Address: 3815 Georgia Ave. NW

This French bistro is large and gorgeous, with exposed brick walls, a fireplace and secluded areas that offer a great bird's-eye view for all you people watchers. Oh, and the chandeliers will make you think of "Chandelier." In April, it opened its covered backyard patio just in time for its first birthday. The open space is fitted with wooden benches and a full bar complete with eight taps.

Chez Billy also has a distinct vintage vibe thanks to its history: It was previously Billy Simpson's House of Seafood and Steaks. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the restaurant was a pillar of D.C.'s African-American community during its era. Simpson was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, and his establishment was a favorite of Sidney Poitier, Redd Foxx and Dick Gregory when they were in town. Hence the name, "Chez Billy." Yes, it is expensive ($24 steak frites; $12 cocktails), but management appears to have heard the complaints and worked to reduce prices.