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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.
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
G by Mike IsabellaG by Mike Isabella
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
(11)
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Harold BlackHarold Black
(410)
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American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DCSeasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
(507)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
KinshipKinship
(735)
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
(274)
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American | Shaw, District of Columbia
Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
(145)
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Lafayette RestaurantLafayette Restaurant
(915)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
The Prime RibThe Prime Rib
(2801)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
Blue Duck TavernBlue Duck Tavern
(5736)
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American | West End, District of Columbia
Founding Farmers - DCFounding Farmers - DC
(23461)
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
(19109)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
Buck's Fishing & CampingBuck's Fishing & Camping
(454)
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American | Chevy Chase, District of Columbia
TicoTico
(895)
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American | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
1789 Restaurant1789 Restaurant
(4989)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
Plume at the Jefferson HotelPlume at the Jefferson Hotel
(1124)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
(3260)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Acqua Al 2Acqua Al 2
(2895)
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Italian | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
RPM Italian - DCRPM Italian - DC
(1924)
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Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Filomena RistoranteFilomena Ristorante
(9811)
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Italian | Georgetown, District of Columbia
FlorianaFloriana
(2187)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Al TiramisuAl Tiramisu
(495)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
TortinoTortino
(786)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
(885)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Siroc RestaurantSiroc Restaurant
(2807)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Lavagna - Washington DCLavagna - Washington DC
(1148)
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Italian | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Osteria Morini DCOsteria Morini DC
(1671)
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Italian | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Al CrostinoAl Crostino
(435)
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Italian | Shaw, District of Columbia
i Ricchii Ricchi
(3176)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Lupo Verde - 14th StLupo Verde - 14th St
(910)
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
GhibellinaGhibellina
(756)
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

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GraffiatoGraffiato
1661 reviews
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Contemporary Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

My wife and I were visiting DC to see U2 at the Capital Centre and I was looking for a restaurant nearby. I found Graffiato online, read the reviews, looked at the menu, and got a reservation. We had a great experience. Our server, Fran was a sweet, very good ambassador for Graffiato and she did a great job on her recommendations. My rigatoni was delicious. We will go back. More

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KapnosKapnos
1224 reviews
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Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

We LOVE Kapnos. Staff is super friendly and accommodating, even when my husband and I show up with our 9 month old. We always have a great time. Food include some basic Greek classics, such as tzatziki and taramasalata, but goes well beyond it with fantastic grill and fish dishes; cocktails are innovative and tasty, they have outdoor space, which we love, and they never disappointed! I personally don't find the indoor space particularly charming - a little cold. But still, it's a very cool place. Highly recommended. More

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Requin - WharfRequin - Wharf
407 reviews
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French | Southwest Waterfront, District of Columbia

We shared 7-8 dishes and they were all unique and thoughtfully prepared. Every bite was delicious! More

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1651 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Never disappointed and always a hit to take other foodies and out of town guests. Waiters very knowledgeable about the menus. More

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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Washington DC (K Street)McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Washington DC (K Street)
2511 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

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District of Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Kinship1. Kinship
735 reviews
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia

The food was very good and we had a lovely meal but unfortunately the waiter left us with a desert menu for 30 min. More

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Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar2. Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar
1443 reviews
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French | Georgetown, District of Columbia

A delightful dining experience. as always, More

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Harold Black3. Harold Black
410 reviews
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American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

This is one of my new favorite spots. Absolute must! My boyfriend and I went for cocktails after dinner and it was great. What I like about this place is how they control the crowd. No one is on top of each other or sitting too close. You cant' hear others conversations and its an intimate atmosphere. The drinks are incredible. I am picky and they made a drink based off things that I listed off that I like. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. 10/10 would go again- I highly recommend. More

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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC4. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC
3692 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

I had family visiting from out of state and we didn't have time to change from the tourist dress (shorts, etc.) before going to dinner, so we weren't exactly dressed for dinner. Service was outstanding. My nieces aren't "foodies" but tried the octopus and a few new dishes. Everything was excellent. More

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

Delicious food and wonderful staff--thank you! We always enjoy ourselves at this great restaurant. More

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New to OpenTable

District of Columbia restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Barrafina Bar & GrillBarrafina Bar & Grill
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Barrafina is a unique culinary experience bringing you a variety of dishes representing the Mediterranean region. Our signature cocktails and vibrant atmosphere will ensure your satisfaction. More

City Winery DCCity Winery DC
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Mediterranean | Ivy City, District of Columbia


City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Our cuisine borrows from Mediterranean history – Italian, French, Spanish, and Middle-Eastern cultures have been pairing simple and wholesome food with wine for centuries. With this in mind, our culinary team has created share plates to pair with your wine. Our award-winning wine list has over 400 unique producers from around the world, in addition to the more than 20 in-house produced wines sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington and Argentina.More

Lily and the CactusLily and the Cactus
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Contemporary American | NoMa, District of Columbia

Chef Morou goes back to his Southwestern roots with Modern American cuisine inspired by the ingredients and flavors of Southwest America. Nestled inside the Hilton Garden Inn in the up and coming neighborhood of NoMa this restaurant features large private dining spaces, a spacious enclosed patio for those warm summer nights and an intimate 50 seat dining room.More

The Heights TaproomThe Heights Taproom
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Pub | Columbia Heights / Brightwood, District of Columbia

Welcome to The Heights Taproom! Join us for Happy Hour Mon-Fri, 3pm-8pm. We have what you need!More

The Smith - U StreetThe Smith - U Street
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Located in the heart of Washington DC’s bustling U Street corridor, our newest location offers a lively and convivial atmosphere that’s perfect for a night out with friends, a pre-show meal, a late night bite, or brunch any day of the week. The menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and family style dishes to share. A private dining room is also available for events of any occasion. More

Discover Shaw

The Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. is known for being a hub of international restaurants. Running from Mt. Vernon Square to U Street, this trendy area is packed with eateries and hosts everything from Thai and West African cuisine to French-Asian fusion food. These multicultural restaurants frequently entertain throngs of students from Howard University as well as business professionals meeting for lunch before heading back to the Mt. Vernon Square Convention Center. If your taste buds prefer more classic American-style food, try the half-smoke hot dog, one of D.C.'s most iconic dishes. This hot dog is smothered in french fries, cheese sauce, meaty chili and raw onions. You can grab one of these hearty hot dogs just east of the African-American Civil War Memorial.