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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Jeffrey's at the Watergate

2650 Virginia Ave. NW (24th St. NW) Send to Phone

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Jeffrey's at the Watergate Restaurant Review

: Just because this restaurant originated in Austin, Texas, don't make the mistake of expecting a dressed-up version of a Texas-style restaurant, decked out with lassos, saddles, cacti, and other ranch house mementos. Nothing about the décor and little in the dinner menu will recall the wide, open spaces. What you'll find is a very gentrified setting and an upscale menu with prices to match. Highlights include Petrossian caviar with blinis, and black truffle and goose liver pâté with port jelly. True, these two appetizers are interspersed with much livelier companions: a chipotle Caesar salad and the signature crispy Texas Gulf oysters, but you get the picture---this is not chuck wagon fare. Just as rarefied are the entrée selections, but the outstanding duck and shrimp with black bean ravioli is worth every penny. Tender duck meat is enfolded in a very smoky, crispy skin and serves as a foil for sweet jumbo prawns, all served on a bed of al dente spring vegetables. Desserts may put you over the top, especially the Chocolate Intemperance with gold-dusted berries. Lunches may be slightly less refined, with your choice of a set executive lunch or à la carte dishes, including sandwiches, grilled sirloin, and to start, the crispy Gulf oysters. If you really hanker for some down-home cooking, however, you'd better look elsewhere.


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