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Belgian restaurants are muscling into the Washington dining scene in a big way. Mussels and frites can be found in just about every neighborhood, and some of the better restaurants also sport additional Belgian treats. Chef Claudio Pirollo started his career by being named “Best Young Chef in Belgium” and his cooking success continues at his Palisades neighborhood bistro, Et Voila. The restaurant boasts top-of-the-line Belgian flavors like steamed mussels and pommes frites, carbonnade à la flamande and lapin à la bière. Even the atmosphere smacks of the old country, the soft, off-white walls are all decorated with posters featuring local cartoon hero Tintin, and the long and narrow dining area features a classic pressed-tin-tin ceiling.

5120 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington,
DC
US

2941 Restaurant: A User's Guide

Modern French Cuisine | Acclaimed Duck Burger | Onsite Herb Garden | Meal with a View | French Wines

Sample Menu

  • Small bite: crispy calamari, described as “luscious” by the Washington Post
  • Pasta: smoked-burrata ravioli with escarole and spicy duck
  • Entree: bacon-wrapped monkfish with syrah sauce
  • Dessert: salted-caramel brownie with buttermilk sherbet

Where to Sit: Ask for a table near the floor-to-ceiling windows, which look out over a sprawling koi pond and lush garden with an original Rodin statue at its center.

When to Go: Swing by during lunch, when the ever-popular Daffy burger is on the menu. This decadent sandwich showcases a patty blended with duck breast, duck leg, and foie gras. The patty is topped with even more foie gras, as well as a sweet-and-sour onion agradolce to cut the richness.

While You're Waiting

  • Stroll through the outside herb garden where Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel harvests fresh ingredients daily.
  • Ask sommelier Jonathan Schuyler to suggest an ideal wine pairing from 2941’s largely French selection, or pass the time with a classic cocktail.
  • Gaze into the crystalline structure of the giant geode in the dining room.

Dress Code: Come as you are. Although you’ll still see business suits and date-night dresses, 2941 shed its former special-occasion-only image with a complete redesign in 2012, incorporating a laid-back dress code to match its more casual culinary offerings.

2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church,
VA
US

Urbana is a hip wine bar with an award-winning happy hour and menu of Northern Mediterranean fare—but that’s only part of the story. The popular after-work destination is located in Dupont Circle, one of DC’s most vibrant and fashionable neighborhoods since the late 1800s. Given this location, the crowd inside is young and stylish, with a mix of locals and visitors enjoying artisan cocktails made with house-infused liquor and selections from an extensive wine list passionately curated by resident wine director Sean Quinlan. In the kitchen, chefs craft dishes from Northern Italy to Southern France, with fresh ingredients sourced from small, local farms and markets. Pastas include squid ink papardelle with maine lobster tail, while main courses feature roasted alina duck breast with celery root and grilled northeast swordfish with a black garlic puree. Nearly a dozen pizzas are also available, such as the prociutto arugula and the carne with hand-crushed tomato and sausage. Urbana also distinguishes itself with its Earthcare program, for which they won the 2012 Mayor’s Sustainability Award. The tenets of this program—sustainability, conservation, efficiency, rooftop garden, green cleaning supplies, and soy inks and recycled paper—find their way into almost every aspect of the business. Produce and meat are organic and locally sourced, and their seafood selection adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch standards. The staff pours organic and biodynamic wines, as well as organic, shade-grown, fair trade coffee. They also eliminated their use of bottled water, use 100% biodegradable packaging, recycle all glass, paper, and cardboard, turn cooking oils and grease into bio-diesel fuel, and compost 54,773 pounds of food scraps each year. Additionally, they grow a variety of herbs and vegetables, and clean the restaurant with eco-friendly cleaning products while humming tunes about the environment.

2121 P St NW
Washington,
DC
US

An elegant coffee shop with a French bakery twist, Patisserie Poupon is filled with luscious baked goods and so much more. This upscale Georgetown destination is delicately lined with confections and fresh-from-the-oven treats of all kinds, including a raved about almond croissant. Locals like to gather briefly at the small café tables, or lounge in the wicker-backed chairs on the adjoining brick patio, where Fido is allowed to relax as well. Of course, no visit would be complete without picking up a luscious French pastry or loaf of artisan bread to take home, along with a café au lait to enjoy on the ride. A variety of gourmet foodstuffs line the shelves and countertop as well, including honeys and small-batch jams, which makes putting together a quick gift basket a cinch.

1645 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Blast through battalions of crepes or invade the sparkling champagnes of diverse regions of France with today's Groupon: $10 for $25 worth of food and drink at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge. Napoleon Bistro is renowned for its fresh and flavorful brunches and sparkling champagnes served in a sultry downstairs lounge.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.

1522 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Today's Groupon gets you $35 worth of French café fare and Belgian beer for $15 at L'Enfant Café & Bar. This Parisian-themed eatery is best known for their perfect crepes: "cooked enough to lose the doughy flavor and just thick enough to keep from tearing," according to The Washington Post. Get them with fresh strawberries, Nutella, amaretto liquor, lemon and sugar, stuffed with mushrooms and gruyère in béchamel sauce, or with roasted red pepper and goat cheese. With seven savory dinner crepes and more than 12 sweet options, L'Enfant can cook a staggering stack of crepe combinations (click here to see the sweet crepe menu).

2000 18th St NW
Washington,
DC
US