Judging Restaurants – Morrison Clark

Morrison Clark is located at 1015 L St, NW. I knew it was an historic inn but didn’t realize it was a proper restaurant as well. Their Web site says:

“Our chef delivers tantalizing, American cuisine — in an elegant atmosphere featuring ten-foot gilded mirrors, Italian Carrera marble fireplaces, and a tranquil veranda and courtyard. Select from a wine list recognized with The Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” for five years running. And on Sundays, escape to our hotel’s lovely outdoor courtyard for brunch — the perfect start to a breezy day of rest and relaxation.”

You can see their menus here. Anyone ever check them out for dinner or brunch?

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  • I ate here with some friends during restaurant week a couple of years ago. The food was fine and the wine list was good. My friends eat here regularly.

    • I think it’s hard to bong a restaurant in DC because of terrible service. You can get terrible service almost anywhere in DC because of the types of folks that get hired as waitstaff. You’re limiting yourself to a very small number of expensive restaurants if you take this approach.

      • i disagree.
        if the service sucks, dont go back.
        at the place i like, the service is great. and not expensive places either.

        • +++ Even bad service at McDonald’s should be avoided.

        • While I agree in principle, practically it limits your dining options severely. I’ve also had horrible and very good service at the same restaurant on different dining occasions.

          I tend to be a little more proactive with the on site manager when I get bad service.

  • I wonder why they don’t have an a la carte option for brunch. Their steak and eggs sounds amazing (rosemary red wine bernaise sauce-yum!), but if I’m going to eat something like that for breakfast, I’m not likely to want an appetizer and dessert with it.

  • Their food is extremely mediocre. I mean within 3 blocks of the Inn there are about a dozen much better restaurants.

    I guess if you want to eat in that atmosphere, then spring for it – otherwise, have a tea.

  • PoP, you could do a series of posts on some of these beautiful restored and maintained Washington inn properties.

    Our small Inns and Bed and Breakfasts are one of the most understated and unused resources in our capital city.

    As Washingtonians we could all be better neighbors and recommend them to visiting friends and relatives we cannot accommodate in our own space.

    These traditional innkeepers deserve to be highlighted for their work especially in this economy and the high maintenance of these beautiful properties.

    Some that come to mind:

    The Adams Inn on Lanier in Adams Morgan.

    The Otis Place in Columbia Heights.

    Hotel Tabard Inn, Swann House, The Dupont at the Circle, Meridian Manor, The Ivy Mansion, and Embassy Circle in Dupont Circle.

    The Chester A. Arthur, 1887 Inn, The Aaron Shipman House, Cardozo Guest House, The William Lewis House and The Corcoran Street in Logan Circle.

    Bloomingdale Inn and Monument Maison in Bloomingdale.

    Independence House, Celia’s Place, Apple Tree Inn, and The Carriage House on Capitol Hill.

    The Taft Bridge Inn and The Woodley Park Guest House and Bed and Breakfast on both ends of the Taft Bridge.

    Chevy Chase Circle House and Stone Manor in Chevy Chase DC.

  • Don’t know about the restaurant, but had some relatives stay here and they didn’t have a great things to say. Apparently the front-desk people were not very courteous and the rooms were okay, but nothing special.

  • Wow, bummed by the poor reviews. I used to live around the corner and walking home was always tantalized by all the folks sitting out on the porch having drinks. Too $$ for me, though.

  • Went here for an anniversary once an dthe food was very good. Vertical haute cuisine. But glacial service and a fancy, drowsy atmosphere.

  • I went there for dinner with a group of about six. It was like dining in an opulent home for the aged. Seriously geriatric — the food was mediocre and the whole place felt exhausted and…elderly.

  • Jules, that sounds actually great! Where else can you dine in such a fascinating atmosphere?

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