Just steps from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar is a cozy spot to grab a bite with family and friends. Family-owned itself, LiLLiES serves a mix of traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with a contemporary edge. Ingredients for such dishes as beet salad, chicken paillard and grilled salmon are brought in daily to ensure every plate is fresh. When the weather is warm, diners can relax around mosaic tables on the terrace patio. On cooler days, the hardwood floors, candlelight and exposed brick inside make for a snug retreat. Brunch is served on both Saturdays and Sundays, and offers options for health-conscious patrons, such as a Greek yogurt parfait, and for those looking to indulge—say, in the Nutella-smothered French toast.