Bloomberg is not alone in naming Washington, D.C. the most exciting food city in America, with The New York Times, Bon Appétit, and the Michelin Guide all chiming in to disarm the capital’s reputation as a city averse to inspired dining and good taste. The food scene in Washington, D.C. is commonly mistaken as lacking an identity, when in truth its identity refuses to be contained or categorized, thriving on the multiculturism created by the immigrants, first-generation American chefs, and young professionals that populate the nation’s capital.
With creative food concepts finding their way in every residential neighborhood, dazzling dining options are accessible for all, and the Winter 2021 Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week makes them affordable, too. Running from January 25th until February 7th, 250 of the city’s finest restaurants are offering three-course lunch and brunch menus for $22, and multi-course dinner menus for $35 and $55, available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
WaveOffice’s central location and surrounding transit options make exploring the greatest food city in America easy, with most restaurants just a short-walk or ride away. Here are five restaurants you will not want to miss:
Locations: Clarendon Square, Foggy Bottom, Navy Yard
Circa selects their locations the same way we do, placing their patios on the “best city corners” for a dynamic dining experience. It should be no surprise, then, that their Arlington and Foggy Bottom locations are both less than a five-minute walk from WaveOffice at Clarendon Square and 2001 Penn, respectively. Infusing the vibrancy of the surrounding community into their menus, Circa has developed a diverse yet dazzling line-up of dishes for its $35 and $55 three-course dinner options this Restaurant Week. Flash-fried brussels topped with blue cheese, balsamic, and applewood smoked bacon rival four-cheese macaroni for the first course, while blackened Atlantic salmon served with mashed cauliflower is offered alongside free-range chicken, pumpkin ravioli, or braised short rib for the main meal. Dessert wraps up with either a brioche bread pudding served with vanilla bean ice cream, a white chocolate cheesecake with Oreo crust, or dark chocolate torte.
Locations: The Wharf, Georgetown, Golden Triangle (Coming Soon to The Hub!)
Officina is Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s invitation to Washingtonians to “celebrate the culture of gastronomy,” reflecting his Italian American upbringing and travels to bring a unique food and beverage experience to the nation’s capital. With Officina, Michelin-starred Stefanelli fuses contemporary Italian with the ancient tradition he learned to love while training in Puglia, Italy, building a “culinary playground.”
With a $35 three-course menu and $55 four-course menu, offerings start with your choice of a savory yet sweet goat cheese and beet crostini, an affettati misti with whipped ricotta, a cauliflower soup with Yukon gold potatoes, or an insalata mista with a leek vinaigrette. You will want to save room for the four pasta options of gnocchi, rigatoni, risotto, and agnolotti. The main course features arctic char and beef cheek and finishes off with budino, torta, and cannoli for dessert. If you have any room left, the cocktail and coffee menu is nearly as long as the dinner menu.
With Officina Café opening soon at The Hub, this is the perfect way to experience a sneak-peek of the pasta and cocktail offerings that will soon be available for both grab-and-go or dine in.
Teddy & The Bully Bar
Location: Golden Triangle/Dupont Circle
Teddy & The Bully Bar is PRG Hospitality’s nod to the “exuberant and gallant” personality of President Theodore Roosevelt, fulfilling his belief to “do what you can, with what you have, where you are,” by bringing locally sourced, quality American comfort food to the table. Speaking of tables, Roosevelt viewed the dinner table as “less an occasion for fine dining [and more] as a springboard for conversations.” Thus, PRG Hospitality took it upon themselves to create a dining room that would keep guests talking, teaming up with local artist Maggie O’Neill to design a timeless yet trendy design.
While you may come for the $22 three-course lunch menu and $35 three-course dinner menu, Teddy & The Bully Bar will leave you with so much more than a full stomach. Apple & Butternut Squash with whipped goat cheese appear next to crispy brussels sprouts for the appetizer, while pan roasted rockfish and a classic fried chicken sandwich dazzle for the main course. Dessert forces you to choose between winter spiced donuts, chocolate cremeux with cherry gelee, and olive oil and citrus cake with white chocolate gelato. A 10-minute walk from WaveOffice at The Hub, Teddy & The Bully Bar is the perfect spot for a workday lunch with colleagues!
Location: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, Woodley Park
Duke’s Grocery has a simple mission: “to create a fun spot that you can come to anytime and have a fulfilling meal, a tasty drink, and great time in an atmosphere that is unpretentious and laid back.” Yet, we can assure you their kitchen is everything BUT laid back, serving the best burgers in the district and the 5th best burger in America. In fact, the burger earning so much acclaim is offered on all three of their restaurant week menus, dubbed the Proper Burger for the East London pubs that inspire much of the gastropub’s menu.
Duke’s Grocery gives you permission to get greasy in all the best ways at any time of day, with a $22 lunch menu, $22 brunch menu, and $35 dinner menu. Truffle macaroni and cheese, corn ‘elote loco’, quinoa salad, and the Posh B.L.T.A are just some of the other options available for tasting. With WaveOffice at 2001 Penn and The Hub a three-minute and ten-minute walk from the Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle locations, respectively, enjoying one of America’s top burgers is easy.
Where Teddy & The Bully Bar is a nod to the 26th U.S. president, Annabelle lets you eat like one, with former White House Chef and James Beard winner Frank Ruta serving modern American cuisine in an art deco-inspired dining room. Opening in early 2020, Annabelle is the newest restaurant on the list and with its $55 dinner menu, Washington, D.C.’s latest fine dining concept is the most accessible yet. The first course features smoke salmon carpaccio, oysters with soy-yuzu mignonette, and fish cakes served with Yukon potatoes. Duke breast, grilled Atlantic swordfish, and mezze rigatoni give you options for the main course, while a lemon tart with toasted meringue, coconut ice cream sandwich, and black forest cake make for a mouthwatering finale. Charming for both its location and take on classic America fare, Annabelle is pleasing for both the eyes and mouth.
Just like this impressive roster of restaurants, WaveOffice celebrates community, connectivity, and creativity, and we hope that this Restaurant Week you can experience these values in both the office and culinary arenas.
For more information and a complete list of the participating restaurants, please refer to the Winter 2021 Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week website.