It doesn’t get better than this in Washington: A gorgeous spring or summer day, a pillowy seat on the veranda at Fiola Mare overlooking the Potomac River and the Georgetown waterfront, a bellini in hand, and a taste of oysters with caviar upon one’s tongue.
Fiola Mare is extremely: beautiful, well-situated, delicious, gracious, popular, and expensive. Washingtonian magazine named Fiola Mare the top restaurant in DC in its 2016 listing. (Those who disagree usually name an entirely different sort of dining spot, Rose’s Luxury, on Barracks Row.) Well-heeled locals, foreign diplomats, and visiting celebrities often occupy the tables here.
Chef Fabio Trabocchi is famous for his lobster ravioli and for his inventive takes on seafood, preparing poached cod with pureed artichoke and chickpea, for example. But for a less expensive thrill, come for brunch on a Saturday or Sunday: The contents of the bread basket alone are worth the effort of snagging a table.
Metro: Foggy Bottom on the Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines. Or take the DC Circulator.