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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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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Washington, D.C.

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The top restaurants in the city, according to our savvy dining experts.
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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

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

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
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District of Columbia's most booked Bonus Point tables
FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1925 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

The service was incredible. The experience was great. The staff was super accommodating. Thank you!! More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
1059 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Everything was delicious and well seasoned. More

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

I love this place!!! Sushi is amazing. Service was excellent. It is kinda of expensive. Manager is hot lol, like the other reviews said. My new favorite Sushi place. 10/10 would recommend. More

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Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press ClubFourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
1213 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The food was delicious, a special spot in DC. Fun to admire all the photos that line the walls. More

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

Really enjoyed having lunch here after getting a massage at the Ritz Carlton Spa. Our service was outstanding and loved the food! More

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Specials at top restaurants in District of Columbia

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Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6752 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

First class service in a lively space. Loved being seated where we could watch the kitchen. Food was very good, especially calamari in spicy sauce. Good wine by the glass options. Really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks! More

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

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Overall great restaurant—portions were slightly too small for the price and the drinks were expensive, but overall a great restaurant for a treat out. Ambiance was exceptional and in a great location! More

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

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Great service and atmosphere. Had a 730 reservation it was my wifes birthday upon our arrival we were seated right away. I had request to have an arrangement delivered which was, and the restaurant accepted it and had it already on the table for when we were seated. The service was A1, the server was very kind and attentive and pleasant. Food was A1 as well I had the Branzino fish which was the whole fish flash fried with a cream sauce that was very tasty, my wife had the filet mignon which she said was excellent an our Daughter had the Lamb chops that was good as well. I well definitely return. Thanks Claudias. More

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The RiggsbyThe Riggsby
837 reviews
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Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Great food, service and ambience. Accommodated our request for a different table courteously and professionally. More

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ANKARAANKARA
458 reviews
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Had a most wonderful dinner at Ankara during DC Restaurant Week. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The menu was varied with very clear explanations and the wine menu had the most detailed descriptions of flavor that I have ever seen. I highly recommend Ankara for a great date night. 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
370 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is such a delightful experience from start to finish! More

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

A truly superb dining experience. Expensive, but worth it. More

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Lafayette Restaurant3. Lafayette Restaurant
990 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Clarence, like LaFayette, is a national treasure. More

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Bistro Aracosia4. Bistro Aracosia
712 reviews
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Afghan | Palisades Northwest, District of Columbia

Lovely culturally inspired ambience, great service, and very flavorful well prepared afghani dishes! Going back again tonight! More

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Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC5. Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC
536 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Attentive staff definitely a high scale location for brunch. More

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District of Columbia restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
District Soul Food & LoungeDistrict Soul Food & Lounge
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Soul food | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

District Soul Food Restaurant and Lounge will be providing a unique mix of southern cuisine and live entertainment featuring a selection of delicious soul food and signature cocktails. Owners Craig Parkinson CEO, David Roundtree, COO, Christopher Alston, Chris Everette, and Eddie Reynolds are excited to bring District Soul Food Restaurant to the heart of barracks row in Capitol Hill. Executive Chef John Fearrington (La Residence, True Flavors Southern Diner) will bring a menu strongly influenced by Southern flavors. Our Sweet potato pound cake will be one of the items that is sure to have customers coming back time and time again. District Soul Food Restaurant and Lounge will operate as a restaurant, Cigar Lounge, accompanied with a food truck and catering services for special events.More

Kingbird IgloosKingbird Igloos
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia

Located within The Watergate Hotel, our fine dining restaurant allows guests to celebrate in a lively scene or a more casual setting in The Bar at Kingbird. Focused on ingredient-driven American cuisine, with a uniquely French twist, we connect locals and international travelers to the best local flavors.More

NeroNero
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Global, International | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

From the mural to the industrial hanging lights and grand chandeliers, our lounge bridges this old-world charm with subtle design. We tell the story of Nero, reflecting his intensity with our fantastic ambience, service, food, and drinks.More

Sfoglina - DowntownSfoglina - Downtown
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Sfoglina (sfoal-YEE-nah) is a casual Italian trattoria and pasta house, named for the artisans and Italian cultural icons that carry on the tradition of rolling sheets of pasta by hand with a rolling pin, a technique passed through the generations.More

Sushi HachiSushi Hachi
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Sushi | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Welcome to Sushi Hachi, Washington D.C.’s premier choice for quality sushi and incredible dining. The name “Hachi” is the Japanese word for the number eight. Signifying happiness and luck, the number eight defines our wishes for our customers and our community. We are also conveniently located on 8th street, so you’ll never forget where we are. Our owner, chef, and restaurateur Steve Yoon took over Sushi Rock in Arlington, VA with the drive to bring the incredible flavor and quality of fish he had in Asia to the community. Seven years later, Sushi Hachi was born. With more than 17 years of experience creating artisan sushi rolls with incredible flavor, it is our pleasure to bring the best to you. Our handpicked team of chefs all have experience in Japan, carefully constructing and rolling the perfect sushi roll. Sushi Hachi combines experience and innovation with incredible quality to present delicious, affordable sushi to our guests. We only use the finest ingredientMore

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.