This upscale restaurant, named for the year that Georgetown was founded, is located in an old townhouse with working fireplaces and old maps of Washington D.C., on the walls. The food is based on traditional American cooking, with an updated twist by Chef Nathan Beauchamp, who varies the menu according to what's available seasonally.
There's a full range of seafoods, meats, game, vegetarian dishes, and poultry, and the desserts are rich. Entrees run from $21 to $34, but there is a pre-theater prix fixe menu that offers three courses for $35. Jackets are required for men, and free valet parking is available. Major credit cards are accepted.
It used to be that Georgetown was a hassle to get to because the Metro bypassed this popular spot. Now there's the DC Circulator that connects Union Station and Georgetown and many other stops in between.
Old Glory Barbecue
Ample American barbecue with a Southern flair is served here. Although there's an excellent children's menu, portions are so wonderfully generous that you might want to order family-style and share. There's a terrific appetizer sampler, the Whole Lotta Glory, which features a little bit of everything — fried green tomatoes, buffalo wings, oak-grilled chicken wings, and St. Louis-style spareribs. And the entire shebang costs a mere $12.95! Entrees include ribs, of course, and even barbecued lamb, as well as pulled pork. There's handcarved brisket, country steak, Old Glory Jalapeno Hotty pork sausage, and oak-grilled catfish Creole style. Major credit cards are accepted.
Conveniently located in a courtyard of art galleries in the Georgetown mall, Sea Catch overlooks the C&O Canal and features a fireplace and tables on a deck. The raw bar features oysters and clams, and Sea Catch also serves up great shrimp and lobster and fresh fish in numerous forms, but nothing is ever fried or breaded. Entrees run from $22 to $34. Major credit cards are accepted, and parking is free.
Sequoia is located at Washington Harbor, and it's one of the most spectacular view-with-a-meal dining experiences in D.C. Most people come for the view of the Potomac (especially for drinks after work), but the food is decent, too — crab cakes, calamari, pizza, catfish, and salads. Meals run $15 to $29. If you want a table with a view, it's a good idea to make a reservation. Major credit cards are accepted.