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Downtown Washington DC Restaurants

Elizabeth's Gone RawElizabeth'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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Lafayette RestaurantLafayette Restaurant
989 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Clarence, like LaFayette, is a national treasure. More

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Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
3387 reviews
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

excellent experience food was very well prepared and the staff was top notch! More

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Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DCGreenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC
535 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great brunch! Staff was very accommodating for our 9 month old. More

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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DCJoe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC
4318 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great as usual. Best spot in DC More

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BLT Prime by David BurkeBLT Prime by David Burke
1339 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

My date treated me for my birthday dinner and it was amazing! Top of the line service, friendly and attentive staff. Dinner was unbelievable! Oyster, wine, popovers, candied bacon, cowboy steak, cream of spinach, couch potatoes, freshly brewed coffee and my birthday cake! The best steak you can experience in your life! We started out at bar and it was so comfortable atmosphere, too! More

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Kaz Sushi BistroKaz Sushi Bistro
1575 reviews
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Sushi | Downtown, District of Columbia

Highly recommend! Kaz is improbably a favorite for both my sushi-loving husband and my fish-averse self. They do a fabulous job on sushi, offering both classic and unusual options. And the other dishes are amazing as well - with great service. More

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Bombay ClubBombay Club
3985 reviews
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Indian | Downtown, District of Columbia

The grouper moilee and mango creme brulee for restaurant week were spectacular. More

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The Prime RibThe Prime Rib
2902 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

It was good to experience this restaurant that a friend had recommended but I’ve had better steaks in DC, although overall it was good and should be experienced. More

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TortinoTortino
941 reviews
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Thanks for a great meal! And thanks to Anthony, and all the staff for taking such good care of us More

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Equinox - DCEquinox - DC
2387 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Hadn't been to Equinox in awhile - my return visit did not disappoint! Excellent shrimp & grits, leg of duck, and wine list. Lots of gluten free options! More

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BLT Steak DCBLT Steak DC
3297 reviews
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great steak house located downtown, perfect for a business meeting. The service is first class and their steaks are to die for. More

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CentrolinaCentrolina
1106 reviews
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Fabulous pasta as always and a fresh, tart arugula salad to start. More

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Mirabelle - Washington, DCMirabelle - Washington, DC
506 reviews
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French American | Downtown, District of Columbia

We tried the 3 courses+dessert. Everything was great. The service is excellent! The food ( starter and entrées) was delightful, with an original presentation! We didn’t try the cheese but they looked delicious The only negative point was the dessert. We tried 2 differents and they really didn’t fit with the quality of what we have had with the entrées! Strange taste and poor presentation. But we would be glad to go back either way ( without taking the dessert)! More

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The Source by Wolfgang PuckThe Source by Wolfgang Puck
3451 reviews
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Asian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Stellar as always. One of our top favorite places in DC More

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The Park at 14thThe Park at 14th
429 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Peru for two, celebrating the return of a DC native from a military deployment. Waiter was SUPER nice and treated us we. Food and drinks were the BOMB. More

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SirenSiren
371 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

Fantastic food, beautiful ambiance, impeccable service. More

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La Taberna del AlabarderoLa Taberna del Alabardero
2184 reviews
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Traditional Spanish | Downtown, District of Columbia

Everything great all around. Great food and attentive servers. More

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Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
20681 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Terrific service, a lovely menu, our server was attentive and helpful. Cheeseboard was delish and the peanut butter pie was to die for!! More

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Oceanaire Seafood Room - DCOceanaire Seafood Room - DC
5291 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great Anniversary dinner. Thanks to Elmer and the rest of the staff for accommodating us on this special day. More

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Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar - Washington D.C.Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar - Washington D.C.
186 reviews
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Peruvian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great food. Great service. Great ambiance. More

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Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.
1281 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

Wow! What a find. Everything was fantastic. Brian was a cordial and professional waiter. More

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MaziMazi
4 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

This place has an overall great vibe. Nicely designed, nice lighting, great ambiance, very friendly staff, and most of all incredible food! More

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Siroc RestaurantSiroc Restaurant
2926 reviews
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

The black bass and the pasta Bolognese were both fabulous, and the restaurant kindly comped a dessert for the birthday celebrant. Rustam was very attentive and provided perfect service. More

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1909 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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Brasserie BeckBrasserie Beck
4425 reviews
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Belgian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Every step of the evening was perfect. More

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Plume at the Jefferson HotelPlume at the Jefferson Hotel
1185 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

An absolute pleasure to spend time with family in this establishment. Great food, service, and attentiveness are all the hallmarks of a great restaurant. Plume exceeds all expectations, especially catering to food allergies. Thank you very much. The Queen family More

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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DCRare Steakhouse - Washington DC
230 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown, District of Columbia

Possibly the best steak I have ever eaten -- it was a bone-in rib eye and it was outstanding!!! More

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Le DeSalesLe DeSales
300 reviews
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French | Downtown, District of Columbia

My wife and I had a very nice Friday night dinner at Le DeSales, our first visit. The waiter was very knowledgeable about food prep and was able to make great recommendations. We shared a fish dish that was great, along with a creative cocktail, and some appetizers. We will definitely return to the bar (large and great design) sometime for small plates and/or happy hour. We also plan to hit the place for an intimate lunch sometime (dinnertime is a bit loud, but that's the only "negative" I can think of. It does not have an extra large menu, but everything sounded good and tasty. More

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Morton's The Steakhouse - Downtown DCMorton's The Steakhouse - Downtown DC
1625 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown, District of Columbia

Haven’t been in a few years. Was pleasantly surprised at how excellent the experience was! More

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CorduroyCorduroy
2801 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Superb restaurant - outstanding cooking and perfect service .... one of the very best restaurants anywhere. More

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AlhambraAlhambra
288 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Went for Restaurant Week lunch. The space is gorgeous, and it wasn't busy. Waitstaff were polite, attentive, and friendly. The food was amazing! Short rib, beet salad, butternut soup, cauliflower--all excellent. The potatoes served with the short rib were to die for. Deserts were good but not great. More

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The HamiltonThe Hamilton
6977 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

2nd night in DC great place :) More

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Cafe MozartCafe Mozart
274 reviews
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German | Downtown, District of Columbia

Amazing place and the food was excellent. There was a pianist who played music during dinner. Highly recommended More

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Kellari TavernaKellari Taverna
2369 reviews
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Greek | Downtown, District of Columbia

This was my second time eating here, and I had a much better experience the first. It may just be the restaurant week menu, but the first and second course was not very good. Dessert and the wine we chose were amazing though! The service was exceptional and the half off bottles of wine on Monday’s is a great deal. We had a great time, but as a foodie, I don’t think I’d go back. Probably just for dessert and drinks next time. More

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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - DCDel Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - DC
1916 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown, District of Columbia

We went for restaurant week and had a great meal at a great price! The specialty maple bacon Manhattan was delicious as was the filet mignon special. More

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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NWBobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW
2583 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown, District of Columbia

We enjoyed the dining experience very much. The service was excellent and the food outstanding. We will definably return! 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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Toryumon Japanese HouseToryumon Japanese House
19 reviews
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Japanese | Downtown, District of Columbia

I ordered sushi. Very tasty and well-made. We stopped by New Years Eve and restaurant was quite available, fewer people only. The area is pretty much office space around so probably busier for lunch or happy hour weekdays. Great food. Def I would visit again. More

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Matchbox - 14th StreetMatchbox - 14th Street
779 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The bar tenders are great. This time we had Ben that was very lively and very good at making the drinks. The manger Brandon was also very helpful, not only to the patrons but also to his staff. That's is a great leader. More

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Momofuku CCDCMomofuku CCDC
1448 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Excellent high-quality food - very innovative and refreshing tastes. I really appreciated the bolder, more "out there" food options combined with more traditional options (I got a delicious steak with potatoes for my entree). Good service although felt a little bit rushed (servers brought second course before I had finished the first) and loved being able to get dessert from adjoining Milk Bar. More

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The Smith - U StreetThe Smith - U Street
216 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Service at The Smith was excellent although the main dishes did arrive while we were still eating appetizers. Food was very rich, more than I would like, but delicious in any case. I'm looking forward to trying their $15 hamburger & beer lunch. More

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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - Washington DCFogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - Washington DC
2762 reviews
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Brazilian Steakhouse | Downtown, District of Columbia

It was my first time going and I had a great experience. Would definitely go again. More

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Claudia'sClaudia's
366 reviews
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia

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Great service and atmosphere. Had a 730 reservation it was my wifes birthday upon our arrival we were seated right away. I had request to have an arrangement delivered which was, and the restaurant accepted it and had it already on the table for when we were seated. The service was A1, the server was very kind and attentive and pleasant. Food was A1 as well I had the Branzino fish which was the whole fish flash fried with a cream sauce that was very tasty, my wife had the filet mignon which she said was excellent an our Daughter had the Lamb chops that was good as well. I well definitely return. Thanks Claudias. More

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BibianaBibiana
1479 reviews
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Had an excellent lunch with my daughter during DC Restaurant Week 2019 (3 courses prix fixe for $22). We each chose differently but liberally shared tastes--and each taste quite amazing. Helpful, friendly staff. More

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Rare TavernRare Tavern
138 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I made a special request during the open table reservation process, and the restaurant went out of their way to honor the request. Everything on Saturday evening was perfection....romantic, great food and amazing service!! We will be back!! More

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MuzeMuze
781 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

We thought the food was very good. We enjoyed the fact that the chef, food manager, floor manager came by to check on us. The food was nicely presented and arrived at the tale still warm. More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - DC - Convention CenterRuth's Chris Steak House - DC - Convention Center
1345 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown, District of Columbia

I was sadden when I find out the restaurant will be closing after 12/24/18. The service and food was always great. Don't have any plans to go to another Ruth Chris. More

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Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.
1768 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown, District of Columbia

Our post business / work dinner could not have been better. Steaks were exceptional. Seafood well received. Service personal and just right on timing. Could not be happier. More

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Sushi GakyuSushi Gakyu
90 reviews
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Sushi | Downtown, District of Columbia

Excellent sushi and very good service. More

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Pennsylvania 6 DCPennsylvania 6 DC
374 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

A few friends and I visited Penn 6 DC for brunch today. We had Hamid as a waiter, and he was great. He was very attentive and kept filling our drinks often. The bottomless brunch bar is so worth it. There were so many toppings for bloody mary's and fruits and juices for mimosas. The food was delicious. I got the steak and eggs with chimichurri and potatas bravas. I highly recommend the miso fried Brussels sprouts. That's where it's at. More

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Legal Sea Foods - 7th StreetLegal Sea Foods - 7th Street
2852 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the food. I think every manager on deck that night stopped by the table to say "welcome and thanks for coming." The New England Clam Chowder was outstanding. It was packed with lots of clams and vegetables. More

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Woodward TableWoodward Table
1558 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Waiter was AWESOME! Great food. Some very loud Republicans at the bar! More

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Georgia Brown'sGeorgia Brown's
6156 reviews
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Low Country | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great service! Waitress and management were awesome with accommodating us. More

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Peacock Alley TeaPeacock Alley Tea
36 reviews
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Afternoon Tea | Downtown, District of Columbia

Excellent service More

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HoneysuckleHoneysuckle
365 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Delicious lettuce salad, short ribs with grits in pear butter, pecan pie. Banana bread with excellent spreads. More

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Matchbox - ChinatownMatchbox - Chinatown
1346 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I have been coming to this location for over 10 years. However the last few times, the Service has not been great as it has in the Past. One thing in Particular: When I made my Reservations, I asked (as always) for a booth. On 1/10 we were walked past 3 booths and shown to seating upstairs, a table & chair w/a 1/2 booth. Whats the Point of Having the Option to make a request if you cannot have your request met. It wasnt busy. It was 1:15pm in a Thursday. I explained that I had requested a booth and was still directed upstairs. I just think its tacky for the Workers to go back and forth with a Customer. (Even if the Customer is Wrong.) More

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MXDCMXDC
1253 reviews
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Mexican | Downtown, District of Columbia

So good! mix and match tacos are the best selections and margaritas taste super fresh. I was impressed even happy drinks were mid shelf as well as their rail. Service was friendly. Really energetic and fun. More

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Occidental Grill & SeafoodOccidental Grill & Seafood
1995 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Todo bien aunque los hongos que tenia el ribeye estaban viejos. Tambien la salsa del tiramisu estaba agria... More

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Clyde's of Gallery PlaceClyde's of Gallery Place
5877 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Good. Very gluten friendly since I have a food allergy. Make the pork belly more crisp! All still tasted good. More

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City Tap House - Penn QuarterCity Tap House - Penn Quarter
705 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great place for lunch. Our server, Krishna, was enjoyable, friendly and proficient. The food was good, one of the best burgers I'v had in a while. The ambiance is OK, but it is, after all, a pub/bar/tavern. I'd visit again. More

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El Centro D.F. on 14th StreetEl Centro D.F. on 14th Street
1294 reviews
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Mexican | Downtown, District of Columbia

I loved this restaurant! The vibe was so cool, I will definitely be back! Brought my cousin from Ireland to this restaurant and it was a treat for all of us, from the service to the delicious food. More

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P.J. Clarke's DCP.J. Clarke's DC
968 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great place for burgers and drinks. More

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The Oval RoomThe Oval Room
2355 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

My party and I had a fabulous pre-New Years meal. My only issue was the up until the evening of the event Lamb (my wife’s favorite), was on the menu. We were disappointed that there had been a change that took Lamb off the menu. In my opinion patrons should have been notified of the change in advance. More

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Opaline Bar and BrasserieOpaline Bar and Brasserie
24 reviews
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French | Downtown, District of Columbia

Everything about the experience here is top notch. The service, the food, the ambiance is all simply wonderful. More

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Morrison-Clark RestaurantMorrison-Clark Restaurant
470 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Wonderful setting in an historic old hotel. Stunning blend of 150 year old architecture and modern. Restaurant setting is traditional. Service is good, food is great. It's the kind of place you can enjoy a terrific ahi tuna appetizer and a Salvadoran carne asada main course, with the absolutely most amazing lime and lavender creme brulee dessert with melted chocolate on the bottom. Love this place, and you will too. More

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Toro ToroToro Toro
887 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Downtown, District of Columbia

Restaurant week deal was fantastic! We tried everything on the available menu and was not disappointed by ANY of the dishes! More

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Cafe Du ParcCafe Du Parc
1684 reviews
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French American | Downtown, District of Columbia

It was my first time their. Great place for a meeting and for. Meeting a friend atmosphere great for conversation More

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Daily Grill - Downtown DCDaily Grill - Downtown DC
1286 reviews
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia

Chef specials were amazing. Service was impeccable. Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Thank you! More

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Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental - DCEmpress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental - DC
75 reviews
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Afternoon Tea | Downtown, District of Columbia

Celebrated with my friend who had recently retired. This tea is set up in the hotel bar area and the happy hour crowd was present. We weren't expecting Japanese Tea House atmosphere but this is a very casual tea. If you are comfortable with the casualness, you will enjoy it. More

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Holidays at The WillardHolidays at The Willard
22 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Christmas Brunch with the family! Amazing meal, even more amazing service! More

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The Tavern at the Henley ParkThe Tavern at the Henley Park
536 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The Tavern is beautiful. The ambiance and decor are elegant but comfortable. The food was superb. My wife and I both had salads (I the Caesar and she the arugula) with grilled salmon. We both commented that it was the best salmon we could remember having at a restaurant. The waiter also brought us the sauce that the chef was pairing with the salmon when ordered as an entree with sides. A truly wonderful dinner. More

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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Washington DC (K Street)McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Washington DC (K Street)
2670 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great service and food but over priced More

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Cafe SoleilCafe Soleil
928 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Best value in the White House area. More

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EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower HotelEDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel
275 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

We had a hreat time at Edgar's prior to an evening at The Kennedy Center. The food was great and our waiter was excelllent. More

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Benjamin Bar & Lounge at Trump International HotelBenjamin Bar & Lounge at Trump International Hotel
33 reviews
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Afternoon Tea | Downtown, District of Columbia

Went for afternoon tea and it was lovely. Beautiful holiday decorations, lots of tea choices, accommodated my niece's gluten-free diet and my vegetarian preferences, comfy seating, music at the right volume, gorgeous china. Service was decent although I think it could have been a bit better. 20% should not automatically be added to the bill for a tip. Tea could have been a bit hotter. Trump brand champagne that came with the tea was actually quite good. They made a yummy "mocktail" for my niece. Overall, extremely happy with the outing and will go again. More

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Proper 21Proper 21
262 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

This was my first time here and I was really impressed when i walked in. The ambiance is so lovely. The food was great and reasonably priced. I had the crab cake sandwich and crab dip. Both were delicious. Would definitely come back here again! More

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Rasoi Indian KitchenRasoi Indian Kitchen
376 reviews
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Indian | Downtown, District of Columbia

This place has the best food! You will not go away hungry! Service was great and the ambience was even better! Would highly recommend this to all my friends for any occasion! More

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BarcodeBarcode
685 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Had an intimate dinner at the bar More

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Anthem at Marriott Marquis DCAnthem at Marriott Marquis DC
24 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

We were staying at a modest hotel nearby that did not offer breakfast. But I saw that the Marriott Marquis Anthem was mere steps away so we made reservations. We will definitely come here again. We were greeted so warmly and our waiter was wonderful as were the people serving the food at the buffet. Everyone was so warm and welcoming! And we really felt cared for every step of the way. We are elderly but not disabled. Getting that little bit of extra care means a lot to us at this stage of life. We got it from everyone today. And I haven’t even gotten to the food which was fabulous and abundant. I had expected very high prices and was willing to pay but the cold breakfast which we had was a bargain and provided more than enough to fuel us for the morning. The space is bright and cheerful besides. The Anthem is a winner in every way. More

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Finn & PorterFinn & Porter
373 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

My wife’s birthday dinner. Service was excellent, Food was very good, meats cooked to order, however purple mashed potatoes were unappealing. The overall meal was good. More

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North Gate GrillNorth Gate Grill
105 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I ordered from the menu and the food was very good with the eggs poached as requested. The service was outstanding. More

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Capitol City Brewing Company - DowntownCapitol City Brewing Company - Downtown
490 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Old Bay Seasoning wings were yummy! Service was great, especially for a busy bar night. It was standard American fare, but prices were good and happy hour deals were awesome. More

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Fire & SageFire & Sage
684 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The service was excellent, only surpassed by the food! More

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Avenue GrillAvenue Grill
279 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

First I want to say our food was good. We arrived before 5:30 but were given the pre-theater menu. We had to ask for the full menu and explain that the show started at 7:30. Happily we were allowed to order from the full menu. We found our entrees well-prepared and the portions ample. We each ordered a dessert and found them to be quite good, too. It was a cold, rainy evening - we chose to dine here because we didn't want to walk far to and from the theater. So we expected a typical hotel grill and that's what this was, lacking ambiance - no complaints since we didn't want to walk farther. But when I ordered an extra dry martini the server returned from the kitchen to ask if I wanted if on the rocks, which was disappointing. The cocktail itself was not dry, and my partner was charged full price for his virgin bloody Mary. However, all the wait staff were friendly, attentive, and performed without fuss. More

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10 Thomas at the Washington Plaza Hotel10 Thomas at the Washington Plaza Hotel
173 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The service staff remembered us from last year. That was nice. The food was good the service wonderful. I will gladly come back next year. More

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The DelegateThe Delegate
9 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

We tried this restaurant thanks to Yelp. It was the fried green tomatoes on their menu that really caught our initial attention. They did not disappoint. First things first, the Delegate is attached to a hotel and is located near Washington's convention center. It is really easy to get to from the Mt. Vernon Sq stop on the green line. Its modern and inviting bar is set before several dining areas. The hostesses welcomed us with a smile and compliment. Our server, Rondal, was polite, helpful and professional. The cocktail menu is fun and my partners, "Only Spy I See" Mezcal drink was delicious. The quality and presentation of the food exceeded our expectations. (I got caught up and forgot to take pictures. Sorry. ) Our compliments to the chef. We shared the fried green tomatoes, beet salad, kale salad, quinoa stir fry and Pappardelle pasta. Unfortunately that left no room for dessert. No matter, we will return to try that in the near future. More

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Hard Rock Cafe - Washington, DCHard Rock Cafe - Washington, DC
224 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Third visit- didn’t disappoint. Love the staff, the music, the MJ and Prince stuff and the FOOD!!!! Love it here! We come whenever we are in town! More

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

Food and service were great. $6 for a cup of coffee at lunch feels like usury. Overall experience was very good. More

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DNV Rooftop LoungeDNV Rooftop Lounge
17 reviews
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South American | Downtown, District of Columbia

My first time there. I brought my husband s a surprise and he and I loved it! Beautiful view and delicious food. Thanks or your service! More

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SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's DCSIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's DC
88 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Nice food and service with a cool ambiance. It's like a speakeasy atmosphere and you feel like you took a little step back in time when you eat downstairs at Sidecar. More

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Downtown Washington DC Diners' Choice Winners

Downtown Washington DC's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Elizabeth's Gone RawElizabeth'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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Lafayette RestaurantLafayette Restaurant
989 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Clarence, like LaFayette, is a national treasure. More

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Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DCGreenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC
535 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great brunch! Staff was very accommodating for our 9 month old. More

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BLT Prime by David BurkeBLT Prime by David Burke
1339 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

My date treated me for my birthday dinner and it was amazing! Top of the line service, friendly and attentive staff. Dinner was unbelievable! Oyster, wine, popovers, candied bacon, cowboy steak, cream of spinach, couch potatoes, freshly brewed coffee and my birthday cake! The best steak you can experience in your life! We started out at bar and it was so comfortable atmosphere, too! More

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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DCJoe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC
4318 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great as usual. Best spot in DC More

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Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
3387 reviews
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

excellent experience food was very well prepared and the staff was top notch! More

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Kaz Sushi BistroKaz Sushi Bistro
1575 reviews
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Sushi | Downtown, District of Columbia

Highly recommend! Kaz is improbably a favorite for both my sushi-loving husband and my fish-averse self. They do a fabulous job on sushi, offering both classic and unusual options. And the other dishes are amazing as well - with great service. More

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Bombay ClubBombay Club
3985 reviews
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Indian | Downtown, District of Columbia

The grouper moilee and mango creme brulee for restaurant week were spectacular. More

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The Prime RibThe Prime Rib
2902 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

It was good to experience this restaurant that a friend had recommended but I’ve had better steaks in DC, although overall it was good and should be experienced. More

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BLT Steak DCBLT Steak DC
3297 reviews
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great steak house located downtown, perfect for a business meeting. The service is first class and their steaks are to die for. More

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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.