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The Infatuation is an app and website, which uses a small team of local editors who dine anonymously to rate and review restaurants. Each restaurant gets a rating, so that you can find the right place for every occasion.

Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

Popular restaurants in Washington DC

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The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

Whether it’s a margherita pizza or sashimi you seek, here are the best places by cuisine type, according to our tastemakers.
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Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
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District of Columbia's most booked Bonus Point tables
SakerumSakerum
338 reviews
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Sushi | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Our service was incredible. I think our bartender/waiter’s name was Shu. The check said Cho. Holy hell, what a phenomenal guy, let alone server. His attitude was incredibly positive and he was more excited than us every time a dish came out for service. His enthusiasm and charm elevated out experience 10 fold. We will definitely ask for him next time and there will absolutely be a next time. More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
962 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was great. Drinks were great. Service was excellent. More

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1872 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Unrivaled ambiance! Absolutely exceptional. I love it even more every single time. More

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DCCharlie Palmer Steak - DC
3017 reviews
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Steakhouse | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

We hosted our annual holiday tea reception at the Charlie Palmer lounge private room. Chef Mike’s hors d'oeuvres were made to perfection. Bartender Lamar and his team (Saige & Wilfredo) made our transition to the bar seamless. The cocktails are like dessert in a glass that keep you in delightful spirits. Thank you for having us in your restaurant!!! More

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Degrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, GeorgetownDegrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
324 reviews
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Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Great food, great venue, and great staff. Will eat here again. More

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Specials at top restaurants in District of Columbia

Enjoy great restaurant specials, set menus, and more
Espita MezcaleriaEspita Mezcaleria
266 reviews
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Mexican | Shaw, District of Columbia

The menu is different and food delicious. The mezcal drinks are very good! The ceviche was quite different than most but delicious. I would definitely return the next time I'm in DC More

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Claudia'sClaudia's
356 reviews
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia

Sleek and festive atmosphere, we celebrated our friend’s birthday. The wine selection was excellent and we also enjoyed a glass of cava. The special for the night was crab legs with Filet Mignon and we also ordered the grilled market seafood. Both selections were well seasoned and grilled to perfection. We finished off the evening with carrot cake which was more like an English pudding and decadent. The chocolate lava cake was also delicious. The service was excellent, attentive, and very knowledgeable. Finally, there is a jazz band on Friday and Saturday nights. Great music, food, and atmosphere to peek the holiday season! More

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Alta StradaAlta Strada
329 reviews
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Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia

It was my birthday and It was wonderful. More

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ANKARAANKARA
438 reviews
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

An intriguing array of food options, and an unusual wine list to match, featuring specialties from Turkey and surrounding countries. The food was quite good, and they were able to accommodate a large group at the last minute, which I appreciated. More

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Avenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn CentralAvenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn Central
83 reviews
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American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

Went here for thanksgiving, and wow! The food in the buffet was great and never ran out (or even low, thinking back in it). Despite the restaurant being packed, the staff were attentive to us and really went out of their way to make sure we had a great time! If you don't feel like defrosting a turkey for several days next year, consider treating yourself and your family here, I would definitely recommend it. More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

District of Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Elizabeth's Gone Raw1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
357 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Elizabeth’s Gone Raw was so much more than I expected! From the welcome at the front to the last bite it was just beautiful and delish!! I cannot wait to go back. More

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Lafayette Restaurant2. Lafayette Restaurant
973 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

We go back every year to celebrate our anniversary. It’s a special tradition for us and each year the service is impeccable. More

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Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC3. Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
521 reviews
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

It was a pleasant experience. Food was very good. Wish the place was a little bit quieter and calmer, but I understand people went to enjoy their special occasions in a large group. More

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BLT Prime by David Burke4. BLT Prime by David Burke
1291 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Truly a six star experience. Outstanding staff. Beautiful decor and very warm, welcoming ambiance. Wonderful menu. And not at all over priced. Go early and take in the lobby, maybe have a drink at the bar. For me, a must on every future visit to DC. More

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Sotto5. Sotto
135 reviews
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

The food was exceptional. The Bartenders are your guide to nirvana. The ambience was perfect and on Tuesday evening there is phenomenal comedy with great local and rising star comedians. Go, Eat, Drink, Laugh, Drink some more More

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New to OpenTable

District of Columbia restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Kingbird IgloosKingbird Igloos
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia

Located within The Watergate Hotel, our fine dining restaurant allows guests to celebrate in a lively scene or a more casual setting in The Bar at Kingbird. Focused on ingredient-driven American cuisine, with a uniquely French twist, we connect locals and international travelers to the best local flavors.More

MaziMazi
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Whether for a quick lunch, dinner with family or a special event, the chef will create the most appetizing dishes.More

Scotts RestaurantScotts Restaurant
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

With the feel and ambience of an English home, Scotts will serve many of America’s favorite dishes with a little theatre from an open Seafood bar, grill and Silver carving trolley that will roam the dining room. From whisky sours to innovative house cocktails guests can snack or eat from the full menu in the bar or restaurant from noon to 10.30pm daily.More

The DelegateThe Delegate
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The Delegate.
Featuring Chef driven Menus , Weekend Brunch and Local Craft Cocktails.More

The SallyThe Sally
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American | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

A NEW ERA AS THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S GATHERING SPOT.

The SALLY is a modern American small plates cocktail-centric restaurant/lounge inspired by French trained Chef Ricardo Planas. Located in the DuPont Circle area within the Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel, The SALLY provides locally sourced produce and beef from the DuPont Circle Farmer’s Market and Liberty Delight Farms of Reisterstown Maryland. Chef’s plates are meant for diners to order two or three per person to share. Join us in The SALLY to relax and unwind with a local craft beer or signature cocktail.


Chef’s menu will feature frequently rotated menus based upon seasonal availability of the Mid-Atlantic region.More

Discover District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is a place where eating out can be an adventure. Caribbean, Italian, and Pakistani cuisine can be found in the area. You can also dine on classic American fare, seafood, and barbecue. Try the Jamaican spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or the steak churrasco for a taste of the Caribbean. If you plan to eat Italian cuisine, sample the gamberi, cannelloni, or the pollo parmigiano. The District of Columbia’s Pakistani fare is traditional with dishes like Punjabi boti chicken tikka, goat dum biryani, or the butter chicken. For breakfast, you might like steel cut oats, organic cottage cheese and fresh fruit, or French toast and beef hash. This is a destination where the food is almost as good as the sights.