3 DC Restaurants (2 from Shaw) Make OpenTable’s Top 100 Neighborhood Gems in the Nation

by Prince Of Petworth June 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm 16 Comments

Tortino Italian Restaurant at 1228 11th St, NW

From an email:

“Three Washington, D.C. restaurants made OpenTable’s 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Neighborhood Gems in America! This list is comprised of tried and true local standbys that boast cult-like followings.

D.C. winners include Thally, Tortino and Buck’s Fishing & Camping. Just over ten years old, Buck’s Fishing & Camping is well-known for its steaks, folky flair and locally sourced ingredients. Thally wins its affection from the locals with its fresh food and nod to the Shaw neighborhood (“Thally” refers to the Tally-Ho Stables, built in 1883, located in Naylor Court directly behind the restaurant).

These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America (full list after the jump)

Agave – Atlanta, Georgia

Apartment 13 – New York, New York

The Back Room Steakhouse – Apopka, Florida

Bar Lucca – Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Battuto Italian Kitchen – Dallas, Texas

Benissimo Ristorante and Bar – Corte Madera, California

Bethany’s Table – Portland, Oregon

Bistro de la Gare – South Pasadena, California

Bistro Grace – Cincinnati, Ohio

Bistro Piattini – Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Black Sheep Bistro – Old Town Spring, Texas

Blue Marlin – Bradenton Beach, Florida

Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen – San Diego, California

BO-beau kitchen + garden – La Mesa, California

Bottega – Baltimore, Maryland

Buck’s Fishing & Camping – Washington, D.C.

Bustan – New York, New York

Café Nell – Portland, Oregon

Casa Bella Trattoria – Haddonfield, New Jersey

Casper Fry – Spokane, Washington

The Cecil – New York, New York

The Chef’s Table – Rocklin, California

Chicago Joe’s – Las Vegas, Nevada

The Clam – New York, New York

Common Quarter – Marietta, Georgia

Croce’s Park West – San Diego, California

Crossings – South Pasadena, California

Crux Café – Audubon, New Jersey

District Kitchen and Cocktails – Austin, Texas

Eastland Café – Nashville, Tennessee

El Sitio Steak and Seafood – Collingswood, New Jersey

Favaloro’s Big Night Bistro – Pacific Grove, California

Finca – Salt Lake City, Utah

Fork! – Cornelius, North Carolina

Gemma – Dallas, Texas

Glen Ellen Star – Glen Ellen, California

Glyndon Grill – Glyndon, Maryland

The Good King Tavern – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Granary – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Grange – Westwood, New Jersey

The Grilled Oyster Company – Potomac, Maryland

Gusto – San Carlos, California

Hammocks Trading Company – Sandy Springs, Georgia

Heyday – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Il Segreto – Bel Air, California

Ilios Noche-Park Rd. – Charlotte, North Carolina

Ink & Elm – Atlanta, Georgia

Kinfolk – San Francisco, California

Kitchen on George – Mobile, Alabama

Laurel – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Little Nonna’s – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

L’Oceano Ristorante – Collingswood, New Jersey

Longitud315 – Highwood, Illinois

Lou’s Village – San Jose, California

Lucia’s Restaurant and Wine Bar – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Luna Blu – Tiburon, California

Maximiliano – Los Angeles, California

mkt. – Seattle, Washington

M’Tucci’s Kitchina – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Nico – San Francisco, California

Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar – Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Obstinate Daughter – Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

Oda House – New York, New York

Osmanthus – Oakland, California

Osteria Mattone – Roswell, Georgia

Paris Bistro-Chestnut Hill – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pascal and Sabine – Asbury Park, New Jersey

The Pastaria – Los Gatos, California

Picasso on Paseo – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

the plimouth – Denver, Colorado

Po Le Cucina – Spring House, Pennsylvania

Pomodoro Rosso – New York, New York

Red Cow – Seattle, Washington

The Red Feather – Cincinnati, Ohio

Red Gravy – Brooklyn, New York

Reunion Kitchen + Drink – Anaheim Hills, California

Roma Ristorante – Carmel, Indiana

Rossetti Restaurant of Lynn – Lynn, Massachusetts

Sarma – Somerville, Massachusetts

Satsuma – Wilmington, Delaware

Sociale – Brooklyn, New York

South + York – Winter Springs, Florida

South End – Venice, California

Stone’s Public House – Ashland, Massachusetts

Stones Throw – San Francisco, California

Stonewood Grill & Tavern – Orlando, Florida

Stonewood Grill & Tavern – Wellington, Florida

T.W. Food – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tavola – New York, New York

Taylor’s Kitchen – Sacramento, California

Thally – Washington, D.C.

Thomas Restaurant – Kansas City, Missouri

Tortino – Washington, D.C.

Trabocco – Alameda, California

Unite Urban Grill – Chicago, Illinois

Vincitori Fine Italian Cuisine – Westmont, Illinois

V’s Restaurant – Malibu, California

Wild Iris – Brentwood, Tennessee

The Writing Room – New York, New York

The Yellow Porch – Nashville, Tennessee

  • MsSunshine

    Tortino has the best bolognese on the planet.

  • Never even heard of Bucks, although I don’t really frequent that area. I love Tortino, but always considered it to be more Logan Circle-ish than Shaw-y.

    • recon::decon

      Buck’s is 2 doors down from Comet Ping Pong (owned by the same people) in the same block as Politics and Prose. It’s cool – most people feel the same way about upper NW as I do about H Street – why would I go all the over there!?

      • anana

        you’d go there to hang out with justinbc

        • Seems like as good a reason as any. I don’t mind traveling around the city for great spots though, hopefully Buck’s is better than Comet, which I didn’t care for (broken ping pong tables and small, boring pizza…wings were legit though).

          • Anonymous

            comet i feel like has gone down hill a little bit – i wasnt that impressed with the pizza last time i was there and i didnt get to play any ping pong. So basically its just a cool venue to eat decent pizza in thats kinda $$

          • recon::decon

            The thing with Comet is it’s one of very few restaurant / bars in the area, so it’s generally always packed. I feel like it only illustrates how few options exist in the area. I mean, I get it’s not the cool, hip area of town, but clearly there is a need that is not being met (okay… part of that rant might be my own personal wish for a _few_ more places…not like 14th street or anything, but a few. A good kitsch dive bar would go a long way).

      • Nope

        So that’s why no one ever comes to hang out with me on H st….
        Now I understand.

  • Anonymous

    Thally instead of Table??

    • Danielle

      Absolutely! Table is pretty, but it is overpriced, pretentious and not the slightest bit comfortable. Thally is a great neighborhood spot. Tortino is an amazing one. Two great, very different, options so very close.

      • Shawmolly


  • Lisa C.

    Tortino is the best. Right up from the street from us and we love it.

  • I found Thally to be pretty underwhelming. Tortino, on the other hand, is great. I think they had a hard time filling tables during their first few months in operation (based on my looking in the window every evening on my way home from work), so it’s great to see an unpretentious restaurant that offers delicious food at reasonable prices getting good press and attention!

  • ClevelandDave

    Really, you gotta be kidding me. Been to all three. Thally was quite good. Tortino was mediocre, overpriced and has no atmosphere – it seems like a converted basement, which it is. Bucks food I thought was very uninspiring, and the atmosphere was, well, dark. I think there have been some chef changes (Greenwood) at Bucks but none of these are anywhere near best food, best value best overall, best service even in DC. Even in NW. Maybe I need to go to Buck’s and Tortino again, but this is just amazing on so many levels.

    • It’s not saying they’re the best at any of those. It’s saying their neighborhood gems, an entirely subjective term even less descriptive than “best food”.


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