TheZman
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  • First Review
    May 6, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 7, 2014
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    4.6
 
 
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One of the finest restaurants in the capital and a recipient of five stars from Forbes Travel Guide, Plume serves as a discreet and elegant backdrop to the artistry of our culinary team. Choose a cozy nook or a table by our inviting fireplace as you savor classic dishes expertly executed with lighter, contemporary finishing touches that appeal to today’s enlightened palates. Plume’s wine list spans more than a dozen nationalities and dates back to a rare 1720 Borges Madeira. Among the more than 50 vintages are those Jefferson himself enjoyed in his time as well as newer wines he might select were he alive today.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Plume so good, and yet
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Four of us thoroughly enjoyed our first visits to Plume except for one thing. The setting in the wonderful Jefferson Hotel is lovely and very conducive to a romantic dinner or an intimate dinner with wonderful conversation. The wine list is stunning and there are plenty of very good wines at all price points. The service is impeccable, both courteous and helpful. Everyone's food was well conceived, prepared and presented, except for my filet. After excruciatingly detailed instruction, twice, my steak was over-cooked. We all agreed we would go back. I will order the scallops."
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Gordon and Fiona Hamersley have owned one of Boston's most popular restaurants for 20 years. Hamersley's Bistro serves contemporary, full-flavored French/Mediterranean food in a relaxed environment. Located in the fashionable South End, Hamersley's is adjacent to the Boston Center for the Arts and its' affiliated theaters and galleries. The historic brick building, which originally housed a piano factory, has been transformed into one of Boston's most comfortable dining atmospheres. The dining room has butter yellow walls, exposed beams and a view of the open kitchen so diners can watch the chefs work in their brightly colored baseball caps. There is also a cozy bar, where neighborhood regulars gather for food and drinks, as well as a large patio for casual summer dining.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Hamersley's Again!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2005
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Our group of 7 decided to go where 4 of us had gone on our last trip to Boston. That first visit had left us wanting more and this visit to Hamersley's lived up to its past performance. We all ordered different entrees and a number of appetizers and several desserts to share. We had cocktails, bottles of white and red, some after-dinner drinks and coffee service. Everything was wonderful. My lamb 3-ways was cooked perfectly and the olive risotto side was delicious. Everyone else was thrilled with their food. The wait-staff kept everything moving comfortably. This is a fun Bistro with great food. We will go there again next trip back."
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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The Liberty Tavern offers rustic, modern American cuisine in a historic 1907 building that has been beautifully restored and updated. Featuring an inviting street level bar and an intimate dining room on the second level, The Liberty Tavern offers an affordable, diverse wine list, creative specialty cocktails, and a great selection of premium draft and bottled beer. The comfortable, timeless ambiance will be enhanced by warm, hospitable service. Whether you’re joining us for a round of drinks in the bar, a casual midweek supper with your children, or a special evening with friends and family, you’ll be sure to feel at home. Liberty To-Go offers a separate carry-out entrance on Irving Street where wood-fired pizzas, grilled panini, fresh salads and other specialties will be conveniently offered for enjoyment at home.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Give me Liberty...
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/15/2014
 2005
Dined on 6/15/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Our first opportunity at The Liberty Tavern was a Sunday brunch buffet. We knew it was not a high-end brunch (e.g., the Four Seasons), but we heard it was very good and cost substantially less. The question was value for money. We could not have been happier. Although the selection of foods was not as broad,, what was there was very well prepared and delicious. The roast beef, pizza, pulled pork and salads and sides were excellent. If you need a raw bar you won't find it here. But you will find smoked salmon. We loved the signature cocktails (Mezcal Mule and Man-Mosa) The six desserts were well prepared -a nice ending to a great brunch. We will still pay more for more selection, but for more frequent brunching, Give me Liberty..."
Dined on 6/15/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Michel Richard's modern American brasserie,and winner of the 2008 James Beard award for best new restaurant is located on Penn. Ave NW between the White House and the Capitol. We serve Michel's tribute to great American cuisine, both modern and classic, with a French accent. A vibrant bar scene with boutique beer and wines, and modern and classic cocktails.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
The Still Great Central
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/30/2014
 2005
Dined on 5/30/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I hadn't been to Central much since I stopped coming to DC. But I wanted to take an out-of-town guest someplace I was confident would be great. Central is still great. The Lobster burger is still one of the tastiest treats around. The escargot appetizer, which I had not tried before, was delectable. The chocolate bar and home-made ice cream with berries - a perfect end to the meal. As for wines from the very-fairly-priced wine list, a lovely Bordeaux was deliciously shared. My guest loved the experience and vowed to return next time in DC. The service was pleasant, timely and helpful. We started our lunch on the later side and watched as the bar filled up for the after-hours workers from the many office buildings nearby. A perfect lunch."
Dined on 5/30/2014
 2005
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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La Chaumiere is as close as it gets to dining in a French country inn. Now entering its 37th year, La Chaumiere features traditional dishes like escargots en coquille, boudin blanc, quenelles of pike, cassoulet and Grand Marnier souffle. Chef Patrick's specials reflect a modern approach to seasonal produce, seafood and game with favorites like baked oysters, Dover sole and rabbit. La Chaumiere has won the "100 Best Restaurants" award 29 times since 1978!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Country French it is
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/08/2014
 2005
Dined on 5/08/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I wanted to go to La Chaumiere for some time. My desire stemmed from the fact that at every restaurant that I thought might serve calves' brains, the waitstaff would say "You should check out La Chaumiere". I finally did and the calves' brains were excellent. I could not say the same for the charcuterie plate which was just so-so. However, the Grand Marnier souffle also was top flight. I was annoyed that I was not brought the cork for the wine we ordered. The wine was almost off. Sure enough, when the cork was found, the wine had almost penetrated to the top. And my dining companion thought her lamb was average. I would go back for those brains, which I can't get anywhere else, but for French cuisine, there are other better choices."
Dined on 5/08/2014
 2005
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Sourcing food that satisfies the palate while fulfilling our goals of supporting small local artisan growers and producers and utilizing our farm as the chef's pantry gives us the opportunity to create an evolving menu that draws its inspiration from the seasons and in harmony with the earth. <br /><br />The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm presents a venue with a breathtaking view and natural setting overlooking the Potomac River. Our farm to your table presents local, organic, seasonal cuisine. Dining Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening, Saturday or Sunday brunch, Sunday supper, a wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate or special event – we strive to exceed your dreams. A contemporary style, paired with Certified Naturally Grown and organic produce, organic and/or wild meats and sustainable seafood, provide an exceptional dining experience. Our chef's innovative and skillfully executed dishes follow the lead of nature, being mindful of the environment.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
A Fabulous Culinary Experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/09/2014
 2005
Dined on 5/09/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Our first visit to this wonderful restaurant since Tarver King took over. We enjoyed his cooking at Ashby Inn and wanted to see him cook under the hyper-fresh, local sourcing philosophy of Patowmack Farm. We were ecstatic over our meals. It was a Friday, so we had choices of three tasting menus. We picked two and I had the wine pairings. All dishes were exquisitely presented and consisted of delectable combinations of ingredients, some of which were surprising and delicious. Since the menu/ingredients change often, there is no point in describing them. I will simply say we had one of the best meals we have ever had. We cannot wait to return. And that is the only downside. For us it is a 90 min. drive (Friday). Saturday next time!"
Dined on 5/09/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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We invite you to join us at 2941 Restaurant! <br />Beautiful Views | Wonderful Food | Elegant Service<br /><br />2941 is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the metropolitan area. The restaurant is nestled in the heart of Falls Church, VA surrounded by lush landscaping, koi ponds, waterfalls, world-class artwork, and a lakeside view. Chef Bertrand Chemel offers contemporary American cuisine accented with bold French and Mediterranean flavors. Named by Washingtonian Magazine in 2014 as a 100 Very Best Restaurant, Northern Virginia Magazine in 2013 as one of the Top 50 Best Restaurants, and by Eater DC as a 38 Essential Washington Restaurant, to name a few accolades, 2941 continues to charm gourmands with its sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance and inventive cuisine.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
A welcome return
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2005
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We hadn't been to 2941 for 18 months because of a disappointing experience. We decided to try it on a friday night in April and were very pleasantly surprised. Everything about our meal was wonderful. We shared a couple of signature cocktails, and enjoyed an outstanding bottle of wine with our meals. Our appetizer salads were crisp, fresh, well seasoned and beautifully presented. My lamb and my guest's halibut were very well prepared and flavorful. The variety of secondary ingredients and their use in all the dishes was inspired. Desserts, as hoped for, were delicious, accompanied by very good coffee/espresso. Our waiter was informative, relaxed, funny and smart. We had a great time and will be taking a larger party there in May."
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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