One of the capital’s most exclusive, restaurant-laden neighborhoods, Potomac Heights boasts a range of international cuisine that is seldom found in one place. Here are a few of our favorites.
This upscale sushi bar along Wisconsin Avenue serves an extensive range of sushi, sashimi, nigiri, and a line of classic Japanese hot dishes with chicken, edamame, and seafood. Conveniently located along one of the neighborhoods’ most prestigious thoroughfares, and within steps of the red-line metro and bus terminals, Sushi Keiko has been reviewed many times in local publications for their exquisite presentation, attentive service, and fresh, local ingredients. Ideal for quiet dinners in a refined, friendly environment.
Address: 2309 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
A modern French bistro along the restaurant-heavy neighborhood of MacArthur Boulevard, Bistroquet serves from a range of Thai and Asian-fusion dishes in addition to their menu of delicious French specialties. With such exciting new combinations as the “Filet de Saumon” (salmon plancha, crab-lemongrass ravioli, lobster coconut milk and jasmine rice) and Truite a la Plancha (seared river trout with ratatouille and linguini) there is always something new to stimulate the palate and persuade a return. Located in the heart of Washington D.C., it is readily accessible by bus and metro.
Address: 5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016
A chic bar and restaurant on 36th Street, 1789 has a reputation for seasonal, high-class American dining. A proud advocate of the Slow Food Movement, 1789 prepares its dishes from ingredients wholly purchased from local farms, and includes a list purveyors on its website. Its rich selection of main courses, notably lamb and seafood, include such original creations as the Wild Alaska King Salmon (poached citrus olive oil, with panko breadcrumbs, sorrel emulsion, heirloom carrots, fennel fondue and charred spring onion), alongside more standard options like the Hanger Steak (with summer corn, tomatillo puree, huitlacoche, garlic scape, and chanterelle mushrooms).
Address: 1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
El Dorado Restaurant
This high-class restaurant gives Mexican cuisine an unusual turn of refinement, and its commodious, well-appointed interior is the set-piece for the most highly-reviewed Mexican food in Potomac Heights. Famous for their fanciful take on margaritas and mojitos, and with a menu inclusive of all your classic favorites, with an emphasis on seafood, El Dorado is the perfect venue for a relaxing, well-serviced meal before a show at the neighboring Port Tobacco Theater.
Address: 316 Charles St, La Plata, MD 20646
This engaging, comfortable establishment serves some of the best rib-platters in the area, and has been a magnet for meat-lovers since its re-opening. With an eclectic menu of chicken and seafood options, George’s is the perfect informal lunch and dinner venue for almost any occasion. Widely reviewed for their officious service, homely interior, and ebullient atmosphere, George’s BBQ is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and can be the scene of large crowds on late-nights, so it’s always best to call ahead for a table.
Address: 4840 Strauss Ave, Indian Head, MD 20640
Classy and modern, Et Voila is one of the best resorts in the area for traditional French/Belgian cuisine, and its menu has easily some of the most creative, beautifully presented dishes. Specializing in beef, duck, and seafood and featuring a large, well-disposed dining-room with a cozy outside terrace for fair weather, Et Voila is also the purveyor of one of the greatest selection of Belgian beers in the city.
Address: 5120 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016
One of the few purveyors of authentic German cuisine in the area, Old Europe gives a measure of old-world nuance sorely lacking among the contemporary dining-houses of Wisconsin Avenue. Fancifully decorated with rustic oil-paintings and various German steins and porcelain, Old Europe serves a range of seafood and vegetarian options in addition to its specialty line of sausage courses (like the “Wurstteller” platter – an assortment of handmade Bratwurst, Bauernwurst, Knackwurst, and Debreziner Wurst served with a generous selection of dips and toppings), and features an uptstairs banqueting room and buffet table.
Address: 2434 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
This sophisticated Indian restaurant is easily among the largest and most sumptuously-appointed of its kind in the city, and its bar-room and lounge have made it a popular night-life destination. Serving an impressive catalogue of a la carte options, Rasika also features a four course Tasting Menu with wine pairing, and a corresponding six course option.
Address: 633 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004
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Bar, Market, Restaurant, Seafood, Sushi, $$$
A chic, minimalist interior, with Pompeian wall-murals, modern furnishings and a massive state-of-the-art sushi-bar, Blacksalt Restaurant serves every variety of global seafood imaginable, and its fresh, ethically sourced ingredients may all be purchased from the Black Salt Fish Market, fronting its entrance. There are two prix fixe Tasting Menus of five and seven courses, an internationally-inspired dinner menu (from the Jumbo Prawn & Pepper Stew, with blue shell mussels, basil, wild Mushrooms, rice Noodles, & red curry-coconut broth, to the local Maryland crab cake), and an outstanding selection of international wines.
Address: 4883 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007
In business since the early 1990s, Sakedokoro Makoto serves an Omakase or prix fixe dinner-menu subject to daily and seasonal changes, and is one of the few area restaurants for which a reservation is an absolute requirement. A long, narrow interior, minimally furnished, with evocative set-pieces of contemporary Japanese art-work, Makoto is D.C.’s most exclusive Japanese dinner venue. Besides requiring a reservation, Makoto also has a simple dress code of no-sportswear, and is closed on Mondays.
Address: 4822 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007