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The Infatuation is an app and website, which uses a small team of local editors who dine anonymously to rate and review restaurants. Each restaurant gets a rating, so that you can find the right place for every occasion.

Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

Popular restaurants in Washington DC

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The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

Whether it’s a margherita pizza or sashimi you seek, here are the best places by cuisine type, according to our tastemakers.
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Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
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District of Columbia's most booked Bonus Point tables
SakerumSakerum
337 reviews
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Sushi | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Went for a birthday dinner...we sat at a booth near the entrance, wasn't too distracting. Menu had a lot of choices. More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
957 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was great. Drinks were great. Service was excellent. More

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1863 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Unrivaled ambiance! Absolutely exceptional. I love it even more every single time. More

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DCCharlie Palmer Steak - DC
3014 reviews
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Steakhouse | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Great food, perfect drinks and world glass service. Thanks Mike Irving for leading an outstanding crew! More

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Degrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, GeorgetownDegrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
323 reviews
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Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Great cocktails and excellent service! More

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Specials at top restaurants in District of Columbia

Enjoy great restaurant specials, set menus, and more
Espita MezcaleriaEspita Mezcaleria
266 reviews
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Mexican | Shaw, District of Columbia

The menu is different and food delicious. The mezcal drinks are very good! The ceviche was quite different than most but delicious. I would definitely return the next time I'm in DC More

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Claudia'sClaudia's
356 reviews
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia

Sleek and festive atmosphere, we celebrated our friend’s birthday. The wine selection was excellent and we also enjoyed a glass of cava. The special for the night was crab legs with Filet Mignon and we also ordered the grilled market seafood. Both selections were well seasoned and grilled to perfection. We finished off the evening with carrot cake which was more like an English pudding and decadent. The chocolate lava cake was also delicious. The service was excellent, attentive, and very knowledgeable. Finally, there is a jazz band on Friday and Saturday nights. Great music, food, and atmosphere to peek the holiday season! More

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Alta StradaAlta Strada
328 reviews
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Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia

Asked them to turn down the music and they did to better enable conversation. Food is very good. Be sure to ask for tap water if you care since they tend to push bottled. More

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ANKARAANKARA
438 reviews
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

An intriguing array of food options, and an unusual wine list to match, featuring specialties from Turkey and surrounding countries. The food was quite good, and they were able to accommodate a large group at the last minute, which I appreciated. More

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Avenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn CentralAvenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn Central
83 reviews
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American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

Went here for thanksgiving, and wow! The food in the buffet was great and never ran out (or even low, thinking back in it). Despite the restaurant being packed, the staff were attentive to us and really went out of their way to make sure we had a great time! If you don't feel like defrosting a turkey for several days next year, consider treating yourself and your family here, I would definitely recommend it. More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

District of Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Elizabeth's Gone Raw1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
355 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great service! Great food! Lovely ambiance - had a great time :) More

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Lafayette Restaurant2. Lafayette Restaurant
969 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

If you want the royal treatment, eat here! Not only is the food outstanding, the service is over the top! Great place for a special breakfast or lunch, or a Power meeting! Fancy, but not off putting. A lovely experience, always. More

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Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC3. Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
521 reviews
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

It was a pleasant experience. Food was very good. Wish the place was a little bit quieter and calmer, but I understand people went to enjoy their special occasions in a large group. More

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BLT Prime by David Burke4. BLT Prime by David Burke
1284 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I was treated like royalty. The service was spectacular and the food amazing. There is an extensive wine and cocktail list. More

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Sotto5. Sotto
135 reviews
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

The food was exceptional. The Bartenders are your guide to nirvana. The ambience was perfect and on Tuesday evening there is phenomenal comedy with great local and rising star comedians. Go, Eat, Drink, Laugh, Drink some more More

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New to OpenTable

District of Columbia restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Brick Lane - Capitol HillBrick Lane - Capitol Hill
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Contemporary American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Brick Lane has become a neighborhood hotspot known for its delicious, fresh food, warm ambiance, welcoming atmosphere, and impeccable service. New to Barricks Row, we provide the unique dining experience of American fusion cuisine that is sure to delight any palate. Come in during the week for our delicious and dynamic happy hour that has some of the best deals on the block, or stop by on weekends to enjoy a delectable brunch. The Brick Lane is a perfect spot for dining, whether for date night, a celebration, or family dinner. More

MaziMazi
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Whether for a quick lunch, dinner with family or a special event, the chef will create the most appetizing dishes.More

Scotts RestaurantScotts Restaurant
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

With the feel and ambience of an English home, Scotts will serve many of America’s favorite dishes with a little theatre from an open Seafood bar, grill and Silver carving trolley that will roam the dining room. From whisky sours to innovative house cocktails guests can snack or eat from the full menu in the bar or restaurant from noon to 10.30pm daily.More

The DelegateThe Delegate
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The Delegate.
Featuring Chef driven Menus , Weekend Brunch and Local Craft Cocktails.More

The SallyThe Sally
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American | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

A NEW ERA AS THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S GATHERING SPOT.

The SALLY is a modern American small plates cocktail-centric restaurant/lounge inspired by French trained Chef Ricardo Planas. Located in the DuPont Circle area within the Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel, The SALLY provides locally sourced produce and beef from the DuPont Circle Farmer’s Market and Liberty Delight Farms of Reisterstown Maryland. Chef’s plates are meant for diners to order two or three per person to share. Join us in The SALLY to relax and unwind with a local craft beer or signature cocktail.


Chef’s menu will feature frequently rotated menus based upon seasonal availability of the Mid-Atlantic region.More

Discover District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is a place where eating out can be an adventure. Caribbean, Italian, and Pakistani cuisine can be found in the area. You can also dine on classic American fare, seafood, and barbecue. Try the Jamaican spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or the steak churrasco for a taste of the Caribbean. If you plan to eat Italian cuisine, sample the gamberi, cannelloni, or the pollo parmigiano. The District of Columbia’s Pakistani fare is traditional with dishes like Punjabi boti chicken tikka, goat dum biryani, or the butter chicken. For breakfast, you might like steel cut oats, organic cottage cheese and fresh fruit, or French toast and beef hash. This is a destination where the food is almost as good as the sights.