Occupying a converted two-story house (with dining rooms on both levels), this sleek restaurant helmed by James Beard Award–winning chef Jason Wilson, may have you thinking that you're Downtown, not on the southeastern edge of Capitol Hill. The food is always tasty, and often rises to sublime: braised short ribs are Crush's signature dish, and they're so good that the menu could begin and end right there. However, seafood dishes are also superbly executed, such as crusted
Neah Bay black cod with Wagyu beef broth and salsify. The place doesn't attract a specific demographic—you'll see gourmands, couples, local families, and more. Despite the clamor for a table on the weekend, servers remain serene and you'll never be rushed out the door. For a budget-minded taste of Wilson's wizardry, go for happy hour.