20 Best Lunch Spots in Washington DC

The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., forms the hotbed of political action in the United States. This historical city has grown into a cultural mecca, drawing in hordes of tourists who come to see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Monument. The Smithsonian Institute represents the world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums and 9 research centers. DC boasts a diverse food scene, too - from family-run chili joints and authentic Ethiopian to Michelin star establishments. If you’re looking for the best lunch DC-style, check out our Tastemaker 20 List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table today!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Tosca, Il Piatto, La Piquette
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, French
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Washington DC, Cleveland Park
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Tosca

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,800 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

For some of the best lunch in DC, head to Ristorante Tosca! Located right in the heart of Downtown, Tosca features a menu of modernized Northern Italian cuisine in a serene and beautiful setting. The ...

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Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Il Piatto

$$$$·Italian·
Washington DC

Mirabelle is an upscale restaurant with an innovative spin on everything they create. Located in the heart of downtown D.C., they play on the culture of refined Parisian Brasseries and update classic ...

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La Piquette

$$$$·French·
Cleveland Park
1,652 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

La Piquette is a neighborhood bistro located in Cleveland Park. Known for having some of the best lunch in DC, it’s a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike! The restaurant stays faithful to its ...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area

Central Michel Richard

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

Michel Richard’s modern American brasserie is his tribute to great American cuisine, both modern and classic. He puts a French accent on everything here and is especially famous for lunch items like t...

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Chez Billy Sud

$$$$·French·
Georgetown
2,203 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

Located on 31st Street in the heart of Georgetown, Chez Billy Sud is a quaint bistro with some of the best lunch in DC. The menu showcases traditional and updated versions of various French dishes and...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area

The Partisan

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Penn Quarter
736 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Hot Spot

The Partisan is a full-blown bar and restaurant in conjunction with Red Apron, their butcher shop on D Street in Penn Quarter. It serves as a culinary playground for Executive Chef and Butcher Nathan ...

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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,071 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Located right in the heart of town in Dupont Circle, this is a perfect stop for anyone out sightseeing in town and hungry for some of the best lunch in D.C. Recently reborn, they feature a fantastic, ...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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Haikan

$$$$·Ramen·
Shaw
459 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual

Haikan is a Sapporo Ramen shop opened by the same owners as Daikaya. Haikan means “pipe works” in Japanese and is an ode to the Atlantic Plumbing Building whose space they took over. It’s an excellent...

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Best Value in District of Columbia

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,896 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

This classic restaurant pays tribute to the chefs of France and makes diners feel transported to a classic Parisian brasserie with both the cuisine and the ambiance. It is a bright, comfortable gather...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area
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Estuary at the Conrad DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Penn Quarter
363 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

The Conrad is one of the nicest hotels in D.C. It is also home to one of the best restaurants in D.C.: Estuary. This stylish, bright eatery features floor to ceiling windows and white and bright red i...

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Punjab Grill

$$$$·Indian·
Penn Quarter
815 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies

For some of the best Indian food around, head to Punjab Grill. This gourmet Indian eatery features a lunch menu of Indian dishes whose recipes are from the khansaamas, the Punjabi royal chefs. When di...

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Best Service in District of Columbia

Ambar Capitol Hill

$$$$·Balkan style·
Capitol Hill
3,467 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch

Ambar is a great spot for some of the best lunch in DC, especially if you’re looking for vegetarian-friendly options. Come here to sample some of their standout plates, such as the silky baked beans w...

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Most Booked in District of Columbia

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,336 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

This opulently decorated restaurant evokes the work of its namesake and is a stunning place to sit and enjoy lunch. The menu adds a contemporary flair to classic dishes and features a fantastic wine s...

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