Unless you’re a head of state or a close friend of the POTUS, you won’t be dining with the president anytime soon, but you can dine where some have shared a meal, a secret, or proposed marriage. For decades, Georgetown’s locals have included journalists and politicians, and one place they’ve always relied on for comfort food, or an off-the-record tidbit, is Martin’s Tavern, which the Martin family opened back in 1933.
According to Billy Martin, Jr., the fourth generation of Martins to run the place, every president since Harry S. Truman, who liked Booth 6, has dined at the tavern and so have other VIP pols like former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. President George W. Bush preferred Booth 12, and freshman Senator John F. Kennedy used to brunch on Sundays after church at Booth 1, a one-seater, and proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in the booth next to it, Booth 3, on June 24, 1953. When you go, go for brunch or order the famous oyster stew and shepherd’s pie; they’re classics that never go out of style.
Martin’s Tavern, 1264 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 333 7370