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The Best Burgers in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Buck's Fishing & Camping, The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C, Persimmon
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Chevy Chase, Penn Quarter, Bethesda / Chevy Chase
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Buck's Fishing & Camping

$$$$·American·
Chevy Chase
665 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
Buck's Fishing & Camping is dedicated to its kitschy, summer camp-inspired theme, using canoes and firelight as decor, and live flame to grill a choice selection of local meats, fiRead more
91% recommended

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,656 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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, Read more
83% recommended

Persimmon

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,238 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 seafoRead more
98% recommended
American in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,539 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Blue Duck Tavern inside the West End's Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. offers a gourmet, market-driven menu. Chef Adam Howard's celebration of the bounty of the region, transformed in Read more
87% recommended
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Amity & Commerce

$$$$·American·
Downtown
845 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
A contemporary, Asian-inspired restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C., Muze offers all-day dining in a sophisticated setting. The restaurant offers seasonal outdoRead more

Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,293 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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 wildernessRead more
89% recommended

Cafe Soleil

$$$$·American·
Downtown
983 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Cozy
  • Quiet Conversation
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 Read more

Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
2,809 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
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 Read more
87% recommended

Barcode

$$$$·American·
Downtown
742 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Bar Seating
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 onRead more
Hot Spot in District of Columbia

Summer House - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,667 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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 produceRead more
92% recommended
Great for Lunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
8,570 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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-Read more
82% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

The Columbia Firehouse

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,133 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 burRead more

Lahinch Tavern and Grill

$$$$·American·
Potomac
308 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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 PotomacRead more
Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area

Seasons 52 - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,311 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Seasonal
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 Read more
95% recommended
Healthy in Maryland - DC Suburbs

The Pub by Wegmans - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
290 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Quick Bite
The Pub by Wegmans, a chain of casual eateries focusing on craft beer and freshly made food from the famous market brand, has a popular outlet in Alexandria. The lengthy dinner/lunRead more
100% recommended
Best Value in Virginia - DC Suburbs

City Kitchen - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
461 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
City Kitchen, a hip but inviting, industrial but warm restaurant in Alexandria, takes inspiration for its creative casual cuisine from cities across the United States. The kitchen Read more
100% recommended
Great for Brunch in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Tavern 64

$$$$·American·
Reston
421 reviews
  • Casual
  • Cozy
  • Good for Birthdays
A sophisticated, farm-to-table neighborhood restaurant in Reston, Virginia, Tavern 64 maintains close relationships with local farms and producers, whose seasonal goods inspire theRead more

Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,026 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
Scenic View in Virginia - DC Suburbs

RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,376 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
The seasonal, produce-driven menus at RIS change daily, but always offer a thoughtful array of creative American cuisine by chef Ris Lacoste. The West End neighborhood restaurant iRead more
92% recommended
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Oakville Grille and Wine Bar - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,107 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Oakville Grille and Wine Bar, a bright and airy bistro in Bethesda, serves California-inspired cuisine alongside a thoughtful wine list. The restaurant offers three burgers only atRead more
87% recommended
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