The tiny Louisa's Café (104 Jackson St.; 609-884-5882) takes reservations for the week beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and is often fully booked by 4:30. The menu changes daily hope fresh-caught flounder is on it.
Moonfish Grill (416 S. Broadway; 609-898-1600) is only months old, but it became a fast favorite with residents. Go for the great sushi or more traditional fare (try the Moonfish Kettle of seafood in a custom-made copper pot). Moonfish is BYOB, so pick up wine at Collier's on Jackson Street.
The romantic Ebbitt Room in the posh Virginia Hotel boasts a Wine Spectator–award-winning list. Try the veal tenderloin topped with lobster; stay for the sticky toffee pudding.
The Lobster House may seem touristy, but locals show up for the live three-pound lobsters and red-checked tablecloths; cocktails in the schooner docked outside are delightfully retro.