Discover the Best New Restaurants in Washington D.C.

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!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Estuary at the Conrad DC, Zeppelin, Punjab Grill
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Sushi, Indian
Neighborhoods:Penn Quarter, Shaw
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For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

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 new restaurants in D.C.: Estuary. This stylish, bright eatery features floor to ceiling windows and white and bright r...

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Zeppelin

$$$$·Sushi·
Shaw
318 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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...

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Hot Spot in District of Columbia

Punjab Grill

$$$$·Indian·
Penn Quarter
803 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

For some of the best Indian food in the D.C. area, head to Punjab Grill. This gourmet Indian eatery features a menu of Indian dishes whose recipes are from the khansaamas, the Punjabi royal chefs. Whe...

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CUT by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
174 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion

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...

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Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area

Sfoglina - Downtown

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
542 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Sfoglina pasta house is one of the best new restaurants in D.C., and one of the best places to eat delicious Italian food in the region. Pasta is the star here. Visitors rave about dishes like Roman B...

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Boqueria - Penn Quarter

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
358 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 w...

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Dacha Navy Yard

$$$$·American·
Navy Yard
85 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Great Beer
  • Bar Seating

For relaxed dining in a trendy setting, visitors should head to Dacha in the Navy Yard. Daha is part restaurant and part beer garden, so diners can choose whether they want to have a meal inside or un...

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Sushi Hachi

$$$$·Sushi·
Capitol Hill
118 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Healthy
  • Good for a Date

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 qu...

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Healthy in District of Columbia

North Italia - Washington DC

$$$$·Italian·
West End
560 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion

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 entr...

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Matchbox - Penn Quarter

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
194 reviews
  • Bar Seating

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...

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Neighborhood Gem in District of Columbia

CIRCA at Navy Yard

$$$$·American·
Navy Yard
647 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date

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 alik...

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Great for Lunch in District of Columbia

Casta's Rum Bar

$$$$·Cuban·
West End
272 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

There’s a new Cuban joint in town, and many people report that it’s one of the best new restaurants in D.C. This restaurant is both lively and fun—a good place to go for an entertaining night out—and ...

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Late Night Find in District of Columbia

Mazi

$$$$·American·
Downtown
281 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 ha...

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Ophelia's Fish House

$$$$·Seafood·
Capitol Hill
125 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Ophelia’s holds an apt name because it is one of the best new restaurants in D.C. for fish and seafood. This seafood standout offers diners dinner and brunch, and they also have a large list of cockta...

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Terrain Cafe - Bethesda

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
282 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Casual

Terrain Café is technically in Bethesda Maryland, but it is one of the best new restaurants in D.C. and its surrounding suburbs. Terrain has a greenhouse café that offers visitors the opportunity to f...

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Julii

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,024 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 ...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

Commonwealth Indian

$$$$·Indian·
Rockville
150 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

Commonwealth Indian is one of the best Indian restaurants in the D.C. area, and it is also one of the standout dining establishments around Bethesda. Commonwealth Indian has a menu of traditional Indi...

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London Curry House

$$$$·Indian·
Alexandria
116 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date

In Alexandria, VA is London Curry House: another of the best Indian restaurants in D.C. and a new restaurant locals flock to. Rather than a traditional Indian menu, London Curry house has more modern ...

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Phillips Seafood & Steak - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
79 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem

Phillips Seafood and Steak is a chain across the U.S. But the location in D.C. shines as one of the area’s best new restaurants. Phillips has a large menu of classic seafood and steakhouse menu items...

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America Eats Tavern

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
388 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating

Jose Andres opened America Eats Tavern, a restaurant dedicated to presenting new takes on American classics. Some of the most popular menu items include things like vermicelli mac ‘n’ cheese, sloppy j...

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