Best Wine Bar
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; (202) 544-8088
With its split-level, split-personality ambiance—informal enoteca on the first floor, formal dining room atop—Sonoma allows you to sip wine according to whatever mood you’re in. Even better, you can sip deep and wide, from a variety of wine regions, even if the restaurant’s list clearly speaks with a California accent. The restaurant’s ambitious wine-by-the-glass program is second only to Tallula’s, offering 40 different options for patrons who want to mine it for new discoveries. With Sonoma’s Capitol Hill address, you might even have some unexpected company when the business of Congress scares legislators out of their halls and into the wine bars.