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49 Greatest Locations to Eat in Washington DC

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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. We have worked with local David Bubb to bring you the best eats the city has to offer.

49 Best Places to Eat in Washington DC // Local Adventurer

This post was last updated 2/27/2018.

49 BEST PLACES TO EAT IN WASHINGTON DC

ADAMS MORGAN

  1. Johnny’s Half Shell (Adams Morgan, Seafood, $$)
  2. Lapis Bistro (Adams Morgan, Afghan, $$)
  3. Sushi Ogawa (Adams Morgan, Japanese, $$$$)
  4. Tail Up Goat (Adams Morgan, Mediterranean, $$$)

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Lapis Bistro

CAPITOL HILL

  1. Garrison (Capitol Hill, American, $$$)
  2. Pineapple and Pearls (Capitol Hill, American, $$$$) – Nominated for Bon Appetit’s best new restaurant in 2017.
  3. Rose’s Luxury (Capitol Hill, American, $$$) – 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.

DOWNTOWN

  1. Bantam King (Downtown, Japanese, $$)
  2. Bibiana (Downtown, Italian, $$$$)
  3. Casa Luca (Downtown, Italian, $$$$)
  4. Central Michel Richard (Downtown, New American / French, $$$)
  5. China Chilcano (Downtown, Peruvian / Asian Fusion, $$$)
  6. Daikaya Ramen Shop and Izakaya (Downtown, Japanese, $$)
  7. Del Campo (Downtown, South American, $$$$)
  8. Old Ebbitt Grill (Downtown, American, $$) – where the politicians go to politic.
  9. Proof (Downtown, American, $$$$)
  10. The Source (Downtown, Asian Fusion, $$$$)

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Old Ebbit Grill

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, $$$$)
  5. Plume (Dupont Circle, American, $$$$)
  6. Sushi Taro Japanese Restaurant (Dupont Circle, Japanese, $$$$)

GEORGETOWN

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

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Clyde’s

H STREET CORRIDOR

  1. Maketto (H Street Corridor, Taiwanese / Cambodian, $$)
  2. Sally’s Middle Name (H Street Corridor, American, $$$)

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Sally’s Middle Name

LOGAN CIRCLE

  1. Estadio (Logan Circle, Spanish, $$$)
  2. Etto (Logan Circle, Italian/Pizza, $$)
  3. Le Diplomate (Logan Circle, French, $$$)

NAVY YARD

  1. Osteria Morini (Navy Yard, Italian, $$$)
  2. Whaley’s (Navy Yard, American/Seafood, $$)

PETWORTH

  1. Himitsu (Petworth, Japanese, $$$) – Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant Nominee in 2017
  2. Timber Pizza Company (Petworth, Pizza, $$) – Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant Nominee in 2017

SHAW

  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, $$$)
  3. Ben’s Chili Bowl (U Street Corridor, American, $) – DC institution that’s a must try, but the food is just okay.
  4. The Riggsby (U Street Corridor, American, $$$)

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. 2 Amys (Cathedral Heights, Italian/Pizza, $$)
  2. Bad Saint (Columbia Heights, Filipino, $$$) one of Eater’s 38 Essential Restaurants in America in 2017
  3. Bindaas (Foggy Bottom, Indian, $$)
  4. Bread Furst (Forest Hills, Bakery, $$) – Mark Furstenberg won the JBF Award for Outstanding Baker in 2017
  5. Comet Ping Pong (Friendship Village, Pizza, $$)
  6. Kinship (Mt. Vernon Square, American, $$$$)
  7. Red Hen (Eckington, Italian, $$$)

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