Tony and Joe's was similar. The place tried really hard to cater to the DC elite and its spot on the waterfront is impeccable, but the food tasted like it came from a can. The decor really wasn't all that amazing either, it was more of just the good location. I had like 32 dollar or so crabcakes there that were purported to be "DC's best" and they were okay but pretty meh.
If you like or want to try West African food the Bukom Cafe in Adams Morgan is really good. I have always had a good meal there and as a white guy in there they act like I am some sort of novelty but in a good way. It gets jam packed on the weekend nights so I usually go there because it gets crazy after work and just eat some good food and shoot the **** with the bartenders.