Enjoy an Intimate Dining Experience at Kinship and Metier

James Beard Award-winning chef Eric Ziebold owns Kinship and Metier, two Michelin starred restaurants in Shaw. Photo by Alexander M. Padro, Courtesy Shaw Main Streets.

Kinship (1015 7th St. NW) features contemporary American cuisine in an intimate setting. Created by acclaimed chef Eric Ziebold, diners will enjoy the fresh flavors of his unique creations.

Ziebold got his start in the culinary space growing up in Iowa, where he worked in a small restaurant owned by a Culinary Institute of America graduate.

“When I was in high school, I started as a dishwasher, then became a prep cook, and then worked my way up to the working line,” Ziebold remembered. “I went to college for two years, and then ultimately dropped out to go to culinary school.”

The menu, featuring a variety of meat, fish, and vegetable dishes, can be read two ways: vertically as a sort of tasting menu or horizontally in categories of appetizers, entrees and desserts. All items on the Kinship menu are à la carte.

“The idea of breaking the menu into those categories was to give people an idea of what we were thinking about when we came up with that dish,” Ziebold explained.

Fresh ingredients and local sourcing, Ziebold said, have been an important part of his cuisine. The restaurant has its own garden in northern Virginia and sources much of its produce and meats from local farmers.

The James Beard Award-winning chef also owns Métier, located on the restaurant’s lower-level space, which features a more intimate dining experience with a seven-course tasting menu. Both Kinship and Metier have been awarded the coveted Michelin one-star rating.

“Kinship is like coming over and having dinner at my house and Métier is having dinner at my restaurant,” Ziebold said. “It’s really showcasing a lot of the things from a professional standpoint that just take too long and you would never do at home.”

Kinship is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Métier is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Metier also offers occasional special menus highlighting specific ingredients and international destinations. For more information and reservations, visit www.kinshipdc.com and www.metierdc.com.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com