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March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in D.C.’s culinary scene. Though it’s undeniably the most historic and political U.S. city and oftentimes follows traditions, what’s most exciting are all the new ideas bubbling up here. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:RIS, Centrolina, Letena Ethiopian Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Italian, Ethiopian
Neighborhoods:West End, Downtown, Columbia Heights / Brightwood
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$$$$·American·
West End
3,367 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
An upscale West End restaurant, RIS holds the name of accomplished chef and owner Ris Lacoste. Her all-female team is an inspiration to up-and-coming women in the food industry eveRead more
81% recommended
88 people mentioned the Butterscotch Pudding
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$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,189 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Centrolina is an Italian market and restaurant run by chef-owner Amy Brandwein. Amy was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic two years running. She wRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Washington, D.C. Area
31 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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$$$$·Ethiopian·
Columbia Heights / Brightwood
17 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
Based in Columbia Heights, Letena offers traditional Ethiopian food with plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians. The spices that give the dishes their unique flavors come allRead more
100% recommended
Best Food in District of Columbia
2 people mentioned the Injera
$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
467 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Barbara Black is one half of the dynamic duo running Black Restaurant Group. The group consists of nine top establishments in the Washington area, including Pearl Dive Oyster PalacRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
18 people mentioned the Crayfish
$$$$·Spanish·
Southwest Waterfront
173 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tapas
  • Waterfront
Maria Trabocchi’s Spanish heritage is the inspiration for District Wharf eatery Del Mar. Her family hails from the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca, home to tapas, exquisRead more
93% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
9 people mentioned the Paella
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,471 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Fit for Foodies
Established in 1999, Equinox promises locally-sourced fine dining in the heart of Washington. One of the masterminds behind this simple yet effective concept is Ellen Kassoff GrayRead more
89% recommended
Healthy in Washington, D.C. Area
37 people mentioned the Fritters
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$$$$·Seafood·
Dupont Circle
380 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
As owner and chef at Hank's Oyster Bar, Jamie Leeds is one of Washington’s most recognized chefs and community heroes. She prides herself on serving “Urban Beach Food,” which incluRead more
92% recommended
16 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Adams Morgan
379 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Bare bricks and long rows of seats at the bar welcome hungry guests to Roofers Union in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Classic American fare is on the menu, which is the vision of Read more
85% recommended
12 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas
$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
11,038 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
JoAnna Filomena moved from New York to Washington in 1980. At that time, she found eating out in D.C. a rushed affair with no soul. She decided to try and emulate the warmth and hoRead more
93% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
192 people mentioned the Calamari
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