Washington, D.C. Restaurants

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  • 1. Cork

    $$ | U Street Corridor | 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. Hank's Oyster Bar

    $$ | Dupont Circle and Logan Circle | Seafood

    The watchword is simplicity at this chic take on the shellfish shacks of New England. A half-dozen oyster varieties are available daily on the...Read More

  • 3. Rasika

    $$ | Chinatown | Indian

    Adventurous wine lists, stellar service, inventive presentations that don't scrimp on the spice—this Indian kitchen would have been a local...Read More

  • 4. Zaytinya

    $$ | Chinatown | Middle Eastern

    This sophisticated urban dining room with soaring ceilings is a local favorite for meeting friends or dining with a group. Zaytinya, which means...Read More

  • 5. 2 Amys

    $$ | Upper Northwest | Pizza

    Call it the Brando of D.C. pizzerias, because this Neapolitan sensation has played godfather to a number of throne-stealing wood ovens elsewhere...Read More

  • 6. Bayou

    $$ | Georgetown | American

    New Orleans and Washington, D.C., might seem to have little in common, but both cities share a common love of carousing after hours and belt...Read More

  • 7. Bibiana Osteria and Enoteca

    $$ | Downtown | Italian

    You might call this the Italian version of the überpopular Indian spot Rasika, and you'd be correctly noting the modernist fingerprints of local...Read More

  • 8. Bistrot du Coin

    $$ | Dupont Circle and Logan Circle | French

    An instant hit in its Dupont Circle neighborhood, this moderately priced French bistro with a monumental zinc bar is noisy, crowded, and fun...Read More

  • 9. Bombay Club

    $$ | Downtown | Indian

    One block from the White House, the beautiful Bombay Club tries to re-create the refined aura of British private clubs in colonial India. Potted...Read More

  • 10. Busboys and Poets

    $$ | U Street Corridor | 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. Cava Mezze

    $$ | Capitol Hill | Mediterranean

    This modern mecca for mezes (small plates for sharing) delivers delicious and chic Mediterranean without the whiz-bang conceits of its pricier...Read More

  • 12. Chez Billy Sud

    $$ | Georgetown | French

    Another cozy gem in Georgetown is this French restaurant, which serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. If it's a nice day, request a table...Read More

  • 13. China Chilcano

    $$ | Chinatown | Fusion

    The José Andrés formula is pleasantly familiar to D.C. diners who have thronged his ever-growing empire of endlessly kicky ethnic small plates...Read More

  • 14. Daikaya

    $$ | U Street Corridor | 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

  • 15. DGS Delicatessen

    $$ | Georgetown | Deli

    DGS pickles, cures, and smokes all its food in-house. ...Read More

  • 16. DGS Delicatessen

    $$ | Dupont Circle and Logan Circle | Deli

    Your favorite Jewish grandma might be thrown for a loop by this precocious reboot of her staple dishes—what, regular Reubens were too boring...Read More

  • 17. Founding Farmers

    $$ | The White House Area and Foggy Bottom | American

    Enjoy American comfort and farm food at this always-busy restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus weekend and holiday-Monday...Read More

  • 18. Graffiato

    $$ | Chinatown | Italian

    Manhattan-trained Mike Isabella brought a rock-star cool to his stint on Top Chef, and his venture down I–95 gave the same instant pizzazz...Read More

  • 19. Granville Moore's Brickyard

    $$ | Capitol Hill | Belgian

    This Belgian beer hall with a gourmet soul is worth a visit despite its location in D.C.'s Atlas District, an area that can be seedy after dark...Read More

  • 20. Hill Country

    $$ | Chinatown | Barbecue

    Barbecue partisans, put down your forks! Few who stop by this bustling hive of smoky brisket and gooey ribs can deny that it does Texas meat...Read More

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