Everyone knows that Washington DC and its surrounding areas offer plenty of top notch restaurant options. A very long list indeed, so we thought we might edit this list down for you by offering you a few of our favorite hotel restaurants.
Sparkling chandeliers and crisp tablecloths adorn The Hay-Adams Hotel Restaurant, exuding the Washington D.C. favor fit for congressional lunches and bow-tie laden cocktail hours. However, we suggest you enjoy The Lafayette’s finest hour, Brunch. With a plethora of appetizers and desserts at the open buffet, one can easily fill up before your entree arrives. This Sunday Champagne Brunch has a selection of well made breakfast classics like buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict. I might suggest that you try the slow braised corned beef and hash with poached eggs and tomato, a table favorite I could barely protect from incoming forks. Whatever you decide this classy establishment will leave you well fed and ready to conquer Capitol Hill.
The Tides Inn’s Chesapeake Club offers a great ambiance and menu of a myriad of seafood options which will make you feel right at the beach while dining close to the Chesapeake Bay. This restaurant also houses much history by being lined with walnut patina lockers. In the early days of the Tides Inn, guests would actually bring their own beverages of choice along with them to the hotel. Then, they would use stash them away in a lockers. The lockers are now used for team building memory games and create a rich and colorful backdrop to the restaurant and bar. We highly recommend trying their house special, the Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes!
The Inn at Little Washington
Earning 4 stars and ranked as one of Washingtonian’s list of 100, The Inn at Little Washington has a menu and setting with personality and creativity. Making inventive combinations, Patrick O’Connell’s inspired American cuisine draws admirers from around the world and has been described by critics as “so good it makes you cry.” We suggest you enjoy a glass of wine to go along with your dinner — choose from one of the award winning 14,000 bottles in their wine cellar, which includes the finest offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and Virginia.
The atmosphere of The Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt Hotel is stark, but home-y, modern, but inviting, sleek, yet traditional. The juxtaposition of its décor perfectly accents its menu which features traditional dishes with a modern take, like the wood oven roasted barbeque chicken, cooked on cast iron skillets paired with corn bread purée, collard green marmalade and charred pearl onion. A meal that both warms your soul and still has that twist of interest that steers the dish away from ‘what grandma use to make’. The flavors brought together at The Blue Duck Tavern are local and very fresh, listing the farms right on the menu, and displaying baskets of fresh produce by the open kitchen. These touches bring the restaurant a provincial subtlety that are not lost on their patrons or their critics. The quiet enjoyment of The Blue Duck’s elegant comfort food is a new, and very satisfying take on American fare.
Standing atop our list of great hotel restaurants is Adour, the 3-star creation of chef Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis, who is famous for his restaurants like Adour in New York and Le Jules Vernes which is astonishingly inside the iconic Eiffel Tower, this menu is in capable hands. Adour was recently featured on the front cover of Washingtonian Magazine’s 2012 Restaurant Edition as one of the top 100 Restaurants in the Washington DC area Adour is receiving great press as of late! Boasting a formidable wine list and a delicious Japanese hamachi with green-apple mustard, Vernes wins a crowd with old-school culinary technique and beautiful setting designed by David Rockwell.