Our Palisades Restaurant Picks
DC’s Palisades neighborhood is quaintly tucked on MacArthur Boulevard, NW, adjacent to affluent Georgetown. This tiny charming upscale neighborhood is home to several wonderful restaurants and three that we like the best are: BlackSalt, Et Voila! And Makota.
BlackSalt is DC’s premier seafood restaurant---open everyday---committed to the sustainability of fish and shellfish worldwide. Top finds on the Lunch and Dinner menus include mussels, New England clam chowder, oysters, Pacific Butterfish, and lobster. Sunday Brunch features a mouth-watering House Made Brioche French Toast, egg dishes with crab and salmon, Poached Eggs Chesapeake in addition to French wines and champagnes. Named one of Washingtonian magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants 2013, new Chef Mike Huff works magic in the open kitchen off the dining room, and turns out bacony oysters Rockefeller and sashimi---with touches of Mexico and Provence, France. BlackSalt was also featured in the Washington Post 2014 Spring Dining Guide.
Belgian restaurants are trending in DC in recent years. Washingtonians love steamed mussels, double-cooked fries (frites), Belgian beers and chocolate mousse. A tiny Belgian-French Restaurant, Et Voila!, serves up traditional Belgian cuisine. Chef Claudio Pirolio, celebrating 6 years, cooks cuisine favored by his Italian & Belgian background, which has led him to develop different global flavors. Open for lunch, weekend Brunch and dinner, Et Voila! is often mentioned as one of the best eateries in town. Et Voila! is a source for steamed mussels and beer-braised beef stew, chopped endive salad, lobster risotto, crisp-skinned branzino and tasty desserts reminiscent of Paris---profiteroles and meringue---and hailed by Washington Post food Critic Tom Sietsema in his 2013 Fall Dining Guide.
Another top restaurant in the Palisades neighborhood, Makoto, delivers authentic Japanese dining to the DC area. The restaurant serves a “Chef’s Way” style of Japanese dining which is a free style of cooking as the Chef creates each dish, and meant to be enjoyed with good Sake. Makoto serves a limited menu of Sushi but it’s not a Sushi bar. Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner, Chef/Owner Gene Itoh’s Makoto Restaurant is recognized as one of the best restaurants in the U.S.