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Boqueria - Penn Quarter
Boqueria - Penn Quarter
(254)
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Group of 18 people spread over two tables. Service was prompt and attentive food was great. The restaurant staff was very accommodating when we arrived a bit early for our reservations. Sharing Tapas was an excellent way to keep people interacting. Definitely going back. More

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Boqueria - Dupont
Boqueria - Dupont
(2086)
$$$$
Spanish | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

It was perfect! As usual! More

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The Riggsby
The Riggsby
(1010)
$$$$
Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

We went to Riggsby for a business lunch. The restaurant was not crowded, we were seated promptly (we had reservations), and we were served in a timely manner. I will return! More

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Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
(213)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

This restaurant is really lovely. Food is so good. Service is great. My only feedback is how expensive it is for the quantity of food. It’s at least $30 per person without alcohol. More

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Cafe Du Parc
Cafe Du Parc
(1776)
$$$$
French American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I have been to the Cafe several times and it has always been delightful. November 12th was an unusual evening for the Willard Hotel. The Turkish president was a guest and security was incredibly tight. We were four of the few diners that night and we were amazed that we were even allowed into the building. Very odd to be in such a quiet space with so much happening outside the window. A side note: the air vent was directly over the heads of my friends on the bench seats under the window. They had to wear their coats during our meal. We were told that the engineering department had been called, but nothing ever happened to warm it up! They did bring us a dessert gratis in apology! It was delicious! More

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Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
(230)
$$$$
American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

This restaurant is stunning. Food is amazing. Managers were so helpful and very hospitable. Octopus was delicious. I’m still craving it. Great portions and great price. I love this place. It’s unfortunate that there is construction everywhere. I would’ve loved to sit outside. More

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Nick's Riverside Grill
Nick's Riverside Grill
(355)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Outside table had a great view of the river. Our server was efficient and food was very good! More

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The Hamilton
The Hamilton
(8132)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I took my son for his ninth birthday dinner (we are from South Carolina). Waitress was amazing and kind to a you f man, food was delicious, and overall experience was phenomenal. Thank you! More

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ANKARA
ANKARA
(667)
$$$$
Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Ankara has now replaced what we consider our favorite restaurant in Washington, DC. I have walked past this restaurant many times, and noticed that it was always busy, so this week we decided to give it a try. Both the food and service were absolutely amazing. Another positive is that there are plenty of vegetarian options. I had the cold mezze plate, and everything that was served was just perfect. The beverage list is also extremely thorough and reasonable. This was a great experience, and we will definitely be returning. More

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Tupelo Honey - Arlington
Tupelo Honey - Arlington
(1555)
$$$$
Southern | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Everything was Fantastic! The service, the food, the sweet tea, the vibe, the neighborhood, the hostesses/hostess, the server, and the price. I was not disappointed at all! More

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Elizabeth's Gone Raw
1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
(485)
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

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L'Auberge Chez Francois
2. L'Auberge Chez Francois
(5762)
$$$$
French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

My wife and I celebrated her birthday. As usual, both the food and the service were fantastic. The soufflé was the best dessert ever! More

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The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
3. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
(998)
$$$$
American | Lovettsville, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Dakota was an amazing server. The food was top notch and the views were breathtaking! We will be back!!! More

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Captain Gregory's
4. Captain Gregory's
(516)
$$$$
Dining Bar | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

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Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois
5. Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois
(832)
$$$$
French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

I’ve been going to Chez Francois for over 30 years. It is my favorite restaurant and is always consistently outstanding. Jacques Brasserie stays true to the tradition of great food, outstanding service and excellent value. The atmosphere is warm and you are treated like your a real friend of the family. I always recommend both venues to my friends. More

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Brasserie Liberté
Brasserie Liberté
Contemporary French / American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Brasserie Liberté is a modern French destination with an American twist located in the heart of Georgetown. Our menu reflects the comfort food of both cuisines served in a cozy and laidback setting.More

Istanbul Grill
Istanbul Grill
Turkish | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Turkish Cuisine Istanbul Grill has so many delicious, fresh, quality and amazing food in Arlington, VA.More

Liberty Barbecue
Liberty Barbecue
Barbecue | Falls Church, Virginia - DC Suburbs

From the makers of Arlington's Liberty Tavern, a world-class barbecue restaurant. Our chef-driven menu offers not only best-in-class BBQ, but Southern fried chicken, hush puppies, collard greens, mac and cheese and much more!More

Present Company Public House
Present Company Public House
Gastro Pub | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

From the group who brought you The Pub & The People, Present Company is a neighborhood pub built in DC’s oldest firehouse. We serve great (gastro) pub food, a solid beer offering (12 beers on tap, 46 bottles), 20+ wines, and of course, spirits.More

Sfoglina - Rosslyn
Sfoglina - Rosslyn
Italian | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Sfoglina (sfoal-YEE-nah) is a casual Italian trattoria and pasta house named for the artisans and Italian cultural icons that carry on the tradition of rolling sheets of pasta by hand with a rolling pin, a technique passed through the generations. Sfoglina is a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient.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.