Forget tapas, this year’s trend is all about large sharing plates. Bring the whole family and dig into the same meal together with some of our favorite DC platters. Bonus: you’ll never get jealous of fellow diners’ orders again.
Kinship: Whole Roasted Foie Gras
If the all-white, stunningly chic interior here doesn’t tip you off, this gourmet Shaw locale is all about luxury. The eclectic menu is divided into several sections: Craft, History, Ingredients, Indulgence, and For The Table. Do yourself a favor and order a sharing plate of the sumptuous roasted foie gras, which comes paired with Fuji apples and pearl onions that accentuate the dish’s sweet, earthy flavors.
1015 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Pig: Ssam Beast Board
With a name like The Pig, this boisterous Logan Circle restaurant is the ultimate destination for all things pork. We’re huge fans of the giant Ssam Beast Board, a veritable feast for two (but probably more) that includes chili cured pork belly, smoked pork shoulder, duck breast, lamb sausage and Korean kimchi. The whole board comes with lettuce wraps on the side, so you can get busy competing with the table to build yourself the ultimate sandwich.
1320 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Del Campo: Tomahawk Ribeye For Two
This upmarket, sophisticated South American steakhouse is the place to go for a glass of Malbec with some grilled steak. Bring a friend and dig into the restaurant’s gloriously rich ribeye entree. The juicy, rich cut of meat is one of the most delectable steaks we’ve had in DC, especially paired with the tangy chimichurri topping.
777 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001
M Street Bar and Grill: Crispy Calamari
Swing down to the lobby and order up an appetizer of perfectly flaky, aioli-infused calamari at the St. Gregory’s restaurant, the perfect meal to enjoy with a group of friends as you prepare for a night out or get ready to wind down. For an added treat, pair this with a round of the hotel’s signature champagne cocktails.
2033 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Maketto: Whole Fried Fish
This uber-hip H Street restaurant/boutique pulls out all the stops for its large format platters, with delicacies like whole poussin curry soup that’ll warm you up to the core. We’re partial to the whole fried fish here, which comes heaping with chili sauce, garlic and other vegetables piled on its crispy exterior.
1351 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002