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Discover the Best New Restaurants in Washington D.C.

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated October 23, 2019

Best known as the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. forms the hotbed of political action in the United States. This historical city has grown into one of the country’s cultural meccas. D.C. thrives when it comes to museums, arts organizations and sports. With so many attractions, residents and visitors can find no shortage of food options from around the globe, ranging from mom-and-pop shops and authentic ethnic eateries to haute cuisine establishments with Michelin stars. A new restaurant opens up every week in D.C., so how do diners choose? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve looked at thousands of restaurants and bars across D.C. to find the favorite places among OpenTable’s expert, seasoned diners. Diners who want a delicious, unforgettable meal should try the best new restaurants in D.C. today. Good luck choosing just one!

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4.4
4.4 (622)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Penn Quarter

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About the restaurant
The Conrad is one of the nicest hotels in D.C. It is also home to one of the best new restaurants in D.C.: Estuary. This stylish, bright eatery features floor to ceiling windows and white and bright red interior touches, so the space feels airy and energized. The menu focuses on seafood, so anyone who loves a coastal meal will enjoy dining here. Diners can eat dishes like tuna tartare, cedar planked scallops, or grilled flounder. For more adventurous eaters looking for an experience, come for the chef’s menu, and let the head of the kitchen prepare his favorite delights.
Top review
SRR10vip
Dined 6 days ago
The pig ears appetizer was incredible! The main courses were good but nothing that blew our mind. The dessert was also delicious. I think it’s a bit pricey for what you get. I was still hungry after appetizer,entree, and my own dessert. It was a special occasion which made it worth it. I absolutely love the atmosphere and I loved how private it felt. I could hear my entire conversation with my person the whole night. We didn’t feel rushed either. 
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4.6
4.6 (646)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Shaw

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About the restaurant
Zeppelin is one of the best new restaurants in D.C. and also one of the best Japanese restaurants in the area. This particular take on Japanese food features Yakitori, as well as sushi. Zeppelin has a dark lounge-y atmosphere, and it is a fun place to go for a cocktail at night. Zeppelin also has karaoke after dinner service, so come to show off any singing skills. The restaurant is in the heart of Logan Circle.
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abdallahZvip
Dined 4 days ago
Lovely food and great service. Good value for money
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4.7
4.7 (488)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Georgetown

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About the restaurant
CUT is a chain of restaurants by Wolfgang Puck. This new D.C. outpost of the celebrated restaurant does not disappoint when it comes to steak and many consider it to be one of the best new restaurants in D.C. Located in the heart of the town’s trendy neighborhood, Georgetown, CUT features a menu of items like Wild Mediterranean Trout, Grilled Maine Diver Scallops, Japanese Pure Breed Wagyu Beef, and Grilled Sonoma Lamb Chops. The restaurant has dark wood, handsome décor with beautiful parquet floors and comfortable plush banquet seating. Diners should consider it for a business meal, a date night, or a celebratory evening on the town.
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HarrietWvip
Dined 3 days ago
Food was exceptional. Terrific service. Beautiful atmosphere
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4.5
4.5 (500)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Penn Quarter

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About the restaurant
There are two locations of Boqueria in D.C.: one in Dupont and one in Penn Quarter. Both feature Spanish tapas and are excellent spots to go out for a festive evening with friends. The tapas menu is wide and varied. Find a selection of vegetables, cheese, charcuterie, seafood, meat, and more. Visitors who come to Boqueria rave about the cocktails and the dimly lit and sleek with minimalist interior.
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Arlingtonvip
Dined on Feb 12, 2024
Service was great, the food good, the music was too loud. All the tables are high tops.
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4.8
4.8 (208)
$30 and under
Sushi
Capitol Hill

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About the restaurant
For one of the best new restaurants in D.C. and arguably the best sushi in town, head to Sushi Hachi. The concept behind Sushi Hachi is to blend the modern styling of D.C. area restaurants with the quality of fish in classic Asian eateries. The sushi here is incredibly fresh and the menu is large. Visitors can choose from a selection of sushi, sashimi, nigiri, and rolls. There are other Japanese bites on the menu, including snapper miso ceviche, chicken kara-age with onion and zucchini, and grilled octopus poke tuna. Sushi Hachi is between Capitol Hill and the Navy Yard in Central D.C.
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CiamaW
Dined on Jan 13, 2024
Great ambience, food and service. Will definitely recommend and go back.
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4.6
4.6 (1495)
$30 and under
Italian
West End

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About the restaurant
One of the most exciting new spots for Italian food in D.C. is North Italia. This small chain of Italian restaurants offers fresh Italian dishes made from scratch, including pasta, pizza, protein entrees, and more. The chefs hand-make the pastas here daily, and there is a daily chef-special pizza, in addition to an Italian-focused brunch menu. Diners will find the meals here to be hearty and rustic, so it is a good place to come when comfort is the craving. North Italia is on Penn Ave, in the heart of downtown.
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LaurenMS
Dined 3 days ago
Enjoyed a great meal. Service was good, food even better.
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4.4
4.4 (498)
$30 and under
American
Penn Quarter

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About the restaurant
For a warm, inviting, neighborhood-feeling café, D.C. folks can now flock to Matchbox: one of the town’s most welcoming new restaurants. The menu here has something for everyone, including burgers and fries, salads, appetizers and more. Consider this to be a place for more upscale bar food, where the servers are friendly and always know the regulars’ names.
Top review
JordanB
Dined 2 days ago
Matchbox was the perfect restaurant for my organization's team lunch. It's intimate enough for people to talk & laugh with each other, with very tasty food options & good drinks.
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4.6
4.6 (1113)
$30 and under
American
Navy Yard

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About the restaurant
At the Navy Yard is another new exciting restaurant: Circa, which is an American restaurant that rotates its menu seasonally. The location of CIRCA is convenient to serve both visitors and locals alike, close to Audi Field, the Capitol Riverfront, and the Nationals Park. The menu here has options like spinach and artichoke dip, petite filet sliders, and fuji apple shrimp salad. The bustling atmosphere here is family-friendly so bring everyone along for a meal.
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JenniferG
Dined 7 days ago
Excellent experience as always, CIRCA is one of my favourites in D.C.
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4.5
4.5 (657)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
For casual dining in a cute and trendy environment, visitors should head to Mazi. This new American restaurant in the heart of Downtown serves lunch and dinner nightly, and they also have a popular happy hour. When diners come here, they can sample dishes like the New York Strip, chicken kebab, or penne pasta prima. There are also vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, so it may be a good place to take any herbivore friends. Mazi bills itself as family-friendly so don’t hesitate to bring the little ones along to dine.
Top review
NiyaR
Dined 7 days ago
Amazing food! Great vibes, very intimate. We had an amazing dinner at Mazi
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4.7
4.7 (2132)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
North Bethesda

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About the restaurant
Another one of the best restaurants in North Bethesda is Julii, a French restaurant with a Mediterranean twist. Founded by the masterminds behind Cava, a chain of popular fast-casual restaurants that people love in the D.C. area. Julii serves breakfast lunch and dinner, and the menu has a distinct French bent. Find items like lamb shank tagine, filet mignon, crispy trout, and scallop risotto. Many diners rave about the atmosphere, which is bright and airy, with floor to ceiling windows in the dining room.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
I have eaten there 4 times and each time has been consistent with excellent food and service.
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