Food & Drink

11 DC Restaurants Where You'll See Elected Officials

Published On 04/20/2015 Published On 04/20/2015
Jonathan Timmes
Occidental Grill & Seafood
Le Diplomate
Charlie Palmer Steak
Bistro Bis
Medium Rare
The Monocle
Tortilla Coast
Johnny’s Half Shell
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1. BLT Steak 1625 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

There are six different cuts available at BLT, but for over-the-top extravagance, the upscale modern steakhouse offers four cuts of American wagyu. It’s not just the steaks that make this place great, though: chef Mar Hennessy changes the menu each season. The menu also features selections from the raw bar and its signature warm popovers.

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2. Occidental Grill & Seafood 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Dine on fresh fishes amongst portraits of Washington's who's-who at this classy White House-adjacent seafoodery.

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3. Le Diplomate 1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC, DC 20009

Le Diplomate is a Logan Circle brasserie from acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, meaning you can count on its traditional French dishes to be consistently excellent. From hors d'oeuvres like fresh oysters and steak tartare with quail egg to entrees including moules frites and beef bourguignon, the menu is brimming with classic, perfectly executed plates. There's even a killer cheeseburger on a house-baked brioche bun. Be sure to secure a sidewalk seat for that extra Parisian feel.

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4. Charlie Palmer Steak 101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Charlie Palmer Steak, located in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters building, is a timeless restaurant notoriously known as a power lunch spot for politicians, where many are known to eat in one of its private dining spaces comprised of spherical dark wood enclaves. Politics aside, the menu offers some of the best cuts of beef such as an aged Angus Rib-eye "Cowboy" steak and seafood classics.

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5. Fiola 601 Penn Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

This modern Italian Trattoria has perpetually-changing lunch and dinner menus, an upscale cocktail list, and an extensive collection of wines compiled from Italy, Spain, France and the US.

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6. Seasons Restaurant 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest , Washington, DC , DC 20007

DC's power-breakfastiest is back after a million-dollar touch-up which includes mahogany dinning chairs, starburst lamps, and English walnut tables spaced far enough apart to "prevent eavesdropping", meaning people won't be able to hear you discreetly order new items like breakfast sliders with sausage patties/ clothbound cheddar/ scrambled eggs, corned beef hash croquette with poached eggs, and an omelet with jumbo lump crab, Boursin, and egg whites, as this is clearly no place to be yolking around.

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7. Bistro Bis 15 E St NW, Washington, 20001

Come to this upscale French bistro on Capitol Hill during the day and you'll be surrounded by politicians in suits who give the space a hectic feel. That said, if you're looking for a more relaxed setting for a date or special occasion, stop in at dinnertime, and share a bottle of Côtes du Rhône as you indulge in traditional French dishes like steak frites, bouillabaisse, and beef bourguignon. You might want to share the bill, too, considering the higher prices at this refined restaurant, which sports the warm cherry woods and tiled floors of a classic brasserie.

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8. Medium Rare 3500 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Brought to you from the guys behind BGR, Rare's waitstaff asks only a single question in regards to their single dish ("how do you like your steak?"); the space itself gets more expressive, with a bathroom playing pick-up lines translated English-to-French.

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9. The Monocle 107 D St NE, Washington, 20002

What’s said at The Monocle stays at The Monocle -- so goes its discretion policy that’s been in place since the doors opened when Eisenhower was president. The seafood and steak restaurant often plays host to politicians and is known for its soft-shell crabs and well-marbled steaks & chops.

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10. Tortilla Coast 400 1st St SE, Washington, DC 20003

This Capitol Hill Tex-Mex spot is beloved by both politicians and regular Joes, and offers up awesome burritos and combo plates, as well as delicious margaritas.

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11. Johnny's Half Shell 400 N Capitol St NW, Washington, 20001

This Capitol Hill seafood spot is a longtime politician-favorite. The restaurant focuses on Chesapeake and Gulf Coast seafood, and prides itself on using only organic produce, poultry, meat and sustainable seafood.