Appropriately, this Penn Quarter restaurant, located right next door to the Spy Museum, feels straight out of James Bond. Champagne-filled ice buckets punctuate a series of dining rooms set against a dramatic backdrop of mirrored walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. Business types in power suits network over upscale American cuisine while tourists in shorts eat burgers (and people-watch) at the bar. Zola's specialty cocktails and signature non-alcoholic beverages make it a popular spot for lunch (or martinis) for the inside-the-Beltway crowd, as well as a solid choice for late night cocktails.
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From Food & Wine , MAR 2005
I ate delicious asparagus and lump crab in lemongrass hollandaise and listened to the chef, Frank Morales, tell funny stories about the insane kitchen at New York's just-closed Le Cirque, where he used to cook....MORE
From Food & Wine , SEP 2003
As society becomes increasingly Orwellian, we might as well have some fun with it. The restaurant Zola in Washington, D.C.'s International Spy Museum is decorated with declassified CIA and KGB documents, and coded messages are projected onto the floor...MORE
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.