Favorite Local Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

There are lots of things to be proud of in our nation’s capital: the rich sense of history, the architecture, the countless landmarks and monuments—and now, even more so than ever before, the food. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to sprawling French bistros, legendary Indian spots to not-so-classic diners—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:Le Diplomate, Zaytinya, Oyamel
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Mediterranean, Mexican
Neighborhoods:Logan Circle, Penn Quarter
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7:00 PM

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,914 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

Le Diplomate, a pitch-perfect French bistro in Logan Circle, is undoubtedly one of the greatest spots to brunch in the city. (Ask anyone from DC and they’ll agree.) You can’t go wrong with any of the ...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area
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Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
16,701 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Chef Jose Andres is a DC legend, with restaurants of all types delighting diners around the city. Zaytinya is his Middle Eastern spot, with a myriad of dips and salads and meats and vegetables served ...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
9,102 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual

Oyamel is one of those restaurants that manages to be elegant, refined, and a whole lot of fun. You’re here for upscale versions of Mexican street food—think tacos, ceviches, and tons of vegetable dis...

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Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area

Central Michel Richard

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
7,425 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

Since it opened 10 years ago, Central Michel Richard has been serving French-American food that is both elegant and low-key, winning accolades from all over the country. We particularly love the steak...

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China Chilcano

$$$$·Peruvian·
Penn Quarter
2,870 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Groups

China Chilcano is a Jose Andres restaurant specializing in the food of Peru—specifically chifa, the Chinese-influenced Peruvian cuisine, and nikkei, the Japanese-influenced tradition that also permeat...

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Fit for Foodies in District of Columbia

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,169 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

The Smith in Penn Quarter is the first DC outpost of the Manhattan group of restaurants, serving classic, crowd-pleasing American food in a fun, lively atmosphere. The food is simple, but tasty; the s...

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Farmers & Distillers

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
6,972 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

Farmers & Distillers is a restaurant owned by farmers themselves; it’s a collaboration between restaurateurs Mike Vucurevich and Dan Simons and the 47,000 farmers of the North Dakota Farmers Union. Th...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

Founding Farmers - DC

$$$$·American·
Foggy Bottom
30,164 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

From the same farmer-owned group behind Farmers & Distillers is Founding Farmers, a—you guessed it—farm-to-table restaurant in downtown DC. Expect crowd-pleasing dishes like pastas, burgers, chicken p...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

The Salt Line - Navy Yard

$$$$·Seafood·
Navy Yard
1,796 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

On the waterfront near the Navy Yard you’ll find The Salt Line, a seafood restaurant that celebrates the cooking traditions of New England and the Chesapeake Bay. This means there are excellent lobste...

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Outdoor Dining in District of Columbia

Succotash PRIME

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,118 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies

Succotash is a breathtaking restaurant in every which way: the 9,000-square-foot-space is marbled and gilded in every which way, the bronze-plated glass atrium sparkles, and the food—which showcases c...

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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,071 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Iron Gate, a cozy, romantic restaurant in Dupont Circle, has a lot going for it: the wood-fired hearth and rotisserie, the red leather banquettes, the wisteria-lined patio. Tuck into a platter of lamb...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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