The Most Fun Restaurants in Washington DC

Washington, D.C. has evolved into a melting pot of cultures, offering up regional and international cuisines. The variety of restaurants creates a diverse landscape for foodies, and with so many cool restaurants the D.C. food scene will not disappoint. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. From high-profile dining establishments to friendly, fun restaurants, some of the best, food-centric neighborhoods are in the nation’s capital. Each of these restaurants are unique, yet all of them offer consistently great food, service, and most importantly, a memorable atmosphere.

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O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
909 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

If you have never experienced true Japanese hospitality, O-Ku is the place to be. When you combine their unmatched level of hospitality with the freshest ingredients from around the world, you quickly...

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BLT Prime by David Burke

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,052 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

In the mood for top-of-the-line steaks and seafood? If so, BLT Prime by David Burke will not disappoint. Of course, critics rant and rave about this establishment’s award-winning menu. However, it is ...

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Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,195 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

If you’re a seafood fan, BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant should be at the top of your list. This cool restaurant is not only an upscale tavern but also a sustainable fish market. Critics refer to...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,358 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

A concept developed by Belgium native and award-winning chef Bart Vandaele, Belga Café is a vibrant, cool restaurant, inspired by the casual cafes in Brussels. Serving lunch, dinner, and their beloved...

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Buck's Fishing & Camping

$$$$·American·
Chevy Chase
722 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Nature and outdoor exploration is a major part of Washington, D.C.’s culture. That is why Buck’s Fishing & Camping combined the city’s love for good food and the great outdoors. Unlike any restaurant ...

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Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,606 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

First opening its doors in 1991, Peacock Café is a local treasure. A friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar, this cool restaurant offers guests a vibrant, charming interior, as well as seasonal outd...

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Contemporary American in District of Columbia
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Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,116 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

This friendly neighborhood bistro offers a selection of crêpes, wines, and other French classics in a casual, fun setting. There is also an upstairs lounge, which is certainly what makes this cool res...

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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,057 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

This swanky, cool restaurant dishes up small Greek and Italian plates, in addition to a tasting menu and a high-end brunch menu. There are few places as cozy as Iron Gate, as diners enjoy a candle-lit...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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Brasserie Beck

$$$$·Belgian·
Downtown
4,636 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

This hip establishment is the definition of a cool restaurant and bar. Serving up Belgian cuisine and more than 100 varieties of beer, Brasserie Beck is certainly a common meeting place for both touri...

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Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,058 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Offering diners the perfect blend of New American cuisine and globally inspired dishes, this hip, edgy restaurant is a great place to hang out. The regulars rave about their expertly crafted cocktails...

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