It appears that the Hay-Adams Restaurant does not have a separate listing from the hotel on TA, and this review is for Breakfast at the Hay-Adams Restaurant.
While we have stayed at the Hay-Adams Hotel in the past, we were located up the street, due to meeting venues. However, I wanted to treat my wife to breakfast, and could not think of a better restaurant. Though our hotel provided a continental breakfast, or breakfast buffet with our room, at our loyalty level, we walked down to the Hay-Adams instead.
First, the restaurant is as elegant as the hotel, and the furnishings are lovely - one feels that they have stepped back in time, to another place. We were a bit late in the breakfast serving, and the dining room was mostly empty. We were greeted by a host, who inquired if we were hotel guests. When I acknowledged that we were not, his next question puzzled me, "Do you have reservations?" As there were only 4 other diners in both of the rooms, I did not quite understand this. My first thought was that maybe it was because I did not have on a tie, but only my blazer and an open-collared dress shirt. I am still not sure about that question, but it was the only oddity in the entire experience.
Once seated, we our servers were very quick and highly efficient, though never intrusive. Coffees were offered up, and menus presented.
As I had dined there for breakfast several times, I knew what I wanted, but my wife needed a few extra minutes, as she always seems to have very early AM meetings, so grabs coffee and something to eat in a cab or limo. She had never had the pleasure of dining at the Hay-Adams, even when we have stayed there.
She settled on the Two Farm Fresh Eggs w/ Applewood Smoked Bacon, Grits and Biscuits, while I went with the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes w/ Ham. While their version falls just behind the San Francisco Four Seasons' (Seasons Restaurant) Lemon Ricotta Griddle Cakes, they ARE very close, and it is almost impossible to top the Hay-Adams Restaurant's dining room for an elegant breakfast.
Both the Ham and the Bacon were perfectly done, and the Grits were wonderfully creamy. The Biscuits were light, flaky and tasty, reminding me of the ones that we used to get at Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN), before they cut way back on the lard.
With a couple glasses of Champagne, the coffee and an orange juice, the tab was up there for breakfast, but well worth every $.
While the service is very efficient (and wonderfully friendly), I would recommend the Hay-Adams Restaurant for a breakfast, when one has the time to savor every bite, and the art/furniture in the dining room - take your time, and just enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Washington's landmark residence of choice for visitors to our nation's capital. The Hay-Adams, a luxury boutique hotel, is as close as you can get to staying at the White House without a personal invitation from the President. Originally designed in the 1920s as a residential hotel, The Hay-Adams carefully emulates the ambiance of a distinguished private mansion on Lafayette Square. The 145-room boutique hotel in Washington, DC features 21 luxury suites with stunning views of Lafayette Park and the White House. All of our guest rooms exhibit the perfect combination of heritage, luxury, contemporary comfort and technology. Ideally situated in Lafayette Square and steps away from many of Washington D.C.'s famous attractions, The Hay-Adams is the premier destination for leisure and business travelers alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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