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Mapping 10 Restaurants With the Most Memorable Architecture

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This week, Eater DC is celebrating the most iconic restaurants in the District with a map of the most scandalous restaurants, the most nostalgic dishes, and much more. To join in on the fun of Classics Week, Curbed created a map of the 10 Washington, D.C. restaurants with the most memorable architecture. With additions like barmini by José Andrés and Iron Gate, Curbed looks at the weird and the wonderful interior designs that make where we eat and mingle memorable.


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1. Jaleo

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480 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-7949
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Jaleo has some of the most memorable architecture out of all of the points on our map. The color scheme is bright and vibrant with artistic touches like wooden bead curtains and hexagons tessellated along the walls and ceiling. [Photo via Ken Wyner]

2. Old Ebbitt Grill

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675 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-4800
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If you want to see the architecture of Old Ebbit Grill, you're going to need a reservation. Inside, you'll find an indoor-outdoor courtyard, beamed ceilings, and mahogany everywhere.

3. Founding Farmers

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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 822-8783
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Founding Farmers is known for its farm-to-table food, sustainable practices, and cozy atmosphere with naked lightbulbs and beamed ceilings.

4. 1789 Restaurant

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-1789
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While certainly not the most affordable option on our list, 1789 really is one of the most distinctive with its dark wood, crown molding, and equestrian paintings lining the walls.

5. Comet Ping Pong

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5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 364-0404
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This pizzeria has a bit of a hipster vibe, coming fully equipped with ping pong tables, benches, and an overall industrial feel. [Photo via Michael Moran]

6. barmini

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855 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-4451
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This José Andrés restaurant is known for its technology-driven menu and avant-garde cuisine, but we're particularly fond of it for its all white interior. [Photo by Ken Wyner]

7. Soi 38

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2101 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

If you want some grade-A atmosphere with your Thai food, Soi 38 is the perfect choice. On the dark walls, there is graffiti painted in gold with designs of a dragon and an eagle.

8. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 737-1371
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This '20s-era restaurant is the perfect romantic getaway with leather seating, original ironwork, a brick fireplace, and grapevines traveling from the patio to the dining room. [Photo via Jody Brady]

9. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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Colorful graffiti adorns the walls of Tico with paint splattered on the brick and paintings hung up over them. [Photo via Andrew Propp]

10. Ghibellina

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1610 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 803-2389
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With high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and candle lighting, Ghibellina is sure to impress simply on looks alone.

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1. Jaleo

480 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Jaleo has some of the most memorable architecture out of all of the points on our map. The color scheme is bright and vibrant with artistic touches like wooden bead curtains and hexagons tessellated along the walls and ceiling. [Photo via Ken Wyner]

480 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

2. Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

If you want to see the architecture of Old Ebbit Grill, you're going to need a reservation. Inside, you'll find an indoor-outdoor courtyard, beamed ceilings, and mahogany everywhere.

675 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

3. Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Founding Farmers is known for its farm-to-table food, sustainable practices, and cozy atmosphere with naked lightbulbs and beamed ceilings.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

4. 1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

While certainly not the most affordable option on our list, 1789 really is one of the most distinctive with its dark wood, crown molding, and equestrian paintings lining the walls.

1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

5. Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

This pizzeria has a bit of a hipster vibe, coming fully equipped with ping pong tables, benches, and an overall industrial feel. [Photo via Michael Moran]

5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

6. barmini

855 E St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

This José Andrés restaurant is known for its technology-driven menu and avant-garde cuisine, but we're particularly fond of it for its all white interior. [Photo by Ken Wyner]

855 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

7. Soi 38

2101 L St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

If you want some grade-A atmosphere with your Thai food, Soi 38 is the perfect choice. On the dark walls, there is graffiti painted in gold with designs of a dragon and an eagle.

2101 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

8. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

This '20s-era restaurant is the perfect romantic getaway with leather seating, original ironwork, a brick fireplace, and grapevines traveling from the patio to the dining room. [Photo via Jody Brady]

1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

9. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Colorful graffiti adorns the walls of Tico with paint splattered on the brick and paintings hung up over them. [Photo via Andrew Propp]

1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

10. Ghibellina

1610 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

With high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and candle lighting, Ghibellina is sure to impress simply on looks alone.

1610 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009