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Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

The OpenTable team

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Washington, D.C. dining scene. Here are Washington, DC’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

Restaurants:Zaytinya, Oyamel, Central Michel Richard
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Mexican, American
Neighborhoods:Penn Quarter
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Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
14,979 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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 salads and meats anRead more
94% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
8,464 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
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, ceviches, and tRead more
93% recommended
Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area
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Central Michel Richard

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
7,120 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Since it opened 10 years ago, Central Michel Richard has been serving French-American food that is both elegant and low-key, winning accolades from all over the country. We particuRead more
89% recommended

Rasika

$$$$·Indian·
Penn Quarter
8,609 reviews
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 but comfoRead more
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
8,437 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef Jose Andres is an integral part of the Washington, DC food scene, and with Jaleo—a modern tapas bar in the Penn Quarter—it’s easy to see why. Couple the top-notch food with imRead more
98% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

Bombay Club

$$$$·Indian·
Downtown
4,314 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
It’s hard to believe that Bombay Club has been around for thirty years; the food at this posh Indian restaurant still feels exciting and new. Don’t miss dishes like the green-chiliRead more
93% recommended
Indian in Washington, D.C. Area

Tosca Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,627 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation
Tosca Ristorante is where the power-lunch-and-dinner types come for delicious Italian food, served in a handsome, stately room. The pastas, in particular, are excellent, as well asRead more
92% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,537 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
The Blue Duck Tavern, which can be found in Georgetown’s Park Hyatt Hotel, isn’t your average tavern—it’s a classy, upscale variation on the genre, with cooking to match. Try disheRead more
87% recommended
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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
22,500 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
There are few restaurants in DC as entrenched in the political scene as Old Ebbitt Grill, where politicos of all stripes come to hang out and unwind. You’ll find a menu of AmericanRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
5,845 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
For a night of gorging on some of the freshest seafood in the city, head to BlackSalt, a DC institution in the Palisades neighborhood. We particularly love the clam chowder, crab cRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area