Citysearch Editorial Review.
Opened by sustainable cooking pioneer Nora Pouillon in 1979, Restaurant Nora has been serving up eco-friendly contemporary American fare near Dupont Circle for more than three decades. Nora’s “green” reputation is well-deserved--in 1999, it became the first certified organic restaurant in the nation, earning it widespread acclaim as an upscale, environmentally conscious eatery. The menu emphasizes fresh, local ingredients like grass-fed Virginia beef and cage-free eggs from Maryland, and the chef lets them speak for themselves in simple, elegant dishes. Inside the restaurant, the soft lighting and vibrant Amish quilts that adorn the walls give the place a quaint, low-key atmosphere that draws diners looking for an intimate meal where quiet conversation is a pleasure, not a struggle.