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Top Choice Gardens in Georgetown

Dumbarton Oaks

The mansion's 10 acres of enchanting formal gardens are straight out of a storybook. In springtime the blooms – including heaps of cherry blossoms – are stunning. The mansion itself is worth a walk-through to see ex…
Top Choice Seafood in Georgetown

Fiola Mare

Fiola Mare delivers the chichi Georgetown experience. It flies in fresh fish and crustaceans from Maine and Tasmania daily. The yacht-bobbling river view rocks. The see-and-be-seen multitudes are here. It's DC at it…
Top Choice Bakery in Georgetown

Baked & Wired

This cheery cafe whips up beautifully made coffees, bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits and enormous cupcakes (like the banana and peanut-butter-frosted Elvis). It’s a fine spot to join university students and cyclist…
Top Choice Pub in Georgetown

Tombs

Every college of a certain pedigree has ‘that’ bar – the one where faculty and students alike sip pints under athletic regalia of the old school. The Tombs is Georgetown’s contribution to the genre. If it looks fami…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Georgetown

Simply Banh Mi

There's nothing fancy about the small, below-street-level space, and the compact menu sticks mostly to sandwiches and bubble tea. But the brother-sister owners know how to take a crusty baguette, stuff it with delic…
Top Choice Teahouse in Georgetown

Ching Ching Cha

Airy, Zen-like Ching Ching Cha is a world away from the shopping mayhem of M St. Stop in for a leisurely pot of rare tea (it brews more than 70 varieties) and snacks such as steamed dumplings, coconut tarts, or a 't…
Park in Georgetown

Georgetown Waterfront Park

This park is a favorite with couples on first dates, families on an evening stroll and power players showing off their yachts. Benches dot the way, where you can sit and watch the rowing teams out on the Potomac Riv…
Japanese in Georgetown

Makoto

Makoto is simply and classically…Japanese. The napkins look like origami. The wasabi is freshly grated. You leave your shoes at the door. And the food – a chef's-choice tasting menu – is exquisite, with dishes such …
French in Georgetown

Chez Billy Sud

An endearing little bistro tucked away on a residential block, Billy's mint-green walls, gilt mirrors and wee marble bar exude laid-back elegance. Mustachioed servers bring baskets of warm bread to the white-linen-c…
American in Georgetown

Farmers Fishers Bakers

The folksy cow above the front door might tip you off. Or the larder-designed corner lined with farm-canned goods. This eco-chic restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront (sibling to acclaimed Founding Farmers) is all…