Enjoy a rustic meal under the shade of a real live oak tree at Firefly. This woodsy themed restaurants serves seasonal American dishes from local farmers. Enjoy your meal on salvaged barn wood tables and sip cocktails out of mason jars for the full effect. Firefly is located at 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW in the Kimpton Hotel Madera.
First of all, Sax is not a family friendly restaurant but if you want to feel like you are in the Red Light District in France, come enjoy a brunch at this cabaret inspired restaurant with burlesque dancers. Sax is located at 730 11th St NW.
3. Compass Rose
At Compass Rose, you can get lost in a Moroccan bazaar as you walk through themed tents and enjoy the delicious street food-inspired menu. Designed to look and feel like a bazaar, different areas of the restaurants have different themes but you can enjoy eclectic Mediterranean food no matter where you sit. Compass Rose is located at 1346 T St NW.
5. Teddy & The Bully Bar
If you are a history lover or an outdoorsmen, you’ll love Teddy & The Bully Bar. With its animal head and hunting decor and a menu with his favorite dishes, this Teddy Roosevelt inspired restaurant is a fun and delicious stop. Visit Teddy & the Bully Bar at 1200 19th St NW.
It’s a tropical party at the tiki bar Archipelago! Sip refreshing cocktails from colorful straws and beach inspired bites while pretending you’re watching a beautiful sunset. Archipelago is located at 1201 U. Street NW.
6. Co Co. Sala
Co Co Sala is a sleek, chocolate-inspired haven near the Verizon center. Everything on the menu has a sweet twist and it’s the perfect place for dessert and a drink. Coo Sala is located at 929 F St NW.
7. Comet Pizza
Comet Pin Pong is a playhouse warehouse that can make any adult feel like a kid again. Enjoy delicious pizza while having a blast in Comet’s rec room. Comet Ping Pong is located at 5037 Connecticut Ave NW.
A presidential inspired restaurant, Plume takes its decor and dining cues from Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello. You will feel absolutely presidential here. Plume is located at the Jefferson Hotel at 1200 16th St NW.
9. Ollie's Trolley
There’s no trolley but it is a past from the blast in this 1950s-style diner. Sit at the counter, enjoy the cool antiques, grab a cheeseburger and some fries and remember, it’s so retro that it’s cash only. Ollie’s Trolley is located at 425 12th St NW.
10. Chaplin's Restaurant
Jump back in time to the 1920s at this Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar. The dark and rustic decor reflects the “film noir” motif that was famous in Japan in the 20s. Enjoy a classic cocktail and delicious ramen while you’re there. Chaplin’s is located at 1501 9th St NW.
11. Old Europe
Step into old world Europe at Old Europe! This German themed restaurant has everything from accordionists to delicious sausages and brats. Stop into Old Europe at 2434 Wisconsin Ave NW.
12. Mari Vanna
If you have ever wanted to go to Russia but hate the cold, you can experience all the flavors and feels of the country at Mari Vanna. It’s just like eating at a Russian family’s home. Mari Vanna is located at 1141 Connecticut Ave NW.
If you're mad as a hatter (or enjoy getting that way on the weekend), you need to come to Madhatter. Best known as a late night party spot in Dupont Circle, Madhatter also does an amazing brunch. Visit them at 1319 Connecticut Ave NW.