Why Cleveland Park?
Cleveland Park is home to many fantastic restaurants and cafes, all representing the diverse tastes of the neighborhood. Choosing the perfect place to eat can be overwhelming, so here’s a list of local favorites and go-to restaurants to help narrow down your dining choices.
Brunch and Cafe
Many of the restaurants in Cleveland Park serve delicious brunch menus, especially the French bistros. We wanted to highlight a few of the local favorites that are the perfect start to your day.
La Piquette has both prix fixe and a la carte menus so you have plenty of options for brunch. They combine their renowned dinner meals with their brunch items, so you can get a taste of their complete menu at any time of day.
Their créme brulée is the perfect addition to their risotto aux champignons.
This family-friendly restaurant provides American comfort food at a reasonable price. Their breakfast menu is served all day and features breakfast burritos, chicken n’ biscuits, pancake stacks, and avocado toast. They also have a “build your own” breakfast on a prix fixe menu if you’re feeling creative.
Steakhouses and Pub Food
Cleveland Park has some of the best steakhouses in the DC area, each offering a casual space to relax with friends. We wanted to highlight a few that stand out for their high-quality food and atmospheres.
Inspired by French culinary techniques, Medium Rare began serving a one-dish, prix fixe menu. Following their house salad, they deliver steak and fries, cooked to perfection in their secret sauce. They’ve added an American twist to their meal and offer an all-inclusive brunch menu.
While specializing in steak, Medium Rare also caters to vegan and vegetarian diets.
Fat Pete’s Barbeque
In addition to serving quality barbeque, Fat Pete’s prides itself on the art of smoking meats and vegetables. Chef Hondo ensures all his customers leave with a love of barbeque to match his own. Stop by for all the barbeque classics, from Texas-style brisket to hushpuppies. In their words, “we leave you with a happy to be alive feeling when eating our food.”
Nanny O’Brien’s Irish Pub
This classic Irish restaurant serves all the pub food favorites. Their wings are the most popular item on the menu, complimenting their rotating menu of specialty drafts and brews. They also serve traditional fish and chips, perfect when paired with a pint of Guinness. If you’re looking for an authentic pub atmosphere, Nanny O’Brien’s is the place to go.
Ethnic and Asian-Inspired Cuisine
Due to its diverse culture, DC offered a wide array of ethnic cuisine. Whether you’re in the mood for Pan-Asian or Middle Eastern food, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your cravings.
Dolan Uyghur Cuisine
This restaurant reflects the mixed culture of the Uyghurs, who live in East and Central Asia. Renowned for their family-inspired laghman, they often combine kabobs with noodle dishes, emphasizing their Chinese and Middle Eastern fusion menu.
Indique serves some of the best Indian food in the city and offers a wide selection of curries, dal, and Indian street food. They use inspiration from their hometown to create a new take on American classics.
Every Thursday is Thali Thursday, so be sure to stop by for a platter full of all your tandoori favorites.
This Pan-Asian restaurant provides a culinary adventure throughout Asia, offering classics from each country. Renowned for their sushi and curry laksa, Spices is the perfect place to try new Asian dishes. Their delivery service is increasingly popular with the Cleveland Park natives.
This sushi bar serves traditional Asian grub, from crab rangoon to chicken teriyaki. The Satay Club is a local favorite and is a great location for a quiet meal, with relatively easy to find parking.
The Satay Club also offers delivery and take out services so you can enjoy their food without leaving home.
Wine Bars and Lounges
One of the best ways to catch up with old friends is over a glass of wine and handcrafted French cuisine. Cleveland Park has an array of bistros and wine bars that bring a taste of Europe to DC.
Featuring classic Belgian French bistro dishes, this restaurant prides itself on Flemish staples such as their ale-simmered beef stew with double-fried Belgian fries. They also serve fresh mussels to compliment their expansive wine selection.
Et Voila! recently opened a European-inspired market, in which guests can purchase the products Chef Claudio uses in his food. In addition to specialty oils and dry meats, customers can also buy homemade pastries.
They have a daily lunch and dinner service with French classics such as bouillabaisse and canard confit. If you’re in the mood for a light snack, their fromage and charcuterie boards are the perfect compliment to their wine collection.
Le Chat also offers a weekend brunch menu, including crêpes, house-made paté, and quiche.
Dietary Restriction Friendly
This entirely gluten-free bakery caters to specialty diets without sacrificing, in their words, “taste, texture, or richness.” They serve freshly made bread, pastries, and bagels, many of which also satisfy vegan diets.
In addition to their pastries, they offer custom cupcakes and cakes for special occasions.
Coppi’s Organic Restaurant
An Italian-inspired restaurant, Coppi’s serves all the vegan favorites like eggplant parmesan and offers tofu or other soybean-based proteins as a substitute in their traditional menu dishes. The restaurant also favors sustainable resources as well as using organically grown ingredients.
In addition to their superior Italian cuisine, Coppi’s has a unique selection of organic and biodynamic wines to round out any meal.
Chef Geoff’s offers fine-dining fair for a casual price, so you can enjoy superior food without breaking the bank. Stop in for comfort food favorites like pizzas pies and burgers, served with sweet potato fries or balsamic greens.
Chef Geoff’s has an entire gluten-free menu, featuring simple and healthy dishes such as Alaskan cod and chicken paillard.