In addition to being the nation’s political capital, Washington, D.C., is on its way to becoming the nation’s culinary capital. A world-renowned restaurant publication — the Michelin Red Guide — dished out two stars for two D.C. restaurants while honoring 11 restaurants with one-star accolades in 2018. Two stars mean “excellent cooking, worth a detour,” while one star indicates “high-quality cooking, worth a stop.” Three stars represent the publication’s top bill, signifying “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”

After a long day of DDW® learning, consider corralling a group of colleagues to indulge in these luxurious offerings, but book your reservations early and come with your pocketbook open.

Michelin two-star restaurants

Minibar
855 E St. NW; 202-393-4451
minibarbyjoseandres.com
Minibar by José Andrés is a study in avant-garde cooking, often described as mind-bending food of the future. Each bite is designed to “thrill the senses,” combining art and science, as well as tradition and technique to deliver an imaginative and progressive tasting menu. Choose your dining friends wisely, as dinner is served at a communal setting for up to six guests. $$$

Pineapple and Pearls
715 8th St. SE; 202-595-7375
pineappleandpearls.com
Chef Aaron Silverman takes exquisite fine dining to a magical new level. Pineapple and Pearls offers an elegant yet playful tasting menu comprised of approximately 12 courses with paired beverages. The “pineapple” in its name speaks to the restaurant’s hospitality while the “pearl” speaks to its elegance. Make your reservations online by purchasing an all-inclusive ticket — gratuity, tax, food and beverages. “Just show up, let us take care of you, and enjoy yourself!” $$$

Michelin one-star restaurants

To view the complete list of one-star Michelin restaurants, visit viamichelin.com and search “Washington, D.C.”

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St. NW; 202-419-6755
blueducktavern.com
Experience this upscale American restaurant any time of day, whether it’s breakfast to start the morning or dessert to round out the evening. At the center of the open kitchen sits a massive wood-burning oven, where a majority of the dishes are prepared. Chef Daniel Hoefler and the culinary team are passionate about the art of simple, yet innovative cooking, sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients from regional farms, ranches and waterways. $$

Fiola
601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-525-1402
fioladc.com
Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s flagship restaurant offers sophisticated multicourse tasting menus at a set price in the main dining room for dinner. The Italian-influenced menu draws from local seasonal ingredients and family traditions. If you’re interested in lighter fare, guests also may dine “a la carte” at the bar, in the lounge or on the patio, or simply enjoy light snacks, a cocktail or glass of wine. $$$

Komi
1509 17th St. NW; 202-332-9200
komirestaurant.com
Come ready to be surprised in this no-menu, Greek-inspired restaurant at Dupont Circle. The meal consists of a dozen or so dishes, many of which are seafood-based. $$$

Tail Up Goat
1827 Adams Mill Road NW; 202-986-9600
tailupgoat.com
Tail Up Goat is a neighborhood restaurant with a special emphasis on pasta and bread along with “idiosyncratic, food-friendly tipples and soft drinks.” Referred to as a “hip bistro,” Tail Up Goat adds unique twists to forgotten favorites. $$

Sushi Taro
1503 17th St. NW; 202-462-8999
sushitaro.com
Sushi Taro is known for its traditional Japanese dining experience called “Kaiseki.” During this meal, instead of ordering off a menu, diners let the chef entertain them with a series of surprises to highlight the natural taste of ingredients at the peak of freshness and flavor. $$$

The Dabney
122 Blagden Alley NW; 202-450-1015
thedabney.com
Don’t let the alley leading to this restaurant fool you. Inside, you’ll find a farmhouse-style interior and food sourced from the Mid-Atlantic’s finest farms and purveyors. Its open kitchen features a wood-burning hearth that “showcases the region’s versatility while staying true to its classic cooking methods.” $$

Other Options

Bistrot du Coin
1738 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-234-6969
bistrotducoin.com
For a casual lunch or dinner featuring authentic French dishes, visit this bustling Dupont Circle restaurant that bills itself at “French, fun and friendly.” The crowd is young and trendy and the menu features a large import beer selection. $$

Blues Alley
1073 (Rear) Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-337-4141
bluesalley.com
The nation’s oldest continuing jazz supper club specializes in authentic Creole cuisine, steak and seafood dishes. The main event is the live music. $$

District ChopHouse and Brewery
509 7th St. NW; 202-347-3434
districtchophouse.com
Look for American steakhouse classics here. A bustling atmosphere with old-fashioned décor and a great selection of beers brewed onsite make this a standout for a casual but delicious lunch or dinner. $$

Jaleo
480 7th St. NW; 202-628-7949
jaleo.com/dc
Authentic Spanish tapas encompass an array of flavors and are served as small plates so you can share with your table and try several dishes. Top it off with sangria or a selection from the extensive list of Spanish wines. Reservations recommended. $$

Oyamel
401 7th St. NW; 202-628-1005
oyamel.com
Modern Mexican fare is served in an environment that replicates a Mexico City café. The guacamole is prepared tableside and there are a variety of dishes available as small plates. $$

Rasika
633 D St. NW; 202-637-1222
rasikarestaurant.com
The crispy, deep-fried spinach is a crowd pleaser at this upscale Indian restaurant, where authentic Indian food is served with wine pairings in a reserved atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$

SUNdeVICH
1314 9th St. NW; 202-319-1086
sundevich.com
The slogan pretty much covers it: “Local Ingredients. Global Flavors.” The sandwiches are named after international cities and feature the flavors of that country or region. $