Olivia – A MICHELIN Guide Restaurant in Washington, D.C.

If you took a few row homes, opened them into one large space, and then styled them with a modern maritime sensibility (draped netting with large glass jugs), you'd have Olivia. From its white painted brick to its Edison bulb light fixtures, Olivia has a relaxed and modern elegance. Feel like throwing a party? The cute private rooms with floral themes are just the place. Like the European-focused wine list, dotted with Sicilian, Greek and French bottles, the menu skips around the continent. Chickpea ravioli, with a melange of mushrooms for a twist on bolognese, displays creativity, while the Galician-style octopus carpaccio is another keeper. Wrapped in Serrano ham and thinly sliced to resemble charcuterie, it's both tender and flavorful.

Adina Moses