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

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 The Alchemist restaurant
4.9
4.9 (55)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
McPherson Square
About the restaurant
Step into the clandestine world of The Alchemist, an elusive speakeasy where craftsmanship and libation unite. Immerse yourself in a realm of handcrafted cocktails featuring smoke and fire, where we infuse spirits seasonally and boast over 150 carefully selected bourbons, whiskeys, and scotches. Uncover the art of mixology and savor the allure of rare spirits at The Alchemist DC


Top review
Bee1234
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience! All the servers were nice and accommodating. My husband's drink was great - old fashion-. Mine was ok, but I was chewing gum, and that might of been what I was tasting. So I won't judge base on mine. I will definitely be back
A photo of The Park at 14th restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2662)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The Park at 14th is a restaurant, lounge, and event venue on four floors overlooking Franklin Square in Downtown D.C. Offering a sense of timeless elegance, beautiful views, and a warm and welcoming interior, The Park at 14th is the perfect place dining, socializing, and hosting your next event. We invite you to join us. For reservations over 6, please TEXT (202) 550-0300
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
we had the BEST time of out lives. Nat was our server and she was absolutely amazing. she was so friendly, energetic and just a vibe! we were celebrating a friends birthday. the manager was also amazing! honestly the food, the bottomless mimosas and music were a 10. i cannot wait to go back.
A photo of Laporta's Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2238)
$30 and under
American
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Laporta’s restaurant is the ideal place for extraordinary food in a casual, comfortable setting. Laporta’s has an attentively serviced contemporary dining room perfect for a romantic evening out or any other special occasion, combined with an adjoining intimate Jazz lounge. Relax and listen to the live jazz featured nightly. The lounge has the warmth and friendly feel of a local’s bar yet with the same excellence of service and consistency of food quality that defines our dining room and exemplifies the restaurant as a whole. The menu features inventive fresh seafoods and hearty pastas complemented by the provincial-style desserts of Margaret Laporta.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Great anniversary dinner! Entertainment by Steve Washington was excellent!
A photo of Barcode restaurant
4.7
4.7 (902)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
A Modern American Restaurant, Bar & Lounge in the heart of Washington DC! Open Happy Hour, Dinner and Late Night. Featuring Award Winning American Cuisine and voted Best Happy Hour by the Washington Post.



Top review
MarciaGvip
Dined on Mar 24, 2024
Buffet was awesome DJ was good mimosas kept coming
A photo of SoBe Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1168)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lanham
About the restaurant
Featuring South Beach inspired Decor and an expansive menu, SoBe should be at the top of your list for Upscale Restaurants in suburban Washington, D.C. Our mixture of international cuisines, highlighted by premium meats and fresh seafood, will ensure that your experience is one to remember. Expect a fine dining atmosphere and a gracious and courteous staff to attend to your needs. Our bar features artisan cocktails, premium liquors, draft beer and a selection of global wines. Relax in our Lounge Area for Happy Hour or any gathering.
Top review
DianeA
Dined 6 days ago
Food was amazing, Braylin our server was great!! We arrived at 6on Friday, Rez was for that time. We were seated in the back of the restaurant and there was only 2 tables occupied. We asked to be moved and was told we could not move. 9:00 band started, now 3 tables were occupied and the manager did not think to move us up. This is not on our server, it was management and they should have allowed it in the first place
A photo of Brass Rabbit Public House restaurant
4.3
4.3 (124)
$30 and under
American
Arlington
About the restaurant
An upscale pub and scratch bar that offers 16 beers on tap, craft cocktails, and classic pub food with a healthy twist.

Reservations are for indoor seating only, while our bar area and patio are first come, first served.

Happy hour 3-6PM Monday through Friday featuring $8 martinis and $8 lettuce wraps.

Brunch 10AM-4PM Saturday & Sunday featuring $5 bottles of bubbly, $10 Bloody Marys, and $10 martinis.

Top review
CassandraHvip
Dined 7 days ago
Great wait staff, and delicious food. Appetizers were a great portion and brilliant variety.
A photo of Bourbon Boulevard - Chantilly restaurant
4.2
4.2 (287)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Chantilly
About the restaurant
Steak House, Whiskey/Wine Bar with Live Music
Top review
FlokendiD
Dined 4 days ago
Tony was amazing, top notch service. 👌 I will recommend him!
A photo of Punch Bowl Social - Arlington restaurant
4.2
4.2 (40)
$30 and under
American
Arlington
About the restaurant
Punch Bowl Social, Proud Hosts of the Unexpected, brings people together for one-of-a-kind food, fun, first-rate hospitality, and entertainment. Scratch kitchens, craft cocktails, social gaming, DJs, and live music in eclectic and creatively designed spaces provide the perfect setting for exceptional experiences. Whether you’re looking to have a fabulous night out with friends or want to host an unforgettable event, Punch Bowl Social has got it covered.
Top review
LianaP
Dined on Jan 21, 2024
They need more servers. We tried to get someone to take our order for drinks/food for 30+ minutes and were never greeted even after multiple times being told "someone will be over." I get its a busy bar but for a Saturday night they need to be better staffed. We were able to finally get an order at the bar and food and drinks were great!
A photo of matchbox Reston restaurant
4.0
4 (124)
$30 and under
American
Reston
About the restaurant
Just a few steps outside of Wiehle-Reston East metro station on the Silver Line, you’ll find matchbox Reston Station welcoming you in for great food, refreshing drinks, and an energetic vibe. Situated in the iconic Google building designed by Helmut Jahn and surrounded by businesses and luxury apartments, matchbox is a place for you to take a break from work, catch up with friends, or enjoy time with family.

All are welcome to gather and join our community. Come and enjoy our 3.6.9 mini burgers, blazing hot pizzas, or any one of our chef-crafted dishes. We have something for everyone. Our casual, warm ambiance and friendly staff will make matchbox feel like your home away from home.

matchbox Reston Station also features a private dining room for event bookings and a covered outdoor bar to enjoy those hot summer days and cool nights.

Top review
Annevip
Dined on Feb 23, 2024
We were there on Karaoke Thursday night. It was fun, but the service is a little bit slow.
A photo of Air restaurant
3.9
3.9 (913)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Adams Morgan
About the restaurant
Air Restaurant is located in vibrant Adams Morgan .
Top review
KatreenaS
Dined 5 days ago
The waffles were good.The vibe was fun. The music was nice
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