Experience a world of flavors and dishes produced by internationally renowned chefs at Dupont Circle’s neighborhood restaurants, whose eclectic menus mirror the diversity of this embassy-filled, internationally focused city.
Our beautiful on-site restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes paired with a highly selective wine list. Cozy up and enjoy small plates such as bacon wrapped dates, stuffed with manchego & blue cheese or 12-inch flat breads. Tredici Enoteca serves breakfast and dinner daily.
You only have to walk two blocks from The St. Gregory Hotel to feel transported to Tuscany at Ristorante iRicchi. Run by Christianne iRicchi, the Italian stalwart is lauded as being the first establishment to bring authentic Italian cooking from Tuscany to D.C. Sit on its inviting patio and enjoy some Tortelloni, made exactly the same way chef iRicchi learned in Italy over 30 years ago, while sipping on a glass of wine from their 100% Italian wine list. Bellissimo!
Started in New York City in 1920s, based on the ideas of treating guests like family, serve great food and exceed expectations — The Palm continues to do this with perfection in D.C. Drop by for one of the district’s best power lunches. It’s the place to see and be seen — serving up impeccable American fare from steaks and seafood to classic Italian food — the famed Chicken Parmigiana has been on the menu from day one.
It’s easy to miss the Well-Dressed Burrito, located in an alley way between M and N Streets off of 19th Street. Throngs of D.C. eaters have been flocking to this lunch-only take out place since 1986, savoring their legendary from scratch-burritos, tacos and more. The Well-Dressed Burrito offers a daily menu that boasts delicious authentic Southwestern food. Don’t miss the El Gordo burrito – a massive 16 ounce burrito filled with beans, cheese, and beef, chicken or veggies, smothered in home-made enchilada sauce, and topped lettuce and tomato!
The Michelin Star restaurant located in Georgetown is a must visit while in D.C. The Blue Duck Tavern’s seasonal menus delight diners with simple rustic meals created from fresh ingredients sourced from a vast network of local farms and regional purveyors. The beautifully-crafted open kitchen with a wood-fire oven turns out some of the nation’s best Mid-Atlantic cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Located in Dupont Circle, Nora’s Restaurant is the nation’s first certified organic restaurant, which pioneered the way for organic local seasonal cuisine in D.C. Led by Nora Pouillon, a champion of organic cooking and environmentally conscious cuisine, Nora’s continues to focus on health and environment in its charming brick corner building. Make reservations to enjoy one of the chef’s tasting menu – start off your meal with a roasted exotic mushroom and goat cheese tart and end with a bittersweet molten chocolate cake.
Just a five-minute walk from The St. Gregory Hotel, Rasika is an extraordinary proprietor of modern Indian tandoori. One of Zagat’s top 20 restaurants in the country, they serve house-made chutneys (try the eggplant ginger) and progressive takes on classic dishes like the shrimp masala with mango.
1190 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Boqueria is ideal for groups, who can share a variety of tapas: Dip patatas bravas in roasted garlic aioli and try the tangy montado de boquerones—white anchovies with goat cheese and roasted tomatoes.
The quintessential neighborhood sandwich shop, Bub and Pop’s is a charming local favorite where chef and co-owner Jon Taub makes everything from the pickles to the porcetta. Those in the know order The Real Obama, which layers Chicago-style beef with slow-braised brisket, giardiniera relish and aged provolone. And you can’t go wrong with Bub and Pop’s classic Italian hoagie.
The neighborhood’s classic French café Le Diplomate captures the essence of bustling Parisian café culture without the flight to France. Le Diplomate is the perfect setting for a range of occasions from grabbing a quick morning coffee and croissant to a celebratory dinner with friends. The crusty baguettes are made in-house and the French cheese selection is not to be missed! Grab a seat on the sidewalk patio for some great people watching.
1601 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Dining Around Town
luxurious chocolate truffles and praline
D.C.’s cosmopolitan residents know style, and the local stores and boutiques supply elegant yet creative clothes and goods. Dupont Circle and The St. Gregory Hotel places you amidst the city’s best shops:
This contemporary, family-owned boutique chain brings crafty yet elegant jewelry and accessories to our bustling little nook of Dupont Circle. From delicate necklaces to vibrant multicolored handmade Hipanema bracelets to chic hats, there are plenty of gift options for loved ones (or for yourself!).
Hu’s carries footwear by designers like Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang and Alberto Fermani in an elegant boutique on Georgetown’s historic M Street, the hub for high-end shopping in Washington. One block away, partner shop Hu’s Wear sells chic ready-to-wear women’s clothing sourced from Milan, Paris and New York.
The Proper Topper has everything you need and everything you don’t need but want! From cool Etsy-worthy D.C.-themed t-shirts and District-shaped cheese board that locals love to seasonal home décor and kitschy books, this store is the perfect place to browse. Of course Proper Topper has an awe-inspiring array of hats to try on!
If you enjoy wandering shelves of rare and used books looking for hidden gems and rare manuscripts, check out Second Story off of Dupont Circle. Around since the early 1970s, Second Story is one of the world’s largest secondhand bookstores and is sure to intrigue book geeks and causal readers alike.
2000 P Street NW
Shopping Around Town
Washington, D.C., is one of the world’s leading cultural destinations—with dozens of internationally-known museums and galleries. At the forefront are the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art, but there are myriad choices. Here are a few of our favorites:
Right in the neighborhood, the Phillips Collection is one of D.C.’s premier art spaces thanks to its collection of works by Renoir, van Gogh and O’Keeffe, among others. Located in an 1897 Georgian Revival townhouse, the intimate museum is a welcome break from the National Mall’s expansive and often daunting museums.
Former White House staffer Claude Taylor opened this gallery in 1998 to sell images he’d captured on his travels. The chock-a-block Dupont Circle space showcases Taylor’s continued passion for exploring: he spends much of each year overseas taking pictures and developing his rolls of film (nothing digital here).
Learn about our revolutionary past at the Anderson House, headquarters for the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization devoted to remembering those who fought in the American Revolution. The Dupont Circle mansion houses an impressive collection of eighteenth-century fine art, furniture and armaments.
Another sophisticated art gallery in Dupont Circle, the Foundry showcases the work of both emerging and established artists from the D.C. metro area. Rotating exhibits from contemporary creatives show abstract paintings, photographs, sculptures and more.
Among the Smithsonian Institution’s many fascinating museums, the National Air and Space Museum is a favorite for families. It has the world’s largest collection of vintage aircrafts, as well as an IMAX theater and interactive exhibits providing an in depth look at the history of flight, from vintage aircrafts to the Wright Brothers’ flyer to space travel.
Independence Ave and 6th St SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
Arts & Culture Around Town
There’s no lack of Washington D.C. Landmarks: The edifices along the National Mall make up the most iconic collection of historical buildings in the country. While some of the Mall’s landmarks are memorials, many still serve as government buildings, allowing visitors an insider’s glimpse into the governing process of the United States. A trip to D.C. isn’t complete without stopping by at least a few of these quintessential destinations.
One of the most famous buildings in the world, the White House serves as home to the President of the United States. (Perhaps you already know that!) Take photos by the wrought-iron fence in front of the house on Pennsylvania Avenue, or contact your member of Congress to schedule a self-guided tour.
The tallest structure in all of D.C., this 554-foot obelisk forms the centerpiece of D.C.’s monument zone. Visitors can now take an elevator up to the observation deck, following three years of repair work after a 2011 earthquake. From the top, gaze across the entire city and the National Mall below.
A short walk around the Tidal Basin from the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, this is D.C.’s most elegant landmark. The circular structure with ionic columns encloses a 19-foot bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson. Come springtime, white and pink cherry blossoms frame the scene.
One of the newest landmarks in the city, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a breathtaking addition to the National Mall’s monument zone. At the center of the memorial sit two stone structures inspired by Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in which he said “Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” Visitors pass through the memorial’s Mountain of Despair as they walk towards the Stone of Hope, which features the profile of the civil rights leader.
Sitting high on Capitol Hill at the far eastern edge of the Mall, the domed Capitol Building is the seat of the U.S. Congress and one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. Walk around the grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (of NYC’s Central Park fame), for stunning views across the city, or venture inside for individual, family, and small group tours.
East Capitol St & First St SE
Washington, D.C. 20004
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