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Best Georgetown DC Restaurants in Washington DC

Martin’s Tavern
Peacock Cafe
La Chaumiere
Kafe Leopold
Reverie
1789 Restaurant
Fiola Mare
El Centro D.F.
Cafe Milano
Martin’s Tavern
Peacock Cafe
La Chaumiere
Kafe Leopold
Reverie
1789 Restaurant
Fiola Mare
El Centro D.F.
Cafe Milano

Situated along the Potomac River in Washington DC, Georgetown is home of one of the country’s most prestigious universities, and many popular tourist attractions, as well. Although the town exudes a feeling of wealth and class, thanks to its proud past and rich history, its food choices are quite varied and will definitely fit all types of palettes and budgets, as well. Here is a list of our most favorite Georgetown restaurants.

 

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Martin’s Tavern

1264 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-7370

Martin’s Tavern is nearly 90 years old, but is definitely NOT acting its age. This classic Georgetown restaurant is still serving out tavern favorites like the burger, fish and chips, and meatloaf, but they also may have the best steaks in the neighborhood. Whether it’s the Center Cut New York Strip or the Aged Filet Mignon, these guys serve up a world class dining experience in a Steakhouse-casual (and historic) setting.

 

 

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Peacock Cafe

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-2740

A Georgetown institution for decades, Peacock Cafe still churns out delicious, consistent dishes year after year. With some of Georgetown’s best burgers, and an eclectic menu with everything from Crab Cakes to Whole Roasted Branzino, there’s something for everyone at Peacock Cafe. If you’re there for brunch miss the juice bar with a delicious selection of smoothies and pressed juices.

 

 

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La Chaumiere

2813 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-1784

It’s too bad Pierre L’Enfant couldn’t time travel after designing our beloved capital, because he would have loved this place. A classical French restaurant menu with cozy interiors brings a charm to this place that any new enfant on the block would be smart to avoid replicating. Whether it’s the lobster bisque, deliciously cheesy French onion soup, escargots, boudin blanc or anything else on the menu, it’s all magnifique at La Chaumiere.

 

 

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Kafe Leopold

3315 Cadys Alley NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-6005

You might have to look a little harder than usual to find it, but once you do track down Kafe Leopold, it’s worth it. An Austrian restaurant tucked away in an alley near M Street, it’s one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the area, particularly on a Saturday afternoon brunch with friends.

 

 

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Reverie

3201 Cherry Hill Ln, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 808-2952

For folks craving something elevated and modern, you could do no better than Reverie. Run by Chef and Owner Johnny Spero, they feature a completely open kitchen with a chef’s table/pre fixe menu that every diner should experience.

 

 

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1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1789

If you’re looking for a restaurant that FEELS like DC – a place with elevated dishes and old oak and mahogany that smells like history – you won’t find a better place than 1789. Named for the year Georgetown University was founded, it’s evocative of the smoke filled rooms of the past – now, instead of burning tobacco, it’s the smell of world class dining.

 

 

 

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Fiola Mare

3100 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 525-1402

With a focus on Italian style seafood dishes, Fiola Mare is one of DC’s best in both categories. Their seafood forward pasta dishes alone confirm this – offerings like the Mancini Spaghetti Vongole with clams, the Acquerello Risotto with King Prawns and Sea Urchin, and their famous Lobster Ravioli are what make this place shine!

 

 

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El Centro D.F.

1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4100

Run by renowned restauranteur Richard Sandoval, this Mexican hot spot brings a bright, lively food and drink menu to the neighborhood. Our favorite thing there may be the bottomless brunch, however. They do a full on Mexican style brunch with hues rancheros, chilaquiles, breakfast enchiladas and more.

 

 

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Filomena

1063 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 338-8800

Filomena is a classic Georgetown destination, primarily for its incredible, freshly made pasta. With master craftsmen forming pasta in windows so you can look in on the action, Filomena still has plenty to offer despite its long history in DC. Our favorite is the Gnocchi Della Mamma – served with their old country style recipe of bolognese meat sauce with beef, veal, veggies, chianti and tomatoes.

 

 

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Cafe Milano

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6183

Like Filomena, the restaurant may not be at its peak, but its solid offerings and Washington history make it worth the visit. Just search Cafe Milano history to read tons of stories about intrigue (link) or about the latest administration to turn it into a scene. With a full Italian menu, some highlights include freshly made pasta, Osso Buco, and their tiramisu.

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Clyde’s

3236 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

(202) 333-9180

Clyde’s is a DC establishment. Ever since opening its doors in the neighborhood in 1963 it has become a can’t-miss destination for millions of patrons. No matter what your purpose is for visiting, you’ll find something to love. Get your brunch fix on with their perfectly composed breakfast sandwich (and a Bloody Mary while you’re at it); enjoy a date night with some linguini & clams and a roasted beet salad; or take on the late night scene with a fried chicken sandwich. No matter what time of day it is, Clyde’s will leave you satisfied.

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The Sovereign

3236 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

(202) 774-5875

The Sovereign might just be the hippest spot in town. It’s located in a back alley (isn’t that a cool start?) and serves up rustic Belgian grub, not to mention 25 beers on draft and over 350 bottles. And what exactly is Belgian cuisine? The Sovereign offers specially-sourced Dutch-style mussels, traditional flammekuchen (flatbreads), and stews like Lapin a la Kriek (rabbit braised in cherry beer). Any of these pair perfectly with a cheese board or any of the other luxury cocktails.

 

Editors Note: This article was originally published on April 2, 2021 and last updated on October 20, 2021. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.