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

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among Washington D.C.'s most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:Unconventional Diner, Centrolina, Le Diplomate
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Italian, French
Neighborhoods:Shaw, Downtown, Logan Circle
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Unconventional Diner

$$$$·American·
Shaw
1,617 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Comfort Food

AMERICAN: Unconventional Diner is, in fact, an unconventional diner; it’s a place you’ll find dishes like “French dip” pappardelle, sriracha-glazed meatloaf, foie-gras PB&J, and shiitake spring rolls...

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Centrolina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,986 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

ITALIAN: Tucked into the swanky CenterCityDC development is Centrolina, chef Amy Brandwein’s bright, buzzing Italian restaurant. Here, you’ll find dishes like buckwheat spaghetti alla chitarra with ch...

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Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,779 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

FRENCH: Le Diplomate, a pitch-perfect French bistro in Logan Circle, is undoubtedly one of the greatest spots to brunch in the city. (Ask anyone from DC and they’ll agree.) You can’t go wrong with any...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Salt Line - Navy Yard

$$$$·Seafood·
Navy Yard
1,759 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

SEAFOOD: On the waterfront near the Navy Yard you’ll find The Salt Line, a seafood restaurant that celebrates the cooking traditions of New England and the Chesapeake Bay. This means there are excelle...

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Scenic View in District of Columbia

Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
16,636 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

MEDITERRANEAN: Chef Jose Andres is a DC legend, with restaurants of all types delighting diners around the city. Zaytinya is his Middle Eastern spot, with a myriad of dips and salads and meats and veg...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
9,111 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

MEXICAN: Oyamel is one of those restaurants that manages to be elegant, refined, and a whole lot of fun. You’re here for upscale versions of Mexican street food—think tacos, ceviches, and tons of vege...

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Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area

Arroz

$$$$·Spanish·
Shaw
900 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date

SPANISH: Mike Isabella, a former Top Chef contestant, has amassed quite the restaurant empire here in DC. Arroz is his foray into Spanish cuisine, with hints of Portuguese and Moroccan influences as w...

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Rasika West End

$$$$·Contemporary Indian·
West End
4,293 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

INDIAN: There are few people in the country who cook Indian food like James Beard Award–winning chef Vikram Sunderam, and we’re lucky to have him in DC. The atmosphere is upscale but comfortable, with...

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China Chilcano

$$$$·Peruvian·
Penn Quarter
2,858 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Groups

PERUVIAN: China Chilcano is a Jose Andres restaurant specializing in the food of Peru—specifically chifa, the Chinese-influenced Peruvian cuisine, and nikkei, the Japanese-influenced tradition that al...

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Fit for Foodies in District of Columbia

Chaplin

$$$$·Japanese·
Shaw
1,075 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

JAPANESE: You probably wouldn’t expect a Japanese restaurant to be Charlie Chaplin–themed—but at Chaplin, a ramen spot in Shaw, it works. Check out the vintage movie posters while dining on any number...

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Japanese in Washington, D.C. Area

BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,706 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

STEAKHOUSE: BLT Steak is a hit amongst the power-lunch-and-dinner crowd, and it’s not hard to see why: this is a first-rate steakhouse, with an impressive raw bar, a rainbow of sides, and beef good en...

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Steak in Washington, D.C. Area

Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Woodley Park
1,093 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic

LEBANESE: Lebanese Taverna is a part of a group of restaurants that’s been serving Lebanese food for decades, and it’s clear they know what they’re doing. We recommend anything from the “Hommus Bar” s...

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Healthy in Washington, D.C. Area

DC Noodles

$$$$·Thai·
U Street Corridor
93 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

THAI: It’s pretty clear what’s on the menu at DC Noodles, a large, sleek Thai spot on U Street—and noodles you will get, whether they’re sauteed in a wok, tossed into a salad, or happily swimming in a...

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Mandu - K Street

$$$$·Korean·
Mt. Vernon Square
570 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies

KOREAN: Mandu is a homestyle Korean restaurant beloved by locals and industry folk alike, serving classics like bibimbap, galbi, bulgogi, and, of course, top-notch mandu. We especially love going late...

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Kapnos

$$$$·Greek·
U Street Corridor
1,337 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

GREEK: If you’re not hungry when you walk into Kapnos, chef Mike Isabella’s Greek restaurant, you certainly will be once you see the open kitchen, with spit-roasted meats getting bronzed before your v...

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