Brightly colored murals, discreetly placed, are about the only whimsical touches in Ceiba’s majestic space, much frequented by expense-account diners. Otherwise, the look is sleek, modern neutrals, with furniture from Brazil and stone and tiles from Yucatán. The cuisine, though, is an abundance of invention, with Latin American and Caribbean food as inspiration. There’s a lot of seafood—conch chowder, crab fritters, several variants on ceviche—as well as Cuban pork sandwiches and black bean soup. It’s hearty rather than homey food, as studied as its slick presentation.
701 14th Street, NW
|Cross street:||at G Street|
|Opening hours:||11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30–10.30pm Mon–Thur; 5.30–11pm Fri, Sat; 11am–4pm Su|
|Transport:||Metro Center Metro|
|Price:||Main courses $16–$32|