Washington, D.C. Restaurants

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  • 1. Cork

    $$ | U Street | 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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Bistrot du Coin

    $$ | Dupont 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. China Chilcano

    $$ | 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

  • 8. Daikaya

    $$ | Chinatown | 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

  • 9. Doi Moi

    $$$ | U Street | Asian

    The rise of foodie culture can leave adventurous diners feeling like they've turned over every culinary stone, but this pilgrimage into the...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. Estadio

    $$$ | Logan Circle | Spanish

    The name of this polished palace means "stadium," and its gorgeously baroque interior, which surrounds a high-wire open kitchen, makes a perfect...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Jaleo

    $$ | Chinatown | Spanish

    You are encouraged to make a meal of the long list of tapas at this lively Spanish bistro, although the five types of handcrafted paella are...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Kaz Sushi Bistro

    $$ | Downtown | Japanese

    Traditional Japanese cooking is combined with often inspired improvisations ("freestyle Japanese cuisine," in the words of chef-owner Kaz Okochi...Read More

  • 17. Le Diplomate

    $$$$ | U Street | French

    Even award-winning chef-and-owner Stephen Starr was surprised by how revered his first D.C.-area concept became within days of its opening....Read More

  • 18. Little Serow

    $$$$ | Dupont Circle | Thai

    Remember the last time a quirky new musical group or movie seemed to take over the world, racking up fans despite being more than a little,...Read More

  • 19. Osteria Morini

    $$$$ | Italian

    This stylish design and superlative pastas of this take on regional Emilia-Romagna fare (think crostini, rich ragus, and wood-grilled meat)...Read More

  • 20. Oyamel

    $$ | Chinatown | Mexican

    The specialty at this Mexican stunner is antojitos, literally translated as "little dishes from the streets." But the high ceilings, gracious...Read More

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