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Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best Contemporary American Restaurants in Washington DC

Popular restaurants in Washington DC

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Founding Farmers - DC
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Ambar - Arlington
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Tapas / Small Plates | Arlington
Filomena Ristorante
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50 Washington DC Restaurants to Connect In For Mother's Day

Whether you're taking mom out for a treat or enjoying a Sunday lunch with friends, these restaurants are perfect for Mother's Day.
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50 Washington DC Restaurants to Connect In For Mother's Day

The Best Brunch Restaurants in Washington DC

Best Brunch: See the best 20 restaurants in Washington DC. We use our data and local experts to curate the best restaurants in your city.
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The Best Brunch Restaurants in Washington DC

The Best Bars for Foodies in Washington D.C.

Best Bars: See the best 20 restaurants in Washington D.C. We use our data and local experts to curate the best restaurants in your city.
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The Best Bars for Foodies in Washington D.C.

The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in Washington DC

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The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in Washington DC

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Nobu DCNobu DC
556 reviews
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Japanese | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

I met Chef Nobu and the dining experience was excellent! More

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
2099 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Awesome dinner for special occasions More

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DCCharlie Palmer Steak - DC
3163 reviews
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Steakhouse | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

It was simply superb with top notch service and food. I highly recommend the beef carpaccio/tartare, it was pure with a very good flavor profile. The steak was cooked perfectly and with the addition of poached crab the dish was skyrocketed to a new level. The accompaniment of the truffle twice baked potato was the final straw to an amazing dining experience. CP has got it. More

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Kellari TavernaKellari Taverna
2433 reviews
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Greek | Downtown, District of Columbia

Yes I do recommend and we took a friend to dinner for her birthday celebration. Fish was perfect and wait staff were incredible. Love this place. More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
1340 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great time for first time at restaurant. Highly recommend. More

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

Service good and food was wonderful. Our group had a good time. Remember ambiance from previous visit. Love the stone walls and canal. More

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

It’s lovely sitting at an outdoor table by the waterfront. The waiter was attentive to my food allergies and helped me make a good choice. The grilled shrimp on salad was delicious and healthy. The mixed drinks are good. Price is right. I like to bring friends here. More

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The HamiltonThe Hamilton
7406 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The staff was customer friendly nothing over and above. The food was great. More

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Tupelo Honey - ArlingtonTupelo Honey - Arlington
1211 reviews
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Southern | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Great atmosphere, great food! Can't wait to go back! More

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ANKARAANKARA
530 reviews
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Great food with varied and authentic cuisine. And, super nice service. 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
735 reviews
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American | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Fantastic. This is a jewel. It has been 20 years since our last visit. We decided it’s worth a visit a couple of times a year. On the way out we were greeted by Luray, the owners Dalmatian. What a treat. More

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Elizabeth's Gone Raw2. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
417 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

What a wonderful, creative dining experience. From the warm personal greeting of Elizabeth herself, to the charming, attentive, and very knowledgeable waitress, and of course the wonderful food, it was a very pleasant, enjoyable evening. I am certainly no "Vegan," and I have never knowingly eaten an exclusively Vegan meal, but each of the seven courses was truly a work of art, in appearance and in taste. There was plenty of food -- unlike other high-end "foodie" restaurants that scrimp on portions, leaving the diners to fill up on bread. In fact, Elizabeth's does not even serve bread; instead, they serve delicious special-recipe kale chips that, as with good potato chips, you cannot stop at one. I will certainly come back. More

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L'Auberge Chez Francois3. L'Auberge Chez Francois
5309 reviews
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French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Food was excellent and so was the service. We had a party of 5 and everything went very well. More

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Bistro L'Hermitage4. Bistro L'Hermitage
3777 reviews
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French | Woodbridge, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Highly recommended. More

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Manalu Italian Restaurant5. Manalu Italian Restaurant
566 reviews
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Italian | Frederick, Maryland - DC Suburbs

The family atmosphere makes for a very welcoming dining experience, from the initial greeting at the door to the owner/chef's addressing all of his patrons. Can't say enough about this wonderful place, its employees, owners and overall dining experience are superb to say the least! More

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Washington DC restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Copa Kitchen & BarCopa Kitchen & Bar
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Spanish | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Copa Kitchen & Bar serves up coca flatbreads, tizona skewers, craft cocktails, sangria, Spanish beers and the food you love with a Spanish soul. Watch the latest games, meet for happy hour or enjoy dinner. Find us in the Quarter Market at Ballston Quarter. More

Hawk 'n' DoveHawk 'n' Dove
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American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Off the record, Hawk ’N’ Dove is basically a Washington monument. It reflects an older Washington that believed in politics, not just politicking. Hawk ’N’ Dove is where you can sip an Old Fashioned, hear political talk, and mingle with everyone from the black-suited, brown-shoed lobbyists, to the neighborhood folk that have been in this town since the Carter administration. Our beverages and food selections reflect our local support for this wonderful town, and if you use your imagination, you can almost hear the echo of past conversations from the most powerful people in the free world, spoken over gin and whiskey.More

Matchbox - Silver SpringMatchbox - Silver Spring
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Pizzeria | Silver Spring, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Bubbling, thin crust pizzas, mini burgers, crisp salads, and craft cocktails...four great reasons to visit matchbox today. We’re the neighborhood gathering place for fun, upscale casual dining, with local, award-winning beers, broad spectrum wines, and handcrafted signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else.

Try brunchbox, our new unlimited brunch with small plates and drinks. Think: an endless selection of dishes like our avocado toast, breakfast nachos, chicken + grits and, of course, any of our small pizzasMore

Seasons & SessionsSeasons & Sessions
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Southern | Adams Morgan, District of Columbia

Seasons and Sessions is a neighborhood hangout with over 40 beers on tap, craft cocktails, live music, special events with breweries, Southern-style comfort food and private event spaces. The multi-concept venue brings together all of the passions of founder and D.C. native A.J. Fastow: live music, craft beer, classic arcade games and really good food. Visit the main floor and grab a table-top for a bite of executive chef Moe Atari’s Southern-style bar food. Check out the basement for live music and dancing with a one-of-a-kind mural created by local D.C. artists. Or head to the S&S Arcade on the third floor and choose from thousands of classic arcade games to play. Don’t worry, there’s a rotating selection of unique craft beers on every floor.More

The Meatball Shop - Washington DC 14th STThe Meatball Shop - Washington DC 14th ST
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American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

The Meatball Shop serves the best meatballs in the world with a mix and match menu utilizing sustainable and natural ingredients whenever possible. But The Meatball Shop serves way more than just meatballs! Highlights from their hit menu include seasonal veggies, market driven salads, sandwiches, handmade ice cream sandwiches, craft cocktails and an approachable wine program.

The vibe of this DC restaurant is always fun, upbeat and lively! Perfect for a night on the town or a family dinner with kids. Think the best dinner party you've ever been to with the comforting feeling of being at Grandma's.

With drinks and desserts a-plenty, The Meatball Shop makes the perfect casual stop for digging in to a hearty meal or a healthy bite, refreshing drink and mouthwatering dessert with family and friends.
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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.

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.