Washington, D.C. Restaurants

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Ben's Chili Bowl

    $ | U Street

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

  • 4. Bistro Bis

    $$$ | Capitol Hill | French

    A zinc bar, spacious brown-leather booths, and a glass-front display kitchen create great expectations at Bistro Bis, the second restaurant...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Jimmy T's Place

    $ | Capitol Hill | American

    This D.C. institution is tucked in the first floor of an old row house only five blocks from the Capitol. Sassy waiters, talkative regulars...Read More

  • 7. Kafe Leopold

    $$ | Georgetown | Austrian

    Forget all the clichés about heavy Austrian fare served by waiters in lederhosen. Leopold is about as Euro trendy as it gets, with an all-day...Read More

  • 8. Kramerbooks & Afterwords

    $$ | Dupont Circle | Café

    This popular bookstore-cum-café is a favorite neighborhood breakfast spot. It's also a late-night haunt on Friday and Saturday, when it's open...Read More

  • 9. Kramerbooks & Afterwords

    $$ | Dupont Circle

    Relax at this bookstore-café over a light meal or a drink after browsing. Wednesday through Saturday, live music ensues. ...Read More

  • 10. Old Ebbitt Grill

    $$ | Downtown | American

    People flock here to drink at the several bars, which seem to go on for miles, and to enjoy well-prepared buffalo wings, hamburgers, and hearty...Read More

  • 11. Paul

    $ | Downtown | French

    This chic, quick café is the Parisian equivalent of Starbucks, but that doesn't mean Americans of all walks of life won't be blown away by the...Read More

  • 12. Poste Moderne Brasserie

    $$$ | Chinatown | American

    Inside trendy Hotel Monaco, Poste woos diners with a towering skylighted space that until 1901 was the General Post Office. Homing in on Modern...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Tabard Inn

    $$$ | Dupont Circle | American

    Fading portraits and overstuffed furniture make the lobby lounge look like an antiques store, but this hotel restaurant's culinary sensibilities...Read More

  • 15. Teaism

    $ | Downtown | Asian

    This informal teahouse stocks more than 50 imported teas (black, white, and green), but it also serves healthful and delicious Japanese, Indian...Read More

  • 16. Teaism

    $ | Dupont Circle

    This spot offers numerous varieties of tea, and a selection of seafood, chicken, beef, and vegetarian entrées in bento boxes. ...Read More

  • 17. The Market Lunch

    $ | Capitol Hill | American

    For a perfect Saturday morning or afternoon on the Hill, take a walk around the Capitol, a stroll through Eastern Market, and then dig in to...Read More

  • 18. Tryst Coffeehouse-Bar-Lounge

    $ | Adams Morgan

    Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dessert, or sip something stronger after hours—as late as 3 am on weekends. There's live jazz Monday to Wednesday...Read More

  • 19. G Street Food

    $ | Downtown | Eclectic

    Like Washington, D.C.'s layout and architecture, this upscale cafeteria takes a cue from Europe. The cosmopolitan menu echoes the best of the...Read More

  • 20. Johnny's Half Shell

    $$$ | Capitol Hill | Seafood

    On the Senate side of the Capitol, this eatery's Southern-tinged mid-Atlantic fare—pristine Kumamoto oysters, flavorful seafood stews, fried...Read More

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