Open for dinner and during the day and on weekends, Anxo has an outdoor “cider” garden, a long bar with seating inside, as well as an upstairs dining room. The pintxos and small plates are light and ideal for sharing, and the bar has more ciders that you probably thought existed, including Spanish drafts the menu says to pour from a height. (We’re not sure why this is, but there’s a 12 percent chance your dining companion will be impressed if you do.) It’s a good place for a Sunday afternoon group hang or a date. Sit upstairs for a more something more intimate, or settle in at the bar and let the charismatic bartenders third wheel.
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The Ferris Bueller of DC restaurants, The Royal is cool without trying too hard. Come for great Colombian food and cocktails.
There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you’re in Shaw.
All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
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Tail Up Goat
Wear elastic-waisted pants when you go to Tail Up Goat in Adams Morgan, and make sure to get involved with the pastas and lamb ribs.
Agora is often overlooked for trendier spots in Dupont, but the Mediterranean food here is pretty good. Use it for a last-minute meal.
Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.
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Iron Gate in Dupont is known for its prix-fixe dinner, but we like it best for drinks and a light bite.
Duke’s Grocery is a low-key gastropub in a Dupont row house. The burger is rightly famous, but you won't be disappointed with anything on the menu.
Denson Liquor Bar
Denson Liquor is a 1920’s-style lounge that’s perfect for a quality cocktail before or after a show at Capital One Arena.
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