The Dabney

When the Dabney opened its doors at the tail end of 2015, expectations were high. Jeremiah Langhorne, the chef and co-owner, came to D.C. from McCrady’s, the acclaimed Charleston restaurant. He promised a hyper-local approach that would reflect the Mid-Atlantic’s unique geography. And his D.C. debut was previewed by a ten-part series in the Washington Post.

The Dabney quickly lived up to the hype, landing a spot as one of Food & Wine’s ten best openings of 2016 and earning a Michelin star. In 2018, Langhorne took home Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic at the James Beard Awards.

The wine program, developed by general manager and co-owner, Alex Zink, is equally impressive. Focused, deep and affordable, it offers about 150 different wines, 15 of which are available by the glass. It’s packed with heavyweights, featuring everything from highly allocated classics like Dauvissat and Raveneau to unicorns like L’Anglore and Edmond et Anne Vatan.

Known For
  • natural wine
  • low wine markups
  • French wine
  • New California wine
What to drink

For those on a beer budget, the Dabney offers aligoté from Domaine Roulot and Alice and Olivier de Moor, riesling from Willi Schaefer, wines from Spain's Envinate and just about all that New California has to offer.

Hidden below The Dabney is a 30-seat wine bar aptly named The Dabney Cellar. Head there for a quick glass of wine before dinner or a late-night snack.