We were able to secure a late night reservation after a hard week on a new job. The restaurant is spacious, and tucked slightly out-of-the-way in the sense that it's close to the "Capitol Hill action" without being fully penetrated by it. The menu is small, the wine selection is good, it wasn't deafeningly loud nor was it blindingly dark, a welcome change from most restaurants simulating sensory deprivation. Many menu options I would have liked were 86d, though I prefer that to waste.
We started with some drinks, and oysters casino. The oysters were perfectly cooked, not oversalted, rich, and slightly smokey (bacon) and "oceany". For mains, I got salmon, and the lady got a steak. I really liked my salmon, the crust was perfect, the accompaniments were sparse but flavorful (lingonberry and braised kale, I think). The steak was a more filling and affordable option. Pudding was the apple tart ala mode. I really preferred the ice cream (pumpkin masala) to the tart, so I would have just ordered that instead.