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49 Best Places to Eat in Washington DC

We worked with local David Bubb to bring you the best places to eat in Washington DC.

Our nation’s capital hasn’t always stayed perched on its toes when it comes to providing locals with top notch, high quality, and creative food, but that has changed here recently.

Though DC looms big on the map, the city is quite small. You can feel the pride and love for this city by its people. The restaurants are owned and fueled by local people with fierce passion and identity to their place, many who have left their mentors to claim their own identity.

Many say that in 2016, DC finally arrived to hold a place on the national food scene shared by NYC, LA, and SF. Though they have been the underdog for a long time coming, those days are over.

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Last updated: Jan 5, 2020

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Adams Morgan

  1. Brothers and Sisters (Adams Morgan, Cafe, 💰💰)
  2. Federalist Pig (Adams Morgan, BBQ, 💰💰)
  3. Johnny’s Half Shell (Adams Morgan, Seafood, 💰💰)
  4. Lapis Bistro (Adams Morgan, Afghan, 💰💰)
  5. Sushi Ogawa (Adams Morgan, Japanese, 💰💰💰💰)
  6. Tail Up Goat (Adams Morgan, Mediterranean, 💰💰💰)
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Capitol Hill

  1. Pineapple and Pearls (Capitol Hill, American, 💰💰💰💰) – Nominated for Bon Appetit’s best new restaurant in 2017.
  2. Rose’s Luxury (Capitol Hill, American, 💰💰💰) – one of Eater’s 38 Essential Restaurants in America in 2016, on the Yelp 100 for 2015, and Aaron Silverman won the JBF’s best chef award for the Mid-Atlantic in 2016.

Columbia Heights

  1. Bad Saint (Columbia Heights, Filipino, 💰💰💰) one of Eater’s 38 Essential Restaurants in America in 2017
  2. Queen’s English (Columbia Heights, Hong Kong, 💰💰💰)
  3. Thip Khao (Columbia Heights, Laotian, 💰💰)


  1. Bantam King (Downtown, Japanese, 💰💰)
  2. Central Michel Richard (Downtown, New American / French, 💰💰💰)
  3. China Chilcano (Downtown, Peruvian / Asian Fusion, 💰💰💰)
  4. Daikaya Ramen Shop and Izakaya (Downtown, Japanese, 💰💰💰)
  5. Old Ebbitt Grill (Downtown, American, 💰💰💰) – where the politicians go to politic. Pictured below.
  6. Sfoglina (Downtown, Italian, 💰💰💰)
  7. The Source (Downtown, Asian Fusion, 💰💰💰💰)
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Dupont Circle

  1. Iron Gate Restaurant (Dupont Circle, Mediterranean, 💰💰💰)
  2. Komi (Dupont Circle, Mediterranean, 💰💰💰💰)
  3. Little Serow (Dupont Circle, Thai, 💰💰💰)
  4. Obelisk (Dupont Circle, Italian, 💰💰💰💰)
  5. Plume (Dupont Circle, American, 💰💰💰💰)
  6. Sushi Taro Japanese Restaurant (Dupont Circle, Japanese, 💰💰💰💰)


  1. Chez Billy Sud (Georgetown, French, 💰💰💰💰)
  2. Clydes (Georgetown, American, 💰💰)
  3. Fiola Mare (Georgetown, Italian / Seafood, 💰💰💰💰)

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Logan Circle

  1. Estadio (Logan Circle, Spanish, 💰💰💰)
  2. Etto (Logan Circle, Italian/Pizza, 💰💰)
  3. Le Diplomate (Logan Circle, French, 💰💰💰)
  1. Osteria Morini (Navy Yard, Italian, 💰💰💰)
  2. Satline (Navy Yard, American/Seafood, 💰💰)


  1. Pom Pom (Petworth, Steakhouse, 💰💰💰) – Formerly Himitsu, Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant Nominee in 2017.
  2. Taqueria Habanero (Petworth, Mexican, 💰💰)
  3. Timber Pizza Company (Petworth, Pizza, 💰💰) – Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant Nominee in 2017


  1. All-Purpose Pizzeria (Shaw, Italian, 💰💰)
  2. Convivial (Shaw, American/French, 💰💰)
  3. The Dabney (Shaw, American, 💰💰💰)

U Street Corridor

  1. Hazel (U Street Corridor, International, 💰💰💰)
  2. Izakaya Seki (U Street Corridor, Japanese, 💰💰💰)
  3. Ben’s Chili Bowl (U Street Corridor, American, 💰) – DC institution that’s a must try, but the food is just okay.
  4. The Riggsby (U Street Corridor, American, 💰💰)

Other Areas

  1. 2 Amys (Cathedral Heights, Italian/Pizza, 💰💰)
  2. Bread Furst (Forest Hills, Bakery, 💰💰) – Mark Furstenberg won the JBF Award for Outstanding Baker in 2017
  3. Call Your Mother Deli (Park View, Bagels / Deli, 💰💰)
  4. Kinship (Mt. Vernon Square, American, 💰💰💰💰)
  5. Maketto (H Street Corridor, Taiwanese / Cambodian, 💰💰)
  6. Red Hen (Eckington, Italian, 💰💰💰)
  7. Taco Bamba (Falls Church, Tacos, 💰)

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