Washington, D.C., is home to some of the best and most expensive restaurants in the country. Want a great, yet costly dine out? Here are five that are high on the list:1. minibar by José Andrés
Minibar by José Andrés, a two Michelin-starred restaurant, exemplifies avant-garde-style restaurants. Each bite is designed to thrill the senses by pushing the limits of what we have come to expect from food. The creations combine art and science to deliver an imaginative and progressive-tasting menu.
Pineapple and Pearls has now increased the price of its tasting menu from $250 to $280 per person.The price, paid in advance of reservations through an online ticket system, will continue to include tax, tip, and drink pairings. Tickets for the bar, which don’t include drink pairings, will go up from $150 to $180. 15 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 pineappleandpearls.com 3. Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier Marcel's is listed among the top 20 restaurants in the world by Zagat and tops Washingtonian's list of best restaurants. That’s because of the highly-perishable, expensive ingredients and skill required to prepare delicate fish and shellfish. The dinner menu's big-ticket item, the grand plateau ($150), arrives loaded with oysters, clams, prawns, lobster, and several styles of sashimi — all individually dressed.
Frequent patrons know they can create their own tasting menu — four, five, six, or seven courses — from any of the lot, for $90, $110, $130 and $150, respectively. “I don’t want to hold people food-hostage,” says Wiedmaier, who also lets diners order less, at a la carte prices.
4. MétierMétier doesn’t ask you to make food decisions. Most diners get the same seven-course, $200 dinner, part of which you pay for when you make a reservation. Everything about the eating experience is a delight. You descend into the space via elevator, and the doors open to reveal a salon where diners are seated and served hors d’oeuvres before moving into the intimate main dining room for a seven-course meal.
The price tag also signals special-occasion: $200 per person including gratuity (wine pairings are an additional $100–$185, or you can order wines by the glass or bottle; tax also isn't included), as does the jacket requirement for men.1015 7th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20001 202-737-7500 Métierdc.com 5. The Inn at Little Washington The Inn at Little Washington — a restaurant roughly 70 miles from D.C., in Washington, Virginia, — earned two stars in Michelin’s D.C.-Only Guide. One of three menus celebrates the “here and now” with foie gras mousse and sauternes gelee in a golden egg. Another list, “The Good Earth,” makes a world-class “meatloaf” out of local chanterelles. The herbed lamb carpaccio with Caesar salad ice cream tastes like something you've never imagined.