Citysearch Editorial Review.
With the perfect balance of regal yet modern decor and a menu with surprising flavor combinations, the Oval Room oozes sophistication. Chef Tony Conte pulls from all corners of America on his menu, which features prime Midwestern beef sirloin with celery root, maitake mushroom and soy caramel, as well as parmesan custard with Maryland blue crab coulis and pineapple. Located two blocks from the nation’s most prestigious address, it caters to both the Washington elite and professional crowd looking for a high-class American meal on the power restaurant scene. Cliental includes former presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and service is a well-choreographed dance that makes sure every patron feels like a Washington power player.