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

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Maya Bistro restaurant
5 (258)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Welcome to Maya Bistro!

Maya Bistro is a family-owned restaurant in Arlington, VA. in Maya Bistro our delicious meals can be anything from a simple snack to an elaborate multi-course meal celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey.

It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish & Mediterranean food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality.

With the 35 years of experience in a variety of cuisines, our family draws on a deep knowledge of classic and contemporary Turkish & Mediterranean cooking as well as the many regional influences on Turkish & Mediterranean cuisine.

Top review
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
The food is just wonderful. I’ve had it several times now. My ONLY issue is there is no bread alternative for those of us who are gluten free. I realize it might be a lot to expect…
A photo of Rosemary Bistro Cafe restaurant
4.8 (449)
$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
Dined 4 days ago
My companions had a fish dish each--one of them was the special. Both were outstanding as were the tuna tartar appetizer. I had the burger which is always great but wish I had had one of the fish dishes. Great time had by all.
A photo of District Bistro restaurant
4.8 (16)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
District Bistro,Located at 11230 Grandview Ave, offers classic American Cuisine utilizing simple, high quality ingredients from local farm Co-ops and Creameries in Pennsylvania. Founded and headed by Chef Pedro Matamoros who has been crafting spectacular American cuisine for the past 30 years in locations such as the Tabard Inn, Nicaro, 8407 Kitchen Bar, Bluebird Cocktail Room in Baltimore and more.
After Embarking on the journey to create Franks Burger Place in Wheaton with his two sons, Marlon and Derek Matamoros. Chef Pedro, Inspired by his love of cooking and community, Fell upon the opportunity to Bring to Wheaton what he believed was missing, a casual Eatery to enjoy great food, and classic hand crafted cocktails.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
2nd visit was a charm. Enjoyed the house special, an amazing soft shell crab sandwich, cooked perfectly on a wonderful bun, served with some of the best fries i have eaten anywhere, hand made, not frozen. Spouse had the fish and chips which she really enjoyed. Even the ice tea was excellent, real tea, not the powder that many places use. Service was excellent. it was nice to see the dining room bustling early on a Sat evening. This is a great addition to Wheaton dining and really deserves local support. We will return!
A photo of Ethiopic restaurant
4.7 (1032)
$30 and under
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
Dined 1 day ago
The food was amazing. Do not miss the lentil sambusa or the Awase Tibs. To my delight, the injera was not as sour as it often is. The service was a little slow, but very gracious. The food was sooo excellent, we'd go back in a heartbeat.
A photo of Letena Ethiopian Restaurant restaurant
4.7 (93)
$30 and under
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
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
We will definitely be back. Best Ethiopian food I’ve had in a long time.
A photo of Sushi Hachi restaurant
4.7 (213)
$30 and under
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
Dined on Mar 27, 2024
It was really nice experience took my nephew and dad for a late lunch!!
A photo of B Side restaurant
4.7 (102)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
The B Side, our neighborhood joint situated next door to Red Apron at Mosaic, is an amalgamation of all the things we love the most: crazy good food prepared simply; way too many wines; stiff drinks made by pros who know how to make them; a mind-boggling beer list; killer tunes on the turntable and a scene that has no patience for pretense. This is B Side.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
The steak was cooked to perfection and seasoned perfectly. Drinks were wonderful. Highly recommend trying this restaurant.
A photo of Dupont Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.6 (142)
$30 and under
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
Dined on Apr 15, 2024
Italian kitchen was well reviewed and very close to where we were staying. Nice walk on a perfect night. The food was mediocre. My husband had a vodka sauce and I had puttanesca. These are favorite dishes but at Dupont Italian Circle they were boring. We sat outside which was lovely. The wine was awful.
A photo of Bistrot Du Coin restaurant
4.6 (790)
$30 and under
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
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Dined on Apr 16, 2024
Best mussels and escargot ever!! Great service too!
A photo of Cork Wine Bar & Market restaurant
4.5 (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
Dined on Mar 15, 2024
It’s always wonderful ! The food and the service are the best in DC. It’s like having a family restaurant and bar in your neighborhood. We love CORK
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