Whether you’re trying to impress a client or dazzle your employer, the last thing you should be worrying about is where you’re going to take them to eat. We’ve got you covered: these seven eateries are charming, affordable, scenic, and guaranteed to set you up for success.
For a light bite, order a couple of small plates from this famed gastropub and peruse all the possibilities in craft beers (one of the widest selections in all of DC). Sit on the patio for business casual, or step inside for a more one-on-one chat. In terms of food, you can’t go wrong with the Israeli hummus or the Korean short-rib tacos, both equally delicious. 901 9th St., 202-644-9433
Located in the heart of Georgetown, Clyde’s provides its diners with exceptional service and tasty lunch specials, which even include wine by the glass or bottle. For a hearty and upscale meal, order their sea scallops with a glass of red. Plus, with plenty of parking garages around the area, you’ll waste no time searching for a spot and will get straight to business. 3236 M St. NW, 202-333-9180
Although this historic eatery opened back in 1856, its charm has been maintained exceptionally well. Enjoy private rooftop dining as you take in sweeping views of the National Mall, all while you feast on signature lunch specials including the savory Alaskan salmon or the refreshing summer vegetable ravioli. 675 15th St. NW, 202-347-4800
Nosh on classic American staples in a secluded atmosphere, which includes an outdoor seating area perfect for conversational small-talk and business negotiations. Come here for a late lunch and enjoy happy hour specials, which begin at 3 p.m. Also, be sure to try their signature buffalo shrimp for a spicy, flavorful kick. 1423 P St. NW, 202-332-3710
This upscale French-American eatery has an affordable three-course lunch special as well as a full lunch menu, making it ideal for a stress-free, high-end business lunch. Wow your guest with the yellow tomato gazpacho as a starter, followed with an order of the succulent shrimp and saffron risotto. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-626-0015
Featuring modern yet sophisticated dining, this restaurant comes with your choice of indoor or outdoor seating. The ambiance is relaxed, so you’ll feel comfortable speaking to your potential client, co-worker, or employer. Come on a Wednesday and take advantage of their “hump day specials,” which include discounted wines and appetizers like the must-have tuna sashimi. 1001 14th St. NW, 202-218-7575
The high-end chain restaurant offers a three-course business lunch special, complete with a side dish. The service is exquisite, so you won’t have too many awkward moments of silence as you wait for the food to be served. Try their savory filet mignon medallions and—if your client still has room for dessert—indulge in the delectable flourless chocolate cake. 1225 19th St. NW, 202-293-9091