The Infatuation's Restaurant Picks

The Infatuation is an app and website, which uses a small team of local editors who dine anonymously to rate and review restaurants. Each restaurant gets a rating, so that you can find the right place for every occasion.

Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best Contemporary American Restaurants in Washington DC

Popular restaurants in Washington DC

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Founding Farmers - DC
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American | Foggy Bottom
Ambar - Arlington
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Tapas / Small Plates | Arlington
Filomena Ristorante
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Italian | Georgetown
Farmers Fishers Bakers
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American | Georgetown
Gyu-Kaku - Arlington
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Japanese | Arlington
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The Best Brunch Restaurants in Washington DC

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The Best Bars for Foodies in Washington D.C.

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The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in Washington DC

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
2051 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

My team went to Fig & Olive for a farewell lunch for a departing team member, and we had a lovely meal. The lunch options were very nice, and the decor and seating were very cozy and comfortable. Fig & Olive is also a neighborhood favorite for post-work drinks, so I’ll be back again soon. :) More

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DCCharlie Palmer Steak - DC
3124 reviews
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Steakhouse | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Thank you for an amazing dinner to Michael Barlow, Angel and the entire team. More

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Kellari TavernaKellari Taverna
2411 reviews
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Greek | Downtown, District of Columbia

Excellent food and service for an elegant business lunch with white tablecloth. Would be nice for lunch to celebrate a special occasion as well. Will be back! More

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Degrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, GeorgetownDegrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
334 reviews
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Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

The butternut squash soup was exceptional. In addition, the truffles fries were really good. More

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Dirty HabitDirty Habit
686 reviews
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Global, International | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Really enjoyed our meal, the surroundings and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend. More

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Specials at top restaurants in District of Columbia

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Claudia'sClaudia's
395 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

We went to claudias restaurant on Sunday 3/17/19 the place was amazing food was amazing drinks were good the service was good its so classy and a really nice place to come with family or date night More

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Avenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn CentralAvenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn Central
89 reviews
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American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

You won't believe this restaurant is in a Holiday Inn. Best crab cakes and short ribs. Excellent craft cocktails. Quiet enough for conversation. More

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The HamiltonThe Hamilton
7255 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The clam chowder was delicious. Excellent service. Wonderful meal. More

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Espita MezcaleriaEspita Mezcaleria
310 reviews
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Mexican | Shaw, District of Columbia

Loved the quieter patio setting since we had little ones in our party. The drinks and food were incredible as always. Thanks for the wonderful experience Espita! More

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Poca MadrePoca Madre
204 reviews
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Enjoyed the modernized - traditional dishes. The menu has a good variety and the food was well prepared... Especially the octopus dish. Our second favorite was the rice dish. They have a great mezcal selection and the cocktails were very well balanced. We will be back. Our server was very helpful and had a strong knowledge of both the dishes and the cocktails. More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

District of Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Elizabeth's Gone Raw1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
407 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Overall a great experience. Exceeded our expectations. Staff was amazing, food was amazing. Wonderful dining experience. More

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Fiola2. Fiola
2390 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Everyone at the table could not stop raving over the service and food. If you have the time and money, this is a must the next time you are in DC. More

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Denson Liquor Bar3. Denson Liquor Bar
180 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great Happy Hour location! The cocktails were robust but delicious. Nice selection of small sharable bites to keep you toasting till last call. Another DC style speakeasy with style and excellent service! More

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Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC4. Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC
558 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I went to the Greenhouse for the first time after many years and was delighted with the service and the food. It was the perfect place for a quiet business breakfast -- and one I will return to! More

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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier5. Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
3102 reviews
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French | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia

Dinner, as usual, was spectacular. Without question , the best restaurant in Washington. More

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New to OpenTable

District of Columbia restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Boqueria - Penn QuarterBoqueria - Penn Quarter
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Lively, Barcelona-style tapas bar serving a menu of Spanish classics and market-driven seasonal specials in a warm, modern space in the heart of Washington DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. (Brunch coming soon!)More

Ophelia's Fish HouseOphelia's Fish House
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Seafood | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Ophelia’s was founded on the belief that a great meal is more than just food on a plate. It’s the relationship between the romantic atmosphere and our Southern-inspired menu and service. This is Ophelia’s commitment to an exquisite experience. And that’s why Ophelia’s is quickly becoming the go-to place on The Hill for quality seafood and cocktails. Orchestrated by the renowned Chef Gregorio Martinez, the menu at Ophelia’s is the culmination of flavor and color that comes from using the freshest, selectively-sourced ingredients.More

Pesce TooPesce Too
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French | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Pesce Too is the Sister Restaurant of Pesce in Dupont Circle. We are proud to bring Pesce to Capital Hill in a more Relaxed Atmosphere, But the Original is only a few Metro Stops Away.

For 28 Years Pesce has served nothing but the Freshest Seafood in the City. Featuring such Staples as our Grilled Calamari, Octopus, Sardines and much much much. We are dedicated to sourcing the most flavorful and interesting Seafood you will Find.

Pesce is "Fish-Forward" meaning the accompaniments never over-power or outshine the Fish. A Recipe for Success and an Ethos to Live By. More

The Darcy RestaurantThe Darcy Restaurant
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Global, International | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

The Darcy Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar service featuring new world cocktails and a global cuisine in a comfortable setting with an extensive wine and beer offering.More

ZeppelinZeppelin
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Sushi | Shaw, District of Columbia

Zeppelin Restaurant & Bar serves up Sushi and Japanese charcoal grilled Yakitori, while paying homage to the Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships. Featuring an Omakase Bar by Tokyo-Born Chef Minoru Ogawa, and Karaoke after Dinner service.More

Discover District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is a place where eating out can be an adventure. Caribbean, Italian, and Pakistani cuisine can be found in the area. You can also dine on classic American fare, seafood, and barbecue. Try the Jamaican spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or the steak churrasco for a taste of the Caribbean. If you plan to eat Italian cuisine, sample the gamberi, cannelloni, or the pollo parmigiano. The District of Columbia’s Pakistani fare is traditional with dishes like Punjabi boti chicken tikka, goat dum biryani, or the butter chicken. For breakfast, you might like steel cut oats, organic cottage cheese and fresh fruit, or French toast and beef hash. This is a destination where the food is almost as good as the sights.