Rub Elbows With Political Elite At These D.C. Restaurants

Celebrity sightings in New York City and Los Angeles usually mean actors and musicians but when it comes to Washington, D.C., we are all about the politico and people spotting. Presidents. First Ladies. Members of congress. Supreme Court Justices. Well-known political journalists. Those are the people we want to sit across from while feeding out foodie cravings.

Steak houses and power lunches/dinners go together like cool water on a hot day. The Palm has many cartoons and characters of Washington power players on the walls but don't be surprised to see the real life inspirations seated at a table nearby. Located steps from Capitol Hill, Charlie Palmer Steak features USDA certified angus beef aged 21 days steak entrees. 

The Georgetown-based Café Milano is an upscale Italian dining experience offering an abundance of pasta dishes along with seafood, salad and meat dishes. Want a taste of France right here in the district? Head to Le Diplomate, a bistro which offers an incredible comfort food menu and gives you the feeling that you have stepped inside a Parisian café.

Instead of watching politicos and people on television, get the opportunity to see them in a relaxed, upscale setting while also satisfying your hunger for great food at these top spotting restaurants.




When Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Teddy Roosevelt were in need of libations, they came to here. Established in 1856 and boasting of being Washington, D.C.'s oldest saloon, the restaurant features Victorian-styled rooms perfect for...  Read More



While many steakhouses feature a dark color palette, this venue favors white and large windows to let in an abundance of natural light. Located in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters building near Capitol Hill, this upscale restaurant has a...  Read More



With a focus on modern interpretations of traditional French bistro fare, this restaurant is where Capitol Hill dines out. Patrons will find a warm yet sophisticated atmosphere upon their arrival including a tiered dining area and a bar ready to...  Read More

BLT Steak


Bringing a modern American steakhouse to the nation's capital, this venue is known for its mouth-watering Certified black angus and USDA prime steaks. Sink your teeth into a prime hanger steak, an American wagyu skirt steak or filet mignon. If...  Read More



Opened in 2011, this much buzzed about restaurant is Chef Fabio Trabocchi's first in D.C. With a modern upscale vibe, this venue changes menus every day to reflect the freshest ingredients available for its regional and contemporary Italian...  Read More

Le Diplomate
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For a taste of France right here in Washington, D.C., head to this bistro which offers an incredible comfort food menu for brunch, apr�midi and dinner. Brunch options include breakfast favorites like steak and eggs and spinach omelet and...  Read More

Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab
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Born from the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group, this venue opened its doors just a couple of years ago but is already known as a great spot to see the politically powerful. For those who love seafood and steak, you will find a bevy of menu...  Read More

Fiola Mare
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With gorgeous views of the Potomac River and a seafood market counter to evoke a Mediterranean feel, this restaurant can not be missed. Opened in early 2014, this is the third restaurant Chef Fabio Trabocchi has opened in the district and it...  Read More

The Palm


When The Palm opened its first location in Manhattan, the owners had no money for decorating. Lucky for them, their restaurant was near a comic syndicate headquarters and many cartoonists would pay for their meal by drawing a picture on the...  Read More

Café Milano


Italian culture is the focus of this upscale Georgetown staple where politicians, lobbyists and journalists are known to mingle. The décor harks back to a Milan boutique with hand painted coves and framed designer scarves adorning the walls....  Read More


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