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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in District of Columbia

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Letena Ethiopian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (93)
$30 and under
Ethiopian
Columbia Heights / Brightwood
About the restaurant
Letena is a farm-to-table Ethiopian restaurant serving dishes made with natural, premium ingredients. Located in the heart of Columbia Heights, Washington DC, Letena is a family-owned destination centered around authentic, quality Ethiopian food.
Owner Yamrot Ezineh opened Letena’s doors in October 2016. Yamrot and her team love welcoming new and old friends to enjoy Letena’s delicious, fresh food. Their goal is to make the unique experience of Ethiopian food approachable for everyone, from vegetarians and vegans to meat-lovers alike.
Letena’s original Ethiopian dishes have won accolades from various publications and review platforms including Food Network, Washingtonian, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.

Top review
jillr
Dined 5 days ago
We will definitely be back. Best Ethiopian food I’ve had in a long time.
A photo of Sushi Hachi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (213)
$30 and under
Sushi
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
Welcome to Sushi Hachi, Washington D.C.’s premier choice for quality sushi and incredible dining. The name “Hachi” is the Japanese word for the number eight. Signifying happiness and luck, the number eight defines our wishes for our customers and our community. We are also conveniently located on 8th street, so you’ll never forget where we are. Our owner, chef, and restaurateur Steve Yoon took over Sushi Rock in Arlington, VA with the drive to bring the incredible flavor and quality of fish he had in Asia to the community. Seven years later, Sushi Hachi was born. With more than 17 years of experience creating artisan sushi rolls with incredible flavor, it is our pleasure to bring the best to you. Our handpicked team of chefs all have experience in Japan, carefully constructing and rolling the perfect sushi roll. Sushi Hachi combines experience and innovation with incredible quality to present delicious, affordable sushi to our guests. We only use the finest ingredient
Top review
RebeccaP
Dined on Mar 27, 2024
It was really nice experience took my nephew and dad for a late lunch!!
A photo of Rosemary Bistro Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (447)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Friendship Heights
About the restaurant
Rosemary Bistro Cafe is a restaurant based in Washington, D.C. that serves classic French-based cuisine. All our menu offerings prepared using the freshest ingredients. If you’re looking for a cozy dining experience in the D.C. area, come by our restaurant today.


Top review
DCdinervip
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
A great French bistro in the neighborhood. Great food, great service—a fun atmosphere.
A photo of Ethiopic restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1030)
$30 and under
Ethiopian
H Street Corridor
About the restaurant
Ethiopic Restaurant focuses on Ethiopian cuisine and culture. Traditional Ethiopian ingredients are introduced to evoke the true taste of Ethiopia. Ethiopic’s authentic Ethiopian food menu will feature vegetarian, meat, poultry, and fish. Ethiopic Restaurant is proud to be the first Ethiopian Restaurant on the H Street Corridor and intends to cater to a wide customer base. We want everyone to feel welcome and entertained.

We now add 20% service fee charge when dining-in, to ensure all of our staff is paid a livable wage.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 26, 2024
The food was great—plenty of injera and just enough spice. Three of us shared a vegetarian platter—the colorful selection of lentils, collard greens, cabbage and peppers was more than enough for three and could easily have served two more. The service was a little slow for a packed Tuesday evening crowd. Extra points for generously accommodating ADA needs.
A photo of Scarlet Oak restaurant
4.7
4.7 (739)
$30 and under
American
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the newly developed Navy Yard area of DC right by the Washington Nationals Park. Located on the corner of New Jersey and K St, Scarlet boasts a large covered patio on both sides. Our menu is casual American fare with some Italian influence. We offer an extensive, rotating local beer list, an artisanal cocktail menu and daily happy hours all in a casual and modern space. It's all about brunch on both Saturday and Sunday with bottomless mimosas!
Top review
tina
Dined on Mar 26, 2024
Great environment and value! Food was incredible…fresh and delicious! Hector was our Server, he was excellent and very friendly! We are going back tonight because it’s so good?
A photo of Dupont Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (141)
$30 and under
Italian
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
In the mood for some fresh homemade Italian food? Dupont Italian Kitchen has been serving up fresh homemade Italian dishes since 1986. We offer great food, unbeatable prices, and we’re conveniently located in the heart of Dupont Circle. Stop by and visit us.
Top review
Lilie
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
In overall it’s a good restaurant. The food is good but some of it was a bit bland. It could be easily fix.
A photo of LiLLiES Italian Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (518)
$30 and under
Italian
Woodley Park
About the restaurant
Just steps from the Smithsonian National Zoo, Marriott Wardman-Park and Omni Shoreham, LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar is a family-owned restaurant which serves a mix of traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with a contemporary edge.

When the weather is warm, diners can relax around mosaic tables on the terrace patio. On cooler days, the hardwood floors, candlelight and exposed brick inside make for a snug retreat. Brunch is served on both Saturdays and Sundays, and offers options for health-conscious patrons, such as a Greek yogurt parfait, and for those looking to indulge—say, in the Nutella-smothered French toast.

Top review
CaroleB1
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious food and friendly service…we enjoyed ourselves!
A photo of Cork Wine Bar & Market restaurant
4.6
4.6 (515)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Logan Circle
About the restaurant
Logan's favorite neighborhood wine bar - now with a beautiful expanded garden patio! Locally owned Cork is an affordable, casually elegant place that demystifies the world of wine by giving you real descriptions of what you are drinking, flights of wine so you can explore different regions and varietals, and suggestions for pairing our wines with our offerings. Cork Wine Bar is the creation of Logan Circle residents Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts.

Dine Upstairs, in our Tasting Bar or in our Expanded Secret Garden. Tables are reserved for dining only. The reservation is for a 2 hour dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 15, 2024
Great wine bar. Good products, french/italian/spanish wines.
A photo of Bistrot Du Coin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (789)
$30 and under
French
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Located in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., Bistrot Du Coin serves up delicious French cuisine. Its very relaxed setting features picnic-style table cloths and a second floor to accommodate a packed house. Owners Yannis Felix and Michel Verdon opened Bistrot Du Coin's doors in 2000 for patrons to converse and have fun while enjoying their meals. It offers hearty starters such as French onion soup and fresh, crisp salads, steamed mussels and sautéed foie gras. Veal stew in a creamy sauce, braised chicken in white wine and pan-seared salmon topped with a fresh herb sauce are filling main courses to try.

Bistrot Du Coin hosts parties to celebrate popular French events throughout the year, and it serves brunch on the weekend with its own menu. This restaurant has an extensive wine list, but also offers cocktails and apéritif. It is open year-round and welcomes reservations.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Best mussels and escargot ever!! Great service too!
A photo of Macon Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (104)
$30 and under
French American
Friendship Heights
About the restaurant
Macon Bistro & Larder is a locally owned neighborhood restaurant serving re-invented bistro cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Tony Brown, inspired by his southern roots and his world travels, brings together the cooking styles of Macon, Georgia, and Macon, France. We have recently opened The Magnolia Room at Macon to accommodate more diners during dinner time. The Magnolia Room at Macon is located down the hall from Macon in the Chevy Chase Arcade on the left hand side and affords guests a more intimate and spacious dining experience. Depending on volume during peak dining times, your reservation may be seated in The Magnolia Room, offers the same great food and service.
Top review
kmart102vip
Dined 5 days ago
It is a charming neighborhood bistro with above average food and tables that sit close together. We loved the decor and vibe, but were unhappy with overhearing all our fellow neighbors conversations. We really wanted to like this restaurant, but the food was not as good as we had hoped, so not sure we will be back.
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