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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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$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
185 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
O-Ku opened a few years ago and quickly won D.C. over with their commitment to genuine Japanese hospitality. They have a world-class upstairs bar and a full sushi and sashimi bar. Read more
98% recommended
10 people mentioned the Omakase
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$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
7,428 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Le Diplomate dedicates itself to genuine French culture. They take extra care to extend this dedication to the drinks, which are steeped in French culture and tradition. The fruitRead more
95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
223 people mentioned the Mushroom Tart
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$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,342 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Located around the corner from the International Spy Museum, The Smith in the Penn Quarter is an offshoot of the popular NYC spot that specializes in all-American food and seasonalRead more
85% recommended
Most Booked in District of Columbia
25 people mentioned the Mac Cheese
$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
687 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
The Dirty Habit is another addition to the Penn Quarter district and is steps away from all the major tourist destinations. They pair seasonal drinks with shareable plates, making Read more
86% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Washington, D.C. Area
19 people mentioned the Truffle Fries
$$$$·Asian·
Penn Quarter
2,427 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romantic
SEI is in downtown D.C. and specializes in modern Asian cuisine. They also have specialty sushi that puts a modern spin on the classic Japanese dish. SEI, however, got their reputaRead more
93% recommended
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area
142 people mentioned the Fish Chip
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Navy Yard
794 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
  • Great for Lunch
The building that houses The Arsenal at Bluejacket was first built back in 1919 and has since been retrofitted to house this bar and restaurant. The Arsenal specializes in “adventuRead more
94% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Washington, D.C. Area
27 people mentioned the Pretzel
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$$$$·Italian·
Mt. Vernon Square
2,692 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This division of RPM specializes in Italian-American eats with pasta, seafood, and steaks. They also serve some of the best wines from various Italian regions in the world. At the Read more
95% recommended
Special Occasion in District of Columbia
74 people mentioned the Garlic Bread
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$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,481 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Austrian-born celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck first came to prominence in the 1980s, when he opened Spago in Beverly Hills. With restaurants all over the world, his Source restaurant Read more
96% recommended
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area
203 people mentioned the Dumplings
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$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
670 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
The Macon Bistro and Larder is one of the most unique bars in D.C. because they combine Southern cooking with a French-Creole flair. Best known among the locals, the Macon Bistro aRead more
88% recommended
25 people mentioned the Short Rib
$$$$·Belgian·
Downtown
4,485 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Located in the burgeoning McPherson neighborhood, Brasserie Beck is one of the only restaurants serving Belgian food in the area. It has a beer list with over 100 choices, making iRead more
93% recommended
56 people mentioned the Moules
$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
5,549 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
BlackSalt serves sustainable seafood that is typically locally sourced as well. The bar is more of an upscale tavern that complements the high-end dishes that are popular here. TheRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
142 people mentioned the Fresh Fish
$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
1,284 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
The Iron Gate is a swanky spot that offers Mediterranean fare, specifically Greek and Italian fusion dishes. This is a preferred hangout spot in the nicer weather months because thRead more
93% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
32 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
7,862 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Celebrity chef Jose Andres brings his Jaleo concept to D.C., and the result is a Mexican fusion menu with a rotating selection of cocktails to complement the dishes. Jaleo has greaRead more
97% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
495 people mentioned the Sangria
$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,046 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
Named after the French painter Henri Matisse, this restaurant specializes in contemporary French-Mediterranean fare. Matisse has an unrivaled wine list that offers a premier selectRead more
94% recommended
24 people mentioned the Fritz
$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,537 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
This is one of the most casual dining offerings in D.C., which is important in a town that takes the tack of “sun's up, suits on.” Café Milano offers delicious pizzas complemented Read more
89% recommended
24 people mentioned the Veal Chop
$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
4,567 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
With satellite locations in Las Vegas and Chicago, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab has become a D.C. favorite because of their incomparable surf 'n' turf and cocktails. ThiRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
546 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
1,435 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located in the Trump Hotel DC, the BLT Prime by David Burke is best known for their top-of-the-line steaks and incomparable appetizers. The selection of cocktails is second-to-noneRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
91 people mentioned the Popovers
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$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
925 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
Kinship is another place that specializes in new American fare, meaning they do gourmet twists on classics like hamburgers and steaks. Kinship has a chic, minimalist decor, which mRead more
95% recommended
103 people mentioned the French Toast
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$$$$·American·
West End
3,367 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Named after Executive Chef, Ris LaCoste, RIS DC is a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of the West End district that serves seasonal American fare with a local vibe. LaCRead more
81% recommended
88 people mentioned the Butterscotch Pudding
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$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,316 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fun
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
89% recommended
Mexican in District of Columbia
36 people mentioned the Churro
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