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Restaurants in U Street

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these U Street restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best U Street restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in U Street to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best U Street restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in U Street.

  • Ben's Chili Bowl

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Up until very recently, the only VIP deemed worthy of a free meal at the Ali family chili shrine was longtime devotee Bill Cosby, who made the venu... More
  • Busboys & Poets

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Part restaurant and part community gathering spot, Busboys & Poets is a socially-conscious restaurant founded in 2005 by Iraqi-American activist an... More
  • Café Saint-Ex

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Inspired by owner Mike Benson’s affinity for flying and the works of French author-pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Café Saint-Ex is a neighborhood ... More
  • Cork Wine Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Cork Wine Bar was founded by Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts, who intended the bar to be a gathering place for family and friends. Cork offers 50 wine... More
  • Creme Cafe

  • Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Dukem, a casual eatery in the U Street Corridor, is widely acclaimed as one of the best traditional Ethiopian restaurants in the nation. The dining... More
  • Etete

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Brothers Yared and Henock Tesfaye, Ethiopian transplants, opened Etete in 2004. The restaurant, a gift for their mother, serves traditional Ethiopi... More
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    After pressuring their four (now five) sons to either attend college or create a business, Jerry and Janie Murrell banded together with their famil... More
  • Love Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    An offshoot of the popular District franchise, Cakelove, Love Café is a casual gathering spot serving coffee, sweets, and light meals. The café, li... More
  • Marvin

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Located in the Shaw neighborhood, this unique eatery is named after Marvin Gaye and is inspired by the time he spent in the Belgian town of Ostend.... More
  • Next Door, D.C.

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This aptly named U-street restaurant is located right next door to the DC institution Ben's Chili Bowl, a greasy-spoon landmark that's been serving... More
  • Thai Tanic

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Opened in Logan Circle in 2001, this small restaurant quickly earned a loyal following with its authentic and affordable Thai cuisine. The lively, ... More

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