Power Lunches, Lobbyist Happy Hours & the Hangout Spots of Capitol Hill Politicos

Washington, D.C.

  • The portraits on the wall at The Palm.  Photo: Scott Suchman.
  • Close up of the dome above the Capitol Building.
  • The Capitol Building from the western side.
  • Senator Lindsey Graham and CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer have a one-on-one at The Monocle. Photo: Marta Bascunan.
  • The Monocle Restaurant.
  • The Lobster Ravioli: lobster and mascarpone stuffed pasta drowning in buttery sauce with a whole split lobster tail at its side. Photo: Mike U from Endoedibles.
  • A craft cocktail at Fiola.
  • A view of the bar at the Old Ebbitt Grill. Photo: Erin for Browniebites.
  • The long bar counter at the Old Ebbitt Grill.
  • Former President Obama and First Daughter Sasha exit BLT.
  • The BLT popovers.

3 hours
3.2 mi
Guided by Kevin
Kevin Lynch


Washington DC runs on power lunches, bar room dealings and martini negotiations. Chefs have engineered a collection of the restaurants near the Capitol and White House to serve as the perfect environments for lobbyists, congresspeople, senators, lawyers and media bigwigs to wine and dine. Join us on a walk of some of the most patronized political stomping grounds and hear the stories behind them. Along the way, we might just rub shoulders with the movers and shakers of Washington politics.

About Your Guide

Chicago born, Minneapolis raised, DC native. Studied political science and creative writing. Enthusiast of historical non-fiction, chocolate chip cookies, crime dramas and gin. Preferably not all at the same time, but I wouldn't say no.

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Guide Points

  1. The Capitol Building

    We begin our walk today at the Capitol Building, the home of the legislative branch of the federal government. We start here so we can lit…

  2. The Monocle

    You will notice by the photos hanging on the entryway that The Monocle is a go-to restaurant for congresspeople.

  3. Fiola

    Opening only in 2012, Fiola is a relative newcomer to the DC powerbroker scene. However, Fiola is popular because of its prime location be…

  4. Old Ebbitt Grill

    The Old Ebbitt Grill has served as a DC power broker institution since 1856. The oldest saloon in the city was popular with Presidents Joh…

  5. BLT Steak

    BLT Steak stands as a contemporary steak house with excellent service and legendary savory popovers. Located between the White House and t…

  6. The Palm

    We end our walk today at what is considered the cornerstone of the DC power brokers scene. Since its opening in 1972, The Palm has served …

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