Washington DC
1. 1789
Georgetown
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Think of this as a three-in-one-restaurant. First, you’ll find the white-tablecloth namesake for the year Georgetown University was founded. Chef Adam Howard offers a fresh and seasonal American-style menu from Wagyu Beef Tartare to Hay-Roasted Oysters. Meanwhile, next door discover Fitzgerald’s, an elevated bistro with Japanese and Korean influences, like a Peking Duck Burger, Wagyu Short Ribs, and Korean Chicken Wings. And downstairs, you’ll find many Hoyas sipping on suds from pitchers at The Tombs, and it’s also a reliable place for Eggs Benedict brunch on weekends.

2. Apéro
Georgetown
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This cute and charming champagne and caviar bar is the ultimate celebration destination. The menu is guided by sommelier Elli Benchimol, and the vibe inside is dark and moody—it’s meant to be a sanctuary away from the urban hustle and bustle of Georgetown’s nearby M Street. Beyond the vast selection of wines by the glass and bottle, every drink can be paired with caviar or larger format dishes like Vegetable Cassoulet, Seared Trout served with lump crab, and Short Rib Bourguignon.

4. Bourbon Steak
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When M Street shopping works up a hearty appetite, there’s no better retreat than Bourbon Steak inside the Georgetown Four Seasons Hotel. At this swanky steakhouse, you can choose to dine in the formal fine dining room, grab a drink and a bite in the casual lounge, or venture outside on the patio, which comes outfitted with firepits. You’ll find steakhouse classics like Handcut Duck Fat Fries and Ahi Tuna Tartare, plus chef Robert Curtis offers one of the most extensive selections of steak in The District, including dry-aged, grass-fed, corn-fed, and Japanese wagyu beef.

5. Brasserie Liberté
Georgetown
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Brasserie Liberté is a particularly buzzy spot on Prospect Street that pulls in diners looking for a dining room with style. Whether visiting for brunch or dinner, you’re sure to find classic French dishes like Country Pate, Trout Amandine, and Cassoulet on chef Matthew Cockrell’s menu. But for larger groups, this spot is also a win because it offers an entire menu of dinner tray versions of the most popular menu items that feed five to seven people.

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