Washington, D.C. Restaurants

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  • 1. Cork

    $$ | U Street | Wine Bar

    This rustic, dimly lighted slip of a wine bar brings chic cuisine to the still-gentrifying streets of the city's hippest neighborhood. The wine...Read More

  • 2. Taylor Gourmet

    $ | U Street | Café

    Sandwiches crafted with attention to detail and fine ingredients are the hallmark of this Philadelphia-inspired classic. Taylor's substitution...Read More

  • 3. Ben's Chili Bowl

    $ | U Street | American

    Long before U Street became hip, Ben's was serving chili. Chili on hot dogs, chili on Polish-style sausages, chili on burgers, and just plain...Read More

  • 4. Ben's Chili Bowl

    $ | U Street

    This U Street institution still serves cheap and filling chili any which way imaginable. ...Read More

  • 5. Busboys and Poets

    $$ | American

    The name pays tribute to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel during the 1920s. Today, this popular...Read More

  • 6. Busboys and Poets

    $ | U Street

    For a more intellectual snack, step into this bookstore–cum–restaurant–cum performance space that serves up sandwiches, pizzas, and poems. Named...Read More

  • 7. Daikaya

    $$ | Chinatown | Japanese

    This quirky, gorgeously decorated split-level party for gourmands is "Lost in Translation" in restaurant form, a sexy-quirky tour of modern...Read More

  • 8. Doi Moi

    $$$ | U Street | Asian

    The rise of foodie culture can leave adventurous diners feeling like they've turned over every culinary stone, but this pilgrimage into the...Read More

  • 9. El Camino

    $ | Mexican

    The up-and-coming Bloomingdale neighborhood is still long on pubs and short on reliable, quality food, but this California-style taco temple...Read More

  • 10. Izakaya Seki

    $$ | Japanese

    Think of other Japanese restaurants in the city like Chipotle–-and this like a taste of authentic Tokyo in the District. The only crowd-pleasing...Read More

  • 11. Le Diplomate

    $$$$ | U Street | French

    Even award-winning chef-and-owner Stephen Starr was surprised by how revered his first D.C.-area concept became within days of its opening....Read More

  • 12. Minibar

    $$$$ | Chinatown | Contemporary

    Once a legendarily hard-to-reserve spinoff in the back of a bigger sibling, this critically beloved experimental laboratory of super-chef José...Read More

  • 13. Oohhs & Aahhs

    $$ | U Street | American

    No-frills soul food is what you can find at this friendly eat-in/take-out place where the price is right and the food is delicious. Ultrarich...Read More

  • 14. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

    $$$ | U Street | Seafood

    Chef Jeff Black does serve three kinds of po'boys, but that's about as working-class as it gets at this dazzlingly decorated homage to the bivalve...Read More

  • 15. Proof

    $$$ | Chinatown | Wine Bar

    Chef Haidar Karoum grew up traveling throughout Europe, acquiring a Continental polyglot's sensibility that serves him perfectly wearing the...Read More

  • 16. Room 11

    $$ | Chinatown | Wine Bar

    You're invited to the coolest house party in the city, where deft hands in a tiny kitchen turn out urbane plates that go down like a designer...Read More

  • 17. Thip Khao

    $$ | Lao

    Chef Seng Luangrath's legendary Thai destination in suburban Virginia, Bangkok Golden, drew so many curious diners to its Laotian menu that...Read More

  • 18. Tico

    $$ | Latin American

    One of Boston's celebrity chefs, Michael Schlow, scored prime real estate for this fast-paced parade of small Latin and South American plates...Read More

  • 19. Vinoteca

    $$ | U Street | Wine Bar

    This Euro-chic wine bar has one of the best patios in D.C. With a Tuscan vibe and a bocce court to match, the inviting outdoor plaza allows...Read More

  • 20. Commonwealth

    $$ | U Street | Eclectic

    Skeptics were everywhere when local superchef Jamie Leeds, the creator of Hank's Oyster Bar, said her next project would be mastering the art...Read More

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