Last month, I had the most charming staycation with my mother—in Foggy Bottom of all places. Now, I typically find this part of town stuffy and predictable, though I enjoy its fine dining and proximity to Georgetown shopping. I had enjoyed brunch at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel years ago (review, here), but I’d not been back since.
I was pleasantly surprised by the food, aesthetic, and service at Melrose, and its lobby restaurant, Jardenea, which is serving up classic but well-executed seasonal American fare. While its nothing groundbreaking, the cuisine is fresh, truly farm-to-table, and immensely satisfying.
Here are three reasons to drop by the Melrose this season.
Jardenea, the restaurant inside the Melrose, serves up beautifully executed American plates like short ribs, crab cakes, and pan-seared wild salmon. The fish is wild caught, the meat grass fed, and the vegetables and grains are organic and local whenever possible. Now, a lot of restaurants say this, but Jardenea actually does it—and it shows in the flavor and quality of cuisine. In particular, we enjoyed the crab cake appetizer: Maryland crab served atop apple cider braised collard greens, Appalachian corn, red peppers, and smoked bacon. Any dish that can make me love collard greens is a win in my book.
Also noteworthy: the twice-roasted Brussels sprouts tossed in truffle and served with dollops of soft chevre.
2. The Bar
The lobby aesthetic at Melrose can be described as Old World meets Southern California. Decorated in a palette of greys, blues, and whites, the lobby has large tufted couches, glittering chandeliers, and cozy fireplaces, but in a girly, glamorous, and playful aesthetic. It’s a great place to cozy in for a cocktail.
3. The Service
While Melrose Georgetown has an affordable price point—you can snag a room for a nightly rate of less than $150—the service is what you’d find in more pricey places. Everyone was incredibly kind, attentive, and, most importantly, trained at exceptional service.
2430 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.