Hotel restaurants can be fairly standard with continental breakfasts or chicken fingers for room service. They are convenient for guests, granting them more time to sleep in the morning or stay out late visiting the sites without having to worry about where to eat.
But amongst the bland and ordinary, there are those hotels with restaurants that are unparalleled and named among the best restaurant in Washington, DC.
Whether you’re searching for high-end American cuisine served in a historical atmosphere or modern Asian-fusion, this guide is the ultimate list of the best hotel restaurants.
Located in the Four Seasons in Georgetown, Bourbon Steak is a high-end steakhouse that specializes in American cuisine prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients. The lounge gives off an air of warmth from the combination of wood and leather decor making it a cozy place to meet-up with friends. Sample some of the various finger foods and sharing plates or order their signature butter-poached steak paired complimented with a choice of 25 different wines served by the glass.
Inside Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007 | (202) 944-2026 | Website
While yet another restaurant specializing in American cuisine, Plume adds a little flair by seeking inspiration from the gardens at Monticello. With one Michelin star and five stars from Forbes, an evening here is guaranteed to be spectacular and memorable. Each dish is prepared using traditional cooking techniques with fresh seasonal ingredients perfect to be enjoyed in front of the fireplace or tucked away in one of the cozy little corners. And with a wine list of over 1,300 labels each meal has the perfect accompaniment.
Inside The Jefferson, 1200 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 | (202) 448-2300 | Website
If you are looking for a chance of pace from the many American restaurants in the city, check out Muze, a contemporary Asian restaurant located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. With floor to ceiling windows, expansive wine cabinets, and open fire pits, this restaurant exudes both elegance and comfort and the menu is no different. The selection of Southeast Asian dishes is beyond compare with options such as Thai Beef Salad with sweet and sour vinaigrette or the Main Lobster paired with ginger and rice noodles.
Inside Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 | (202) 787-6148 | Website
A new addition for the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Dirty Habit is lively and specializes in creative cocktails and dishes with unexpected ingredients. The atmosphere seeks to convey a sense of mystery playing off the history of the building and incorporating darker colors. The menu is primarily composed of Asian fusion small plates to share with your group, including items such as crunchy rice with shredded pork, braised short rib with kimchi or guinea fowl dumplings. Everything can be seamlessly paired with one of the bar’s innovative and whimsically named cocktails, from Seeing Spots, Matcha Picchu and Smoke Signals.
Inside Hotel Monaco 700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 | (202) 783-6060 | Website
Cut by Wolf Gang Puck
Listed among the ‘Top 10 Favorite Restaurants’ by The Washington Post and situated along the canal in the Rosewood Hotel, Cut is a can’t miss restaurant. With a daily menu specializing in artisanal meats and fresh seafood, there is always something new and delicious to taste. Whether you choose to dine in the main room or people-watch on the outdoor terrace, you can still sample the many selections from the champagne trolley or try the whiskeys and cocktails from the bar.
Inside Rosewood Hotel 1050 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007 | (202) 617- 2424 | Website
With a large tree growing in the center of the restaurant, the atmosphere at Firefly is truly unique and environmentally friendly. The menu is comprised of dishes prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients with a large selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free option to accommodate any guest. Take advantage of the experience to unwind at one of their barn wood tables with a signature cocktail prepared with house-made syrups and infusions and service in recycled glassware.
Inside Kimpton Hotel Madera, 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 | (202) 861-1310 | Website
Blue Duck Tavern
Awarded a Michelin Star and the winner of numerous awards from the Washington Post, Washingtonian, and Zagat, Blue Duck Tavern is one the most sought after restaurants in Washington. It’s the perfect place for large gatherings with a communal table in the rustic dining room and an outdoor terrace. Here, you have to opportunity to taste dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients and reflects the chef’s current mood, while simultaneously sticking to culinary traditions.
Inside Park Hyatt 1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037 | (202) 419-6755 | Website