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Boqueria - Penn Quarter
Boqueria - Penn Quarter
(190)
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Two friends met for lunch on a Tuesday. The restaurant was not crowded so we could hear each other. Service was great, attentive but not overbearing. We choose two tapas and one lunch, and the food was delicious. The quantity of food for the tapas plates (gambas and tortilla española) allowed us to share, as did the roasted chicken and patatas bravas on the lunch plate. We had coffee as well, which is not always available at Spanish restaurants. All in all, better than many similar restaurants, both in the quality of the food and the ambience of the restaurant. Granted, it was lunch and not crowded, but we definitely would go back and already have recommended this restaurant to friends. More

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Cafe Du Parc
Cafe Du Parc
(1760)
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French American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Good food, good service, great outdoor patio for when the weather is nice. Accommodated my group of 7 easily. More

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The Riggsby
The Riggsby
(981)
$$$$
Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

We went for our anniversary date, and our waiter Kareem was absolutely amazing from start until we literally where on our way out the door. His conversation and professionalism while still being able to have fun doing his job was outstanding. The restaurant manager was very professional & the ambience/cleanliness of everything was top notch. The food was AMAZING. Best New York strip I’ve ever had. The desserts are 10/10. Will definitely be going back! More

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Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
(186)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Great food, nice surroundings. Glad we went. Would recommend this place to anyone especially if you are vegetarian or vegan. More

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Boqueria - Dupont
Boqueria - Dupont
(2031)
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Spanish | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

The food and service is absolutely fantastic! It's very loud so not a place for a romantic type meal. Get the cheese board and then order like 14 things. Although I can't eat lamb, so many of my colleagues have said it's amazing. I got the squid this week and it was basically perfect. More

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Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
(197)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

One of the best dinner experiences my wife and I have ever had! More

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Nick's Riverside Grill
Nick's Riverside Grill
(343)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Wonderful staff. Very helpful all around. Look forward to returning the next time I am in town. Perfect meal to end a perfect day if sight seeing! More

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The Hamilton
The Hamilton
(7934)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great place. Great staff. Food priced under value. More

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ANKARA
ANKARA
(632)
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Great interaction with owner/manager about food philosophy. The food is fresh and well prepared. Reasonably priced. More

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Taberna del Alabardero
Taberna del Alabardero
(2354)
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Traditional Spanish | Downtown, District of Columbia

An Absolutely wonderful experience. I can't wait to go again. More

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Benjamin Bar & Lounge at Trump International Hotel
1. Benjamin Bar & Lounge at Trump International Hotel
(55)
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Afternoon Tea | Downtown, District of Columbia

Have taken afternoon tea in Claridges, the Savoy and other prestigious hotels but this one bar far was the best. Simply delicious! Would definitely recommend More

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The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
2. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
(969)
$$$$
American | Lovettsville, Virginia - DC Suburbs

This place is a gem. We went for an anniversary brunch and sat outside under a tent with a picture perfect view of the mountains and the Potomac river in the distance. The food was fresh and delicious, service was spectacular, all around special experience. Will definitely be back! More

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L'Auberge Chez Francois
3. L'Auberge Chez Francois
(5648)
$$$$
French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Several months ago after I had been to L'Auberge with some friends, I mentioned it to another friend. We found that we both love their calves liver and decided we should go there together. Being busy ladies, we scheduled our visit for this week at lunchtime. It was a beautiful day and we sat in their outside patio area. It was absolutely a breathtaking and serene environment. With a sun umbrella at every table we were very comfortable. We started with the gazpacho and and the tomato salad, of course followed by the calves liver. Everything was delicious and the service was absolutely impeccable. We will definitely return here for a meal again soon. More

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Captain Gregory's
4. Captain Gregory's
(498)
$$$$
Dining Bar | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Fantastic speakeasy! Great atmosphere, excellent service. Drinks are the standout though - awesome rotating selection! More

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Lafayette Restaurant
5. Lafayette Restaurant
(1093)
$$$$
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

This is a fantastic restaurant for a social or business meeting. Piano quietly in background makes it elegant. More

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Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine
Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine
Ethiopian | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine is one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the heart of Washington DC offering a fun-filled, casual dining experience! Cherecher strives to always serve you fresh and affordable Ethiopian cuisine. This is what our customers say about us.More

Lotus Bar and Grill
Lotus Bar and Grill
Contemporary Indian | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Welcome to Lotus of Bethesda: Upscale modern Indian cuisine. The perfect combination of upscale modern culinary concepts: tacos, pizza and fantastic curries create the perfect combination for your palate.More

Riviera Tapas Bar
Riviera Tapas Bar
Tapas / Small Plates | Hyattsville, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Offering a great selection of small plates & special drinks. Come to try our sangrias, Mojitos and our Lomo de buey (Filet mignon with spinach & creamy polenta on a red wine reduction sauce). More

The Point Grill
The Point Grill
American | Waldorf, Maryland - DC Suburbs

The Point Grill at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club is open to the public for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday in season and Wednesday through Sunday in the Winter, serving soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees and seasonal dishes made fresh daily.More

Zenola
Zenola
Mediterranean | Vienna, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Zenola is a new Mediterranean concept restaurant in the heart of Vienna. With 25 years of dining experience, we’re bringing the warmth of the coast to our tables. We can’t wait for you to visit us!More

Discover Washington, D.C.

An international city with the food chops to show for it, Washington D.C. is brimming with new restaurants, coffee houses and spirited bars. And, while tablecloth dining has it’s place here (diplomats gotta eat), so does the casual yet delicious lunch spot (interns gotta eat, too). Near the Capitol, historic eateries and classic menus are favored by many. Excellent Filipino food can be found in Columbia Heights. Near Georgetown, upscale bistros and farm-to-table spots are the order of the day, and Adams Morgan is home to many international restaurants and locally owned cafes.

Discover Washington, D.C.

An international city with the food chops to show for it, Washington D.C. is brimming with new restaurants, coffee houses and spirited bars. And, while tablecloth dining has it’s place here (diplomats gotta eat), so does the casual yet delicious lunch spot (interns gotta eat, too). Near the Capitol, historic eateries and classic menus are favored by many. Excellent Filipino food can be found in Columbia Heights. Near Georgetown, upscale bistros and farm-to-table spots are the order of the day, and Adams Morgan is home to many international restaurants and locally owned cafes.