Restaurant Nora a Natural Choice for Dupont Circle Diners

Restaurant Nora

Short walk: Restaurant Nora, which opens its doors for dinner only, is located just three blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro station. (NCinDC via Flickr)

Restaurant Nora in Dupont Circle makes a pretty impressive claim, that of being “the nation’s first certified organic restaurant, which means that at least 95% of all ingredients must be produced by certified organic farmers, growers, and suppliers.” They were bestowed that honor back in 1999 by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The space Restaurant Nora occupies has a colorful history as well, dating back to the 19th century, and Nora Pouillon got her mitts on it in 1979. For all you green, sustainability nuts, er, advocates out there, Pouillon and her restaurant are about as crunchy as they come. Makes you think her restaurant is in Northern California or Portland, Ore.

There are six menus here: dinner, dessert, wine, whiskey, cocktails and scotch.

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Let’s take a gander at the dinner menu … When the non-entrée salads are $13, you know the rest of it will likely be pricey, and you’re right. The entrées, or “main courses,” go from $29 to $36, and feature the likes of pan-seared sustainable salmon for $33 (with red and white quinoa, winter citrus, hearts of palm and roquette sauce), wild Atlantic rockfish for $36 (with bacon-braised puy lentils, wilted escarole, braised fennel and black walnut vinaigrette) and grilled grass-fed ribeye mignon for $36 (with roasted root vegetables, broccoli, crispy salsify and red wine jus). Say what you will, but the descriptions themselves are pretty exhausting.

View Larger Map Restaurant Nora
2132 Florida Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

As you can see, organic doesn’t necessarily mean vegan, but there is one main course that appears to be at least vegetarian (but if you plan on ordering it, you better ask first), the Tokyo hot pot for $29 (with crispy tofu, bok choy, shiitakes, turnips, snow peas, soba noodles and miso mushroom broth).

So here’s the deal. If you want organic, biodynamic, sustainable food on your pricey little table, you owe it to your green self to come here and try out some victuals.

And if you’re really into this sort of thing, the restaurant’s website has a lot of handy info on all of the above. In fact, it may be the most conscientious restaurant in existence (that serves meat, anyway). I’m not kidding. Read the manifesto on the bottom of the dinner menu or try this tidbit from their site: “Restaurant Nora is powered by 100% wind power from Clean Currents, a local company that sources wind from farms in Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, and Indiana.”

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Told ya.

The hours are Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

You may think people like this are obnoxious or righteous – maybe both – but either way, I bet the food is good, which is the whole point. Restaurant Nora is a nice little stroll from Metrorail’s Dupont Circle station on the Red Line.

If you already rent an apartment in Dupont Circle, get those feet walking toward Restaurant Nora. Find your next apartment in the area with Apartment Showcase. 

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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