Discover the Best Fried Chicken in Washington DC

The nation's capital of Washington, D.C. not only forms the epicenter of power and politics but has also become a hub for award-winning cuisine. Restaurants with the best fried chicken in DC attract politicians and plebeians alike looking for traditional favorites or creative concoctions. But where are the city's smartest, savviest diners headed out to when seeking the best fried chicken in DC? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know diners to put together this comprehensive list of the best fried chicken in DC. Featuring everything from modern styles to classic recipes, the city on the Potomac has every type of fried chicken dish under the sun. Grab a table and enjoy dinner there tonight!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Central Michel Richard, Bar Pilar, Millie's
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Penn Quarter, Logan Circle, Tenleytown
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Central Michel Richard

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
7,421 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

One of the top restaurants in the capital city, this acclaimed spot features some of the best fried chicken in DC. The brainchild of celebrated chef Michel Richard, Central Michel Richard boasts a men...

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Bar Pilar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Logan Circle
408 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Hot Spot

Washington D.C. is a city known for fine brunch options, and Bar Pilar is right up at the top of the list. Fried chicken dishes are highlights on the Bar Pilar brunch menu. Head in during the brunch h...

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Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area

Millie's

$$$$·American·
Tenleytown
484 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch

In the heart of Washington's Tenleytown neighborhood, Millie's is a taste of the coast in the middle of the capital city. This colorful restaurant boasts a full menu of island-inspired cocktails and c...

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St. Anselm - DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mount Vernon
2,310 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

A refined and classic spot in Mt. Vernon, St. Anselm features a menu full of hearty grilled favorites. Look to the “Bigs from the Grill” section for standouts. Crispy young “BoBo” chicken includes the...

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Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
903 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

This Logan Circle favorite specializes in top-notch oysters and some of the best fried chicken in D.C. The fried chicken brings in a taste of Pennsylvania to the District. A “Pennsylvania Amish chicke...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Chaplin

$$$$·Japanese·
Shaw
1,088 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Birthdays

Take a trek to 1920s Asia with the inspired, creative Chaplin restaurant. A short walk away from Logan Circle, Chaplin is a stylish spot perfect for a night out with friends and family. Stop in to try...

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Japanese in Washington, D.C. Area

The Smith - U Street

$$$$·American·
Downtown
828 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

One of the prime gathering spots in Downtown D.C., the U Street Smith bar and restaurant is a place for a fun time out. The menu includes a full range of classic pub favorites. Try the spicy fried chi...

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Silver - Cathedral Commons

$$$$·American·
Cleveland Park
669 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

A classic and sleek D.C. bistro, Silver is an after-work favorite with a lively crowd and creative menu. It also features some of the best fried chicken in D.C. Head to the “entrees” menu to find the ...

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Great for Brunch in District of Columbia

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,163 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

The Penn Quarter outpost of this Washington bistro favorite offers some of the best fried chicken in D.C. Grab a seat in this lively, centrally-located bistro to enjoy the spicy fried chicken sandwich...

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Logan Tavern

$$$$·American·
Logan Circle
1,459 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch

Logan Tavern is a bustling, lively favorite in the heart of one of D.C.'s most stylish and happening neighborhoods. This classic American-style bar includes a selection of traditional pub classics and...

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The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
668 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Only a few blocks from the White House, the Jefferson Hotel is a favorite for the rich and powerful in D.C. Greenhouse is a prime dining spot with some of the best fried chicken in D.C. Take a seat un...

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Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area

Tico DC & Nama 14 Sushi

$$$$·Latin American·
U Street Corridor
1,442 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies

One of the coolest spits in Washington, this colorful Latin restaurant from celebrated chef Michael Scholw features some of the best fried chicken in D.C. Get a table in the graffiti-decorated dining ...

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Mandu - K Street

$$$$·Korean·
Mt. Vernon Square
572 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Creative Korean dining comes to K Street at this District favorite. A comfortable and welcoming neighborhood place, Mandu offers a relaxing night out with some top Korean dishes. Try the “Dak Jim,” sp...

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Ted's Bulletin - 14th Street

$$$$·American·
Logan Circle
438 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food

A true Washington D.C. highlight, Ted's Bulletin is a must-go for locals and visitors. With a funky but gripping diner aesthetic and super-cool atmosphere, Ted's is a local favorite with a creative me...

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Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area
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