Keeping the peace doesn’t always come easy. That’s why DC’s top legislators make sure to treat themselves to hearty mid-day meals to keep morale high and their stomachs full. If you want to dine like you work on Capitol Hill, consider lunching at one of these luxe restaurants.
Even legislators can’t turn down a perfectly seared Wagyu rib eye. Only a short walk from the White House, this celebrated steakhouse is the place to see and be seen. If you’re looking to host a standup business lunch, Chef Jorge Chicas has you covered with his meat-centric menu that is nothing short of extraordinary. 1625 I St. NW, 202-689-8999
With an impressive plate of pasta by your side, diners are guaranteed a #PowerMovesOnly lunch at this refined Italian resto just outside of Capitol Hill. If you wish to dine like a true legislator, we suggest you nosh on burrata and truffle ravioli during your lunch break. 301 Water St. SE, 202-484-0660
This bustling brasserie not only boasts the capitol’s finest croissants, but often hosts Washington’s most noteworthy celebs—from Michelle Obama, to John Kerry, to Newt Gingrich. Sure Le Diplomate may only do the mid-day noshes on the weekend, but does business ever truly stop in this town? Delve into a cup of onion soup or snack on escargots while you spot well-known locals from the comfort of your leather-clad booth. 1601 14th St. NW, 202-332-3333
Whether you consider yourself a “big shot” or simply wish to dine like one, consider this chic Georgetown resto that knows a thing or two about serving a first-class crowd. With light Italian fare and plenty of private dining rooms, Cafe Milano is fitting for a topnotch afternoon with coworkers or friends. 3251 Prospect St. NW, 202-333-6183
For a peaceful meal that’s close to home, lawmakers flock to this stylish seafood restaurant. From fresh mussels to crave-worthy crab cakes, there’s no wonder why this neighborhood spot is a popular choice for local A-listers seeking a private bite. 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, 202-342-9101