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

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Le Diplomate, O-Ku - DC, Plume at The Jefferson, DC
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Sushi, American
Neighborhoods:Logan Circle, Washington, Downtown
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
11,084 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 and city vibe to it, di...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area
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O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
963 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

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 with traditional tech...

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Plume at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,391 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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 a favorite with local...

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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,303 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 cuisine that is careful...

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Al Tiramisu

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
916 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 restaurant includes beautifull...

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Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
555 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • 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 tasty cocktails and vino ...

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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,203 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 delicious wood-grille...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
684 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • 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 House, the historic resta...

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Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area

Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,147 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Business Meals

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 include the flavorfu...

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Mandu - K Street

$$$$·Korean·
Mt. Vernon Square
574 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
  • Romantic

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 favorite include the dolsot...

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Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,102 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date

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 in this Hotel Monaco l...

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