Washington, D.C. Restaurants

Washington has long benefited from a constant infusion of different cultures, making it a stellar culinary host for visitors and transplants from around the world. But recent years have made the fifth or sixth banana of American haute cuisine into a foodie town in its own right. You can find almost any cuisine here, from Salvadoran to Ethiopian, despite the lack of true ethnic neighborhoods in the city. You can now also sample cooking from some of the country’s hottest new chefs, find already established celebrity chefs who have just made their D.C debuts, and sip craft cocktails on par with some of the world's best.

Although most neighborhoods lack a unified culinary flavor, make no mistake: D.C. is a city of distinctive areas, each with its own style. Chinatown, for example, is known for chic small plates of various origins. You'll find Japanese noodle shops next to Mexican taquerias and Indian bistros. These spots wax and wane on the popularity scale with each passing season; it's worth taking a stroll down the street to see what's new. Downtown, you'll find many of the city's blue-chip law firms and deluxe, expense-account restaurants, as well as stylish lounges, brewpubs, and upscale eateries that have sprung up to serve the crowds that attend games at the Verizon Center.

Wherever you venture forth in the city, there are a few trends worth noting: artisanal cocktails, charcuterie-and-cheese plates, and back-to-basics new American cuisine are in vogue. You'll find tapas-style portions pervasive, whether you're at a Greek, Asian, or American restaurant. High-end restaurants in town also have begun to add bar menus with smaller plates that are much less expensive than their entrées, but created with the same finesse.

Though Italian, French, and fusion spots continue to open at a ferocious pace, Washingtonians are always hungry to try something new, whether it's Chinese smoked lobster, fiery Indian curry, or crunchy and addictive Vietnamese spring rolls.

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  • 1. Ben's Chili Bowl

    $ | U Street | American

    A U Street fixture for decades, Ben's serves chili—on hot dogs, on Polish-style sausages, on burgers, and on its own—to Washingtonians and visitors...Read More

  • 2. Cafe Riggs

    $$ | Penn Quarter | French

    This spacious restaurant is on the ground floor of the 130 year old Riggs Bank Building, which was recently converted to a luxury hotel. The...Read More

  • 3. Colada Shop

    $ | U Street | Cuban

    Escape to Cuba via a cafesito at this spot, which has a two-floor patio and is situated just off lively 14th Street. If you'd like something...Read More

  • 4. Crimson Diner + Whiskey Bar

    $ | Chinatown | American

    An upscale, Southern-influenced diner with an open kitchen and lively bar, Crimson offers seating in booths to convey that diner feel. A huge...Read More

  • 5. Farmers Fishers Bakers

    $$ | Georgetown | American

    This restaurant near the Washington Harbour, on the banks of the Potomac River, is owned by a collective of farmers and emphasizes sustainable...Read More

  • 6. Seylou Bakery and Mill

    $ | Shaw | American

    Skip the chains, and head to this beloved local coffee shop and whole-grain bakery offering fresh sourdough creations, whole wheat almond croissants...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Baked & Wired

    $ | Georgetown | Bakery

    Considered to be one of D.C.'s most essential coffee shops, Baked & Wired is the perfect place for a cup of tea or coffee and a generously...Read More

  • 9. Bistro Bis

    $$$ | Capitol Hill | French

    The zinc bar, cherrywood interior, and white tablecloths create great expectations at Bistro Bis, where the seasonal menu offers modern takes...Read More

  • 10. Brothers and Sisters

    $ | Adams Morgan | American

    The lobby of the Line Hotel in D.C. is vibrant unlike any other, entirely on account of this restaurant, which celebrates the multicultural...Read More

  • 11. Calabash Tea & Tonic

    $ | Shaw | Café

    This award-winning teahouse, named Yelp’s “Most Loved Business in D.C.” in 2019, features over 80 teas, tonics, and body products based on founder...Read More

  • 12. Centrolina

    $$$ | Chinatown | Italian

    This bright, airy Italian osteria has an adjoining market and a daily changing menu that is all about locally sourced meats and produce, as...Read More

  • 13. Colada Shop

    $ | D.C. Waterfront | Cuban

    There was great excitement in summer 2020, when the second Colada Shop opened, an extension of its very popular first branch in Northwest D...Read More

  • 14. Dirty Habit

    $$$ | Penn Quarter | Fusion

    Inside trendy Hotel Monaco, Dirty Habit woos diners with a towering skylit space that until 1901 was the general post office. Homing in on globally...Read More

  • 15. El Rinconcito Cafe

    $ | Shaw | Latin American

    A trip to D.C. is not complete without tasting pupusas, the El Salvadoran tortillas filled with chorizo, cheese, and chicharrón. El Rinconcito...Read More

  • 16. Glen's Garden Market

    $ | Dupont Circle | American

    Tucked away on picturesque S Street NW, Glen's Garden Market is a hybrid grocery store and coffee shop–café. With a focus on locally sourced...Read More

  • 17. HipCityVeg

    $ | Dupont Circle | Vegetarian

    Vegans and carnivores alike will rejoice over HipCityVeg's creative, plant-based, fast-casual menu. The Philadelphia-born company serves a popular...Read More

  • 18. Jimmy T's Place

    $ | Capitol Hill | American

    Known for its boisterous owner and throngs of talkative regulars, this D.C. institution is tucked into the first floor of an old row house only...Read More

  • 19. Kafe Leopold

    $$ | Georgetown | Austrian

    As Euro-trendy as it gets, Leopold has an all-day coffee and drinks bar, olive-and-onion tarts, crisp schnitzel paired with arugula, and a to...Read More

  • 20. Keren Cafe & Restaurant

    $ | Adams Morgan | African

    The Washington, D.C. metro area is home to one of the largest Eritrean populations in the United States, and many in the community get their...Read More

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