The Best Restaurants in Washington D.C., According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

If you're looking for the best restaurants in Washington, D.C., the nation's capital has a lot to offer. With rich architecture and history, Washington has some of the best restaurants in the U.S. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best food in Washington, D.C. among OpenTable's culinary experts and seasoned diners. You'll find everything from sizzling burgers and steak frites at the best steak restaurants to the best vegan restaurants that will make you forget they're meatless.

If you're looking for a few great places to eat featuring Michelin stars and award-winning chefs, these restaurants offer the best food in Washington, D.C. Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

Restaurants:Le Diplomate, O-Ku - DC, Plume at the Jefferson Hotel
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Sushi, American
Neighborhoods:Logan Circle, Washington, Downtown

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
9,356 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
What’s the hottest address in town? Le Diplomate, of course! Le Diplomate is an upscale Logan Circle café from acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr. With a comfortable Parisian andRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
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O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
579 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
If you want a new sushi experience, head to O-Ku which serves the best Japanese cuisine in Union Square. Critics rave about tasty, contemporary Asian-infused ingredients prepared wRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Plume at the Jefferson Hotel

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,414 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For a delightful dining experience with impeccable service and attention to detail, visit Plume at the Jefferson Hotel. Featuring an exceptional wine list and menu, it’s becoming aRead more
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Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
810 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
For a cozy neighborhood dining experience, head to Macon Bistro & Larder. The landmark southern Chevy Chase bistro features delicious fried green tomatoes, tasty deviled eggs, and Read more
91% recommended
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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,188 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
If you’re staying at the Hay-Adams Hotel, the Lafayette Restaurant is an impressive downtown destination across the street from the White House. It serves contemporary American cuiRead more
89% recommended
Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area

Al Tiramisu

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
779 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Where can you go to find the best seafood, the best Italian dishes, and the best desserts? Why Al Tiramisu, of course! Under chef Luigi Diotaiuti, this cozy neighborhood restaurantRead more
94% recommended

Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
499 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Listed among trendy restaurants in Washington, D.C., for upscale Italian dining, visit Sette Osteria. The restaurant offers wood-fired pizzas and grilled fish. With plenty of tastyRead more
96% recommended

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,056 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Looking for a restaurant with the best wine list and amazing service? For a delightful meal, head to Black Salt. With tasty seafood dishes prepared fresh, suggestions include the dRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
646 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
Known for the best pizza and the best breakfast menu, for an amazing meal at any time of the day, visit The Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel. Just four blocks from the White HouseRead more
83% recommended
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Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,173 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
For a familiar downtown landmark with an enjoyable Italian menu, head to Siroc. Siroc serves inspiring Italian and Mediterranean dishes under chef Martin Lackovic. Recommendations Read more
96% recommended
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Brasserie Beck

$$$$·Belgian·
Downtown
4,697 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Great Beer
For contemporary European cuisine in the heart of D.C., head to Brasserie Beck. Known for locally sourced food and a massive beer list, it doesn’t disappoint. The NY strip is tendeRead more
86% recommended
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Wildwood Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,222 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation
Where can you go to find the best surf and turf, an excellent wine list, and celebrity sightings? Why at the Wildwood Kitchen, of course! Wildwood Kitchen offers modern cuisine witRead more
98% recommended
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Mandu - K Street

$$$$·Korean·
Mt. Vernon Square
553 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Looking for the best kimchi or the best dumplings? Mandu is the ideal setting for relaxed Korean dining with a sleek Asian-influenced vibe. Recommendations at this downtown favoritRead more
97% recommended

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,839 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, Blue Duck Tavern has the best farm-sourced meals. Using the freshest quality ingredients, recommendations include the tenderly braised beeRead more
86% recommended
American in District of Columbia

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
946 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
If you’re looking for a spin-off from the successful San Francisco location, you’ll find it at Dirty Habit. Featuring crafted cocktails and an edgy design, enjoy the urban patio inRead more
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Kinship

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
927 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Under French-trained Chef Eric Ziebold, diners can create their own menus by selecting from categories like history, ingredient, indulgence, and craft. With family-style dining, KiRead more
93% recommended
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The Inn at Little Washington

$$$$·American·
Washington
769 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
For five-star dining in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, head to The Inn at Little Washington. This amazing restaurant is also one of the best according to diners. OfferiRead more
96% recommended
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SEI restaurant & lounge

$$$$·Asian·
Penn Quarter
2,489 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
Ready for the best sushi? SEI Restaurant & Lounge is the perfect place for a relaxing sushi meal with colleagues. Serving crafted cocktails and sake, its excellent service also makRead more
93% recommended
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The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,652 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
For the best Asian cuisine and an upscale vibe, head to this contemporary bi-level restaurant, a welcome surprise. Listed under Top 10 Restaurants in D.C. and Trendy Restaurants inRead more
89% recommended
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