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What to Eat in Washington, D.C.

As the epicenter for American politics and nonprofits, Washington, D.C., attracts a diverse clientele – and the restaurant scene reflects this melting pot of ethnicities and cultures. Wander the streets of Georgetown and Dupont Circle 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. Or, head to the U Street Corridor or Florida Avenue, where you'll discover some of the district's best Black-owned dining establishments, including Ben's Chili Bowl and Oohh's & Aahh's on U street, and Florida Avenue Grill and HalfSmoke on Florida Avenue. Additionally, a strip of ethnic restaurants on H Street Northeast in the Atlas District offers Belgian fare, Japanese cuisine and more. For a crash course in the city's varied dining scene, consider booking a guided tour.

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. If you'd rather get a traditional taste of Washington, make reservations at tried and true spots like Old Ebbitt Grill and 1789.

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 and Union Market. At these bustling markets, you can pick up everything from pickles to sweet peaches to buttery pastries. Breweries and brewpubs have become a popular mainstay here, too, and a trip to the nation's capital wouldn't be complete without enjoying one of the best brunches the city has to offer.

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  • #1
    Ambar Capitol Hill
    #1 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1572 reviewsTripadvisor (1572)
    $ - $$ | Eastern European
    523 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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  • #2
    Bistro Aracosia
    #2 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 148 reviewsTripadvisor (148)
    $ - $$ | Afghani
    5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3316
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  • #3
    Barmini
    #3 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 273 reviewsTripadvisor (273)
    $$ | Bar
    501 9th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2155
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  • #4
    Quill
    #4 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 167 reviewsTripadvisor (167)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1200 16th St NW The Jefferson, Washington DC, DC 20036-3202
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  • #5
    Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
    #5 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2336 reviewsTripadvisor (2336)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American, Seafood
    750 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-1018
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  • #6
    Lafayette Restaurant
    #6 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 338 reviewsTripadvisor (338)
    $$ | American
    800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
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  • #7
    Keren Restaurant
    #7 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 293 reviewsTripadvisor (293)
    $ | African, Ethiopian
    1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
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  • #8
    Kinship Restaurant
    #8 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 206 reviewsTripadvisor (206)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    1015 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3607
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  • #9
    Rose's Luxury
    #9 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 497 reviewsTripadvisor (497)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    717 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
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  • #10
    Commissary
    #10 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1322 reviewsTripadvisor (1322)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1443 P St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-1907
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  • #11
    Doyle (Bar)
    #11 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 658 reviewsTripadvisor (658)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, International
    Dupont Circle 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
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  • #12
    Rasika
    #12 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2798 reviewsTripadvisor (2798)
    $$ | Indian
    633 D St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2904
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  • #13
    The Dabney
    #13 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 279 reviewsTripadvisor (279)
    $$ | American
    122 Blagden Alley North West, Washington DC, DC 20001
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  • #14
    Zaytinya
    #14 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4427 reviewsTripadvisor (4427)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern
    701 9th St NW Corner G Streets, Washington DC, DC 20001-4572
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  • #15
    Tortino Restaurant
    #15 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 491 reviewsTripadvisor (491)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1228 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4264
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  • #16
    The Capital Grille
    #16 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2049 reviewsTripadvisor (2049)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2601
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  • #17
    Fiola
    #17 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 912 reviewsTripadvisor (912)
    $$ | Italian
    601 Pennsylvania Ave NW Enter at 678 Indiana Ave, Washington DC, DC 20004-2601
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  • #18
    HipCityVeg
    #18 of 3,429 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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  • #19
    Old Ebbitt Grill
    #19 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 12710 reviewsTripadvisor (12710)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
    675 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-5702
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  • #20
    Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
    #20 of 3,429 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 686 reviewsTripadvisor (686)
    $$ | French, European, International
    2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1730
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