The 40-layer lasagna at L’Ardente. Photo courtesy of L’Ardente

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The Splurge-Worthy Guide to Dining in D.C.

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The endless casual options for dining in and around the District are wonderful, but at the same time, we’re a city that prides itself on going big at moments.

That might take the form of a tasting menu, and D.C. chefs are expert at handling the decision-making. Consider Rasika Penn Quarter, and its vegetarian Indian tasting menu, or much the same at Oyster Oyster. And the tasting menus at Fiola and Pineapple and Pearls are legendary in local food circles for good reason. Same with the extravagance at The Inn at Little Washington, if you want an adventure.

Alternately, you might crave  a dish so lavish that it can barely fit in your Instagram frame. See the lasagna from L’Ardente, above, or the super-sized seafood tower at Le Diplomate, or the whole turbot at Bar Spero.

Whichever way you want to go, there’s a splurge to suit the season and your appetite. And if your appetite is meat-free, D.C.’s kitchens are increasingly offering vegetarian options to suit.  So dive in, and live a little.