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Washington, DC Restaurant Guide

The iconography of America’s capital city is ingrained in all of our minds – white marble monuments, bespoked k street staffers and hard nosed reporters.  But there’s way more to DC than what you’ve seen in the movies.  For one, DC is one of America’s most European cities, both in design and population.  The city was designed by Frenchman Pierre L’Enfant, who created the wide boulevards and grid pattern we recognize today.  For another, DC is one of America’s most African American cities, with nearly half of its residents identifying as black or mixed race.  This European/African/American cultural history is seen everywhere in the City, including on its plates.

To start, Washington DC is home to nearly 700,000 people – a population greater than Nashville, Boston, Portland, Vegas and Atlanta.  So, while Washington DC has the reputation of a commuter city (which to be fair, is somewhat true – Northern Virginia and Prince George’s County Maryland are all part of the Metro DC area), there’s over a half million people in its borders.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed, but DC can do it – the city has a wide selection of dining options – everything from fine dining at Michelin starred restaurants to something budget-friendly but delicious.

In fact, between Georgetown, George Washington, American University and Catholic University, DC is also one of the busiest college towns on the east coast.  We cover great places to eat in the area when mom and dad are in town and can shell out a few extra bucks, alongside some great budget eats in DC too for the undergrad counting quarters.

Wiseguy Pizza
Pi Pizzeria
Andy’s Pizza - Shaw
Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza
Bozzelli’s
Timber Pizza
2 Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria
Old City Market and Oven
Menomale
Right Proper Brewing Company
GW Delicatessen
Boqueria
Tabard Inn
Blue Duck Tavern
Rasika
GCDC
Founding Farmers
Roaming Rooster
Hotel Hive
Osteria Morini
Agua 301 Restaurant
The Arsenal
Cornercopia
TaKorean
Leo's Wings and Pizza
The Salt Line
 Pop's Sea Bar
Joe’s Seafood
Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse
Black Salt
Estuary
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Farmers Fishers Bakers
The Imperial
Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab
Crab World Seafood
Grillfish
Pearl Dive Oyster Palce
The Salt Line
Ben's Next Door
Georgia Brown's
Oohh & Aahh's
District Soul Food & Lounge
HalfSmoke
NuVegan Cafe
Milk & Honey
Hitching Post Restaurant
Peaches Kitchen Restaurant & Catering
Po Boy Jim Bar and Grill
Bukom Cafe
Calabash Tea & Tonic
Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant
MLK Deli
Negril- DC
Butter Me Up
Mr. Braxton Bar and Kitchen
Roaming Rooster
The Block
Union Market
La Cosecha
Quarter Market
Western Market
Ben's Chili Bowl
Ben's Chili Bowl
Weenie Beenie
HalfSmoke
Stachowski's
Meats & Foods
Big Stick Brats and Brew
Bob and Edith's Diner
Bob and Edith's Diner
Bob and Edith's Diner
Bob and Edith's Diner
Bob and Edith's Diner
DCity Smokehouse
Top of the Gate at the Watergate Hotel
801 Restaurant and Bar
Roofer’s Union
Columbia Room
O-KU Sushi DC
12 Stories
Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar
Kirwan's on the Wharf
The Rooftop DC
Vue Rooftop Bar 
Hotel Hive
Fainting Goat
Agora
Boundary Stone
Compass Rose
HalfSmoke
Tyber Creek Wine Bar and Kitchen
Duke's Grocery
Espita
El Centro D.F.
Medium Rare
Ambar
Mission
Bar Charley
Cuba Libre
Boqueria
Alero
Ben's Next Door
&pizza
The Smith
The Saloon
Rebel Taco
The Fainting Goat
Taqueria Xochi
SUCCOTASH
Grace's Mandarin
Bobby McKey's
McCormick & Schmick's
Public House National Harbor
The Walrus Oyster & Ale House
Fiorella’s Italian Kitchen
Thai Pavilion
Crab Cake Cafe
Cadillac Ranch
Rosa Mexicano
Bond 45
Old Hickory Steakhouse
The Brass Tap
Redstone American Grill
Sequoia
Tony & Joes Seafood
Farmers Fishers Bakers
Bangkok Joe’s
Fiola Mare
Chez Billy Sud
Reverie
Bandoola Bowl
Guapo's of Georgetown
Flavio Restaurant
Ristorante Piccolo
Pinstripes
Clyde's- Georgetown
Chaia
Tazza Cafe
Fiola Mare
The Imperial
Pop's Sea Bar
Bourbon Steak DC
Hank's Oyster Bar
Joe's Seafood
Traven at Ivy City Smokehouse
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Black Salt
The Salt Line
Duke's Counter
1789 Restaurant
JoJo Restaurant and Bar
Saxbys Coffee and Bakery
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
Baked and Wired
Georgetown Gourmet
Henry's Soul Café
Yum's II Carryout
Wingo's
Roofer's Union
Kochix
Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken Shaw
Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee
District Doughnut and Coffee
Duck Donuts
202 Donuts & Coffee
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Birch & Barley
Downtown Holiday Market
Garden District
Mr. Braxton Bar and Restaurant
Ben's Chili Bowl
Cane
Sankofa
Half Smoke
Oohh's & Aahh's
NuVegan
Dukem Ethiopian
Florida Avenue and Grill
Horace and Dickie's Seafood
Po Boy Jim
Andrene's Soul Food and Caribbean Cafe
KitchenCray- H Street
Hitching Post
Open Crumb
Pupuseria La Familiar
El Rinconcito Café
El Tamarindo
Los Chorros
Pupuseria El Camalito
Don Juan Restaurant
La casita pupuseria & Market
Kirwan's On The Wharf
Hank's Oyster Bar
Mi Vida
Officina
Praline Bakery
Pearl Street Warehouse
NaRa-Ya
La Vie
Colada Shop
12 Stories
Mastro's Steakhouse
BLT Steak
Charlie Palmer Steak
The Palm
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Bourbon Steak
The Prime Rib
RARE Steakhouse and Tavern
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Martin’s Tavern
Peacock Cafe
La Chaumiere
Kafe Leopold
Reverie
1789 Restaurant
Fiola Mare
El Centro D.F.
Cafe Milano
Seoul Spice
The Little Beet
Chaia Georgetown
DC Dosa
Cielo Rojo Restaurant
Lebanese Taverna
GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar
Commissary DC
Char Bar
Max’s Kosher Cafe And Marketplace
US Holocaust Museum Cafe
Siena's Pizzeria
Pow Pow
Al-haesh
Oh Mama Grill
Soupergirl
Shouk
La Vie
SAX
El Techo
Rewind by Decades
Gogi Yogi
Jaleo
Brescia
Lupo Verde Osteria
Primrose
Tiger Fork
Art and Soul
Kafe Leopold
The Wonderland Ballroom
Dacha Beer Garden
Indigo
Toki Underground
Kaz Sushi Bistro
Sushi Taro
Torai Sushi
Momiji
Sushi Hashi
Izakaya Seki
Zeppelin
Perry's Restaurant
Chinatown Express
Sichuan Pavilion
Dumplings and Beyond
Da Hong Pao
Panda Gourmet
The Capital Grille
Fiola Mare
Mastro's Steakhouse
Lavagna
Ocean Prime
Zaytinya
Zorba's Cafe
Agora
Kellari Taverna
Taberna Del Alabardero
Cava Mezze
Maydan
The Bombay Club
Iron Gate
Fiola
Blue Duck Tavern
1789 Restaurant
The Capital Grille
Le Diplomate
Bistro Cacao
Martin's Tavern
Peacock Cafe
Clyde's of Georgetown
Chaia
Kafe Leopold
Fiola Mare DC
Farmers Fishers Bakers
Sequoia
Thunder Burger and Bar
Chez Billy Sud
Seasons
Rose's Luxury
Ambar
Founding Farmers DC
Shouk
Agora
Siroc Restaurant
Tortino Restaurant
Old Ebbitt Grill
Kinship
The Inn at Little Washington
Maydan
Little Pearl
Gravitas
Sushi Nakazawa
Pineapple and Pearls
Plume
Masseria
Ghost Burger
Duke’s Grocery
Lucky Buns
Le Diplomate
The Tune Inn
Bier Baron Tavern
Rebellion
Sequoia
Z Burger
The Salt Line
Equinox Restaurant
HipCityVeg
Chaia Tacos
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
Shouk
Fruitive
NuVegan Cafe
Beefsteak
Filomena
RPM Italian
Fiola DC
Masseria
Via Ghibellina
Sfoglina Pasta House
Centrolina
I’m Eddie Cano
Wiseguy Pizza
Pi Pizzeria
Andy’s Pizza - Shaw
Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza
Bozzelli’s
Timber Pizza
2 Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria
Old City Market and Oven
Menomale
Right Proper Brewing Company
GW Delicatessen
Boqueria
Tabard Inn
Blue Duck Tavern
Rasika
GCDC
Founding Farmers
Roaming Rooster
Hotel Hive
Osteria Morini
Agua 301 Restaurant
The Arsenal
TaKorean
Leo's Wings and Pizza
The Salt Line
 Pop's Sea Bar
Joe’s Seafood
Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse
Black Salt
Estuary
Farmers Fishers Bakers
The Imperial
Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab | Photo: Yelp
Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab
Crab World Seafood | Photo: Yelp
Crab World Seafood
Grillfish | Photo: Facebook
Grillfish
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace | Photo: Facebook
Pearl Dive Oyster Palce
The Salt Line
Ben's Next Door
Georgia Brown's
Oohh & Aahh's
District Soul Food & Lounge
HalfSmoke
NuVegan Cafe
Milk & Honey
Hitching Post Restaurant
Peaches Kitchen Restaurant & Catering
Po Boy Jim Bar and Grill
Bukom Cafe
Calabash Tea & Tonic
Photo credit: Ubereats.com
Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant
Photo credit: hungryfortheculture.com
MLK Deli
Photo credit: Yelp.com
Negril- DC
Photo credit: Facebook
Butter Me Up
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Mr. Braxton Bar and Kitchen
Roaming Rooster
The Block
Union Market
La Cosecha
Quarter Market
Western Market
Ben's Chili Bowl
Ben's Chili Bowl
Weenie Beenie
HalfSmoke
Stachowski's
Meats & Foods
Big Stick Brats and Brew
Bob and Edith's Diner
Bob and Edith's Diner
Bob and Edith's Diner
Bob and Edith's Diner
Bob and Edith's Diner
DCity Smokehouse
Top of the Gate at the Watergate Hotel
801 Restaurant and Bar
Roofer’s Union
Columbia Room
O-KU Sushi DC
12 Stories
Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar
Photo credit: kirwansonthewharf.com
Kirwan's on the Wharf
Photo credit: therooftopdc.com
The Rooftop DC
Hotel Hive
Fainting Goat
Agora
Boundary Stone
Compass Rose
HalfSmoke
Tyber Creek Wine Bar and Kitchen
Duke's Grocery
Espita
El Centro D.F.
Medium Rare
Ambar
Mission
Bar Charley
Cuba Libre
Boqueria
Alero
Ben's Next Door
&pizza
Rebel Taco
The Fainting Goat
Taqueria Xochi
SUCCOTASH
Grace's Mandarin
Bobby McKey's
Public House National Harbor
The Walrus Oyster & Ale House
Fiorella’s Italian Kitchen
Thai Pavilion
Crab Cake Cafe
Cadillac Ranch
Rosa Mexicano
Bond 45
Old Hickory Steakhouse
The Brass Tap
Redstone American Grill
Sequoia
Tony & Joes Seafood
Farmers Fishers Bakers
Bangkok Joe’s
Fiola Mare
Chez Billy Sud
Reverie
Bandoola Bowl
Guapo's of Georgetown
Flavio Restaurant
Ristorante Piccolo
Pinstripes
Photo credit: Yelp.com
Clyde's- Georgetown
Photo credit: Yelp.com
Chaia
Photo credit: Yelp.com
Tazza Cafe
Fiola Mare
The Imperial
Pop's Sea Bar
Bourbon Steak DC
Hank's Oyster Bar
Joe's Seafood
Traven at Ivy City Smokehouse
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Black Salt
The Salt Line
Duke's Counter
1789 Restaurant
JoJo Restaurant and Bar
Saxbys Coffee and Bakery
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
Baked and Wired
Georgetown Gourmet
Henry's Soul Café
Yum's II Carryout
Wingo's
Roofer's Union
Kochix
Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken Shaw
Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee
District Doughnut and Coffee
Duck Donuts
202 Donuts & Coffee
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Birch & Barley
Downtown Holiday Market
Garden District
Mr. Braxton Bar and Restaurant
Ben's Chili Bowl
Cane
Sankofa
Half Smoke
Oohh's & Aahh's
NuVegan
Dukem Ethiopian
Florida Avenue and Grill
Horace and Dickie's Seafood
Po Boy Jim
Andrene's Soul Food and Caribbean Cafe | Photo: Facebook
Andrene's Soul Food and Caribbean Cafe
Photo Credit: Facebook.com
KitchenCray- H Street
Photo Credit: Washington Post
Hitching Post
Photo Credit: Washingtoncitypaper
Open Crumb
Pupuseria La Familiar
El Rinconcito Café
El Tamarindo
Los Chorros
Pupuseria El Camalito
Don Juan Restaurant
La casita pupuseria & Market
Kirwan's On The Wharf
Hank's Oyster Bar
Mi Vida
Officina
Praline Bakery- Macaroons | Photo: Yelp.com
Praline Bakery
Pearl Street Warehouse- Tater tots | Photo: Yelp.com
Pearl Street Warehouse
NaRa-Ya- Sushi | Photo: Yelp.com
NaRa-Ya
La Vie- Strip Burrata | Photo: Yelp.com
La Vie
Colada Shop- Sandwich | Photo: Yelp.com
Colada Shop
12 Stories- Crab dip | Photo: Yelp.com
12 Stories
Charlie Palmer Steak
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Bourbon Steak
The Prime Rib
RARE Steakhouse and Tavern
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Martin’s Tavern
Peacock Cafe
La Chaumiere
Kafe Leopold
Reverie
1789 Restaurant
Fiola Mare
El Centro D.F.
Cafe Milano
Seoul Spice
Chaia Georgetown
DC Dosa
Cielo Rojo Restaurant
Lebanese Taverna
GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar
Commissary DC
Char Bar
Max’s Kosher Cafe And Marketplace
US Holocaust Museum Cafe
Siena's Pizzeria
Pow Pow
Al-haesh
Oh Mama Grill
Soupergirl
Shouk
La Vie
SAX
El Techo
Rewind by Decades
Gogi Yogi
Brescia
Lupo Verde Osteria
Primrose
Tiger Fork
Art and Soul
Kafe Leopold
The Wonderland Ballroom
Dacha Beer Garden
Indigo
Toki Underground
Kaz Sushi Bistro
Sushi Taro
Torai Sushi
Momiji
Sushi Hashi
Izakaya Seki
Zeppelin
Perry's Restaurant
Chinatown Express
Sichuan Pavilion
Dumplings and Beyond
Da Hong Pao
Panda Gourmet
Fiola Mare
Lavagna
Ocean Prime
Zaytinya
Zorba's Cafe
Agora
Kellari Taverna
Taberna Del Alabardero
Cava Mezze
Maydan
The Bombay Club
Iron Gate
Fiola
Blue Duck Tavern
1789 Restaurant
The Capital Grille
Le Diplomate
Bistro Cacao
Martin's Tavern
Peacock Cafe
Clyde's of Georgetown
Chaia
Kafe Leopold
Fiola Mare DC
Farmers Fishers Bakers
Sequoia
Thunder Burger and Bar
Chez Billy Sud
Seasons
Rose's Luxury
Founding Farmers DC
Shouk
Agora
Siroc Restaurant
Tortino Restaurant
Old Ebbitt Grill
Kinship
The Inn at Little Washington
Maydan
Little Pearl
Gravitas
Sushi Nakazawa
Pineapple and Pearls
Plume
Masseria
Ghost Burger
Duke’s Grocery
Lucky Buns
Le Diplomate
The Tune Inn
Bier Baron Tavern
Rebellion
Sequoia
Z Burger
The Salt Line
Equinox Restaurant
HipCityVeg
Chaia Tacos
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
Shouk
Fruitive
NuVegan Cafe
Beefsteak
Filomena
RPM Italian
Fiola DC
Masseria
Via Ghibellina
Sfoglina Pasta House
Centrolina
I’m Eddie Cano

Towards the beginning of the City’s history, African Americans were about 25% of the population, the majority of them enslaved.  By 1830, most were free people, even before the emancipation proclamation.  DC has always been a place where black people were freer to create businesses than elsewhere in the United States.  Places like Ben’s Chili Bowl and Georgia Brown’s are iconic DC businesses built on the back of this history, still standing today.  Standing on the shoulders of these giants are new up and comers like HalfSmoke on Florida Avenue and Milk and Honey Cafe on H Street.

When it comes to European food, DC may have some of the best French and Italian restaurants in the country.  Le Diplomate in DC has been lauded for years in addition to the Michelin starred The Inn at Little Washington.  With a number of chefs with Classic French culinary backgrounds, you can get the best French dishes in DC – everything from Steak Frites to Foie Gras to Fruits De Mer.  On the Italian end of things, DC has some of the freshest pasta restaurants on the east coast.  Filomena has been making pillowy pasta from their front window for years, but you know you can also get hand rolled noodles and more from Sfoglina, Fiola and more.  

DC also has incredible options from Latin America, Asia and Africa.  DC’s Chinatown is iconic thanks to its Chinese iconography throughout the area, including the Friendship Arch, a traditional Chinese gate installed in 1986.  And while there isn’t one Latin American nationality that dominates the area culturally, there is a strong pan-Latino presence, and it’s clearly visible in the Latino cuisine in the area, whether you’re looking for terrific seafood tacos or a mouthwatering mofongo.  Finally, DC may be best known for its Ethiopian community – and the incredible dishes passed down from their home countries (check out Zedd’s in Georgetown to start).  In fact, 20% of the total number of Ethiopian immigrants in the US live in DC!  

Washington, DC

The Very Best Breweries in Washington, DC 🍻

In a city that is not only rich in culture and heritage, but with a decent sized population of both working class and college-aged citizens, it is no surprise the city holds a handful of notable breweries where one can take a load off and enjoy a few beers with your friends. Whether you’re in search of your next go-to hang out spot or just want to try out some local or national beers, check out our list of the best breweries in Washington DC.

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The Best Restaurants Near George Washington University

Although George Washington University doesn’t have a defined “campus”, it certainly has its own feel. As you would expect from such a cultural hub, this part of town has an absolutely tremendous restaurant scene. Whether you’re in the mood for an on-campus deli or a Michelin-recognized farm-to-table experience, it’s easy to find the perfect meal for any taste or occasion in Washington D.C.

Washington, DC

7 of the Tastiest Restaurants in Navy Yard, Washington D.C.

Navy Yard is an area in DC that is rich in culture, and the region features a number of trendy eateries that offer different types of cuisine. If you’re planning to visit DC soon, or you live in the area and want to try a new restaurant or two, here are some of the best restaurants in Navy Yard, Washington DC to try, no matter what you’ve got a taste for.

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15 Absolutely Delicious Seafood Restaurants in DC

Washington DC is home to some of the best seafood restaurants because of the waters around the city that are the source of fresh fish and seafood. The restaurants will serve delicious fresh fish in various locations, and this is our selection of some of the Best Seafood Restaurants in DC.

Washington, DC

Top Food Halls in Washington DC | American Eats

A distinct difference between a food court and a food hall is that a food court features primarily fast food and food chain concepts, whereas a food hall mostly features a collection of non-chain, chef-inspired ideas. There are over 220 food halls in the US currently, with more emerging monthly. Here’s a look at our current top picks of food halls in Washington DC.

Washington, DC

The Top Half Smokes in Washington, DC

Our nation’s capital is known for its grandiose monuments, ceremony, and history; but what about its signature food? Ask any DC resident and they’ll likely answer “it’s the half smoke.” We’ve compiled the best half smokes inside the Beltway to help you experience the taste of the District of Columbia.

Washington, DC

11 Best Rooftop Restaurants in DC

Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, organizing a family get-together, or simply unwinding with friends with sundowners, the views afforded by a rooftop restaurant adds a certain ambient charm to the occasion and helps make it memorable. Washington DC’s best rooftop restaurants are no exception and there is a wide range from which to choose. If you are visiting DC and would like to soak in the vibe of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood or Union Market, or take in the sweeping views along the Potomac River, there is a rooftop restaurant that will cater to your taste and needs. The 10 most popular and highly-rated rooftop restaurants in Washington DC, based on ambiance and quality of fare, are listed below.

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15 of the Best Bottomless Brunch Spots in Washington D.C.

DC is more than just the nation’s capital; the region is quickly becoming one of the nation’s food capitals as well. Whether you’re visiting the area or live in DC and want to find a new place to dine, check out some of the best brunch spots in Washington DC to experience all the flavors the area has to offer.

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8 of the Best U Street D.C. Restaurants

When you’re visiting DC, you’ll see beautiful historic sites, breathtaking parks and walking trails, and a variety of award-winning restaurants. The district’s U Street is a trendy part of town that is home to innovative eateries that offer some of the best food in the area. Here are the best U Street DC restaurants to choose from when you’re dining in the district.

You won’t need to look too deeply into our coverage to see that DC is an incredible food city.  All of these disparate elements combine – a Western European historical influence, modern immigrant communities, a strong African American history and a vibrant student community – to make one delicious, four-star stew.