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RasikaRasika
8.5
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Bar PilarBar Pilar
8.4
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Contemporary American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
HazelHazel
8.4
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Contemporary American | Shaw, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
8.3
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
8.3
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French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
The RiggsbyThe Riggsby
7.8
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Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
GG
7.8
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Italian | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
HaikanHaikan
7.7
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Ramen | Shaw, District of Columbia
The PartisanThe Partisan
7.6
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
7.5
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

Founding Spirits Tour and TastingFounding Spirits Tour and Tasting
(13)
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Harold BlackHarold Black
(461)
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American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DCSeasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
(517)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
KinshipKinship
(834)
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
(489)
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American | Shaw, District of Columbia
Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
(161)
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Lafayette RestaurantLafayette Restaurant
(954)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
The Prime RibThe Prime Rib
(2869)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
Blue Duck TavernBlue Duck Tavern
(5924)
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American | West End, District of Columbia
Founding Farmers - DCFounding Farmers - DC
(24651)
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
(20177)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
Buck's Fishing & CampingBuck's Fishing & Camping
(512)
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American | Chevy Chase, District of Columbia
TicoTico
(962)
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American | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
1789 Restaurant1789 Restaurant
(5143)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
Plume at the Jefferson HotelPlume at the Jefferson Hotel
(1163)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
(3332)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Acqua Al 2Acqua Al 2
(3022)
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Italian | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
RPM Italian - DCRPM Italian - DC
(2292)
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Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Filomena RistoranteFilomena Ristorante
(10351)
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Italian | Georgetown, District of Columbia
FlorianaFloriana
(2307)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Al TiramisuAl Tiramisu
(554)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
TortinoTortino
(894)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
(1028)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Siroc RestaurantSiroc Restaurant
(2887)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Lavagna - Washington DCLavagna - Washington DC
(1234)
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Italian | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Osteria Morini DCOsteria Morini DC
(1799)
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Italian | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Al CrostinoAl Crostino
(460)
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Italian | Shaw, District of Columbia
i Ricchii Ricchi
(3245)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Lupo Verde - 14th StLupo Verde - 14th St
(985)
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
GhibellinaGhibellina
(823)
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

Popular restaurants in Washington DC

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Gyu-Kaku - Arlington
(376)
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Japanese | Arlington
Founding Farmers - DC
(4693)
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American | Foggy Bottom
Ambar - Arlington
(966)
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Tapas / Small Plates | Arlington
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American | Georgetown
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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Washington, D.C.

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Plume at the Jefferson HotelPlume at the Jefferson Hotel
1163
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
KinshipKinship
834
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
NocturneNocturne
73
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Cocktail Bar | Shaw, District of Columbia
Iron GateIron Gate
1104
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Roof Terrace Restaurant & BarRoof Terrace Restaurant & Bar
6503
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Contemporary American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
SaxSax
1094
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Harold BlackHarold Black
461
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American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
1789 Restaurant1789 Restaurant
5143
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & HotelThe Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel
1035
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Steakhouse | Hanover, Baltimore Suburbs
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
20177
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The top restaurants in the city, according to our savvy dining experts.
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
6882
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French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13423
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7611
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
489
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American | Shaw, District of Columbia
Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6639
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1921
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
1067
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ArrozArroz
880
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Spanish | Shaw, District of Columbia
ConvivialConvivial
544
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French American | Shaw, District of Columbia
RasikaRasika
8274
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Farmers & DistillersFarmers & Distillers
3508
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
1028
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
GhibellinaGhibellina
823
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
Founding Farmers - DCFounding Farmers - DC
24651
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
The Salt LineThe Salt Line
744
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Seafood | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
880
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Osteria Morini DCOsteria Morini DC
1799
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Italian | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Iron GateIron Gate
1104
$$$$
Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
RPM Italian - DCRPM Italian - DC
2292
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Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
KapnosKapnos
1315
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Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

Whether it’s a margherita pizza or sashimi you seek, here are the best places by cuisine type, according to our tastemakers.
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
489
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American | Shaw, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
1028
$$$$
Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
6882
$$$$
French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
The Salt LineThe Salt Line
744
$$$$
Seafood | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13423
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7611
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ArrozArroz
880
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Spanish | Shaw, District of Columbia
Rasika West EndRasika West End
4105
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Contemporary Indian | West End, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1921
$$$$
Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ChaplinChaplin
591
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Japanese | Shaw, District of Columbia
BLT Steak DCBLT Steak DC
3232
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia
Lebanese Taverna - Washington DCLebanese Taverna - Washington DC
876
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Middle Eastern | Woodley Park, District of Columbia
DC NoodlesDC Noodles
93
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Thai | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
Mandu - K StreetMandu - K Street
426
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Korean | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
KapnosKapnos
1315
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Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13423
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7611
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6639
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
RasikaRasika
8274
$$$$
Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Jaleo DCJaleo DC
7485
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Bombay ClubBombay Club
3929
$$$$
Indian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
3332
$$$$
Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Blue Duck TavernBlue Duck Tavern
5924
$$$$
American | West End, District of Columbia
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
20177
$$$$
American | Downtown, District of Columbia
BlackSaltBlackSalt
5380
$$$$
Seafood | Palisades Northwest, District of Columbia

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1827 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
880 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Staff AND food were amazing. We definitely consider ourselves foodies and we were very pleased. One thing I will say is that the watermelon and fried peanuts...a MUST try! Don’t think about it just order it. Sweet, salty with a hint of mint - so delicious! This place will not disappoint. The first time I visited Succotash was for a business lunch. I loved it so much that I came back for a date night with my husband. More

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DCCharlie Palmer Steak - DC
2984 reviews
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Steakhouse | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Chic and modern setting with plenty of attention to details. Sitting next to the glass wall reminded us of the Armani restaurant in Paris. The appetizers, filets and desserts were all well done and the presentation was appreciated. The restaurant kindly acknowledged our anniversary with a chocolate message written one one of our desserts, which pleased us very much. More

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SakerumSakerum
326 reviews
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Sushi | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Great restaurant with fantastic service. Highly recommend seaweed salad and cocktails. More

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Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press ClubFourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
1181 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Went for brunch before a show and it was superb--food was tasty and plentiful and service was terrific More

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Specials at top restaurants in District of Columbia

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

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We went for Taco Tuesday and our server was fantastic!! Was sad they didn't have one of the cocktails we ordered, but thats ok. We got a great wine recommendation and ended up having 2 bottles. The fish tacs were delicious but the surprise winner of the night was the brussel sprout tacos. More

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Claudia'sClaudia's
345 reviews
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia

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Excellent across the board!!! More

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Alta StradaAlta Strada
320 reviews
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Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia

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First time in DC! Looking for quaint Italian restaurant. This was a perfect fit. Save room for dessert. More

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

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I had an extremely pleasant visit, I am a repeat customer and have found that my experience is just as good as it was the previous times; the staff was friendly, the food was reasonably priced and of great quality and the service was fast and accurate. Would recommend stepping in for a bite! More

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Rasoi Indian KitchenRasoi Indian Kitchen
373 reviews
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Indian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Good food, nice contact with the owner. The spices are very subtile, and some of them are very soft if you are afraid of eating something too spicy. But if you like spicy food, you'll find it also ! We spent a cool evening, very relaxed. More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

District of Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC1. Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
517 reviews
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Outstanding, and without doubt, the best buffet I have ever had. The service was flawless and the variety and quality of the food was perfect. More

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Kinship2. Kinship
834 reviews
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia

This was our first time eating at Kinship and it did not disappoint! The creativity of the dishes on the menu is very impressive. The staff was kind, attentive, and very knowledgeable on the menu and able to make great recommendations. Dessert was one of the more unique lists with alternative takes on traditional options. Their specialty cocktail list also offered their own personal blends of traditional favorites. Our server and the sommelier made a great recommendation for a VA wine to pair with our entrees. Thanks for the introduction to this surprising wine! More

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BLT Prime by David Burke3. BLT Prime by David Burke
1230 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

We had the best seat in the house - we could see so much! The avocado toast was delicious, as was the clothesline bacon. What a fun experience!!! More

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Elizabeth's Gone Raw4. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
347 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Probably the best meal I've had in DC in years. The staff was attentive and gracious. Even though the food is Vegan, I never missed out on having meat. Each dish was thoughtful and well balanced. I brought my foody sister from San Francisco and she was blown away! More

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Bistro Aracosia5. Bistro Aracosia
585 reviews
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Afghan | Palisades Northwest, District of Columbia

The staff here is wonderful and welcoming. They listened carefully for different requests and followed through on all of them. More

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New to OpenTable

District of Columbia restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Brick Lane - Capitol HillBrick Lane - Capitol Hill
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Contemporary American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Brick Lane has become a neighborhood hotspot known for its delicious, fresh food and warm ambiance. More

Lemon Cuisine of IndiaLemon Cuisine of India
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Indian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Our restaurant is located in the heart of Washington DC, near Dupont Circle, surrounded by peaceful neighborhood. We opened soon after the great success of our first restaurant in Richmond. As our name indicates – we serve fresh food with aromas that will please your senses. You can be sure that everything is fresh, and full of aromas of India … All ingredients used are fresh and unprocessed. Our chef watches over the smallest details while preparing a dish for you. Our menu offers dishes from all over India and we prepare them up to 5 degrees of spice level.More

Notti 824Notti 824
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Contemporary American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia

Notti 824 boasts an extensive wine and shareable plates and entree list. A pre-theatre dinner is also offered for those looking to visit before and after shows at the nearby Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. Notti 824 can seat up to 49 guests, equipped with a landscape courtyard. More

Scotts RestaurantScotts Restaurant
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

With the feel and ambience of an English home, Scotts will serve many of America’s favorite dishes with a little theatre from an open Seafood bar, grill and Silver carving trolley that will roam the dining room. From whisky sours to innovative house cocktails guests can snack or eat from the full menu in the bar or restaurant from noon to 10.30pm daily.More

Union District Oyster Bar & LoungeUnion District Oyster Bar & Lounge
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Oyster Bar | NoMa, District of Columbia

Hip, sexy, high-end restaurant lounge space curating amazing food and beverage experiences with an eclectic mix of entertainment. Developing our brand and creating the unique character of Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge was very simple: A mixture of modern and vintage décor, a melting pot of ethnic backgrounds and nationalities, delicious food offerings and an unrivaled beverage program with endless options, including expertly crafted cocktails, 300 whiskeys and over 90 wine varietals, our guests will see Union as the perfect destination for every occasion. Union’s team is comprised of carefully selected people committed to delivering the promise that every guest is treated like a VIP! We, at Union, believe that when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. So, when you think of Union, remember that EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT UNION!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.