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Georgetown's Reverie a Michelin Favorite

An intimate dining experience from award-winning chef Johnny Spero.

For the sixth edition of its D.C. guide, a Georgetown restaurant is included among the four new one-star Michelin eateries. Inspired by Chef Johnny Spero’s global travels, yet rooted in his Mid-Atlantic upbringing, Reverie off Grace Street at 3201 Cherry Hill Lane, is a transportive fine-dining experience without pretension or fuss. 

Spero has redefined luxury in a comfortable, inviting atmosphere, showcasing masterful culinary creativity alongside upbeat music and minimalist decor. The tasting menu skews heavily coastal, from Maryland crab to Spanish turbot, with a sense of humor and novelty that balances the sheer beauty of Spero’s cooking. Simultaneously indulgent and charmingly casual, the restaurant invites guests to bring a sense of curiosity, while leaving their troubles at the door.

Reverie restaurant
Reverie restaurant

The three other DC one-star winners are Albi, chef Michael Rafidi’s hearth-burning Levantine showpiece in Navy Yard (and one of Eater’s 11 Best New Restaurants in America); Oyster Oyster, Shaw’s vegetarian tasting room from Rob Rubba; and Imperfecto — specifically, its “Chef’s Table” — where Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo prepares elaborate tasting menus in the West End.