If you’re coming to Washington, DC on vacation and want to exercise your foodie muscles, there’s no better way than indulging in a tasting menu meal. Here are some of the best chef’s tasting menus in Washington DC.

Iron Gate Restaurant

This elegant Italian and Greek restaurant is one of the most critically-acclaimed in Washington, DC. Come for the stellar courtyard, and one of the best tasting menus in town. Some dishes you can expect include a chilled English pea soup with Maryland blue crab, grilled Delaware scallops with shrimp chorizo, and a peach and white chocolate cremeux with shortbread.

Iron Gate Restaurant: 1734 N St. NW


One of the best Indian restaurants in the city,  this upscale restaurant and lounge serves modern takes on one of the most historic and delicious cuisines in the world. The tasting menu features three courses with wine pairings, and the highlights are crispy baby spinach, honey ginger scallops, burnt garlic, black cod, halibut bengali curry, and date-and-toffee pudding.

Rasika DC. 1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW


This swanky, Michelin-starred restaurant serves a celebrated tasting menu and original takes on a classic cuisine. Fiola serves rustic Italian food with creative cocktails in a modern dining room. Some excellent dishes you can expect with a tasting menu include Buffalo mozzarella caprese, Neapolitan style mussels, and a roasted veal ribeye.

Fiola: 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW


Chef Mike Isabella opened Kapnos back in July, and it’s been making waves with diners and critics ever since. The modern Greek spot impresses with open rotisserie grills and shareable plates. The restaurant offers multiple chef’s tasting menu options to be served at the central wooden block table in front of the kitchen.

Kapnos. 2201 14th St. NW


Another excellent high-end Mediterranean restaurant in Washington, DC, Komi keeps its dining room simple and its dishes spectacular. Come here for a Michelin-star-approved fixed-price tasting menu, featuring a dozen dishes that are mostly seafood-based, and served with stellar Old World wines.

Komi. 1509 17th St. NW

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