfast is appropriate for every meal, including dessert. This bistro’s take on a dessert Belgian waffle has rhubarb compote swimming in each nook and is topped with chantilly cream.

  • Matchbox Restaurant
    • American
    • Capitol Hill
    Food
    23
    Decor
    21
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $29

    Almost anything tastes better when it’s on a pizza, dessert included. This shareable pie replaces tomato sauce with a mascarpone spread and tops it with a berry medley, mint, and a balsamic drizzle.

  • NoPa Kitchen + Bar
    • American
    • Penn Quarter/Chinatown
    Food
    19
    Decor
    21
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $45

    What could be more American than a fried apple pie? The carnival favorite is classed up with an apple cider reduction and brown butter bourbon ice cream.

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