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The Monocle Restaurant Review: At The Monocle, the closest restaurant to the Senate side of the Capitol, you can almost always count on seeing political celebrities. Its private rooms upstairs are the location for countless political fundraisers. But although it's known mainly as a power place, the food is better than one might think. The kitchen turns out fine versions of Mid-Atlantic regional favorites: crab cakes, grilled and fried fresh fish, homey pot roast and, of course, steaks and chops.