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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 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1575 reviewsTripadvisor (1575)
    $ - $$ | Eastern European
    523 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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  • #2
    Bistro Aracosia
    #2 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 149 reviewsTripadvisor (149)
    $ - $$ | Afghani
    5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3316
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  • #3
    Barmini
    #3 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 233 reviewsTripadvisor (233)
    $$ |
    501 9th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2155
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  • #4
    Quill
    #4 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 168 reviewsTripadvisor (168)
    $ - $$ | 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 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2253 reviewsTripadvisor (2253)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American, Seafood
    750 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-1018
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  • #6
    Lafayette Restaurant
    #6 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 315 reviewsTripadvisor (315)
    $$ | American
    800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
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  • #7
    Kinship Restaurant
    #7 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 206 reviewsTripadvisor (206)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    1015 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3607
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  • #8
    Keren Restaurant
    #8 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 275 reviewsTripadvisor (275)
    $ | African, Ethiopian
    1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
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  • #9
    Commissary
    #9 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1324 reviewsTripadvisor (1324)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1443 P St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-1907
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  • #10
    Doyle (Bar)
    #10 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 657 reviewsTripadvisor (657)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, International
    Dupont Circle 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
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  • #11
    Rose's Luxury
    #11 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 453 reviewsTripadvisor (453)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    717 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
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  • #12
    The Dabney
    #12 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 279 reviewsTripadvisor (279)
    $$ | American
    122 Blagden Alley North West, Washington DC, DC 20001
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  • #13
    Rasika
    #13 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2746 reviewsTripadvisor (2746)
    $$ | Indian
    633 D St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2904
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  • #14
    Tortino Restaurant
    #14 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 492 reviewsTripadvisor (492)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1228 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4264
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  • #15
    Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
    #15 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 652 reviewsTripadvisor (652)
    $$ | French, European, International
    2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1730
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  • #16
    Zaytinya
    #16 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4429 reviewsTripadvisor (4429)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern
    701 9th St NW Corner G Streets, Washington DC, DC 20001-4572
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  • #17
    Old Ebbitt Grill
    #17 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 12720 reviewsTripadvisor (12720)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
    675 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-5702
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  • #18
    Fiola
    #18 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 845 reviewsTripadvisor (845)
    $$ | Italian
    601 Pennsylvania Ave NW Enter at 678 Indiana Ave, Washington DC, DC 20004-2601
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  • #19
    The Capital Grille
    #19 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2050 reviewsTripadvisor (2050)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2601
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  • #20
    The Capital Burger
    #20 of 3,387 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 187 reviewsTripadvisor (187)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1005 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
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