The Best Burgers in Washington DC

As the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.'s dining scene is dominated by international cuisines and power lunches. But locals and visitors alike sometimes just want a classic American burger, and the best places for a burger in D.C. know how to do it right. Chefs use top-quality meat, perfect cooking technique, choice buns, great toppings, and delicious sides. So, which restaurants should you go to when you’re craving one of these burgers? We used our data to find the top burger spots among diners in DC. Here’s where the locals are going when they’re wanting a good burger.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C, Persimmon, Teddy & The Bully Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Penn Quarter, Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Dupont Circle
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,172 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual

The Smith in Penn Quarter is one of a small regional chain known for bistro-inspired comfort-food classics with global influences. Comprehensive menus offer two burgers for lunch, brunch and dinner al...

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Persimmon

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,417 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual

Somewhat off the beaten path in Bethesda, Persimmon offers a cozy-but-bright break from the bustle of D.C., along with some excellent bistro-inspired cuisine. The focus is on seafood and the thoughtfu...

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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,513 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

In its decor, vibe, food and strong cocktails, Teddy & The Bully Bar takes its inspiration from Theodore Roosevelt – his personality, achievements and enthusiasm for the wilderness. In terms of cuisin...

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Cafe Soleil

$$$$·American·
Downtown
980 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

A brightly decorated bistro close to the White House, Cafe Soleil welcomes locals and visitors to enjoy its French-influenced New American cuisine all day. Lunch and dinner guests seeking full entree-...

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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
3,010 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups

Ever wondered what kind of burger Abraham Lincoln would like? The chefs at Lincoln, a restaurant inspired by the 16th President in its every facet, have pondered that question and come up with several...

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Barcode

$$$$·American·
Downtown
837 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups

Barcode, a 200-seat sports bar, restaurant and lounge that's open late, claims the honor of the Washington Post's best happy hour. Diners in the mood for a burger can get a deal on a happy hour cheese...

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Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,361 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

Summer House Santa Monica takes its inspiration from a sunny beach house in Southern California, a theme that's revealed by its light- and plant-filled decor along with the produce-forward cuisine. Wi...

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Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
10,603 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

Farmers Fishers Bakers, part of a farmer-owned restaurant group, offers casual, all-day dining in Georgetown's Washington Harbour area. The focus is on sustainable fare, with made-from-scratch culinar...

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The Columbia Firehouse

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,174 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Diners hungry for a burger can order one any time of day at The Columbia Firehouse, a casual restaurant offering classic American cuisine in Alexandria. The signature Firehouse burger features on the ...

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Lahinch Tavern and Grill

$$$$·American·
Potomac
364 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great Beer

The concept of Irish-American fusion defines Lahinch Tavern and Grill's menu and overall vibe, which is equal parts upscale American restaurant and casual Irish tavern. The Potomac, Maryland-area esta...

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Seasons 52 - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,676 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Healthy

Seasons 52 in North Bethesda is one of over 35 national locations of the popular fresh food-focused restaurant. While the focus of the menus is salads, flatbreads and seafood, the lunch menu offers th...

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Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,928 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for Groups

A breezy, scenic riverfront setting in Alexandria, seasonal outdoor seating, regular live music and a seafood-centric menu fit nicely with Blackwall Hitch's maritime theme. Diners in the mood for a bu...

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