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Feb 20, 2008 04:22 PM

Staying in the Embassy Row area- any recs for breakfast or dinner?

We will have one breakfast and dinner in the area. We like all ethnic foods and especially enjoy fish/shellfish. As to breakfast, we like simple choices such as Irish oatmeal or special pancakes- we are not into brunch. Can you help us?

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  1. Embassy Row is long, from near Dupont Circle almost to the Cathedral. I'll assume you're near Dupont and Sheridan Circles; if further along it's a culinary wasteland. For Breakfast I'd recommend Teaism. Excellent Irish oatmeal, pancakes. I always have the salmon naan and raita. It's not fancy, and there is, of course, no coffee, but pleasant--you order, pay, pick up your order and then can sit either downstairs or upstairs. Connecticut and R.
    If you want a really first rate dinner, see if you can get into Obelisk on P Street, near 21st. Fixed menu, excellent seafood along with everything else; Italian, one of the finest in the city (the best so far as my opinion goes). People speak highly of Pesce, also on P, although I've never been there. If you're interested purely in seafood, I recommend Black Salt, on MacArthur Blvd, a 15 or 20 minute cab ride (getting a cab back can be challenging; they will call for you, but it's a mostly residential neighborhood). But the seafood is outstanding.

    9 Replies
    1. re: brianV

      as Brian points out Embassy Row can mean so many things...

      a general cross street could simplify matters. ie Mass + X.

      1. re: hill food

        To be more specific- we'll be at 1600 Rhode Island Avenue at the Courtyard Embassy Row. Thanks for the this will help.

        1. re: hopegoode

          Ahhhh...Scott Circle (which is nowhere near Embassy Row, - it sounds like the hotel is using "real estate" speak to REALLY stretch the boundries of a percieved "in spot").

          You are about 1-1/2 blocks to Tabard Inn on N st. between 17th & 18th. VERY good breakfasts. Lunch and dinner too.

          For great seafood - you are also 3-1/2 blocks to Hank's.

          Other good options close to hotel:

          Rice -

          Mar de Plata - (14th St. location)

          1. re: Rosco1

            Hank's is indeed very good. as is Sushi-Taro IMHO over on 17 - if it's Fri. or Sat. get a reservation. new things on 14 that I'm not familiar with (it's such a different neighborhood from even just 3 years ago).

          2. re: hopegoode

            Nage is in the courtyard hotel @ 16th & RI -- pretty good seafood. Didn't know the hotel calls itself Courtyard Emabassy Row - pretty lame.

            1. re: keithdcil

              to be fair, i think it's near the Tunisian and Uzbekistan embassies

              1. re: Jeserf

                the Australian consulate is close by as well. just not the truly grand embassies around there. a lot of modest ones over near 18 which I find more interesting actually. including a long shuttered one (Libya? Iran? N. Korea? help me out here).

                1. re: hill food

                  The Axis of Evil embassy....

                  as for food - if you walk towards 14th St, there are loads of options

                  avoid logan tavern.
                  i can't believe people recommend it. If I wanted to be treated poorly by someone serving me dinner, I could go home. (just kidding, mom)

        2. re: brianV

          i second the Obelisk rec. it's wonderful. for breakfast i would suggest Teaism which is at R and CT in northern dupont not too far from your hotel. really good tea and simple but yummy breakfast choices.
          If you want more unique ethnic i suggest Lebanese Taverna in Woodley Park (near the zoo, right at the Woodley Park metro stop on the red line, somewhat close to your hotel). Middle eastern is something that isn't prevalent everywhere and this place has the best in the area plus decent wine (which ethnic places usually don't have).