What are five things I should know about Plume?

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If you're planning to dine at Plume, the fine dining restaurant at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C., here are five things you should know:

1. All meals are multi-course, prix fixe tastings and change seasonally. They start at around $98 for a three-course meal (without wine). During our visit, this menu included filet mignon, lobster Thermidor, grilled lamb with ratatouille and bacon-wrapped monkfish. Each three-course meal includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert, as well as the chef's amuse-bouche.

2. Larger tasting menus are available. For a longer dining experience that further reflects the food philosophy of executive chef Ralf Schlegel, order one of the seven-course tasting menus offered at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant. When we dined here, the eight-course menu ran $115 without wine, and included game and other unique meats such as venison, rabbit, game hen and pheasant. (Wine pairings are available with the tasting menus: You can enjoy the "Classic Wine Experience” for $200; the "Premium Wine Experience" costs $280.) 

3. Plume is small. With only 17 tables you'll need a reservation on most nights, and in many cases you’ll need quite a bit of notice to make one. In fact, you'll need about two months' notice to get the best seat in the house…
4. Table 10. The D.C. restaurant's most sought-after seat — known as "The Nest" — this semicircular booth is set into the wall in a curtained-off, curved library. (The books aren't real — just the spines of tomes you'd find in Thomas Jefferson's library at Monticello.) The table sits beneath an enormous crystal chandelier that was once at the nearby Willard InterContinental Washington, a favorite place to stay for past presidents in the weeks before their inaugurations.

5. You can break the bank here. The spendiest option on the menu at Plume is currently a sampling of one of the last bottles of a 1720 Madeira in the world. The cost for a 2 oz. pour is – you guessed it- $1,720.

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