West EndDC’s West End neighborhood is an oft-overlooked part of the city. Located adjacent to such formidable, well-known districts as Georgetown, Dupont, Foggy Bottom, and Downtown, it’s no surprise West End has remained largely off the radar. However, in recent years, this tiny triangle of the city has seen a well-deserved resurgence. West End residents enjoy the convenience of being strategically located near several prestigious institutions, embassies, fine dining restaurants, and five-star hotels, not to mention The Kennedy Center and George Washington University Hospital. Read on for our favorites in the glitzy West End neighborhood.
West End is home to many high-end restaurants, perfect for a romantic date night, celebration, or business meeting, as well as more casual restaurants perfect for bringing out-of-town friends.
Ristorante La Perla - Old world service and traditional, fine Italian cuisine are the hallmarks of this D.C. institution.
Ris - High-end bistro serving seasonal upscale New American fare in a modern, sophisticated space.
Blue Duck Tavern - Neighborhood restaurant serving creative American cuisine crafted from the region's freshest, seasonal ingredients.
Rasika - Perennially popular restaurant serving modern Indian cuisine in a sleek, sophisticated lounge setting.
Sakana - Cozy, low-key restaurant serving sushi, noodles & other traditional Japanese fare.
Panas Gourmet - Inventive fillings keep locals coming back for more at this counter-service spot for empanadas.
Marcel’s - Elegant French-Belgian restaurant offering fixed-price menu selections, with a focus on classic butchery.
Rock Creek Park - 2,100 acres of green space, including miles of trails and picnic areas, a nature center, golf course, horse stables, amphitheater and planetarium.
West End Cinema - Beautiful, small theater screening new releases as well as independent, foreign & avant-garde flicks with beer and wine on offer.
Deluca Massage & Bodywork - One of the largest and oldest massage bodywork facilities in Washington, D.C.
Soho Tea & Coffee - A colorful hangout for tea & coffee, light fare, beer & wine, free WiFi & late hours.
Aroma Cafe - Casual coffee shop in a small space serving drip coffee, breakfast, lunch & desserts. So low-key it doesn't even have a website!
Bluestone Lane - An industrial-chic setting for Australian-inspired coffee drinks, juices, and health-conscious cafe fare.
There is no shortage of exercise options in West End. Whether you prefer a traditional gym atmosphere, high-intensity workouts, or a dance-inspired fitness regime, West End has it all.
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