Friendship Heights is a neighborhood in northwestern Washington D.C. with some upscale restaurants and shopping. Read ahead for our guide to the 10 best restaurants you should try in Friendship Heights and its surrounding area.
Located right near the Friendship Heights metro, Lia’s is a quaint Italian bistro that is perfect for a nightcap at the bar or a lunch on the outside patio. Lia’s has crafted a Mediterranean-style menu with classic pasta dishes and traditional appetizers.
The classy wine bar and Mediterranean bistro specializes in Italian, Spanish, French and Turkish cuisine. Patrons enjoy relaxing in the bright and classy restaurant while sipping on wine from a menu of over 70 international bottles of different grape varietals. The family-owned business also uses locally grown sustainable farming produce, along with national artisanal cheese and beer makers.
The French creperie gives an air of elegance and flair to the surrounding area. Le Chat Noir is styled as an Art Noveau bistrot and offers an extensive list of galettes (buckwheat crepes), daily specials, and a variety of delicious desserts. Popular for special occasions, the classic French cuisine serves main dishes like the steak frites or the Basque chicken, and they have a daily special for both lunch and dinner that includes duck confit. The vibrant wallpaper and romantic seating is perfect for a date night or celebration.
The traditional American lodge offers a uniquely chic wilderness theme. The menu includes many seafood and hearty meat dishes, like the pan-cooked local soft-shell crab to the bone-in pork chop and dry-aged prime rib cooked over wood. Standouts here include their grilled-striped main dish and rockfish. For dessert, even sinners who don’t like chocolate will enjoy the delectable chocolate buttermilk cake.
With a mixture of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and halal food, Café Ole serves evocative dishes with spices and flavors that pack a punch. Their menu is known for its 30 different mezze and tapas, including the polenta with truffle oil from Italy and their lamb tagine from Morocco. They have over 25 wines by glass and a slew of microbrews and martinis during happy hour throughout the week from 4PM-6:30PM. Check out their brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-3PM that features bottomless champagne and mimosas.
Masala Art is a great go-to for Indian cuisine, with a clean, sophisticated atmosphere. Their menu is extensive, with many options of nan and breads to choose from. Standouts include the lamb vindaloo and aloo tikki chaat, and their menu boasts of biryani (rice dishes) and tandoori specialties. They also have over a dozen vegetarian specials.
Another classy French restaurant, Matisse excels in offering authentic seafood and pasta plates. The upscale restaurant boasts white table cloths and fancy banquettes perfect for special occasions. While choosing your favorite French entree, be sure to browse their selection of newer and vintage wines from France and America.
The variety of dishes along with the option of a lunch combination with salad and a side help to make Sushiko a popular treat for locals. The fresh sushi and sashimi is from all over the United States as well as Japan, and they offer a sushi maki list of classically-styled rolls. For vegetarians, there is a list of five small rolls. The red lounge is perfect for a date night or even a business lunch.
Cava Mezze features some mouth-watering Greek and M editerranean food. They offer very popular mezze options like hummus, feta and tzatziki. There is a large menu with many healthy options, and the combos you can chose from will always keep it interesting and leave you satisfied. Order a half-rice, half-salad and you will get a pita on the side to make a mini pita. All meals are made with fresh, beautifully colored vegetables. Also check out their creative juices like the kale mango apple, especially since they offer free refills.
For comfort food, try out the Southern delights of Macon Bistro & Larder right down the road from Friendship Heights. The rich menu features braised pork shoulders with BBQ vinaigrette and cheddar grits or country fried goat with duck fat dumplings and stewed vegetables. For starters, try the deviled eggs that are popular even among non-egg lovers. They feature a prix-fixe menu with chilled corn soup or salad, market fish or amish chicken, and the chocolate truffle cheesecake or smith island cake. Our suggestion is to go for the chocolate cheesecake.