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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Washington, D.C. Area? 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 Elizabeth's Gone Raw restaurant
4.9 (1208)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Elizabeth's Gone Raw 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 organic wines and beverages sourced from around the world at an additional $80 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. 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
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
Extraordinary vegan cuisine filled with chef’s creativity
A photo of Almeda restaurant
4.9 (53)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Welcome to Almeda, where Chef Danielle Harris invites you on a culinary journey that explores and celebrates the rich tapestry of the diaspora. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Cleveland, Ohio, Chef Danielle brings 16 years of professional cooking expertise to every dish. Almeda is more than just a restaurant; it's a reflection of Chef Danielle's passion for blending diverse flavors, traditions, and stories into a harmonious dining experience. From the heart of the Midwest to your plate, Almeda is a testament to the artistry of cuisine and the power of food to connect us across borders and cultures. Join us in savoring the unique flavors and culinary artistry that define Chef Danielle's inspired creations at Almeda.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
The food was absolutely amazing and the service was wonderful. The bread service and tenderloin are some of the tastiest bites of food I can remember.
A photo of Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House restaurant
4.8 (295)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House strives to be an ambassador for the people and culture of Southwest China and add to the story of what it means to be Chinese-American through our lens on contemporary Yunnan cuisine. Not your typical Chinese food, the Soul Food of Yunnan is Mixian - a light and almost fluffy rice noodle - which is prepared with braised meats, rich broths and sweet, savory and spicy sauces (vegetarian options available). Other specialties include various small plates, handmade dumplings, bao buns, and satisfying desserts. Come experience the flavors of Yunnan through our unique menu, handcrafted cocktails, extensive beer, wine, & saké menu as well as a variety of non-alcoholic beverages like Pu'er tea and House Lemonade.

Top review
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
The food is delicious every time and service is always courteous if not always timely. the bento box on weekday lunch is a terrific deal to try out many of the dishes.
A photo of Two Nine restaurant
4.8 (33)
$50 and over
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.

*Service charge, tax and tip does not apply.

Top review
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
This is one of the most unique sushi eating experiences! The chef and owner are one of 35 in the country that import directly from Japan. It was incredible and I highly recommend! We will be back when Zach opens up his permanent place!
A photo of Code Red restaurant
4.8 (25)
$30 and under
Adams Morgan
About the restaurant
CODE RED : We’re a celebration of freedom that transports you back into the Prohibition Era while embracing modernity with classic cocktails, eclectic cuisine, and outstanding service.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 20, 2024
Absolutely phenomenal environment, would definitely go back.
A photo of The Bazaar by José Andrés - DC restaurant
4.7 (460)
$50 and over
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
Set in the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC, The Bazaar is the culmination of a 30-year dream for Chef José Andrés. Drawing inspiration from this iconic location, which first opened in 1899 and served as DC’s General Post Office until 1914, The Bazaar is a multi-level destination reinvented with avant-garde and Americana-inspired decor.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Food and service was excellent. So many unique tastes
A photo of Maiz64 restaurant
4.6 (328)
$31 to $50
Logan Circle
About the restaurant
Brunch & Dinner
In the best area of 14th Street, modern homage to authentic Mexican Cuisine, featuring local ingredients that result in exquisite and vibrant creations.

It´s all about the corn - the maiz - at this upscale Mexican stunner. Four kinds are turned into fresh masa daily for the tacos, tamales, and other corn-bassed essentials, and even the art on the walls is corn-themed.

Vegetables and fish are one of the Chef's great specialties, including tuna tostada and yellow ceviche, culminating with the traditional catch of the day.

Mezcal Room an extensive bar downstairs, we have a lot of Mexican spirits, including most famous Oaxacan beverage mezcal. There’s a wide spectrum of mezcals, with dozens of flavors ranging

We are a universe of colors, of textures, of flavors; the print of hands worn down legends that draw the magic of a culture willing to be discovered.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Mar 12, 2024
Amazing experience (and our waitress, Angela, was truly phenomenal and gave us superb recommendations)! Five stars all around!
A photo of Tonari restaurant
4.5 (275)
$31 to $50
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience overall. Loved the creative and delightful food. The pizza was delicious and half off at bar for HH.
A photo of Fred & Stilla restaurant
4.5 (96)
$30 and under
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 Mar 27, 2024
We had a lovely time. Slow and maybe inexperienced service. Food was fine. Very expensive but what isn’t these days
A photo of Art and Soul restaurant
4 (4050)
$30 and under
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
Our kitchen serves simple, honest food that reflects a devotion to quality and responsibility made possible by partnerships with like-minded farmers, artisans and growers who provide products that are sustainably sourced, whenever possible.

Art and Soul exudes true warmth and hospitality. Playful regional elements such as hand-painted farm signs and traditional folk art are also used throughout the space in honor of the D.C. restaurants regional influences. In warmer weather, an expansive front patio provides an al fresco dining option with a fire-pit and grill.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Drinks were strong and delicious! Food was awesome! Our waitress was moody but otherwise it was an awesome place!
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