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

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 (54)
$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
ReLo
Dined on Mar 29, 2024
I loved our visit to the Alchemist. This was our third time here. The drinks were amazing. The bartender, Carlos, was very knowledgeable and energetic. He gave us great recommendations and gave me shot for my birthday! Will highly recommend for drinks and great vibes.
A photo of Code Red restaurant
4.8
4.8 (25)
$30 and under
American
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 Boqueria - Dupont restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2268)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
An energetic yet intimate Barcelona-style tapas bar serving Spanish favorites, seasonal specials, and curated cocktails in a contemporary space with a lively patio several blocks away from Dupont Circle.

Perfect for a shared meal of small plates, happy hour with the team, a memorable date night, or weekend brunch!

Let us know if you have any seating requirements when making your booking. Parties of 10 or more will enjoy our Chef's Tasting Menu ($52pp plus beverage, tax, and gratuity).

Please note that by making a reservation through OpenTable you are agreeing to receive marketing communications from Boqueria.

Top review
TimNotTebow
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food - must try the Iberico Con Salbitxada. Overall would definitely recommend.
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 Boqueria - Penn Quarter restaurant
4.7
4.7 (508)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
An energetic Barcelona-style tapas bar serving Spanish favorites, seasonal specials, and curated cocktails in a contemporary space steps from DC's Chinatown, Capital One Arena, and near the National Mall.

Perfect for a shared meal of small plates, happy hour or lunch with the team, a memorable date night, or weekend brunch!

Let us know if you have any seating requirements when making your booking. Parties of 10 or more will enjoy our Chef's Tasting Menu ($52pp plus beverage, tax and gratuity).

Please note that by making a reservation through OpenTable you are agreeing to receive marketing communications from Boqueria.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Great meal before the Caps game, highly recommend it for anyone in the future!
A photo of The Arsenal at Bluejacket restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1053)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
The Arsenal is the 200-seat restaurant & bar housed within the brewery, Bluejacket. The menu updates, refines and extends the classic fare of beer halls and public houses by featuring the best locally sourced products available and highlighting reinterpretations of hearty classics such as steamed mussels, artisanal sausages and more. Gourmet sandwiches, seasonal salads & vegetables, alongside approachable bar snacks are the perfect accompaniments to a signature Bluejacket brew.


Top review
WandaS
Dined 6 days ago
We added 4-6 people to our party at the last minute; all went well. Everything was good!
A photo of Haikan restaurant
4.6
4.6 (634)
$30 and under
Ramen
Shaw
About the restaurant
Haikan is our second Sapporo Ramen shop in DC after Daikaya. Haikan means, “pipe works” in Japanese, an ode to Atlantic Plumbing Building where we are located. At Haikan, we focused on creating the taste of ramen from the showa period, the golden age of ramen in Japan. There are over 1000 ramen shops in the city of Sapporo alone, and we are excited to share a completely new line-up of traditional Sapporo style ramen in DC. In addition to ramen, we are serving a playful selection of Japanese-inspired kozara (small plates) to share, or to start with, or to make a whole meal of by picking a few of them. Haikan's bar serves a collection of Japanese-inspired cocktails, and a concentrated selection of Japanese sake, shochu, beer, whisky, and more.
Top review
JackieVvip
Dined 3 days ago
Haikan is like the cool kid in town! Perfect for fueling up before or after 9:30 Club or Atlantis. The staff is not only allergy-savvy but also bursting with recommendations to make your meal a blast. With its cozy vibes and mouthwatering ramen, it's not just a restaurant—it's a party for your taste buds!
A photo of Palette 22 - Union Market restaurant
4.6
4.6 (16)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
NoMa
About the restaurant
Creativity defines your dining adventure at Palette 22, where it's all about "Food. Art. Fun" and paving a new way to dine in Washington D.C. Discover the surreal delights of art and cuisine with innovative global plates served in a bustling art studio setting for a one-of-a-kind mesmerizing experience that will heighten all the senses.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
No bottomless food option for brunch. Items were a little pricey and not very tasty. Bottomless brunch cocktails were underwhelming. Fried rice and black bean hummus was delicious. Service was great!
A photo of Sports & Social DC restaurant
4.6
4.6 (7)
$30 and under
Unspecified
U Street Corridor
About the restaurant
Sports & Social is DC's newest premier sports watching destination. This one-of-a-kind sports bar boasts a 25-foot LED media wall, and over a dozen HDTVs, it’s the next best thing to watching the game at the stadium. Sports & Social offers guests an elevated dining and beverage experience including made-from-scratch menu items and curated cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Sports and Social is a favorite of my friends and I. Their app towers are a great deal and are perfect size for 5-6 people. Can always count on Sports & Social to provide great service and a great location to watch a game.
A photo of Toryumon Japanese House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (158)
$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in the “Golden Triangle” of the Central Business District of The Downtown DC.

Toryumon Japanese House offers tasty Southeast Asian Cuisines. It’s trendy eatery offering creative sushi, Tokyo style Ramen Asian fushion meals!

Toryumon Japanese House serving everything on the menu is freshly prepared in-house with thoughtful attention to even the most subtle details. The restaurant blends classic Japanese culinary traditions with an new asian style food, ingredient-driven menu, warm hospitality and clean design to deliver a contemporary and engaging asian dining experience.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Humbly Yours.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 2, 2024
The best sushi and service!!! I love coming to this place!! ♥️
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