Is the Monocle another branch of the U.S. government? It sometimes feels that way. Senators, representatives, Supreme Court justices, and their staffs often dine here at lunch and dinner, as they have since 1960, when The Monocle opened. (The Monocle backs up to Senate Office Building property.) Owner John Valanos, maitre’d Nick, and longtime staff greet frequent customers by name and with warmth, whether the patron is a lobbyist or a Senator. There’s no other place like it in the capital. The food’s pretty good, too. Usually the best picks are the specials, the salads (especially the Federal Salad and the BLT Salad), and the shrimp and asparagus orzo. Enjoy “Luncheon at the Bar,” served 11:30am to 3pm, for the best deal going: a pair of cheddar cheese and bacon-topped angus beef sliders for $8.
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
107 D St. NE. (at 2nd St.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Capital Hill & Barracks Row Hours Mon–Fri 11:30am–midnight Transportation Metro: Union Station (Massachusetts Ave. exit) Phone 202/546-4488 Prices Main courses lunch $12–$26; dinner $16–$49 Cuisine Type American Web site The Monocle