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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in District of Columbia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in District of Columbia? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Two Nine restaurant
5.0
5 (37)
$50 and over
Japanese
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Kaiseki-Sushi Omakase Pop Up experience Georgetown, D.C. in the Tucked away food hall at the grace street collective. Curating a meal with hints of Hawaiian ingredients, flavor profiles and hospitality lead by Chef Zachary Ramos. Highlighting local produce from Karma Farm and Moon Valley Farm, Maryland. Seasonal seafood imported overnight from Toyosu Market located in Tokyo, Japan which will make every experience a new one every single time.

Our Tea Service is handled by Thomas Chen.
Seasonal Sake pairing curated by our very own Sake Scholar/Sommelier Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen.

First Seating at 5:30 P.M.
Second Seating at 7:30 P.M.
17 courses/$180 per person.
Sake Pairing/$80 per person.

*Tax and tip does not apply.

Top review
AnastyasiyaKvip
Dined on May 17, 2024
Amazing omakase experience. Everything was delicious
A photo of Elizabeth's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1239)
$50 and over
Vegan
Downtown
About the restaurant
Elizabeth's offers an extraordinary dining experience every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. We merge our gorgeous venue with a prix fixe Vegan Tasting Menu at $110 per person.


Our resident sommelier curates a pairing of wines and beverages sourced from around the world at an additional $85 per person.

Fully raw menus are not available. Please call the restaurant (202-347-8349) in reference to any allergies prior to making your reservation. We are unable to accommodate nut allergies at this time. Regarding reservations of 5 or more, please call the restaurant directly.

We source and prepare the freshest ingredients for our exclusive fine dining experience. For this reason, reservation confirmations are required 24 hours in advance. If a cancellation occurs within 24 hours of your reservation, there will be a $35 per person cancellation fee. Thank you for your understanding of the commitment that is made to creating a memorable dining experience.

Top review
EileenSvip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
This restaurant is one of my top two favorites! I love the food, ambience and the staff. It is one of the few restaurants that I've been to lately that you can have a normal conversation and hear your dinner companion. The food is absolutely delicious, innovative and well presented. The timing is perfect! The meal is not rushed and each dish comes out within the perfect amount of time. Their sommelier is excellent with his recommendations and the choices of wines.
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4.9
4.9 (35)
$50 and over
French / Japanese
U Street Corridor
About the restaurant
At Jônt, we are a team of young and inspired chefs taking down the walls between kitchen and guests and taking you on a culinary adventure. Immerse yourself in a progressive tasting menu focusing on the simple, yet luxurious, ingredients around the world with deep inspiration from Japanese cuisine.

We challenge the seasons, navigate beyond the limits of time and break with tradition— getting playful with process and tricky with techniques at the intersection of place and possibility.

Jônt has been recognized with two Michelin stars since 2021.

Top review
JenKvip
Dined 4 days ago
In one word EXCELLENT! Huge THANK YOU to Chef Ryan and his wonderful staff!
A photo of The Dabney restaurant
4.8
4.8 (164)
$50 and over
American
Shaw
About the restaurant
Located in historic Blagden Alley in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood since 2015, The Dabney continues to pay tribute to the wonderful farmers, watermen, and purveyors of the mid-Atlantic region whom provide some of the best and most unique products in the country. We celebrate these ingredients by preparing them in a large wood burning hearth which is the centerpiece of our open kitchen. The current dining room experience is an 8-course tasting menu honoring the Mid-Atlantic's bounty. We offer an additional 3-course experience at our bar and bar area tables. Walk-in guests are welcome to enjoy the bar area as well.

The Dabney has been awarded one Michelin star every year since 2017, James Beard Foundation Best Chef Mid-Atlantic for Chef Jeremiah Langhorne in 2018, and Washingtonian Magazine's #1 restaurant in 2023.

At this time we are unable to accommodate severe allium and dairy allergies as well as vegan and vegetarian diets.

Top review
robertbvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great food... service... sommelier with great knowledge
A photo of Baan Mae restaurant
4.8
4.8 (24)
$31 to $50
Asian
Shaw
About the restaurant
We are a Laotian restaurant in the heart of the neighborhood of Shaw. Baan Mae means Mom's house in Laotian. Chef Seng of Thip Khao and Padaek is serving up dishes reminiscent of her home kitchen and her mother's kitchen.

Mom's House Reservation Policy:

All reservations are allowed a 15-minute grace period.

All parties must be present at the restaurant to be seated. If parties are incomplete by the end of the 15-minute grace period, the reservation may be moved to the waitlist upon the completion of the party.

Reservation wait times may be impacted in the case of rain or heat advisory as we will do our best to accommodate patio reservations indoors.

Due to our limited seating capacity, all reservations are limited to a maximum of 90-minute seating time and 2 hours for large parties of 5+.

Please contact us for for reservations for parties of 5+.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
First time at Baan Mae and loved it! So great to see SE Asian restaurants in DC and taste traditional dishes with amazing flavors.
A photo of China Chilcano restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3547)
$31 to $50
Peruvian
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
China Chilcano celebrates the rich culinary diversity of Peru and brings an exciting exploration of this multicultural cuisine to our Nation’s Capital. The restaurant, led by award-winning chef José Andrés, honors Peru’s deeply rooted and diverse heritage, including its native Criollo, Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei cuisines; its name an homage to Peru’s renowned fish stew and its popular national drink, the Chilcano.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was wonderful but we ordered wayyy too much for two people. 4-5 plates would have been perfect though I was glad to taste everything! My favorite was the California Causa.
A photo of Fred & Stilla restaurant
4.7
4.7 (101)
$30 and under
International
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Discover the kind of place that connects people with the world through the power of food. It requires a flair for sharing one's own culture, and the empathetic understanding of the culture of another. Our fare, like our space, is simple and modern—letting the natural beauty of globally inspired comfort foods shine through—but plated to impress.

At Fred and Stilla, peace meets style. Linger over bold pour over coffee until the last message in your inbox is finally cleared away. Settle into an inviting corner for an after-work drink that turns into dinner that turns back into drinks

Check out one of our many incredible events and experiences - https://www.fredandstilla.com/experiences/#!/

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
We were a group of 9 and booked it only an hour in advance but the service, food and ambience were amazing. We needed options that were gluten free, and vegetarian/vegan and this place has multiple. The food was amazing, the portion sizes great, and the music was fun and created great energy. Loved the place and def recommend it. We will be coming back!
A photo of Rania DC restaurant
4.7
4.7 (379)
$50 and over
Indian
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
We are excited to welcome you to Rania, DC's hottest destination for modern Indian food. Tom Sietsema has called our food "some of the most inspired Indian cooking in DC." At Rania, we offer homage to the time-honored traditions, rich flavors, and spices of India in an intimate, luxurious setting. We look forward to sharing our vision with you!

Presenting sophisticated, highly acclaimed 4-course prix-fixe menu, with an upcoming debut of our chef's tasting menu.

Policies:
-Dress Code: Smart Business Casual. No shorts, athletic wear, or baseball caps are allowed.
-Children under 10 are not allowed in the main dining areas.
-Reservations are available for parties of up to 6 people.
- A non-refundable deposit of $30 per person is required for parties larger than 5.
-A 20% gratuity will be added to all parties 5 or more.

For large party or private dining inquiries, please email: Info@raniadc.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful experience. My friends and I will highly recommend it. The food was fantastic!
A photo of Bar Spero restaurant
4.7
4.7 (14)
$50 and over
Seafood
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
Located between Union Station and Chinatown in D.C.’s East End, Bar Spero is the latest restaurant from Chef Johnny Spero of Michelin-starred Reverie in Georgetown. Inspired by the spirited, fast-paced energy of the Basque nightlife and dining scene, both local D.C. residents and epicurious travelers can expect Bar Spero to be a central hub for creative cuisine and subtly masterful cocktails in a lively, eye-catching, and eclectic space.

The menu is a seafood-forward spread focused on Mid-Atlantic fare. Highlighting specialties such as imported Spanish turbot and Autumn Olive pork from Shenandoah Valley, the menu is shaped by the careful sourcing of world-class ingredients. In turn, the cocktail program takes cues from the kitchen, with a focus on high-quality spirits that elevate classic recipes. Guests can also choose from a tightly curated list of wine and spirits, as well as regional beers on tap.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Delicious food, great service, beautiful restaurant.
A photo of Tonari restaurant
4.6
4.6 (289)
$31 to $50
Italian
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
Tonari is our Wafu Italian restaurant. WAFU means Japanese-style, so our menu is a Japanese take on Italian food. It originated in Japan through the love that the Japanese had for Italian food but wanted to incorporate some of their cultural flavors and ingredients to them. We at Daikaya Group and chef & owner, Katsuya Fukushima, are bringing this experience to you here in DC.

Looking for some fun Japanese antipasti bites, one of a kind pasta dishes, or pizza that you won't find anywhere else in the city? Then come join us for dinner, we look forward to having you soon.

Top review
ChaseB
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Food was excellent. So much more on the specials than what we expected too. We’ll be back for sure.
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