Hot D.C. Restaurants for Top Chef Fans

Posted by Fodor's Editors on September 16, 2010 at 2:25:47 AM EDT | Post a Comment

Indian-Chicken-Tikka.jpg The most recent season of Top Chef brought the foodie spotlight to Washington, D.C., a city whose dining scene has grown decidedly hip in the last few years. The TV-chefs have now packed up their knives, but D.C. still offers plenty of cutting-edge culinary experiences. Here are our top picks of the hottest tables in the city. 1905 This spot's logo features an antiqued key, which is the perfect symbol for a dining experience so intimate you'll want to keep it a closely guarded secret . . . Read more Café Atlantico The menu is always exciting at this nuevo Latino restaurant with friendly service. At Minibar on the second floor, you can explore a tasting menu of about 30 creative morsels—it's one of the most adventurous dining experiences in the city . . . Read more Marvin The owner of this quirky club and restaurant named after soul singer Marvin Gaye is Eric Hilton, a D.C. local who became a national celebrity as half of the DJ supergroup Thievery Corporation. . . . Read more Rasika This trendy Indian restaurant pairs an adventurous wine list with spicy fare in a supersleek setting. Libations at the bar are concocted with as much creativity as the food . . . Read more Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert Where else but the Ritz-Carlton Hotel would you find the chef of New York City's award-winning restaurant Le Bernardin? Eric Ripert is wowing the swells of Foggy Bottom with comfort food . . . Read more Zaytinya This sophisticated urban dining room with soaring ceilings is a local favorite for meeting friends or dining with a group. Belly dancers perform on Wednesday nights. . . Read more Photo credit: Shutterstock

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