The Infatuation’s Restaurant Picks

The Infatuation is an app and website, which uses a small team of local editors who dine anonymously to rate and review restaurants. Each restaurant gets a rating, so that you can find the right place for every occasion.
RasikaRasika
8.5
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Bar PilarBar Pilar
8.4
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Contemporary American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
HazelHazel
8.4
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Contemporary American | Shaw, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
8.3
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
8.3
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French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
Ray's The SteaksRay's The Steaks
8
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Steakhouse | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs
The RiggsbyThe Riggsby
7.8
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Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
GG
7.8
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Italian | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
HaikanHaikan
7.7
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Ramen | Shaw, District of Columbia
The PartisanThe Partisan
7.6
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Pepita CantinaPepita Cantina
7.6
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Mexican | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
7.5
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

Founding Spirits Tour and TastingFounding Spirits Tour and Tasting
(14)
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
The Inn at Little WashingtonThe Inn at Little Washington
(637)
$$$$
American | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs
Harold BlackHarold Black
(466)
$$$$
American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DCSeasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
(521)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
KinshipKinship
(847)
$$$$
American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
(538)
$$$$
American | Shaw, District of Columbia
Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
(165)
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
The Restaurant at Patowmack FarmThe Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
(858)
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American | Lovettsville, Virginia - DC Suburbs
Lafayette RestaurantLafayette Restaurant
(969)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
The Prime RibThe Prime Rib
(2884)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
Blue Duck TavernBlue Duck Tavern
(5974)
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American | West End, District of Columbia
MokomandyMokomandy
(1854)
$$$$
American | Sterling, Virginia - DC Suburbs
Founding Farmers - DCFounding Farmers - DC
(24881)
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
(20422)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
VOLTVOLT
(5068)
$$$$
American | Frederick, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
(3353)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Acqua Al 2Acqua Al 2
(3051)
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Italian | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Ristorante BonarotiRistorante Bonaroti
(1286)
$$$$
Italian | Vienna, Virginia - DC Suburbs
RPM Italian - DCRPM Italian - DC
(2372)
$$$$
Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Filomena RistoranteFilomena Ristorante
(10491)
$$$$
Italian | Georgetown, District of Columbia
FlorianaFloriana
(2335)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Dante RistoranteDante Ristorante
(689)
$$$$
Italian | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs
Manalu Italian RestaurantManalu Italian Restaurant
(484)
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Italian | Frederick, Maryland - DC Suburbs
Al TiramisuAl Tiramisu
(567)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Tortino MareTortino Mare
(224)
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Italian | Manassas, Virginia - DC Suburbs
TortinoTortino
(916)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
(1051)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Siroc RestaurantSiroc Restaurant
(2904)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Popular restaurants in Washington DC

Browse some of the most booked restaurants in Washington DC

Gyu-Kaku - Arlington
(439)
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Japanese | Arlington
Ambar - Arlington
(874)
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Tapas / Small Plates | Arlington
Founding Farmers - DC
(4350)
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American | Foggy Bottom
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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Washington, D.C.

We know a thing or two about snagging a table. See the spots that are hardest to get into.
Plume at the Jefferson HotelPlume at the Jefferson Hotel
1171
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
KinshipKinship
847
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
NocturneNocturne
77
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Cocktail Bar | Shaw, District of Columbia
Iron GateIron Gate
1148
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Roof Terrace Restaurant & BarRoof Terrace Restaurant & Bar
6551
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Contemporary American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
SaxSax
1099
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Harold BlackHarold Black
466
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American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
1789 Restaurant1789 Restaurant
5188
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & HotelThe Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel
1050
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Steakhouse | Hanover, Baltimore Suburbs
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
20422
$$$$
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The top restaurants in the city, according to our savvy dining experts.
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
6992
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French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13546
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7675
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
538
$$$$
American | Shaw, District of Columbia
Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6691
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1960
$$$$
Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
1134
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ArrozArroz
896
$$$$
Spanish | Shaw, District of Columbia
ConvivialConvivial
575
$$$$
French American | Shaw, District of Columbia
RasikaRasika
8337
$$$$
Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Farmers & DistillersFarmers & Distillers
3631
$$$$
American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
1051
$$$$
Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
GhibellinaGhibellina
837
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
Founding Farmers - DCFounding Farmers - DC
24881
$$$$
American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
The Salt LineThe Salt Line
762
$$$$
Seafood | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
956
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Osteria Morini DCOsteria Morini DC
1816
$$$$
Italian | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Iron GateIron Gate
1148
$$$$
Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
RPM Italian - DCRPM Italian - DC
2372
$$$$
Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
KapnosKapnos
1330
$$$$
Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

Whether it’s a margherita pizza or sashimi you seek, here are the best places by cuisine type, according to our tastemakers.
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
538
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American | Shaw, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
1051
$$$$
Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
6992
$$$$
French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
The Salt LineThe Salt Line
762
$$$$
Seafood | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13546
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7675
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ArrozArroz
896
$$$$
Spanish | Shaw, District of Columbia
Rasika West EndRasika West End
4163
$$$$
Contemporary Indian | West End, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1960
$$$$
Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ChaplinChaplin
609
$$$$
Japanese | Shaw, District of Columbia
BLT Steak DCBLT Steak DC
3262
$$$$
Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia
Lebanese Taverna - Washington DCLebanese Taverna - Washington DC
885
$$$$
Middle Eastern | Woodley Park, District of Columbia
DC NoodlesDC Noodles
93
$$$$
Thai | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
Mandu - K StreetMandu - K Street
431
$$$$
Korean | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
KapnosKapnos
1330
$$$$
Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13546
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7675
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6691
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
RasikaRasika
8337
$$$$
Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Jaleo DCJaleo DC
7552
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Bombay ClubBombay Club
3953
$$$$
Indian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
3353
$$$$
Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Blue Duck TavernBlue Duck Tavern
5974
$$$$
American | West End, District of Columbia
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
20422
$$$$
American | Downtown, District of Columbia
BlackSaltBlackSalt
5413
$$$$
Seafood | Palisades Northwest, District of Columbia

Treat your taste buds: Explore Washington DC restaurants.

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SakerumSakerum
337 reviews
$$$$
Sushi | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Went for a birthday dinner...we sat at a booth near the entrance, wasn't too distracting. Menu had a lot of choices. More

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Brabo - Lorien Hotel & SpaBrabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa
2901 reviews
$$$$
French | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

I love coming here for date night or a night out with friends. The cocktails are delicious and they are very conscientious about celiacs. They cook in separate pans and are very knowledgeable about what is in their dishes. More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
956 reviews
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was great. Drinks were great. Service was excellent. More

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1862 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Unrivaled ambiance! Absolutely exceptional. I love it even more every single time. More

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DCCharlie Palmer Steak - DC
3014 reviews
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Steakhouse | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Great food, perfect drinks and world glass service. Thanks Mike Irving for leading an outstanding crew! More

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Specials at top restaurants in Washington DC

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Dyllan's Raw Bar GrillDyllan's Raw Bar Grill
63 reviews
$$$$
American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Delicious, fresh seafood. Hanukkah specials. Good cocktails and attentive service. Loved the ambiance and will definitely return for a date night or brunch. More

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Nick's Riverside GrillNick's Riverside Grill
284 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

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I picked Nick's for the waterfront location, but was pleasantly surprised by the food and the service. While Nicks is essentially a sports bar, they exceed sports bar expectations. The food was good (especially the salmon). I would eat there again! More

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ANKARAANKARA
438 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

An intriguing array of food options, and an unusual wine list to match, featuring specialties from Turkey and surrounding countries. The food was quite good, and they were able to accommodate a large group at the last minute, which I appreciated. More

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Rasoi Indian KitchenRasoi Indian Kitchen
374 reviews
$$$$
Indian | Downtown, District of Columbia

It was our first time at Rasoi, which had been recommended by a friend, and we thoroughly enjoyed the great food and service and will definitely go back! More

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Espita MezcaleriaEspita Mezcaleria
266 reviews
$$$$
Mexican | Shaw, District of Columbia

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The menu is different and food delicious. The mezcal drinks are very good! The ceviche was quite different than most but delicious. I would definitely return the next time I'm in DC More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

Washington DC's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
The Inn at Little Washington1. The Inn at Little Washington
637 reviews
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American | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Server staff was amazing, Walter was one of the best waiters I’ve had. More

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El Andariego2. El Andariego
121 reviews
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Mexican | Ashton, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Incredible and attentive customer service and delightfully delicious food. Everything was really enjoyable. More

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Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant3. Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant
187 reviews
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American | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Great time, made for a special night. More

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Bistro L'Hermitage4. Bistro L'Hermitage
3595 reviews
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French | Woodbridge, Virginia - DC Suburbs

The food and staff are awesome. They have a great selection of wines as well. Their desserts are fantastic. My wife and I have visited three times and each visit is as good as the last. If you want to treat yourself to a great meal and a bottle or two of Caymus, this is a great local spot. They open at 5 and I would make reservations and I would leave your kids with someone else for the night and take your time. More

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L'Auberge Chez Francois5. L'Auberge Chez Francois
5014 reviews
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French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Excellent service. Would prefer an "a la carte" menu. More

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New to OpenTable

Washington DC restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Caspi Restaurant and LoungeCaspi Restaurant and Lounge
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International | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Fine dining and hookah lounge that serves various types of international and domestic food with cozy lounge room with comfy couches.More

Em Oi Modern Vietnamese CuisineEm Oi Modern Vietnamese Cuisine
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Vietnamese | Ashburn, Virginia - DC Suburbs

EM-OI Restaurant at its roots, seeks to capture the spirit of Vietnam, it’s culture and it’s cuisine. Across Vietnam you hear people shout Em-Oi, a phrase used to call out affectionately for someone’s attention. At EM-OI Restaurant we want your attention, to tell our story of the taste and style of Vietnam today. A modern, culturally rich, developing country where what we eat defines the epicenter of our daily routine.
Dining at Em-Oi restaurant is a culinary passport into the spirit and flavor of Vietnam. We use the best of local market seafood, source unique produce, use high quality poultry and meat and present them in recipes designed to give you a culinary tour of Vietnam’s diverse regional cuisine. Our bar offers a well selected wine list, cocktails rich with the spices and flavors that embody SE Asia and beer selections representing Vietnam as well as the local area.More

Kabuto Hibachi and SushiKabuto Hibachi and Sushi
$$$$
Japanese | Rockville, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Kabuto Hibachi Grill & Sushi is a beautifully design new restaurant in the heart of Rockville town square. We have amazing Sushi & Hibachi items that is sure to satisfy every guests desires & palate. State of the art hibachi tables, beautifully design space combined with amazing food and service will make your experience at Kabuto a memorable one.
We look forward to serving you and making Kabuto Hibachi & Sushi one of your favorite places to dine out.
Please keep us in mind for your special gatherings as we have beautiful private dining room options available.

Thank you!


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Red Bar SushiRed Bar Sushi
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Sushi | Middleburg, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Red Bar Sushi has amazing and always fresh sushi and great craft cocktails.
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The SallyThe Sally
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American | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

A NEW ERA AS THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S GATHERING SPOT.

The SALLY is a modern American small plates cocktail-centric restaurant/lounge inspired by French trained Chef Ricardo Planas. Located in the DuPont Circle area within the Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel, The SALLY provides locally sourced produce and beef from the DuPont Circle Farmer’s Market and Liberty Delight Farms of Reisterstown Maryland. Chef’s plates are meant for diners to order two or three per person to share. Join us in The SALLY to relax and unwind with a local craft beer or signature cocktail.


Chef’s menu will feature frequently rotated menus based upon seasonal availability of the Mid-Atlantic region.More

Discover Washington, D.C.

An international city with the food chops to show for it, Washington D.C. is brimming with new restaurants, coffee houses and spirited bars. And, while tablecloth dining has it’s place here (diplomats gotta eat), so does the casual yet delicious lunch spot (interns gotta eat, too). Near the Capitol, historic eateries and classic menus are favored by many. Excellent Filipino food can be found in Columbia Heights. Near Georgetown, upscale bistros and farm-to-table spots are the order of the day, and Adams Morgan is home to many international restaurants and locally owned cafes.