A sleek and sophisticated downtown spot, Bibiana is a member of restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s empire, which also includes the Oval Room, Rasika, Bombay Club, 701 and Ardeo+Bardeo. Chef Nick Stefanelli’s well-executed Italian menu features exceptional pastas such as black spaghetti with Maryland lump crab as well as fish and meat entrées. The dining room, often packed with a diverse mix of stylish Washingtonians, is done up with dark wood, warm orange tones and sculptural silver pendant lights hanging overhead. A seat at the bar, with its black and white photos of Italian scooters and a small window that looks in on the kitchen action, is a great perch for cocktails, such as the signature Bibiana (Prosecco and fresh peach purée) or one of the housemade liqueurs.
1100 New York Avenue, NW
|Cross street:||between 11th & 12th Streets|
|Opening hours:||11.30am–2.30pm (lunch), 5.30–10.30pm Mon–Wed; 11.30am–2.30pm (lunch), 5.30–11pm Thur, Fri; 5.30–11pm Sat|
|Transport:||Metro Center Metro|
|Price:||Main courses $7–$29|