My husband and I are from San Francisco, now living in DC, and although we read many reviews ... we are having a hard time finding restaurants that are excellent, reasonably hip and relaxed (not formal), and not outrageously expensive. In SF that mix isnt hard to find - a few places we like here include Firefly, Johnny's HS, Montmartre, Kuna, Bardeo. We also love bistros like du Coin, or d'Oc. These days we keep driving to Philadelphia and Manhattan to eat!
We love to try new places and just need some new suggestions anywhere in the city - Ideally: cool ambiance, innovative, EXCELLENT food, great wine, and where you can get away with nice jeans. THANKS