Bourbon Steak

With wood-paneled walls and tabletops covered in rich leather, the plush dining room at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak whisks patrons back to a time when lobbyists could wine and dine lawmakers with impunity. Ethics rules have changed, but D.C.’s power brokers still need to eat—and Bourbon Steak is a favorite for most.

As one might expect at a tony steakhouse, the 900-label wine list is strong in Napa cabernet and classified growth Bordeaux. But wine director Winn Roberton has made a point of packing his list with bottles for budget-conscious wine lovers. Values abound in a section dubbed “Secrets of the Sommelier.” Roberton has also made an effort to showcase local wines, offering selections from the best properties in Virginia, Maryland and New York.

Known For
  • hotel bar
  • grower Champagne
  • vintage wine
  • outdoor / patio
What to drink
On the "Secrets of the Sommelier" list, one can find hipster favorites like Dirty & Rowdy's Antle Vineyard Mourvèdre and The Eyrie Vineyards' Trousseau. But don't ignore classic wine regions; one can find vintage bottles from Bordeaux and values from Burgundy and the Rhone.
The restaurant waives corkage-with a limit of one bottle, per table-on wines from 2000 and earlier.