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      VoltJanuary 9, 2012
      • Frederick, United States

      The ultimate indulgence is Table 21 in the kitchen, where Voltaggio crafts a 21-course meal as up to eight diners watch.

      Expertise in American Restaurants
      35 Saves
      Ristorante ToscaJanuary 9, 2012
      • Washington, United States

      The high-end boardroom decor and hefty price tags signal an expense-account spot, but the house-made pastas and hearty ragus infuse the place with some soul.

      Expertise in Italian Restaurants and Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington, United States
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      TallulaJanuary 9, 2012
      • Arlington, United States

      An open kitchen and a stone waterfall are the focal points of the room; terra-cotta walls and dim lighting lend a cozy feel. Service has been spot-on—attentive and friendly but not hovering.

      Expertise in American Restaurants and Arlington, United States
      11 Saves
      Sushi TaroJanuary 9, 2012
      • Washington, United States

      Sitting at the sushi bar and watching the chefs do their deft blade work on hulking slabs of fish, making edible art with Zen-like calm, provides some insight into what makes Sushi Taro special.

      Expertise in Sushi Restaurants
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      Sushi SonoJanuary 9, 2012
      • Columbia, United States

      When diners aren’t gazing out at Lake Kittamaqundi, they’re studying the sushi bar, where chef/owner King Lin and his team of cooks assemble the area’s most inventive rolls.

      Expertise in Sushi Restaurants
      5 Saves
      SushikoJanuary 9, 2012
      • Chevy Chase, United States

      The winding, soaring space in Chevy Chase is dazzlingly modish, but we prefer the original, a tiny two-story dining room that’s an exercise in cool minimalism.

      Expertise in Sushi Restaurants
      6 Saves
      SushikoJanuary 9, 2012
      • Chevy Chase, United States

      What to get: Pan-fried dumplings stuffed with chicken and shiso; salmon ceviche with ikura (salmon roe) and yuzu vinaigrette; vegetable and shrimp tempura.

      Expertise in Sushi Restaurants
      8 Saves
      The Source by Wolfgang PuckJanuary 9, 2012
      • Washington, United States

      The downstairs lounge offers one of the area’s best happy hours for eating: From 4 to 6 you can enjoy three dishes for $20.11.

      Expertise in Asian Restaurants and Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington, United States
      7 Saves
      701 RestaurantJanuary 9, 2012
      • Washington, United States

      The bar, which stirs a mean dried-fruit Manhattan, attracts a crowd of off-the-clock thirtysomethings, Verizon Center–goers, and tourists. Chef Ed Witt's pastas and well-prepared meats are big draws.

      Expertise in American Restaurants and Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington, United States
      8 Saves
      Ruan ThaiJanuary 9, 2012
      • Silver Spring, United States

      The dishes explode with flavor, the kitchen is remarkably consistent, and the setting is comfortable and calming.

      Expertise in Thai Restaurants and Silver Spring, United States
      5 Saves
      Rogue 24January 9, 2012
      Molecular Gastronomy
      • Washington, United States

      Chef R.J. Cooper’s all-tasting-menu venture—parceled out in 16 or 24 quick-bite dishes—is a wild ride of a night, especially if you don’t burden it w/ too many expectations of what dinner should be.

      10 Saves
      RisJanuary 9, 2012
      • Washington, United States

      You can count on good burgers and soups but the standout dish is the most out-there: a salt-rimmed margarita glass filled with lime-marinated bay scallops, tequila ice, and sour cream.

      Expertise in American Restaurants
      8 Saves
      Restaurant EveJanuary 9, 2012
      New American
      • Alexandria, United States

      Chef/owner Cathal Armstrong likes to keep things fresh, so this tasting room/bistro/lounge is a constantly evolving mash-up of his Dublin upbringing, French technique, and New World sensibility.

      Expertise in American Restaurants
      8 Saves
      Ray’s³ [Ray's To The Third]January 9, 2012
      • Arlington, United States

      The thick, charred steaks, platters mounded with great fried food, and creamy milkshakes are powerful enticements in a time of tightening wallets.

      Expertise in Burger Joints and Arlington, United States
      14 Saves
      The ClassicsJanuary 9, 2012
      • Silver Spring, United States

      Steaks are of very good quality, from the $19.99 hanger to the $35.99 rib eye called a cowboy cut. They no longer come with free sides, but in steakhouse land, $5 for mashed potatoes is a steal.

      Expertise in Steakhouses and Silver Spring, United States
      14 Saves
      Present Vietnamese RestaurantJanuary 9, 2012
      • Falls Church, United States

      Few family-run ethnic restaurants possess this degree of style. With lacquered tables, ceramic floors, and a tinkling fish pond, it’s ideal for a special occasion or a night of catching up w/ friends.

      Expertise in Vietnamese Restaurants and Falls Church, United States
      11 Saves
      Poste Moderne BrasserieJanuary 9, 2012
      • Washington, United States

      An easygoing mix of fun and sophistication, of trendiness and simplicity. There might be better places to impress a client, but few will make you more comfortable.

      Expertise in French Restaurants and Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington, United States
      7 Saves
      The Jefferson HotelJanuary 9, 2012
      • Washington, United States

      Ornate crown molding and glossy black wood-herringbone floors add luxe notes—there are even velvet footstools for your handbag, while the firelit rear chamber feels like a cocoon of privacy.

      9 Saves
      PassionFishJanuary 9, 2012
      • Reston, United States

      The best restaurant in Reston Town Center is also one of Washington’s best seafood palaces. The kitchen does well with raw-bar towers, sushi rolls, and an atlas’s worth of appetizers and entrées.

      Expertise in Seafood Restaurants
      21 Saves
      The Oval RoomJanuary 9, 2012
      New American
      • Washington, United States

      Dishes at Ashok Bajaj’s dining room are always elegant, but there’s also a playful side to chef Tony Conte’s food. Take the butternut-squash soup with olives and banana? In Conte’s hands, it works.

      Expertise in American Restaurants
      5 Saves