6 Best Restaurants to Visit While at NASP

Everything from seafood and steaks to French and Balkan cuisine, here is a list of highly rated restaurants in DC.

The fourth annual National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) kicks off today, and the packed agenda sure to be on most attendees’ minds. Discussions of how to stay on top of the rapidly increasing developments in specialty pharmacy, as well as national legislative and regulatory policy will be heavily talked about. But when the meetings end, many may be looking for good places to dine, so Specialty Pharmacy Times has put together 6 delicious restaurants in the area to check out while you are in the Washington, DC, area.

  • Fiola Mare

3100 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Fiola Mare is a sophisticated Italian and seafood restaurant that is located on the waterfront. Prices for cocktails are $16, while the entrees range anywhere from $20 to $40. This is a popular restaurant that gets busy, so reservations are highly encouraged.

If you would like to try this place during lunch, they have special offerings, such as the Presto! Menu (available at the bar) which is described as lunch in a flash, with a choice of pasta and wine pairing for $24. Menu is offered for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday.

For those looking for a healthier option, Fiola offers the Maria menu, which includeds low sodium, low calorie, and low fat dishes. The menu provides 3 course of Mediterranean style selections for $32, Tuesday through Friday.

  • Le Diplomate

1601 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009

Check out Le Diplomate, which will make you feel like you have been immediately transported to France. The restaurant has a French café feel to it and the cuisine is of course French. Entrees range from $20 to $35 and even offer a brunch menu. There is ample seating both indoor and outdoor.

  • Ambar

523 8th Street SE, Washington DC 20003

Ambar is the first modern, international Balkan cuisine restaurant in the DC area. They serve traditional Balkan dishes and regional spirits. The menu consists of small plates that range from $6 to $10 each. If you can’t decide which dishes to choose, you can have a Balkan experience for $49 that includes unlimited small plates and drinks. To add a mixed grill selection, it’s an extra $10 per person. Keep in mind that this restaurant is about 20 minutes away from the conference.

  • &pizza

1215 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont South)

If you’re craving pizza and looking for a quick place to eat then &pizza is the right place. The environment is more for takeout or quick eating, although the wait is usually about 15 minutes or so. They have a wide range of toppings and crust to choose from to build your perfect pizza.

  • The Capital Grille

601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004

This nationally renowned steakhouse, although pricey, has many meats to choose from. The steaks are dry aged on premises for more than 18 days to achieve the ultimate flavoring. Inside, you will find African mahogany paneling and Art Deco chandeliers. Capital Grille is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, with a view of the Capitol Building itself. It is also in close proximity to the White House and National Mall.

  • Bar Dupont

1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Bar Dupont is a great place to grab a drink and food with friends. It’s located in the Dupont Circle hotel, and has a patio that is great to relax at and people watch. The price of the entrees are around $25, while the cocktails are $12 or $13 and the beer $7 or $8.