You'll find the Old Ebbitt Grill on every list of the best D.C. restaurants, and for good reason—the establishment, which bills itself as the "oldest saloon in Washington", has been a staple of the D.C. political scene since it opened in 1856. The interior has lots of character, with a heavy mahogany bar, stately oil paintings and taxidermy-laden walls. The main points to be aware of at Old Ebbitt: It's only a few blocks from the White House; you'll need to elbow your way past hoards of tourists and politicos to get to the bar (worth it); and you can't leave until you've tried the oysters (what they're famous for).
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 07:30 AM to 01:00 AM, Saturday to Sunday from 08:30 AM to 01:00 AM
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex
- Nearest Train: Metro Center