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The 5 best modern European spots in Washington

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Looking for a yummy modern European meal near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top modern European spots around Washington, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.

1. Ambar

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Topping the list is Ambar. Located at 523 Eighth St. SE (between South E and South G streets) in Capitol Hill, the modern European spot is the most popular modern European restaurant in Washington, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,425 reviews on Yelp.

Ambar, which also has locations in Serbia and in Clarendon, Va., features Balkan cuisine, including steak tartare, braised steak and frites, pulled pork, stuffed sour cabbage, lamb prosciutto and smoke pork with homemade mustard sauce.

2. Brasserie Beck

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Next up is downtown's Brasserie Beck, situated at 1101 K St. NW. With four stars out of 1,336 reviews on Yelp, the Belgian and modern European spot has proven to be a local favorite.

Chef/owner Robert Wiedmaier's Belgian roots feature in his European-style brasserie. Menu options include lobster bisque en croute, beer-braised short rib, foie gras brulée, mussels with Bolognese sauce and steak au poivre vert - New York strip steak with green peppercorn sauce.  

3. Chloe

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The Navy Yard's Chloe, located at 1331 Fourth St. SE, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the New American and modern European spot 4.5 stars out of 218 reviews.

Chloe's menu offers roasted cod, Norwegian salmon, house-made spicy garlic sausage, crispy whole fish and more, highlighting chef Haidar Karoum’s Lebanese roots and his travels around Western Europe and Southeast Asia.

4. Stable DC

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Stable DC, a cocktail bar and modern European spot that offers fondue and more in Capitol Hill, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 187 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1324 H St. NE (between North 13th Street and North Linden Court) to see for yourself.

Traditional Swiss cheese fondue is highlighted on the menu, which also features homemade Swiss-style doughnuts filled with strawberry jam, smoked salmon, French toast with apple compote, pan-fried egg dumplings and more.

5. Mari Vanna DC Restaurant

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Downtown, check out Mari Vanna DC Restaurant, which has earned four stars out of 500 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Russian and modern European spot at 1141 Connecticut Ave. NW (between North M and North Desales streets).

The restaurant's interior is reminiscent of a Russian home, and the menu features 20 varieties of infused Russian vodkas, as well as caviar, homemade cured herring, blinis, borscht, chicken Kiev and more.

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