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What to Eat in Washington, D.C.

As the epicenter for American politics and nonprofits, too, Washington, D.C., attracts a diverse clientele – and the restaurant scene reflects this melting pot of ethnicities and cultures. Wander the streets of Georgetown, Dupont Circle and the U Street Corridor and you'll find plenty of interesting eateries, from white tablecloth restaurants to trendy tapas joints plating everything from zesty Spanish bites to succulent oyster shooters. Additionally, a strip of ethnic restaurants on H Street Northeast in the Atlas District offer Belgian fare, Japanese cuisine and more. For a crash course in the city's varied dining scene, consider booking a guided tour. And for slow sips at one of the capital's swanky cocktail bars, head over to the U Street Corridor of 14th Street, where lively and laid-back bars lure college students, young professionals and visitors.

The city also appeals to gourmands who revel in haute cuisine. For a sophisticated meal at a high-end restaurant, try José Andrés' collection of restaurants, including Zaytinya, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana and minibar by José Andrés. For a traditional taste of D.C., make reservations at tried and true spots like Old Ebbitt Grill and 1789.

For more budget-minded options, grab a stool at the D.C. institution Ben's Chili Bowl, located right next to the U Street Metro stop. Good Stuff Eatery – a premier burger spot spearheaded by chef Spike Mendelsohn – is ideal for creamy milkshakes and flavorful patties topped with interesting toppings like chili and Thai basil. Good Stuff Eatery features locations in Capitol Hill Southeast and Georgetown.

Farmers markets have also become a major staple in the District. On any given Saturday or Sunday, you'll find Washingtonians perusing the stalls for healthy and organic fruits and veggies at colorful markets. Local favorites include FRESHFARM's market in Dupont Circle, Eastern Market, Union Market and the Columbia Heights Farmers Market. At these bustling markets, you can pick up everything from pickles to sweet peaches to buttery pastries, among other items. Breweries and brewpubs have become a popular mainstay in D.C., too, and a trip to the nation's capital isn't complete without enjoying one of the best brunches the city has to offer.

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  • #1
    Ambar Capitol Hill
    #1 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1564 reviewsTripadvisor (1564)
    $ - $$ | Eastern European
    523 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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  • #2
    Bistro Aracosia
    #2 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 146 reviewsTripadvisor (146)
    $ - $$ | Afghani
    5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3316
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  • #3
    Barmini
    #3 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 273 reviewsTripadvisor (273)
    $$ | Bar
    501 9th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2155
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  • #4
    Whiskey Charlie
    #4 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 147 reviewsTripadvisor (147)
    $ - $$ | Bar
    975 7th St SW Rooftop of the Canopy Hotel, Washington DC, DC 20024-3437
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  • #5
    Quill
    #5 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 167 reviewsTripadvisor (167)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1200 16th St NW The Jefferson, Washington DC, DC 20036-3202
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  • #6
    Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
    #6 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2332 reviewsTripadvisor (2332)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American, Seafood
    750 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-1018
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  • #7
    Lafayette Restaurant
    #7 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 337 reviewsTripadvisor (337)
    $$ | American
    800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
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  • #8
    Keren Restaurant
    #8 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 290 reviewsTripadvisor (290)
    $ | African, Ethiopian
    1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
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  • #9
    Kinship Restaurant
    #9 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 203 reviewsTripadvisor (203)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    1015 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3607
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  • #10
    Commissary
    #10 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1322 reviewsTripadvisor (1322)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1443 P St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-1907
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  • #11
    Rasika
    #11 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2793 reviewsTripadvisor (2793)
    $$ | Indian
    633 D St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2904
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  • #12
    Doyle (Bar)
    #12 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 655 reviewsTripadvisor (655)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, International
    Dupont Circle 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
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  • #13
    Rose's Luxury
    #13 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 496 reviewsTripadvisor (496)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    717 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
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  • #14
    The Capital Grille
    #14 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2046 reviewsTripadvisor (2046)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2601
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  • #15
    HipCityVeg
    #15 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 141 reviewsTripadvisor (141)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    712 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716
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  • #16
    The Dabney
    #16 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 277 reviewsTripadvisor (277)
    $$ | American
    122 Blagden Alley North West, Washington DC, DC 20001
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  • #17
    Tortino Restaurant
    #17 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 491 reviewsTripadvisor (491)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1228 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4264
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  • #18
    Zaytinya
    #18 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4423 reviewsTripadvisor (4423)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern
    701 9th Street NW Corner G Streets, Washington DC, DC 20001
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  • #19
    Fiola
    #19 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 911 reviewsTripadvisor (911)
    $$ | Italian
    601 Pennsylvania Ave NW Enter at 678 Indiana Ave, Washington DC, DC 20004-2601
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  • #20
    Old Ebbitt Grill
    #20 of 3,425 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 12692 reviewsTripadvisor (12692)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
    675 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-5702
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