Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown3282 M St NW, Washington
2. Iron Gate1734 N St NW, Washington
3. The Brixton901 U St NW, Washington
4. Tabard Inn1739 N Street NW, Washington D.C
5. Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington
6. The Tombs1226 36th St NW, Georgetown
7. Chez Billy3815 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
8. Circle Bistro1 Washington Cir NW, Washington
9. Paolo's Ristorante1303 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington
Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown is actually TWO layers of paradise: delicious pies ranging from simple Margheritas to 10-ingredient Sicilianas on the first floor, and a beer haven with 16 taps and 263 bottles downstairs.
This is easily one of the most beautiful restaurants in DC. From the lamp-lit stone entryway to the back courtyard complete with a gazebo, Iron Gate in Dupont Circle was made for dining al fresco. Chef Anthony Chittum has been in DC for a long time, winning multiple awards along the way, and his understated Mediterranean dishes are made just right. Wine Director Brent Kroll’s tightly curated wine list pairs perfectly with the food, focusing on Greek and Italian varietals. Ask for a table out back in the courtyard, go all-in with Chef Chittum’s tasting menu, then just point to the wine list and order a bottle.
This sexy English pub is decked out with antler chandeliers, stuffed animals (the cool kind), and lots of Old World touches sure to make you feel like a true gent. Take in some gourmet pub grub on the wood-heavy middle level, or sip one of their inspired beer cocktails (like the Cider Snakebite: lager, cider, and black currant liqueur) on the elegant and spacious roofdeck.
After 90yrs of excellence, the Tabard Inn has finally made it -- "it" being our list of Favorite 5 Winter Drinking spots -- thanks to its cozy, fireplaced, mahogany hunting lodge vibe, and cocktails like the pisco/ Allspice Dram/ apple cider Cuzco Mass, and a spiced rum /cinnamon/ orange/ nutmeg mulled cider, which they've clearly put a lot of thought into.
Stay on the first floor of this cozy Capitol Hill spot for a good selection of Mediterranean eats. Head to the lounge upstairs for happy hour (4:30-7:30pm on Mon-Fri), where you can score a spot on a comfy couch facing a fireplace. Pro tip: call first to make sure a private event won’t spoil your plans.
Housed in a Federal-style townhouse that was built in the mid-1800s, The Tombs is a rathskeller-style bar named after a T.S. Eliot poem. Be sure to look for name inscriptions of people who’ve worked there -- they date all the way back to 1962!
A French bistro seated just north of the Georgia metro, Billy homages its previous tenant (Billy Simpson's House of Seafood & Steak), keeping its original marble floor & wood-burning fireplaces, while adding the vintage appeal of antique couches, chandeliers, and a wall-mounted goose -- so get down there.
The lounge at Circle Bistro features $4 beers and $8 bar bites during happy hour, 4-7pm Mon-Fri and 4-11pm Sat-Sun. Bar snacks include pork belly with lentils, ham and aged cheddar croquettes, lamb meatballs, and clams casino. In the colder months, you'll also want to set yourself up in front of the lounge's fireplace.
Paolo’s offers ten different types of pasta - but don't let that stop you from adding Bolognese fries to your order. That's right - BOLOGNESE FRIES. They’re exactly what you’re picturing right now - hand-cut fries topped with a three-meat ragu, cheese, and pepperoncini slivers. When it gets cold, Paolo's is king in the fireplace department. They have three sources of flames - a modern fire display, a traditional fireplace, and a pizza inferno that puts out a fair amount of heat as it cooks your margherita pie.