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The Best Bars for Foodies in Washington D.C.

The OpenTable Team

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 the Tastemaker 20. 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.

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
332 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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. Read more
99% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Washington, D.C. Area
10 people mentioned the Omakase

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,243 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 fruitRead more
96% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
223 people mentioned the Mushroom Tart
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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,648 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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 seasonalRead more
83% recommended
25 people mentioned the Mac Cheese

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
855 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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 Read more
84% recommended
19 people mentioned the Truffle Fries

SEI restaurant & lounge

$$$$·Asian·
Penn Quarter
2,488 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
SEI is in downtown D.C. and specializes in modern Asian cuisine. They also have specialty sushi that puts a modern spin on the classic Japanese dish. SEI, however, got their reputaRead more
93% recommended
142 people mentioned the Fish Chip
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The Arsenal at Bluejacket

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Navy Yard
861 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Fun
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 “adventuRead more
84% recommended
27 people mentioned the Pretzel

RPM Italian - DC

$$$$·Italian·
Mt. Vernon Square
3,228 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
This division of RPM specializes in Italian-American eats with pasta, seafood, and steaks. They also serve some of the best wines from various Italian regions in the world. At the Read more
95% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
74 people mentioned the Garlic Bread

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,596 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Austrian-born celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck first came to prominence in the 1980s, when he opened Spago in Beverly Hills. With restaurants all over the world, his Source restaurant Read more
86% recommended
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area
203 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
760 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
The Macon Bistro and Larder is one of the most unique bars in D.C. because they combine Southern cooking with a French-Creole flair. Best known among the locals, the Macon Bistro aRead more
91% recommended
25 people mentioned the Short Rib

Brasserie Beck

$$$$·Belgian·
Downtown
4,616 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great Beer
  • Good for a Date
Located in the burgeoning McPherson neighborhood, Brasserie Beck is one of the only restaurants serving Belgian food in the area. It has a beer list with over 100 choices, making iRead more
92% recommended
56 people mentioned the Moules

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
5,842 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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. TheRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
142 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
1,564 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 thRead more
92% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
32 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
8,432 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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 greaRead more
98% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
495 people mentioned the Sangria

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,154 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 selectRead more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in District of Columbia
24 people mentioned the Fritz

Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,715 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
This is one of the most casual dining offerings in D.C., which is important in a town that takes the tack of “sun's up, suits on.” Café Milano offers delicious pizzas complemented Read more
85% recommended
Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area
24 people mentioned the Veal Chop

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

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
5,226 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
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. ThiRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
546 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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BLT Prime by David Burke

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
1,761 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located in the Trump Hotel DC, the BLT Prime by David Burke is best known for their top-of-the-line steaks and incomparable appetizers. The selection of cocktails is second-to-noneRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
91 people mentioned the Popovers

Kinship

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
927 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Kinship is another place that specializes in new American fare, meaning they do gourmet twists on classics like hamburgers and steaks. Kinship has a chic, minimalist decor, which mRead more
93% recommended
103 people mentioned the French Toast
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RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,376 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Named after Executive Chef, Ris LaCoste, RIS DC is a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of the West End district that serves seasonal American fare with a local vibe. LaCRead more
92% recommended
88 people mentioned the Butterscotch Pudding
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El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,418 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
El Centro D.F. is another creation by celebrity executive chef Ricardo Sandoval that specializes in authentic Mexican food. In addition to offering authentic Mexican street eats, ERead more
Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area
36 people mentioned the Churro