Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

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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.

Find the Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

  • #1
    Ambar Capitol Hill
    #1 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1481 reviewsTripAdvisor (1481)
    $ - $$ | Eastern European
    523 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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  • #2
    Barmini
    #2 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 266 reviewsTripAdvisor (266)
    $$ | Bar
    501 9th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2155
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  • #3
    Quill
    #3 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 158 reviewsTripAdvisor (158)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1200 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-3202
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  • #4
    Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
    #4 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2171 reviewsTripAdvisor (2171)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American, Seafood
    750 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-1018
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  • #5
    Keren Restaurant
    #5 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 263 reviewsTripAdvisor (263)
    $ | African, Ethiopian
    1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
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  • #6
    Bistro Aracosia
    #6 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 90 reviewsTripAdvisor (90)
    $ - $$ | Afghani
    5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3316
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  • #7
    Rasika
    #7 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2687 reviewsTripAdvisor (2687)
    $$ | Indian
    633 D St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2904
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  • #8
    Rose's Luxury
    #8 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 467 reviewsTripAdvisor (467)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    717 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
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  • #9
    The Capital Grille
    #9 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1986 reviewsTripAdvisor (1986)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2601
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  • #10
    Kinship Restaurant
    #10 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 179 reviewsTripAdvisor (179)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    1015 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3607
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  • #11
    Lafayette Restaurant
    #11 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 316 reviewsTripAdvisor (316)
    $$ | American
    800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
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  • #12
    Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
    #12 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 668 reviewsTripAdvisor (668)
    $$ | French, European, International
    2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1730
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  • #13
    The Dabney
    #13 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 247 reviewsTripAdvisor (247)
    $$ | American
    122 Blagden Alley North West, Washington DC, DC 20001
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  • #14
    Baked and Wired
    #14 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 988 reviewsTripAdvisor (988)
    $ | American, Cafe
    1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3813
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  • #15
    Fiola
    #15 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 886 reviewsTripAdvisor (886)
    $$ | Italian
    601 Pennsylvania Ave NW Enter at 678 Indiana Ave, Washington DC, DC 20004-2601
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  • #16
    Le Diplomate
    #16 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1950 reviewsTripAdvisor (1950)
    $$ | French, European
    1601 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4306
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  • #17
    Zaytinya
    #17 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4287 reviewsTripAdvisor (4287)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern
    701 9th St NW Edison Place, Washington DC, DC 20001-4572
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  • #18
    Tortino Restaurant
    #18 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 442 reviewsTripAdvisor (442)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1228 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4264
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  • #19
    &pizza
    #19 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 148 reviewsTripAdvisor (148)
    $ | Pizza, Fast Food
    2224 F St Nw, Washington DC, DC 20037
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  • #20
    Commissary
    #20 of 3,874 Places to Eat in Washington DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1234 reviewsTripAdvisor (1234)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1443 P St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-1907
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