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

The OpenTable Team

You’re in Washington D.C. for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best restaurants among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find the best restaurants in Washington D.C.—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Le Diplomate, O-Ku - DC
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Asian, French, Sushi
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Logan Circle, Washington
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The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,572 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,048 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
295 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
98% recommended
Sushi in Washington, D.C. Area
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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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Plume at the Jefferson Hotel

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,296 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
Notable Wine List in Washington, D.C. Area
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SEI restaurant & lounge

$$$$·Asian·
Penn Quarter
2,488 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
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
92% recommended
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Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
742 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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
88% recommended
Southern in Washington, D.C. Area

Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,089 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
100% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
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Al Tiramisu

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
701 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • 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
91% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
411 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
97% recommended

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
5,791 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
93% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
604 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
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
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
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Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,060 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Quiet Conversation
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
97% recommended

Brasserie Beck

$$$$·Belgian·
Downtown
4,596 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
92% recommended

The Inn at Little Washington

$$$$·American·
Washington
763 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
100% recommended
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Wildwood Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,104 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Washington, D.C. Area

Mandu - K Street

$$$$·Korean·
Mt. Vernon Square
502 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Fun
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
90% recommended

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,434 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
87% recommended
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Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
832 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Special Occasion
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
81% recommended

Pennsylvania 6 DC - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
395 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Business Meals
Pennsylvania 6 serves sophisticated and contemporary American dishes. It’s backed by the City Tap House team and pays homage to 1940s glamour. Offering the best steaks in WashingtoRead more
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