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The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

The OpenTable team

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among Washington D.C.'s most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

Restaurants:Unconventional Diner, Centrolina, Le Diplomate
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Italian, French
Neighborhoods:Shaw, Downtown, Logan Circle
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Unconventional Diner

$$$$·American·
Shaw
1,139 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
AMERICAN: Unconventional Diner is, in fact, an unconventional diner; it’s a place you’ll find dishes like “French dip” pappardelle, sriracha-glazed meatloaf, foie-gras PB&J, and shRead more
93% recommended
American in Washington, D.C. Area
24 people mentioned the Chicken Parm

Centrolina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,425 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
ITALIAN: Tucked into the swanky CenterCityDC development is Centrolina, chef Amy Brandwein’s bright, buzzing Italian restaurant. Here, you’ll find dishes like buckwheat spaghetti aRead more
89% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
28 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,134 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
FRENCH: Le Diplomate, a pitch-perfect French bistro in Logan Circle, is undoubtedly one of the greatest spots to brunch in the city. (Ask anyone from DC and they’ll agree.) You canRead more
95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
218 people mentioned the Mushroom Tart
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The Salt Line

$$$$·Seafood·
Navy Yard
1,028 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
SEAFOOD: On the waterfront near the Navy Yard you’ll find The Salt Line, a seafood restaurant that celebrates the cooking traditions of New England and the Chesapeake Bay. This meaRead more
90% recommended
Seafood in District of Columbia
26 people mentioned the Raw Bar

Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
14,858 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
MEDITERRANEAN: Chef Jose Andres is a DC legend, with restaurants of all types delighting diners around the city. Zaytinya is his Middle Eastern spot, with a myriad of dips and salaRead more
94% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
479 people mentioned the Mezze
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Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
8,398 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
MEXICAN: Oyamel is one of those restaurants that manages to be elegant, refined, and a whole lot of fun. You’re here for upscale versions of Mexican street food—think tacos, cevichRead more
93% recommended
Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area
199 people mentioned the Guacamole
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Arroz

$$$$·Spanish·
Shaw
900 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
SPANISH: Mike Isabella, a former Top Chef contestant, has amassed quite the restaurant empire here in DC. Arroz is his foray into Spanish cuisine, with hints of Portuguese and MoroRead more
88% recommended
25 people mentioned the Sangria
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Rasika West End

$$$$·Contemporary Indian·
West End
4,302 reviews
INDIAN: There are few people in the country who cook Indian food like James Beard Award–winning chef Vikram Sunderam, and we’re lucky to have him in DC. The atmosphere is upscale bRead more
321 people mentioned the Chaat
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China Chilcano

$$$$·Peruvian·
Penn Quarter
2,486 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
PERUVIAN: China Chilcano is a Jose Andres restaurant specializing in the food of Peru—specifically chifa, the Chinese-influenced Peruvian cuisine, and nikkei, the Japanese-influencRead more
92% recommended
91 people mentioned the Pisco Sour

Chaplin

$$$$·Japanese·
Shaw
783 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Happy Hour
JAPANESE: You probably wouldn’t expect a Japanese restaurant to be Charlie Chaplin–themed—but at Chaplin, a ramen spot in Shaw, it works. Check out the vintage movie posters while Read more
92% recommended
Japanese in Washington, D.C. Area
186 people mentioned the Ramen

BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,510 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
STEAKHOUSE: BLT Steak is a hit amongst the power-lunch-and-dinner crowd, and it’s not hard to see why: this is a first-rate steakhouse, with an impressive raw bar, a rainbow of sidRead more
90% recommended
Steak in District of Columbia
497 people mentioned the Popovers

Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Woodley Park
1,004 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
LEBANESE: Lebanese Taverna is a part of a group of restaurants that’s been serving Lebanese food for decades, and it’s clear they know what they’re doing. We recommend anything froRead more
100% recommended
23 people mentioned the Pita

DC Noodles

$$$$·Thai·
U Street Corridor
93 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
THAI: It’s pretty clear what’s on the menu at DC Noodles, a large, sleek Thai spot on U Street—and noodles you will get, whether they’re sauteed in a wok, tossed into a salad, or hRead more
97% recommended
4 people mentioned the Pad See Ew
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Mandu - K Street

$$$$·Korean·
Mt. Vernon Square
510 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Fun
KOREAN: Mandu is a homestyle Korean restaurant beloved by locals and industry folk alike, serving classics like bibimbap, galbi, bulgogi, and, of course, top-notch mandu. We especiRead more
91% recommended
123 people mentioned the Mandu

Kapnos

$$$$·Greek·
U Street Corridor
1,337 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
GREEK: If you’re not hungry when you walk into Kapnos, chef Mike Isabella’s Greek restaurant, you certainly will be once you see the open kitchen, with spit-roasted meats getting bRead more
93% recommended
43 people mentioned the Baklava
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