The Grill, Ritz-Carlton DC
This is a beautiful, expensive restaurant with professional, attentive service. The food is dismal.
My partner and I shared the fois gras starter. Nice but small piece of liver on a limp, tastless boiled onion slice. The main course were unforgivable. Parther had the dover sole/poached half lobster combination. The plate was visually attractive but if we hadn't known what we ordered, we wouldn't have recognized it. Unfortunately the sole was not fresh tasting and the lobster, while tender, was tasteless. I ordered the NY strip steak, which was cooked exactly to order: very rare. Though beautiful in appearance the steak was tough and completely lacked that aged taste that good quality restaurant steaks should have. In a city with so many good steakhouses, it's a wonder that The Grill gets away with this.
We ordered chocolate and raspberry souffles for desert. The raspberry one was light, fluffy and tasty. However the chocolate one was way too liquid - seemed like a dish of syrup. Both were nicely presented, however.
On the upside, The Grill has a wonderful selection of wines by the glass, including a reasonably priced Zin from Ridge that I've only seen previously by the bottle.
Dinner for two, with two glasses of wine each, $250 including tip. Outrageous for the poor quality.
This restaurant must depend on expense account hotel guests who are too tired to venture out. Unfortunately there is no reason for anyone else to dine there.
However the hotel bar is a nice place for a pre-dinner drink. Good atmosphere, well prepared drinks, nice happy-hour appetizers (for and additional $8. per person!).
Dismal - still?! I remember it getting one of the worst restaurant reviews I ever read back when it opened. I assumed they'd fire the whole staff and fix the problem...and I was prepared to wait them out. What a bummer.
P.S. Try Blue Duck Tavern next time. Especially at that price, you'll get a wonderful meal.