Washington DC wasn't on my hit list of for places to find fine dining, so I did quite bit of research to find a place that was more interested about the food than the parade of DC power brokers.
The restaurant is a little off the beaten path, and in an area that is undergoing significant urban renewal, but it still has a little bit of the sense of being an oasis. The environment inside is nice -- a little dated, but still quite contemporary and, more importantly, comfortable and welcoming. The wait staff is frankly, unusual. A small feeling that they're misfits from other fine dining restaurants, but all in all, friendly, and didn't hesitate to explain the menu.
The food is, frankly, remarkably well executed and an interesting broad menu, and the off menu was really interesting -- so much so that I had both items that weren't on the printed menu, being a lobster carpaccio with roe, and a crispy roasted chicken. I'd normally never eat chicken in a restaurant, nor have I ever had raw lobster (which for me is unusual, being a marauding omnivore), but the chicken was fabulous and the lobster sublime.
And, in the end, the bill was very reasonable for the level of service and the quality of food. I don't give five stars very often (and didn't when I started this review), but this place deserves to get pulled up a bit.
Go. It's worth the trip.