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The Best Bars for Foodies in Washington D.C.

Few areas in the country are more iconic than Washington, D.C., but America's capital isn't just the hub of politics—it's also home to some of the best restaurants in America. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether in the mood for a good old-fashioned, all-American beer, or some sake, this list of best bars in D.C. has you covered.

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The OpenTable Team
10 Restaurants
Updated January 29, 2021
Restaurants:O-Ku - DC, Le Diplomate, The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Sushi, French, American
Neighborhoods:Washington, Logan Circle, Penn Quarter
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O-Ku - DC

$$$$
Sushi
Washington
4.8
1262 reviews
O-Ku opened a few years ago and quickly won D.C. over with their commitment to genuine Japanese hospitality. They have a world-class upstairs bar and a full sushi and sashimi bar. O-Ku offers a wide variety of raw offerings, a full sake menu, and private dining for larger parties.

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Le Diplomate

$$$$
French
Logan Circle
4.8
12758 reviews
Le Diplomate dedicates itself to genuine French culture. They take extra care to extend this dedication to the drinks, which are steeped in French culture and tradition. The fruits de mer (seafood salad) is renowned throughout D.C., but where Le Diplomate really shines is brunch. It's available every Sunday and features a full selection of breakfast and lunch.

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$
American
Penn Quarter
4.4
2826 reviews
Located around the corner from the International Spy Museum, The Smith in the Penn Quarter is an offshoot of the popular NYC spot that specializes in all-American food and seasonal craft drinks. Draft beer and ciders are also available at a reasonable price here. It’s a popular spot for concert-goers, so it’s usually pretty lively.

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Dirty Habit | The Glass House

$$$$
Global, International
Penn Quarter
4.1
1516 reviews
The Dirty Habit is another addition to the Penn Quarter district and is steps away from all the major tourist destinations. They pair seasonal drinks with shareable plates, making Dirty Habit a great spot to get together with some friends, family, or colleagues.

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The Arsenal at Bluejacket

$$$$
Contemporary American
Navy Yard
4.4
999 reviews
The building that houses The Arsenal at Bluejacket was first built back in 1919 and has since been retrofitted to house this bar and restaurant. The Arsenal specializes in "adventurous American eats" and microbrewed beers sourced from the local D.C. area. It's the beer list, of course, that makes them one of the best bars serving food in D.C.—and when paired with yummy treats like the jumbo everything pretzel or the pan-seared pierogi, you can understand why.

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BlackSalt

$$$$
Seafood
Palisades Northwest
4.8
6228 reviews
BlackSalt serves sustainable seafood that is typically locally sourced as well. The bar is more of an upscale tavern that complements the high-end dishes that are popular here. There's also a take-out market for those who prefer to take their dishes to-go.

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Iron Gate

$$$$
Mediterranean
Dupont Circle
4.7
2426 reviews
The Iron Gate is a swanky spot that offers Mediterranean fare, specifically Greek and Italian fusion dishes. This is a preferred hangout spot in the nicer weather months because they have a full courtyard for patrons to enjoy their food and drinks.

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Jaleo DC

$$$$
Spanish
Penn Quarter
4.7
9723 reviews
Celebrity chef Jose Andres brings his Jaleo concept to D.C., and the result is a Mexican fusion menu with a rotating selection of cocktails to complement the dishes. Jaleo has great tapas, but the Lomo Iberio de Bellota is what's really to-die-for, made from a premium cut of free-range, acorn-fed, black-footed iberico pigs of Spain.

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Matisse

$$$$
Contemporary French
Tenleytown
4.7
1461 reviews
Named after the French painter Henri Matisse, this restaurant specializes in contemporary French-Mediterranean fare. Matisse has an unrivaled wine list that offers a premier selection of both reds and whites—both popular and obscure—for their patrons.

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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown
4.8
8215 reviews
With satellite locations in Las Vegas and Chicago, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab has become a D.C. favorite because of their incomparable surf 'n' turf and cocktails. This is also a favorite spot for local politicians and other D.C. celebs.

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