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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in District of Columbia

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in District of Columbia? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Two Nine restaurant
5.0
5 (37)
$50 and over
Japanese
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Kaiseki-Sushi Omakase Pop Up experience Georgetown, D.C. in the Tucked away food hall at the grace street collective. Curating a meal with hints of Hawaiian ingredients, flavor profiles and hospitality lead by Chef Zachary Ramos. Highlighting local produce from Karma Farm and Moon Valley Farm, Maryland. Seasonal seafood imported overnight from Toyosu Market located in Tokyo, Japan which will make every experience a new one every single time.

Our Tea Service is handled by Thomas Chen.
Seasonal Sake pairing curated by our very own Sake Scholar/Sommelier Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen.

First Seating at 5:30 P.M.
Second Seating at 7:30 P.M.
17 courses/$180 per person.
Sake Pairing/$80 per person.

*Tax and tip does not apply.
Top review
LaurenMvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
Even though still in their pop-up space, the meal was exquisite. The preparation, presentation and uniqueness of the courses made for a memorable meal. Can’t wait for the new establishment!
A photo of The Alchemist restaurant
5.0
5 (57)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
McPherson Square
About the restaurant
Step into the clandestine world of The Alchemist, an elusive speakeasy where craftsmanship and libation unite. Immerse yourself in a realm of handcrafted cocktails featuring smoke and fire, where we infuse spirits seasonally and boast over 150 carefully selected bourbons, whiskeys, and scotches. Uncover the art of mixology and savor the allure of rare spirits at The Alchemist DC

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
The drinks were amazing! You’ll have the best drinks ever, really! The biggest issue with our party was that we went on a loud night. The space is small and the other customers were very very loud. It was difficult talking to your friends when the other table is louder. Great service too!
A photo of Afghania restaurant
4.8
4.8 (35)
$31 to $50
Afghan
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Our newest restaurant, Afghania is the sister restaurant to Bistro Aracosia in the Palisades neighborhood of DC, Aracosia in McLean Va and Afghan Bistro in Springfield VA. Afghania accommodates any diet and is proud of taking cooking back to its origins.

Welcome to Afghania, where the Steppe of Central Asia meets the Hindu Kush and Suleiman Mountain Range, bordering South Asia. Come and enjoy the warm hospitality, exquisite flavors, and the mystery of the Afghan frontier that so many have been intrigued by.
At Afghania you will enjoy some classical dishes of the warriors from the frontier. Smoked meats, vegetables full of flavor, exotic spices, exquisite flavors and aromas and unmatched hospitality are promised at Afghania.
Come and enjoy dishes that date back to the early 1800’s from the Afghan Empire - Afghania.
Top review
KenRvip
Dined 6 days ago
It was great as always. It never disappoints. A unique dining experience.
A photo of Jônt restaurant
4.8
4.8 (25)
$50 and over
French / Japanese
U Street Corridor
About the restaurant
At Jônt, we are a team of young and inspired chefs taking down the walls between kitchen and guests and taking you on a culinary adventure. Immerse yourself in a progressive tasting menu focusing on the simple, yet luxurious, ingredients around the world with deep inspiration from Japanese cuisine.

We challenge the seasons, navigate beyond the limits of time and break with tradition— getting playful with process and tricky with techniques at the intersection of place and possibility.

Jônt has been recognized with two Michelin stars since 2021.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent experience, especially if you enjoy watching the menu preparation.
A photo of Bistro Aracosia restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2611)
$30 and under
Afghan
Palisades Northwest
About the restaurant
Bistro Aracosia is a critically acclaimed authentic Afghan gourmet and Chop House located in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. Aracosia has been acknowledged as 1 of 50 best restaurants in the nation for Vegetarians on Forbes Magazine, written up and reviewed by top food critics from the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine and numerous other publications. Bistro Aracosia has been awarded 100 Best restaurants for 2 years in a row in the Washingtonian.
Aracosia accommodates any diet and is proud of taking cooking back to its origins. Chef Sofia Masroor diligently ensures top grade quality cuts of meat and the freshest produce in the market. All foods prepared at Aracosia are prepared with love. No artificial ingredients MSG& or preservatives are used, nor do we cook anything with nuclear such as microwaves and pre-made stations. Full Bar , extensive Wine and Beer menu Come and experience authentic and classical Afghan Gourmet and hospitality at its finest.
Top review
seekervip
Dined 4 days ago
As it has been on every occasion we have dined here, Bistro Aracosia was a pleasure. We had an assortment of appetizers and shared a main course of stewed lamb and all were outstanding. The service prompt and attentive. We ate outside so the noise level as low. All around a great value.
A photo of Caruso's Grocery - DC restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1052)
$31 to $50
Italian
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
Please note that we are not offering Restaurant Week at our DC location.

Located at 914 14th Street SE in Washington, DC.

Caruso’s Grocery is modeled after the classic, Italian-American "red sauce" joint. You know the one: red banquettes, a killer chicken parmesan, Sinatra pouring through the speakers. If you’re looking for modern interpretations of a chef's take on the classics, you won’t find them here.

A joint venture from Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Partner Matthew Adler.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Absolutely incredible! Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived so they gave us a free round of drinks while we waited. Food was delicious, environment was perfect.
A photo of Petite Cerise restaurant
4.7
4.7 (16)
$31 to $50
French
Mount Vernon Square
About the restaurant
We are thrilled to announce that starting Tuesday, June 25th, Petite Cerise will offer a 4-course Prix Fixe dinner menu in the dining room for $58 per person. This new menu will highlight and celebrate the wonderful regional ingredients, skillfully prepared through a French culinary lens.

Petite Cerise is a French-inspired all-day dining restaurant influenced by the changing seasons and classic technique from Chef Jeremiah Langhorne and the team at The Dabney.

Inspired by their travels and love of classic French technique, Petite Cerise shares the spirit of France with their community in DC. Part neighborhood café, part energetic bistro, Petite Cerise is located in a bright and lively historic corner space in Shaw/Mount Vernon Triangle. The restaurant and its menus were built to encourage the French way of living and enjoying life, or “joie de vivre,” and welcomes diners to slow down and savor their meal with any-time-of-day dining.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Food was delicious. The beignets popped with the foie gras parfait (raspberry preserves and pink peppercorns added a delicate touch), and the soft shell crab tartine was absolutely delicious. Mason was a great and easy going server, and Victor (at the bar) was a hero!
A photo of Elizabeth's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1234)
$50 and over
Vegan
Downtown
About the restaurant
Elizabeth's offers an extraordinary dining experience every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. We merge our gorgeous venue with a prix fixe Vegan Tasting Menu at $110 per person.


Our resident sommelier curates a pairing of organic wines and beverages sourced from around the world at an additional $80 per person

Fully raw menus are not available. Please call the restaurant (202-347-8349) in reference to any allergies prior to making your reservation. Regarding reservations of 5 or more, please call the restaurant directly.

We source and prepare the freshest ingredients for our exclusive fine dining experience. For this reason, reservation confirmations are required 24 hours in advance. If a cancellation occurs within 24 hours of your reservation, there will be a $35 per person cancellation fee. Thank you for your understanding of the commitment that is made to creating a memorable dining experience.
Top review
LeticiaCvip
Dined 5 days ago
An extraordinary experience. The chef’s creations were fun while keeping delicate flavors. Also, very much appreciated the explanation of each dish. Highly recommended!
A photo of La Chaumiere restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4666)
$31 to $50
French
Georgetown
About the restaurant
La Chaumière is as close as it gets to dining in a French country inn. Celebrating 48 years, La Chaumière features traditional dishes like escargots en coquille, boudin blanc, quenelles of pike, cassoulet and Grand Marnier souffle. Chef Patrick's specials reflect a modern approach to seasonal produce, seafood and game with favorites like baked oysters, Dover sole and rabbit. La Chaumière has won the 100 Best Restaurants award 29 times since 1978! We will be serving Al fresco as soon as the weather permits, please reserve, outdoor space is limited. Parking is available at the Four Seasons Hotel for $30 with validation stamp.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent Food. Great Menu. Fantastic Service. We will be back.
A photo of La Piquette restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2774)
$31 to $50
French
Cleveland Park
About the restaurant
Dear Guests,
A neighborhood Bistrot located in Cleveland Park that stays faithful to its French roots offering the best French dishes on this side of the Atlantic
Executive Chef Francis Layrle prepares a daily menu with farm raised and seasonal fresh ingredients. The bar offers a carefully curated wine selection and house cocktails. La Piquette presents an authentic bistrot atmosphere the way it is meant to be: fun, simple and delicious.
Top review
NikRo
Dined 2 days ago
Great for a good catch up. Monday night dinner, with a Friday night effort by staff.
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