Its location inside the Hay-Adams Hotel, across Lafayette Square from the White House, ensures that The Lafayette Room is popular among the neighborhood’s movers and shakers. The restaurant does even better as a rendezvous spot for romance.
The dining room is all-elegance, from chandeliers to white linen tablecloths. Tables are well placed throughout the room to allow for private conversations. Wide windows let in the sun during the day and views of Lafayette Square and the White House day and night. A pianist plays mellow jazz standards at dinner and at Sunday brunch.
French executive-chef Nicolas Legret turns out irresistible contemporary American cuisine endowed with a little French accent, like the Provencale grilled and roasted vegetable salad, and the seafood boudin blanc with lemon bouillebaisse reduction. A souffle, whether vanilla bean, candy cane, or some other delectable flavor, is the only way to conclude the meal.
Metro: Farragut West on the Silver, Blue and Orange Lines. 17th St. exit.