John Steven Ltd.
You can't unpack this kind of ambiance from a shipping crate; it takes decades. The warm, patina-ed hardwood throughout, the massive bar, the smell of steamed shrimp and Old Bay, the quiet dining room decorated with European paintings and African sculpture, the bustling outdoor patio. John Steven is like an old buddy who's still at the end of the bar while others come and go. The staff puts out expert fish and seafood entrées--daily specials never disappoint. Crab cakes rank with the best around town. The taps offer a refined and tasty selection. And the steamed shrimp you smelled when you crossed the threshold? Order a pound of jumbos. Outstanding.