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Penn Quarter Restaurants

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

Definitely a great spot, a hidden gem! I've been back a few times over the years and I love this place, unique and great ambiance! More

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FiolaFiola
2446 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Fiola very much deserves its Michelin star. Everything from the food, the service, the ambiance, even the menu's are excellent. I honestly can't think of a single thing that I didn't enjoy about my dining experience there. More

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Poca MadrePoca Madre
248 reviews
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Fantastic experience for our 3 year anniversary. We selected the Taco Omakase which was 12 courses of delicious small bite food, paired with 5 varying drinks. More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
14284 reviews
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I always eat here when I come to DC. This is the place that sold me in brussle sprouts. More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
8048 reviews
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

This is one of my favorite spots to bring visiting friends. It never disappoints and is always delicious. The shrimp, chicken croquettes, ibérico tenderloin with blue cheese mashed potatoes, scallops, and sangria are all must haves. More

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China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
2282 reviews
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The staff was friendly and helpful when it came to choosing how many dishes to order. The pork buns and lomo saltado were both delicious! More

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Estuary at the Conrad DCEstuary at the Conrad DC
71 reviews
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Seafood | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Already a Top 10 dining experience in DC! Creative dishes. Try the delicious ceviche and the cod main course. Spacious, elegant space with matching professional, friendly service. More

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

I really love the new CIRCA in Chinatown! The interiors are modern yet cozy. The bottomless mimosa brunch is great!! More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
1403 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

My wife and I had a wonderful date night. The service was attentive and personable, and the food was delicious. More

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OyamelOyamel
8074 reviews
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Took our colleagues to our go to Mexican in Washington DC and everyone loved it (we already knew). Food was fantastic. A little loud (some outbursts from bar area) to carry on conversation but all had a good time. We all had spent significant time in Mexico and thought food was authentic. Need more Mexican beer selection though More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2469 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Exceptional service and cuisine. The staff went to great lengths to accommodate my specific seating requests. The tables are well spaced, the noise level is perfectly reasonable, the staff are attentive but not intrusive, and the specialty sushi rolls are unforgettable. Spent 2.5 hours over dinner here on a first date and could not have asked for a better place or experience. More

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

I have no complaints. We were seated promptly and there wss an abundance of food. Great value for my money. The biscuits were delicious! More

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DBGB DCDBGB DC
1743 reviews
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French | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Had a wonderful night out for my birthday at DBGB! The menu was a fresh take on classic French favorites. Our table was ready as soon as we arrived, and no time was wasted getting us our menus, and bread for the table. Our server was friendly and attentive for our entire visit. To start, we shared the escargots, and were brought chilled asparagus soup compliments of the chef. Our entrees were the Singapore Duck and Dayboat scallops. Both were delicious, and we cleaned our plates. They graciously brought out a dessert of my choice on the house. The strawberry rhubarb cheesecake was the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Bonus - they make a great cup of coffee. We will definitely be back to try brunch some time! More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - DCMastro's Steakhouse - DC
2268 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We had another outstanding experience at Mastro's while celebrating our anniversary. The host, Darlene is always welcoming and is a great ambassador for Mastro's DC. The service and food are always excellent. More

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Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6950 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was so fantastic and beyond. Drinks/cocktails were really creative and delicious. Ambiance was clean but not a place to go for a romantic dinner—brighter lighting and basic tables/chairs. Would highly recommend for a fantastic meal!!! I’ll def go back More

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

always a great place for a solid good tasting quick lunch staff is extremely freindly More

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Boqueria - Penn QuarterBoqueria - Penn Quarter
89 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Beyond excellent More

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Punjab GrillPunjab Grill
125 reviews
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Maybe the best Indian food we have ever experienced. Complex flavors and spectacular presentations. A bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion or if you want to impress. More

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District ChophouseDistrict Chophouse
4669 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Dine here for lunch. Great good and service. We were in town for Police Week and found this restaurant to be very supportive of law enforcement. More

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Carmine's - Washington DCCarmine's - Washington DC
4805 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Eaten at allot of great places and allot of great food. Carmines ranks among the very best. Can't wait to go again. Rich More

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

Awesome food and service. Would definitely recommend. More

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UmayaUmaya
236 reviews
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Japanese | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

One of my favorite go to spots for lunch. Food is great and they finally added new items to the menu. More

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
1444 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We were a large group and they handled it seamlessly. The food was delicious and well priced. I will be coming back!! More

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Izakaya (2F) - No RamenIzakaya (2F) - No Ramen
1484 reviews
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Japanese | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I wish you had the humba and sinigang lalalalalala More

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

It is expensive to drink and eat here, but the prices are equivalent to the food and services you receive. The cocktail menu had unique options for you to choose from. I had the roasted brussell sprouts and carrots and the soft shell crabs as an appetizer. Both were well seasoned and delicious. The short ribs were prepared medium rare and melted in your mouth. More

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Cedar RestaurantCedar Restaurant
2576 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Delicious brunch on Mother’s Day. Loved the vegan options on the menu. The vegan Caesar with smoked tempeh was amazing More

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

Wonderful service and food More

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Cuba Libre - DCCuba Libre - DC
3310 reviews
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Cuban | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Amber was a friendly and very fun waitress . Great place to meet, eat and entertain. We came into town for a short vacation stop and had a hankering for Cuban fare. Best choice in DC I am sure. More

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Hill Country Barbecue Market - DCHill Country Barbecue Market - DC
1285 reviews
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Barbecue | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

This was my first visit to Hill Country Barbecue Market and it did not disappoint! The food was amazing, the drinks delicious and service outstanding! I have already recommended Hill Country to all my friends visiting the DC area. I visit DC at least once a year and Hill Country is my new favorite dining spot. More

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SaxSax
1197 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

It was a wonderful experience for a evening out during the weekday! More

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La Tasca - Penn QuarterLa Tasca - Penn Quarter
1906 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Enjoyable evening on all counts! More

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Scotts RestaurantScotts Restaurant
58 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great food, pleasant staff and excellent cocktails. What more do you want? More

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Ezio Room at FiolaEzio Room at Fiola
4 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Fabulous find, reasonably priced and yet elegant, food was sublime More

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

Mothers' day was a hit. Both my wife and mother had a great time and Chef Malcolm and his staff were able to accommodate my wife's vegan dietary restrictions. Our waiter Jordan was attentive and patient at the same time. More

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Del Frisco's Grille - DCDel Frisco's Grille - DC
1970 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Ordinarily when a restaurant knows it’s a special occasion the rest will provide the honoree with a special desert. This time they just brought the dessert out and placed it in front of the honoree. There was no candle or Happy Birthday design on the plate. The presentation was very weak. Overall the dining experience was good, but the acknowledgement of the celebration was poor........ More

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

Good food and dinner has a happy hour every day. Can get a Singha beer for $2.50 at happy hour with an entree. Even on the weekends! Will definitely be coming back. The location wasn’t ideal but it is in Chinatown. More

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Namaste'Namaste'
29 reviews
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Fantastic flavors! We wanted to lick our plates! But they simply don’t have enough servers to provide good attentive service. But it’s so excellent we will return most certainly. More

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Asia Nine Bar and LoungeAsia Nine Bar and Lounge
1404 reviews
$$$$
Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

A great menu with lots of options. One got sushi, another got pho, I got thai. All were delicious! More

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

Went for burgers and drinks. Food took a long time but waiter made right by taking off 2/5 burgers from the bill. Good food, good drinks. More

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

I had never been before, but loved Crimson! Before dinner we grabbed a drink at the downstairs whiskey bar level, which was massive, but still such a cozy, relaxed vibe. The diner's menu was vast and had plenty of vegetarian options to choose from (much appreciated, Crimson, thank you!!) and the milkshakes and cocktails were delicious. Prices were very reasonable for what you got, and I can't wait to go back and try more. Service was rather slow, but that was the only negative, which is not bad at all. More

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Penn Quarter Diners' Choice Winners

Penn Quarter's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
186 reviews
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Definitely a great spot, a hidden gem! I've been back a few times over the years and I love this place, unique and great ambiance! More

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FiolaFiola
2446 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Fiola very much deserves its Michelin star. Everything from the food, the service, the ambiance, even the menu's are excellent. I honestly can't think of a single thing that I didn't enjoy about my dining experience there. More

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Poca MadrePoca Madre
248 reviews
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Fantastic experience for our 3 year anniversary. We selected the Taco Omakase which was 12 courses of delicious small bite food, paired with 5 varying drinks. More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
14284 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I always eat here when I come to DC. This is the place that sold me in brussle sprouts. More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
8048 reviews
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

This is one of my favorite spots to bring visiting friends. It never disappoints and is always delicious. The shrimp, chicken croquettes, ibérico tenderloin with blue cheese mashed potatoes, scallops, and sangria are all must haves. More

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Estuary at the Conrad DCEstuary at the Conrad DC
71 reviews
$$$$
Seafood | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Already a Top 10 dining experience in DC! Creative dishes. Try the delicious ceviche and the cod main course. Spacious, elegant space with matching professional, friendly service. More

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

I really love the new CIRCA in Chinatown! The interiors are modern yet cozy. The bottomless mimosa brunch is great!! More

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China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
2282 reviews
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The staff was friendly and helpful when it came to choosing how many dishes to order. The pork buns and lomo saltado were both delicious! More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2469 reviews
$$$$
Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Exceptional service and cuisine. The staff went to great lengths to accommodate my specific seating requests. The tables are well spaced, the noise level is perfectly reasonable, the staff are attentive but not intrusive, and the specialty sushi rolls are unforgettable. Spent 2.5 hours over dinner here on a first date and could not have asked for a better place or experience. More

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OyamelOyamel
8074 reviews
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Took our colleagues to our go to Mexican in Washington DC and everyone loved it (we already knew). Food was fantastic. A little loud (some outbursts from bar area) to carry on conversation but all had a good time. We all had spent significant time in Mexico and thought food was authentic. Need more Mexican beer selection though 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.

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.