The Best Bars for Foodies in Washington D.C.

The OpenTable Team

Few areas in the country are more iconic than Washington, D.C., but America's capital isn't just the hub of politics—it's also home to some of the best restaurants in America. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether in the mood for a good old-fashioned, all-American beer, or some sake, this list of best bars in D.C. has you covered.

Restaurants:O-Ku - DC, Le Diplomate, The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Sushi, French, American
Neighborhoods:Washington, Logan Circle, Penn Quarter

O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
842 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

O-Ku opened a few years ago and quickly won D.C. over with their commitment to genuine Japanese hospitality. They have a world-class upstairs bar and a full sushi and sashimi bar. ...

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96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,572 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

Le Diplomate dedicates itself to genuine French culture. They take extra care to extend this dedication to the drinks, which are steeped in French culture and tradition. The fruit...

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95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,076 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

Located around the corner from the International Spy Museum, The Smith in the Penn Quarter is an offshoot of the popular NYC spot that specializes in all-American food and seasonal...

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93% recommended

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,035 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

The Dirty Habit is another addition to the Penn Quarter district and is steps away from all the major tourist destinations. They pair seasonal drinks with shareable plates, making ...

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The Arsenal at Bluejacket

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Navy Yard
939 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

The building that houses The Arsenal at Bluejacket was first built back in 1919 and has since been retrofitted to house this bar and restaurant. The Arsenal specializes in “adventu...

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Late Night Find in Washington, D.C. Area
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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,213 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

BlackSalt serves sustainable seafood that is typically locally sourced as well. The bar is more of an upscale tavern that complements the high-end dishes that are popular here. The...

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94% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,011 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

The Iron Gate is a swanky spot that offers Mediterranean fare, specifically Greek and Italian fusion dishes. This is a preferred hangout spot in the nicer weather months because th...

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92% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,349 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion

Celebrity chef Jose Andres brings his Jaleo concept to D.C., and the result is a Mexican fusion menu with a rotating selection of cocktails to complement the dishes. Jaleo has grea...

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98% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,314 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

Named after the French painter Henri Matisse, this restaurant specializes in contemporary French-Mediterranean fare. Matisse has an unrivaled wine list that offers a premier select...

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94% recommended
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Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
3,252 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot

This is one of the most casual dining offerings in D.C., which is important in a town that takes the tack of “sun's up, suits on.” Café Milano offers delicious pizzas complemented ...

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87% recommended
29 people mentioned the Veal Chop

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
6,675 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

With satellite locations in Las Vegas and Chicago, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab has become a D.C. favorite because of their incomparable surf 'n' turf and cocktails. Thi...

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96% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
640 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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BLT Prime by David Burke

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,023 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Located in the Trump Hotel DC, the BLT Prime by David Burke is best known for their top-of-the-line steaks and incomparable appetizers. The selection of cocktails is second-to-none...

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87% recommended
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
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