For the sixth edition of its DC guide, a restaurant in Georgetown is among four new one-star Michelin restaurants. Inspired by chef Johnny Spero’s global travels, but rooted in his mid-Atlantic upbringing, Reverie off Grace Street at 3201 Cherry Hill Lane, is a transporting dining experience without pretension or fuss.
Spero has redefined luxury in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, showcasing masterful culinary creativity accompanied by lively music and minimalist decor. The tasting menu is strongly coastal, from Maryland crab to Spanish turbot, with a sense of humor and novelty that balances the sheer beauty of Spero’s cooking. Both gourmet and charming, the restaurant invites customers to bring a sense of curiosity, while leaving their worries at the door.
DC’s other three one-star winners are Albi, Chef Michael Rafidi’s scorching Levantine centerpiece at Navy Yard (and one of Eater’s 11 Best New Restaurants in America); Oyster Oyster, Shaw’s Vegetarian Tasting Room by Rob Rubba; and Imperfecto — more specifically, its “chef’s table” — where Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo prepares elaborate West End tasting menus.