Washington, D.C. Restaurants

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  • 1. All-Purpose Pizzeria

    $$ | D.C. Waterfront | Italian

    Best pizza in DC” is a hotly contested title, but All-Purpose Pizzeria down on the Capitol Riverfront is a strong contender. Its whole wheat...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 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. Good Stuff Eatery

    $ | Capitol Hill | American

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

  • 5. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

    $ | Friendship Heights | Pizza

    Pete's is a Friendship Heights landmark, serving "New Haven-style" (thin crust, coal-fired) pizzas and offering an extensive toppings list....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. All Purpose Pizzeria

    $ | Shaw | Italian

    You can get nearly any pizza you might want, from a classic Margherita style with the standard mozzarella, tomato, and oregano toppings to more...Read More

  • 9. Belga Café

    $$$ | Eastern Market | Belgian

    Belgium culture aficionados can go traditional with mussels and the crispiest of French fries or dabble in what the chef calls Eurofusion at...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant

    $ | Shaw | Ethiopian

    In Shaw, a neighborhood known for its traditional Ethiopian food, this celebrated spot offers both authentic flavor and great prices. Named...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. DCity Smokehouse

    $ | Bloomingdale | American

    DCity Smokehouse continues to be a beloved neighborhood barbecue spot. Located in residential Bloomingdale, the restaurant serves a variety...Read More

  • 15. District Kitchen

    $$ | Woodley Park | American

    The exposed brick and warm woods may signal upscale saloon, but District Kitchen is much more, offering an eclectic, farm-to-table menu featuring...Read More

  • 16. Duke's Counter

    $ | Northwest | British

    A shabby-chic bar–restaurant directly across the street from the National Zoo has been deemed by one local paper to have the best burger in...Read More

  • 17. Dukem

    $ | U Street | Ethiopian

    For more than 20 years, Dukem has been a favorite of those seeking authentic Ethiopian food. Guests come for the injera, a spongy flatbread...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. El Tamarindo

    $ | Adams Morgan | Latin American

    With almost 40 years in operation, El Tamarindo, an El Salvadorean and Mexican restaurant, has weathered the neighborhood's many changes. Guests...Read More

  • 20. Espita Mezcaleria

    $$$ | Logan Circle | Mexican

    Maíz (corn) and agave are the cornerstones of the food and drink menus at Espita, which serves authentic Mexican small plates, mains, and desserts...Read More

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