Washington, D.C. Restaurants

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  • 1. Sweetgreen

    $ | Dupont Circle | Eclectic

    When three Georgetown University graduates carved out a closet-size niche to sell freshly made salads and tart frozen yogurt almost a decade...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. Amsterdam Falafel

    $ | Adams Morgan | Middle Eastern

    Here you can garnish your authentic falafel balls with a choice of 21 toppings. ...Read More

  • 4. Beau Thai

    $ | Shaw | Thai

    This dream of a local haunt was founded by an experienced Thai chef and two American entrepreneurs inspired by her flair for spice. The drunken...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Ben's Chili Bowl

    $ | U Street

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

  • 7. Burger Tap & Shake and District Commons

    $ | Foggy Bottom

    This GWU campus favorite serves burgers with house-made toppings, hand-cut fries, shakes, and craft beers on tap. For full-service dining, try...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Ching Ching Cha

    $ | Georgetown

    Step into Ching Ching Cha, a teahouse where tranquillity reigns supreme. In addition to tea, lunch and dinner may be ordered from a simple menu...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Ethiopic

    $ | Capitol Hill | Ethiopian

    The spongy rolls of sourdough injera bread (ubiquitous on Ethiopian plates) used in place of utensils can make traditional Ethiopian feel...Read More

  • 12. Full Kee

    $ | Chinese

    This popular Chinese restaurant is known for its excellent shrimp dumplings in noodle soup, but the rest of the menu is equally good. A $7 lunch...Read More

  • 13. Full Kee

    $ | Chinatown | Chinese

    Many locals swear by this standout from the slew of mediocre Chinese joints in the area. The style-free interior can be off-putting to some...Read More

  • 14. Good Stuff Eatery

    $ | Capitol Hill | American

    Fans of Bravo's Top Chef will first visit this brightly colored burgers-and-shakes shack hoping to spy charismatic TV chef Spike Mendelsohn...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Julia's Empanadas

    $ | Adams Morgan

    Empanadas here are served in paper bags to go, so you can eat standing up....Read More

  • 17. Library of Congress's Madison Building Cafeteria

    $ | Capitol Hill

    Steps from the Capitol, this eatery gets raves for its varied breakfast and lunch, and panoramic views of Washington. ...Read More

  • 18. Luke's Lobster

    $ | Seafood

    Follow the restaurant's sandwich board on M Street and you'll find what the owners call their "Georgetown shack," serving fresh lobster, crab...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Red Apron Butcher

    $ | Penn Quarter | Café

    As its name implies, you can get a very meaty sandwich here, but there are excellent choices for non–meat eaters as well. The breakfast and...Read More

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