If you’re looking for a decadent splurge and a high probability of a celebrity sighting, head to this modern restaurant inside Georgetown’s Four Seasons hotel, where steaks are poached in butter and movie stars and power players rub shoulders. California-based chef Michael Mina opened a branch of his contemporary steakhouse as part of a very posh makeover of the Four Seasons. Steakhouse classics such as an aged porterhouse, creamed spinach and wagyu beef are joined by locally sourced fare such as Virginia swordfish, plus a shellfish and caviar selection. The complimentary fries that land on the table are crisped in duck fat and very addictive. The swank bar is a regular hangout for VIP guests and, true to its name, offers a nice selection of rare bourbons and Scotches.
Today’s Georgetown is unlike the rest of the city, with tranquil residential streets lined with historical homes and haughty boutiques. Its physical division from the rest of the District by Rock Creek—and lack of Metro coverage—enhances its insularity. At night the neighborhood jumps with dozens of bars and Georgetown restaurants filled with suburban twentysomethings and international glitterati.