Best Tableside Restaurant Preparations In Washington DC

August 14, 2013 8:00 AM

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Restaurateurs utilize different techniques to make your dining experience more exciting. Outdoor patios, fancy cocktails and open kitchens are some of these techniques. One of the most effective ways that a restaurant can enhance your dining experience is with tableside food preparation. Read on to find out where you can partake in one of these tableside food preparation experiences.

401 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-1005

The best part of this tableside food preparation experience is the end result: creamy, savory, spicy, perfect guacamole. But watching your server make it is pretty fun too. Heaps of ripe avocado are expertly mashed with fresh cheese, cilantro, fresh tomatillos, lime juice, salt, pepper, and chopped Serrano chilies. Be sure to specify whether you want the dish made mild, medium or hot. Served with crispy chips, this is an appetizer you won’t forget any time soon. It is available all day for $13.50.

707 6th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-3600
www.graffiatodc.comGraffiato’s countryman pizza has been on its menu since the day the restaurant opened its doors, and for good reason. A pizza made with decadent black truffles and fontina cheese is cooked and brought to your table. Then, your server will elegantly crack a perfect 63-degree egg onto your pizza and swirl it around. The heat of the pizza will cook the egg, which adds depth of flavor and texture to your pizza. Enjoy the dish and presentation for $18.

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The Majestic
911 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 837-9117

According to owner Meshelle Armstrong, the team at The Majestic “decided to prepare their Caesar salad tableside because that is the classic way it’s been done at steakhouses and it really epitomizes the feeling of Americana that Majestic represents.” The Caesar is prepared with boquerones, which are white anchovies, red wine vinegar, torn romaine leaves, house-made croutons and parmesan cheese. It is then mixed tableside with the dressing, which is made of red wine vinegar, egg yolk, lemon juice, anchovy paste, garlic olive oil, more parmesan cheese and black pepper. Crunchy, tart, savory and earthy, this Caesar salad is the best in town. Indulge in this classic Caesar salad for $11.50.

La Bergie
218 N. Lee St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-1007
www.labergerie.comFor a sweet tableside food preparation experience, head to Le Bergie in Alexandria. One of the most popular desserts at this French restaurant is the crepes suzette, which is drizzled with Grand Marnier tableside and then flambeed while you watch. The flambee caramelizes the sugar on the crepes, adding texture and flavor to the dish, in addition to the enticing aroma of burnt sugar. This mouth-watering dessert is first assembled in the kitchen, where crepes are dusted with sugar and doused in orange juice, and then brought to your table to be flambeed. Enjoy the dish with a glass of port or dessert wine. The dessert is priced at $15.

The Source
575 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 637-6100

Wolfgang Puck’s The Source may offer the ultimate tableside preparation food experience in DC. The menu offers multiple courses of high-end Asian cuisine, many of which include elements of tableside preparation. Seabass is deboned tableside, rockfish is doused with a delicious sauce tableside so as to preserve the texture of the fish and even the chocolate soufflé is prepared in front of you so you can enjoy it right away. The prices and menu change, so check with the restaurant for more details.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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