Rose’s Luxury is one of the hottest restaurants in Washington, D.C. right now, famous for its creative and approachable menu. Located on edge of Capitol Hill, this neighborhood spot tucked in a row house, removed from the mainstream tourist attractions downtown.
The space is both cozy and rugged. The back dining room possesses an industrial-chic feel, maintaining its origins as the building’s old back alley. Now, diners can sit inside, beneath strings of twinkly lights and hanging planters, or get comfortable on the front patio.
The line for Rose’s starts before 4 in the afternoon, in anticipation of their 5pm opening. If you’re staying near downtown, I’d recommend taking a car over as it’s about 3 miles from the heart of the National Mall. Those toward the front of the line can choose where and when they’d like to sit. The restaurant is small so tables fill up quickly, but guests can dine at the kitchen counter or upstairs at the bar.
The meal is a true experience and most diners stay for 3 hours. The friendly staff walks new visitors through the seasonal menu, making sure everyone feels welcome. Start the night with “Little Bites”, like artichoke leaves or pheasant mortadella, before progressing to a tapas-style dinner. Try the elaborate and colorful salads, ranging from lychee and pork sausage to spring vegetables and flowers, or a pasta dressed with the perfect amount of sauce. Rose’s Luxury also cooks a rotating family-style dish for those who are looking for something bigger to add to the table.
The flavors are eclectic, even overwhelming at times, but unforgettable. Rose’s Luxury exhibits a young and playful energy, while serving a sophisticated menu. At the end of the avant-garde meal, patrons feel nothing, but simple contentment.