Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles and New York City may be home to the stars, but in Washington, DC we have a different sort of celebrity sighting! It’s fun to spot high-profile politicians — beloved or not — while out and about at local watering holes or restaurants. First Ladies, members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices and political journalists all need to eat too! And while they may not share the same views, one thing they do have in common is the love for traditional steakhouses. Next time you stay at Loews Madison Hotel, be sure to check out these sources to map out your political people watching and enjoy politicians’ favorite DC restaurants.

Thrills and Chills

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Thrillist DC has named the top 11 restaurants where you just might spy someone you’ve seen on C-SPAN. While management may keep it discreet, sources say these are the spots to see and be seen. According to Thrillist, at BLT Steak located downtown, those who work the host stand are given manuals to study. Some are used to track VIPs’ likes and dislikes, while another can help staff recognize famous political faces to avoid any embarrassing situations. “We’ve gone as far as getting those flashcards from the Hill that have every senator and representative,” says General Manager Adam Sanders. They say that popular picks among politicos are brown-spirit cocktails such as the barrel-aged Brooklyn and Wagyu beef.

Other restaurants named to the political fave’s list include Occidental Grill & Seafood and steakhouses Medium Rare and Charlie Palmer Steak, just steps from Capitol Hill.

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Best of the Best

Power lunch, anyone? USA Today’s 10 Best is another great resource for all of DC’s top political haunts. The Palm  has tons of cartoons and caricatures of Washington’s movers and shakers on the walls, but you may just see them seated at a nearby table!

Milano - Madison

The Georgetown-based Café Milano features upscale Italian dining with their signature pasta dishes and seafood, salad and meat entrees — a nice selection for all parties.

Le Diplomate is a French bistro popular with our US leaders, and it’s also open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Reliable Sources

The Washington Post’s Reliable Source gives up their top three DC eateries where you’re almost guaranteed a celebrity sighting.

Georgetown’s Fiola Mare is tucked away along the Georgetown waterfront but that hasn’t stopped DC celebs from finding their way to a great meal.

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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab could be the best place in Downtown D.C. for a bipartisan meal. Many a politicians has given the steakhouse a stamp of approval, making it the place to go for political sightings.

STK- Madison

Dupont Circle’s STK steakhouse has become an instant favorite and is the place to find a DJ five nights per week.

If you find yourself out and about and run into open of your favorite politicos, remember the unanimous rule from these restaurant managers: no selfies please!