The Best Bars for Foodies in Washington D.C.

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.

The OpenTable Team
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
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
964 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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. O-Ku offers a wide v...

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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
11,090 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 fruits de mer (seafood sa...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,234 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Casual

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 craft drinks. Draft...

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Most Booked in District of Columbia

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,107 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 Dirty Habit a great ...

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Hot Spot in District of Columbia

The Arsenal at Bluejacket

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Navy Yard
952 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Great Beer
  • Casual

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 “adventurous American eats” ...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Washington, D.C. Area

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,205 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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. There's also a take-out...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,105 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 they have a full court...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,466 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tapas

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 great tapas, but the Lom...

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Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,351 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 selection of both reds and...

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Neighborhood Gem in District of Columbia
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Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Washington DC
3,316 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 by even more delicio...

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29 people mentioned the Veal Chop
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
7,076 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

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. This is also a favorite...

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

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,093 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 and makes them one ...

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Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
114 people mentioned the Popovers
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