Best American Restaurants in Penn Quarter

Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
(132)
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
(6282)
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
(680)
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Del Frisco's Grille - DCDel Frisco's Grille - DC
(1536)
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Flight Wine BarFlight Wine Bar
(143)
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Wine Bar | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Co Co. SalaCo Co. Sala
(3391)
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Penn CommonsPenn Commons
(320)
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Cabinet - Grand Hyatt Washington DCCabinet - Grand Hyatt Washington DC
(12)
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - DCGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - DC
(1769)
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Founding Spirits Tour and TastingFounding Spirits Tour and Tasting
(8)
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Harold BlackHarold Black
(374)
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American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DCSeasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
(486)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
KinshipKinship
(650)
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Lafayette RestaurantLafayette Restaurant
(854)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
Blue Duck TavernBlue Duck Tavern
(5567)
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American | West End, District of Columbia
The Prime RibThe Prime Rib
(2732)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
Founding Farmers - DCFounding Farmers - DC
(22354)
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
(18316)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
TicoTico
(813)
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American | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
TOURS @ District Distilling Co.TOURS @ District Distilling Co.
(41)
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American | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
1789 Restaurant1789 Restaurant
(4852)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
Buck's Fishing & CampingBuck's Fishing & Camping
(408)
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American | Chevy Chase, District of Columbia

Best Italian Restaurants in Penn Quarter

Carmine's - Washington DCCarmine's - Washington DC
(3956)
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
(3152)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Acqua Al 2Acqua Al 2
(2748)
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Italian | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
RPM Italian - DCRPM Italian - DC
(1607)
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Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Filomena RistoranteFilomena Ristorante
(9258)
$$$$
Italian | Georgetown, District of Columbia
FlorianaFloriana
(2052)
$$$$
Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
(759)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
TortinoTortino
(683)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Al TiramisuAl Tiramisu
(434)
$$$$
Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Osteria Morini DCOsteria Morini DC
(1551)
$$$$
Italian | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Lupo VerdeLupo Verde
(823)
$$$$
Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
GhibellinaGhibellina
(668)
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
Lavagna - Washington DCLavagna - Washington DC
(1076)
$$$$
Italian | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Siroc RestaurantSiroc Restaurant
(2716)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
i Ricchii Ricchi
(3126)
$$$$
Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Al CrostinoAl Crostino
(390)
$$$$
Italian | Shaw, District of Columbia

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Penn Quarter Restaurants

CIRCA at ChinatownCIRCA at Chinatown
8 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

This place is such a gem! Our server, Jennifer, could not have been sweeter and was so knowledgeable. The food was amazing and we can’t wait to come back. More

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RasikaRasika
7740 reviews
$$$$
Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Pricey, but expected for location in China Town, DC. Really great Indian food, excellent service. Tasting menu ran $160 or so, not including tip, for a 6-course meal. Wife and I could have shared and would have had plenty to eat, but the leftovers the next day were enough to feed us again for lunch. More

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Flight Wine BarFlight Wine Bar
143 reviews
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Wine Bar | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great Selection of menu items paired with wine to enjoy. More

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NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.)NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.)
1212 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The staff is top notch and the food was excellent! More

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Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
132 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

One of the best bars in DC. A terrific, intimate speakeasy for a date or to catch up with a good friend. Highly recommend. More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
12266 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The service is impeccable. Our waiter was attentive, friendly but not overbearing. He explained the dishes and made recommendations to our tastes. The goat moussaka was delicious as were the brussels sprouts and pork belly souvlaki. Overall, fabulous time, delicious food, pleasant ambiance. More

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Cedar RestaurantCedar Restaurant
2313 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

A quiet night at Cedar was just what the doctor ordered! This friendly basement location is sometimes hopping but this Wednesday night was subdued and we had classic meals (lamb and tenderloin) at the bar prepared exactly to order with sauces and vegetables matched perfectly. Bartender Sean poured a wonderful glass of Cabernet for dinner and whipped up a delicious cappuccino and a well crafted cocktail after dinner. The bread deserves separate mention as the best in town! Serious conversation between us and among others at the bar was stimulating and a welcome change from the yelling required at other venues. A perfect evening! Highly recommended! More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2171 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The staff was really helpful when we couldn’t decide what to order. The sushi rolls are out of this world! I highly recommend the fish and chips roll, it takes a British staple and elevates it to a new level. For someone that’s new to dc and needs a nice spot to meet with friends or family this place is for you. More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
6820 reviews
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The tapas were to die for. We went for my friend's birthday, and the staff were so fun and friendly, we got them to sing for her :) Great atmosphere, delightful service, delicious food. More

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Del CampoDel Campo
1302 reviews
$$$$
South American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The waitstaff was very attentive and the food was good. The ambience was also warm and personal. I would dine there again. More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - DCMastro's Steakhouse - DC
1489 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great service! Great food! More

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OyamelOyamel
7085 reviews
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Exceptional service and terrific food. The salt air margaritas are amazing! More

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Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6282 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Pork cheeks, burrata, Caesar salad, corpse reviver cocktail all delicious. Server gave good recommendations but could have been more personable. Left my jacket and they called within minutes to tell us. Overall had an excellent time and even if it isn’t trendy anymore, it is still a great experience. More

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China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1433 reviews
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Intriguing fusion. Fantastic food! The duck confit and rice is a “must try” dish. Great service. Pace was just right. Will be back! More

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Crimson Diner + Whiskey BarCrimson Diner + Whiskey Bar
2 reviews
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Breakfast | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

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Sixth Engine RestaurantSixth Engine Restaurant
584 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Big TVs playing sports seemed at odds with the rest of the ambience. Other than the TVs, it was great. Fresh local oysters and excellent, interesting salad. More

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701 Restaurant701 Restaurant
3363 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

701 is always extraordinary and returning regularly! More

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Ella's PizzaElla's Pizza
373 reviews
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Pizzeria | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Very good mid-level choice. More

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District ChophouseDistrict Chophouse
4101 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Good home-breed beer and great cuts of steak. Service was a little slow and place was not that busy to account for it. But we were in no rush so not a big deal. More

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
680 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I’ve been to The Smith several times now. I enjoy the modern day diner feel. It’s always busy and noise levels are a little high but nothing that’s jarring. The food is great and I’ve had some pretty amazing servers. More

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Cure Bar & BistroCure Bar & Bistro
668 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Cure never disappoints me, the food, the service, the ambiance are all perfect!! More

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Hill Country Barbecue Market - DCHill Country Barbecue Market - DC
1076 reviews
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Barbecue | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Whenever we visit DC, this is on our list of stops! More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
387 reviews
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Southern | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Southern style dining in Penn Quarter. This was our first visit to Succotash. I had the catfish very good. My date had the fried chicken and waffles. He said it was the best ever. We split a fried green tomato appetizer, delicious. They had extensive cocktail list and plenty of wine by the glass. I would go again. Food prices were comparable to rest of Penn Quarter. The portions were generous. Lots of Southern specialties to try.. More

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Daikaya Izakaya (2F) - No RamenDaikaya Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen
1157 reviews
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Japanese | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We had a complicated allergy issue in our party and our server was beyond spectacular taking care of us, gathering information, and ensuring that we were not just safe but really happy. And the food was **delicious.** Can't wait to come back! More

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The PartisanThe Partisan
624 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Wish they had more menu options than mostly sandwiches. The dinner menu is so amazing and has some great dishes. Would love to see them for lunch! More

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DBGB DCDBGB DC
1278 reviews
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French | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The Boudin Blanc is fabulous- thank you for making it special for me! More

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Proof RestaurantProof Restaurant
3421 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

My husband & I have been dining at Proof since 2009–one of our early date spots. We always enjoyed the pre-dinner cocktails at the bar—excellent bar tenders. The food is consistently very good—-we always get the tuna tartare & the cauliflower side dish. Very nice wine list. Service is always pleasant and professional; they clearly do a good job with training the staff. More

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Del Frisco's Grille - DCDel Frisco's Grille - DC
1536 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

On a very busy day for them, staff accommodated multiple changes in party size. We were always supported and never rushed. More

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Carmine's - Washington DCCarmine's - Washington DC
3956 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great food, excellent service. Love to eat here every time I'm in DC More

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Penn CommonsPenn Commons
320 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great place fast service. Waitress slightly messed up the order, but food was incredible. Will return. More

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SaxSax
1030 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Reservation was on time. Waitress was super friendly and entertaining. Food was good ( especially the fried Brussel Sprouts). More

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Cuba Libre - DCCuba Libre - DC
2944 reviews
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Cuban | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

First time here and I enjoyed myself and the food. It was my boyfriends birthday so I wanted to take him out. More

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Dirty HabitDirty Habit
403 reviews
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Global, International | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great service, ambience and food! More

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Co Co. SalaCo Co. Sala
3391 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

One of the greatest long standing restaurants in Washington DC More

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La Tasca - Penn QuarterLa Tasca - Penn Quarter
1688 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Exceptional food and exceptional service. Perfect in all aspects. More

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Royal Thai Cuisine & BarRoyal Thai Cuisine & Bar
77 reviews
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Thai | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

great food More

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Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave.Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave.
70 reviews
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British | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Nelson provide excellent service....made great menu suggestions. Food was tremendous!! More

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Asia Nine Bar and LoungeAsia Nine Bar and Lounge
1318 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great time!! More

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GraffiatoGraffiato
1553 reviews
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Contemporary Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent good and Service, could have had an extra serving of their lasagne ! More

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Hen Quarter DCHen Quarter DC
156 reviews
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Southern | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Portions are generous. Staff are very friendly. And if you love fried chicken, this is definitely the place for it! More

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - DCGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - DC
1769 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great times. Fun staff. More

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Cabinet - Grand Hyatt Washington DCCabinet - Grand Hyatt Washington DC
12 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Staff was great! Everything was just as I had asked! More

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Absolute Thai - DCAbsolute Thai - DC
53 reviews
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Thai | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Our favorite Thai restaurant in DC. We always find a way to eat here at least once while in DC. We ordered the som tom, Tom yum and green curry. All were delicious. No pictures as none was left. My wife had the sticky rice and mango for dessert which is her favorite. The mangos were ripe and delicious. More

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Finn & PorterFinn & Porter
354 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Good food. Great service our waitress was very attentive and did a great job! More

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Penn Quarter Diners' Choice Winners

Penn Quarter's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
RasikaRasika
7740 reviews
$$$$
Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Pricey, but expected for location in China Town, DC. Really great Indian food, excellent service. Tasting menu ran $160 or so, not including tip, for a 6-course meal. Wife and I could have shared and would have had plenty to eat, but the leftovers the next day were enough to feed us again for lunch. More

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Cedar RestaurantCedar Restaurant
2313 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

A quiet night at Cedar was just what the doctor ordered! This friendly basement location is sometimes hopping but this Wednesday night was subdued and we had classic meals (lamb and tenderloin) at the bar prepared exactly to order with sauces and vegetables matched perfectly. Bartender Sean poured a wonderful glass of Cabernet for dinner and whipped up a delicious cappuccino and a well crafted cocktail after dinner. The bread deserves separate mention as the best in town! Serious conversation between us and among others at the bar was stimulating and a welcome change from the yelling required at other venues. A perfect evening! Highly recommended! More

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NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.)NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.)
1212 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The staff is top notch and the food was excellent! More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
12266 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The service is impeccable. Our waiter was attentive, friendly but not overbearing. He explained the dishes and made recommendations to our tastes. The goat moussaka was delicious as were the brussels sprouts and pork belly souvlaki. Overall, fabulous time, delicious food, pleasant ambiance. More

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Del CampoDel Campo
1302 reviews
$$$$
South American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The waitstaff was very attentive and the food was good. The ambience was also warm and personal. I would dine there again. More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2171 reviews
$$$$
Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The staff was really helpful when we couldn’t decide what to order. The sushi rolls are out of this world! I highly recommend the fish and chips roll, it takes a British staple and elevates it to a new level. For someone that’s new to dc and needs a nice spot to meet with friends or family this place is for you. More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - DCMastro's Steakhouse - DC
1489 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great service! Great food! More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
6820 reviews
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The tapas were to die for. We went for my friend's birthday, and the staff were so fun and friendly, we got them to sing for her :) Great atmosphere, delightful service, delicious food. More

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Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
132 reviews
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

One of the best bars in DC. A terrific, intimate speakeasy for a date or to catch up with a good friend. Highly recommend. More

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Ella's PizzaElla's Pizza
373 reviews
$$$$
Pizzeria | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Very good mid-level choice. More

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Discover Penn Quarter

Lively and bustling, Penn Quarter is regarded by many as an epicenter of cultural activity in Washington, D.C. Its high density of theaters and museums makes it a critical attraction for visitors while the neighborhood walkability makes it a much-desired destination for locals to live. Both of these traits make it a great opportunity for the aspiring foodie. The options here are diverse. The hip youth appeal has managed to draw in renowned chefs. As a result, the restaurants blend mature flavors devised by chefs at the top of their game. Whether you're looking for a traditional three-course Spanish meal, a luxuriant Italian dinner served on a checkered tablecloth or a fried chicken sandwich you can enjoy on the go, you'll have no lack of options in Penn Quarter.