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.

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

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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.
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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Washington, D.C.

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

The top restaurants in the city, according to our savvy dining experts.
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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

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

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

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
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Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

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We took a look at our data to select the restaurants that are perfect for your Valentine's Day celebrations this year.
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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1910 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Went here for Restaurant Week, and it was delicious. I especially loved the scrumptious balsamic vinaigrette and bread, the crostinis, the potato leek soup, and the delectable sorbet. I wasn't the biggest fan of the entree, but it was still adequate. Great for a lunch, especially during Restaurant Week! More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
1041 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great service, great food – highly recommend. Even brought out complementary dessert for my wife’s birthday. More

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SakerumSakerum
358 reviews
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Sushi | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

I love this place!!! Sushi is amazing. Service was excellent. It is kinda of expensive. Manager is hot lol, like the other reviews said. My new favorite Sushi place. 10/10 would recommend. More

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Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press ClubFourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
1212 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

A hidden gem in the nation's capital. The restaurant at the National Press Club is open to the public. The dining room is beautiful and clubby without being stuffy. The staff is amiable, attentive, and accommodating. And the food is tops, including an array of creative vegetarian entree choices. We have had both lunch and dinner here with great satisfaction and happily recommend The Fourth Estate. More

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Degrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, GeorgetownDegrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
328 reviews
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Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Really enjoyed having lunch here after getting a massage at the Ritz Carlton Spa. Our service was outstanding and loved the food! More

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Specials at top restaurants in Washington DC

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1910 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Went here for Restaurant Week, and it was delicious. I especially loved the scrumptious balsamic vinaigrette and bread, the crostinis, the potato leek soup, and the delectable sorbet. I wasn't the biggest fan of the entree, but it was still adequate. Great for a lunch, especially during Restaurant Week! More

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

This restaurant is just wonderful and all fans of amazing seafood, remarkable tinned fish and raw bar must make it a point of trying Dyllan’s. It is a wonderfully spacious yet cozy restaurant with so much to offer for any occasion. We had brilliant oysters from both the Chesapeake and the west coast. We enjoyed remarkable tinned fish and 2 in our party even ordered some terrific filets to break up the multiple fish courses. More

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Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6742 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We were a party of five and enjoyed lunch during Restaurant Week. The Restaurant Week offerings were terrific and the service was perfect. There was a slight mix-up on our reservation (5 rather than 4 people) when we arrived at the front desk, but the maitre de handled it beautifully and we ended up with a large table in a private room at the back of the restaurant. It was lovely! We'll definitely be back. More

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Espita MezcaleriaEspita Mezcaleria
282 reviews
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Mexican | Shaw, District of Columbia

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Excellent service and delicious food! More

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Nick's Riverside GrillNick's Riverside Grill
284 reviews
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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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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

Washington DC's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Elizabeth's Gone Raw1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
367 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Delightful food, impeccable service, elegant venue. More

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Russia House Restaurant - Herndon2. Russia House Restaurant - Herndon
751 reviews
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Russian | Herndon, Virginia - DC Suburbs

The food was amazing and the service was exemplary. What a great place to celebrate my birthday. More

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The Inn at Little Washington3. The Inn at Little Washington
666 reviews
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American | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Best cuisine of our entire life—absolute culinary magic. A gorgeous ambiance, a vintage yet classic feel. The entire experience felt like it was out of a story book. The food and wine pairings were something we will never ever forget. More

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L'Auberge Chez Francois4. L'Auberge Chez Francois
5100 reviews
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French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Outstanding! Would not change a thing!! Loved being by the fire. Most of all, no problem talking and hearing More

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Afghan Bistro5. Afghan Bistro
582 reviews
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Afghan | Springfield, Virginia - DC Suburbs

As always, wonderful service and great food. We try to go 2x/month. You definitely need reservations though on most nights. More

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New to OpenTable

Washington DC restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Bistro SancerreBistro Sancerre
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French American | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Sancerre is a French bistro and steak house coming to Old Town Alexandria in late 2018.

Farm-to-table grassroots style restaurant with locally-sourced produce and fine cheeses.More

NeroNero
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Global, International | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

From the mural to the industrial hanging lights and grand chandeliers, our lounge bridges this old-world charm with subtle design. We tell the story of Nero, reflecting his intensity with our fantastic ambience, service, food, and drinks.More

RobiolinaRobiolina
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Italian | Stafford, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Robiolina Italian Cuisine is a true hidden gem located in Stafford, Virginia. We take pride in our homemade Italian cuisine and our happy customers can taste the difference! Our pasta is made fresh in-house, as are our extravagant Italian dishes. Served to you in a welcoming atmosphere by a team of people who genuinely care about their patrons.More

Sfoglina - DowntownSfoglina - Downtown
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Sfoglina (sfoal-YEE-nah) is a casual Italian trattoria and pasta house, named for the artisans and Italian cultural icons that carry on the tradition of rolling sheets of pasta by hand with a rolling pin, a technique passed through the generations.More

Vim and VictorVim and Victor
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Contemporary American | Springfield, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s Vim & Victor is a playful and thoughtfully-executed dining experience located within The St. James sports and wellness complex in Springfield, VA. Vim & Victor brings high-quality cuisine to the community with a little something for everyone.
The all-day eatery features a grab & go counter (open from 6:30am - 9pm daily), alongside a full service restaurant and bar (open at 11am daily) - perfectly suited for a family after a game in the field house, groups of friends after a yoga class, or a post-spa cocktail. The grab and go menu at Vim & Victor features a variety of smoothies, juices, pastries and seasonal pizzas, while the full service restaurant offers guests a selection of toasts, salads, burgers (including a plant-based option) and entrees such as a Whole Roasted Branzino and a Dry Aged Bone in Ribeye.

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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.