Designed in 1818 by Benjamin Latrobe for the War of 1812 naval hero Stephen Decatur, Decatur House sits at Lafayette Sq’s northwest...
Blair & Lee Houses
The 1824 Blair House has been the official presidential guesthouse since 1942, when Eleanor Roosevelt got sick of tripping over...
Part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick highlights the American tradition of decorative arts and crafts. Housed in a...
Off the Record
Chintzy chairs, brass fixtures, Manhattan cocktails, location in the basement of one of the city’s most prestigious hotels, and right...
Equinox is as mom-and-pop as high-end White House-adjacent dining gets – Todd Gray and wife Ellen Kassoff are the respective chef and...
800 Connecticut Ave NW · interesting places nearby
Oval Room information
The Oval Room occupies some pretty prime real estate, sitting in the equidistant center of a Polygon of Power formed by the Hay-Adams Hotel, Army & Navy Club, Eisenhower Building and Decatur House. (We can imagine a Dan Brown character drawing marker lines between all of the above to the Oval, whispering, ‘It all fits !’ But we digress.) You could plop the Oval anywhere and it’d still serve standout food, generally of the American-hint-of-Mediterranean genre. The Oval eschews heavy sauces in favor of allowing ingredients to hold their own intensity, such as foie gras with lemon and lavender, or bass laced with a delicate mix of anise and toasted almonds, works wonders. Condoleezza Rice agrees – this is her favorite restaurant in town.