Deals in Cleveland Park

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Mediterranean and Eastern European Cuisine at LiLLiES Restaurant and Bar

LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar

Lillies Cafe

Eastern European–influenced Italian Mediterranean dishes, such as lobster ravioli, goat-cheese panini, and greek omelets

$30 $15

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Beer Tower and Fried-Goal Sampler for Two at District 2 Bar & Grille or Jake's American Grille (Up to 35% Off)

Jakes American Grille and District 2 Bar & Grille

Multiple Locations

Neighborhood sports bars welcome guests with beer and appetizers on football game days

$60 $39

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Two Classic or Fall-Themed Beer Flights with Two Appetizers for Two at Uptown Tap House (Up to 50% Off)

Uptown Tap House

Washington

Enjoy appetizers such as truffled steak and cheese eggrolls, paired with flights of craft beers or fall-themed premium beers

$34 $17

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Indian Dinner with Appetizers and Wine for Two or Four at Heritage India (42% Off)

Heritage India

Multiple Locations

Attention to detail is evident in the authentic elements that surround guests as they dine on savory Indian fusion cuisine

$101.80 $59

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$25 for $40 Worth of Middle Eastern Food and Drinks at Mama Ayesha's

Mama Ayesha's

Adams Morgan

Cooks follow their great aunt’s recipes to create authentic Middle Eastern dishes such as kebabs, tabbouleh, and couscous

$40 $25

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Cuban Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Habana Village (50% Off)

Habana Village

Adams Morgan

Classic Cuban meals include croquetas stuffed with chicken, garlic, and cream, or warm roasted pork sandwiches with pickles and Swiss cheese

$40 $20

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Palena: A User's Guide

Former White House Chef | Upscale New American | Seasonal Ingredients | Onsite Coffee Shop | Acclaimed Desserts

Sample Menu

  • First course: arctic char with lentils, trumpet mushrooms, and smoky froth
  • Second course: cauliflower pot-au-feu with coddled egg and truffles
  • Third course: Angus beef cheeks with sweet potato and brussels sprouts
  • Fourth course: wood-grilled lamb with barley pilaf and olive jus

Who's in the Kitchen? Chef Frank A. Ruta has done it all. Just one year after graduating from culinary school, the White House hired him as an assistant chef. He moved up to executive sous chef, serving both the Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations. Since then, he's been wowing DC's less presidential residents at Palena, where he received a James Beard Award in 2007 and the title of Food and Wine magazine's Best Chef in 2001.



Inside Tips

  • If you want to try your hand at cooking up a gourmet meal at home, stop over at Palena Market to pick up artisanal ingredients, many of which are used in the chef’s own dishes.
  • Don’t dare walk out the door without ordering one of Pastry Chef Aggie Chin’s desserts. They’re so unique and flavorful that Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post proclaimed that “[they] should be mandatory for anyone trying to earn a foodie badge.”

While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Stop into Palena’s onsite coffee shop to work out the kinks in your dinner-conversation game plan over a cup of joe.
After: Keep the good vibes going with a pitcher of beer and a game of pool at Atomic Billiards just down the street (3427 Connecticut Avenue NW).



If You Can't Make It, Try This: Chef Ruta's more casual sister restaurant, Palena Cafe, which whips up the same locally sourced, seasonal cuisine and is located right next door.

3500 Connecticut Ave
Washington,
DC
US

Running on a treadmill and bench-pressing roommates aren't the only ways to get a good workout. Enter Pole Pressure, a studio dedicated to pole fitness. Here, students use fitness poles to tone muscles, strengthen midsections, and improve balance with spins, kicks, and twirls in a variety of classes. Each class tackles specific skills?for instance, Pole Level 1 introduces the basics, and Pole Trix includes advanced moves, such as choreography performed upside down.

3525 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

Start a grassroots campaign for flavorful food sharing that’s equal parts communism and cronyism with today’s Groupon to Sabores. For $15, you’ll get $30 worth of tapas, sangria, and paella to nibble, pass, and bump foreheads over at an unhurried Andalusian pace. Located in Cleveland Park, Sabores is a Metro-accessible mecca for small-plate sharing, sangria sipping, and lively conversation.

3435B Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Byblos Deli is a diminutive Cleveland Park café, noted for its delicious gyros and souvlaki sandwiches. Sides include standard Middle Eastern fare, from stuffed grape leaves to baba ganoush, hummus and falafel. Don’t want to go Greek? You can also indulge in yummy homemade chicken salad, a variety of subs or opt to sample the daily special, which often features regional delights not often found around DC. The small inside eating area is a little sparse, leaving the focus on the food, and on nice days Byblos sets tables out on the wide sidewalks overlooking Connecticut Avenue. They’re perfect for enjoying the cheap eats and watching folks stroll by.

3414 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Executive Chef Billy Klein brings a bit of Spain to Cleveland Park, creating inventive interpretations of tapas that marry traditional flavors with contemporary sensibilities. Befitting the name "Pulpo"—Spanish for octopus—menu prominently features a dish of tender octopus simply prepared with the refreshing citrus-herbal tang of oranges and parsley. Chef Klein and his team also keep the meals close to home by sourcing produce from local farms. This dedication is apparent throughout the drink menu, which features three kinds of sangria, an assortment of international wines, and cocktails made with everything from jalapeño-infused simple syrup to earl grey- and sage-infused vodka.

Washingtonian describes the thoroughly industrial dining room as, "something at once more modern and rustic." Given the worn, black brickwork, well-trodden concrete floors, and caged, warehouse-style light bulbs, this assessment seems especially apt. A three-paneled, black-and-white piece of artwork depicting an octopus adorns one brick wall, and a lipstick-red accent wall flaunts flat-screen televisions and a gurgling aquarium.

3407 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Named after the telephone code for Jamaica, 876 Cafe establishes a direct connection between American cuisine and Caribbean zest. Chefs pan-roast fillets of black bass before dressing them with beurre blanc sauce made with ackee, a Jamaican fruit known for its creamy texture. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee steeps into steaks served with mashed sweet potatoes, and grilled pork chops come covered in a flavorful mango glaze. Brunch entrees include the Van Ness Benedict, which pairs poached eggs and applewood bacon with curried tomato hollandaise and sautéed callaloo greens, giving diners a reason to wake up early that is more compelling than their swinging-mallet alarm clock. Ukeleles and paintings by local artists hang on sunny yellow walls, and white tablecloths swath the restaurant's tables.

4221 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

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