This past 12 months has brought new restaurant openings, pandemic-era pop-ups, and ghost kitchens. But numerous typical DC eating places are continue to heading sturdy, and could use their faithful customer guidance far more than ever (particularly the ones in difficult-hit downtown parts). We’ve beloved eating at these time-examined dining establishments, and when it will come to Restaurant 7 days, (now as a result of Feb 7) many, lots of decades of experience can be a bonus.

Bistro Bis
15 E St., NW
Restaurateur Jeffrey Buben introduced up a era of DC chefs at his long-closed Southern restaurant, Vidalia. His common French strategy is on display at his Capitol Hill cafe with dishes that go outside of the normal bistro fare. Believe salmon gravlax, coq au vin, choucroute garnie, and Normandy apple croustade. Lunch and meal indoor eating, takeout, and delivery.

The Bombay Club
815 Connecticut Ave., NW
Before the Rasika days, restaurateur Ashok Bajaj introduced his job with this refined Indian place. It however would make a grand effect 23 many years later. Assortment-packed menus are provided at lunch ($22) and supper ($35 and $55) with plates like mango shrimp, fiery inexperienced chili rooster, and tons of vegetarian dishes. Lunch and dinner indoor dining, heated out of doors eating, takeout, and delivery. 

818 Connecticut Ave., NW
Chef Todd Gray opened Equinox in 1999—long before seasonal, Mid-Atlantic cuisine was trendy—but that’s not to say the kitchen area is caught in the earlier. Gray embraces plant-based cuisine, and the a few ($35) or 5-class ($55) Cafe Week menus include things like creative vegan dishes like navy bean cassoulet together with omnivorous solutions these kinds of as barbecue shrimp and grits. Dinner only indoor and heated out of doors eating, takeout, delivery. 

1602 17th St., NW
Take a cue from Kamala and end by this 42 year-previous Dupont Italian restaurant for takeout. Like Madam Vice President, who frequented before this month, you can grab an purchase of the signature lasagna with beef, bechamel, and handmade mozzarella—or any of the lots of dishes from the frequent menu, presented for Restaurant 7 days.  Lunch and evening meal Indoor and heated outdoor dining, takeout, and shipping and delivery. 

Jaleo’s pan con tomate. Photograph by Scott Suchman

I Ricchi
1220 19th St., NW
Ahead of the “casual-chic” development there was Christianne Ricchi’s upscale-rustic Italian cafe in Dupont Circle. The $35 Cafe 7 days menu seems comforting and filling—think Tuscan ribollita soup, eggplant parmesan, and tiramisu. Lunch and dinner indoor dining, heated out of doors dining, and takeout. 

480 Seventh St., NW 2250 Crystal Dr., Arlington
This Penn Quarter tapas dwelling is José Andrés’s initially-ever restaurant, nevertheless absolutely nothing feels dated after 26 a long time. Get a flavor of where by the ThinkFoodGroup commenced with your alternative of five tapas, which includes chicken croquettes, garlicky shrimp, and flan with Catalan cream foam (menus are out there listed here). Wine flights are an additional $25. Its Crystal Metropolis sibling is providing the very same specials. Lunch and dinner indoor, heated outdoor dining, and takeout. 

Kaz Sushi Bistro
1915 I St., NW
Chef Kaz Okochi pioneered DC’s sushi scene at his downtown Japanese cafe, which opened in 1999. You will locate a quantity of Kaz classics on the generous Restaurant Week menus for 1 ($35) or two ($60)—salmon nigiri with mango, tuna with olive, and environmentally friendly tea tiramisu. Supper takeout and supply only.

Previous Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St., NW
Founded in 1856, the Ebbitt is technically Washington’s oldest restaurant (however its transformed locations a number of situations). As component of the Clyde’s Team, expect group-satisfying American fare. For Cafe 7 days, that indicates options like clam chowder, crabcakes, meatloaf, and bread pudding. The $35 menu also features a free of charge wine or beer. Supper only indoor eating and shipping and delivery.

Best Pizza DC Virginia Maryland Pizzeria Paradiso
A pie at Pizzeria Paradiso. Photograph by Juliana Molina, courtesy of the cafe.

Pizzeria Paradiso
Places in Dupont Circle, Spring Valley, Georgetown, and Hyattsville
Before the pandemic pizza boom—and the past 10 years of fashionable Neapolitan spots—there was Ruth Gresser’s wood-fired pizza cafe, which debuted in 1991. The Restaurant 7 days menu seems like a great offer: a two-human being meal ($35) that contains a selection of two appetizers or salads and two pizzas, or a scaled-up four-person choice ($55). We’re always fans of the spicy Atomica with salami and olives, or the vegetarian Bosco. Lunch and evening meal indoor and patio eating (differs by site), takeout, and shipping.

2275 L St., NW
Veteran DC chef Ris Lacoste celebrates “We, the people today: the variety of the American table” for Cafe Week at her West Finish spot. That suggests possibilities like Thai brussels sprouts, tandoori chicken, chile relleno and eggplant-parmesan meatballs—plus some of her comfort classics like a cheeseburger with fries. Lunch and evening meal indoor eating, heated outdoor eating, delivery, and takeout.  

Areas in Glover Park, Arlington, and Alexandria
John Snedden’s wooden-smoked barbecue joint launched in DC in 1990 and has been serving up tasty meats and fulfilling sides ever due to the fact (we enjoy the pea-studded slaw, cucumbers, and mac n’ cheese). For DC’s Cafe Week, the $35 menu involves a rack of ribs and two pints of sides. For the Alexandria Restaurant Week promo, it’s a rack of ribs, two sides, two slices of pie, and two fountain beverages ($49). Meal only heated outside dining, takeout, and shipping and delivery.

1226 36th St., NW
This Georgetown mainstay is not pretty as aged as the title implies, but its home in a Federal-era townhouse provides it loads of outdated-faculty charm (moreover, it has been close to for in excess of 60 yrs). New chef Kyoo Eom (previously of 2941 and the late Poste) serves a $55 Cafe 7 days menu that is a lot more high-quality-eating than your ordinary offer. Consider pheasant ballontine, brioche-crusted halibut, and apple Paris-brest with buttermilk ice cream. Dinner indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

Foods Editor

Anna Spiegel handles the dining and consuming scene in her native DC. Prior to signing up for Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA application in New York, and held many cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.