Restaurants in Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C.’s culinary scene is exploding. As a result, top-notch restaurants in Washington, D.C. are popping up everywhere, with kitchens dishing up fare inspired by cultures around the world. Here, a few of the best restaurants in Washington, D.C. to whet your appetite.
In the Atlas District, Granville Moore’s serves hearty bison burgers and Belgian beer. The eatery’s Belgian fries have won them a loyal following among locals, and so has their happy hour, which goes from 10 p.m. until the wee hours.
At the Spy City Café, located next to the International Spy Museum, you can check out old covert mission maps while eating a cheeseburger. Order the Pigs Undercover while sipping Moxie, the world’s oldest cola brand. Also next to the museum, Zola restaurant’s “secret” door leads diners to the restrooms.
For a late meal after the theater—Warner’s Theater is steps away—Equinox has a constantly changing menu featuring mid-Atlantic specialties such as oysters wrapped in Virginia ham. It’s one of best Washington, D.C. restaurants.
Many restaurants in Washington, D.C. serve Latin American food, but Ceiba is the one to visit. Walls are hung with folk art and the Cuban black bean soup is delicious.
One of the D.C. area’s go-to destinations for Italian cuisine, Obelisk offers diners authentic Italian fare in a five course, prix fixe format.
This Woodley Park Lebanese restaurant was opened by Lebanese immigrants Tanios and Marie Abi-Najm in 1990, after the success of their first restaurant in Arlington, Virginia.
Mexican tile and native folk craft lend an authentic feel to this first-outside-of-NYC Rosa Mexicano location splendidly housed in the restored 1924 Hecht's building.
As genuine an Italian pizzeria as you'll find this side of the Atlantic, Two Amys has a wood-burning oven, a pizza license from Naples, and suitably enthusiastic crowds that often raise the noise level to fortissimo.
Located just a four-minute walk from the White House in the Sofitel Lafayette Square hotel, Ici Urban Bistro serves modern takes on classic French cuisine.
Former Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, and Theodore Roosevelt once frequented this iconic restaurant, established just half a block from the White House in 1856.
A block from the White House and across the street from the World Bank, Breadline is easily spotted by its red and black umbrellas—and at lunchtime, by its large crowd.
Part restaurant and part community gathering spot, Busboys & Poets is a socially-conscious restaurant founded in 2005 by Iraqi-American activist and restauranteur Anas “Andy” Shallal.
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 wines by the glass and 160 bottles from small producers worldwide.
This swanky Italian restaurant and Mediterranean wine bar occupies an intimate underground space at Dupont Circle's Palomar Hotel. Designed by the Bay Area's Puccini Group, Urbana is dimly lit and sleekly decorated in rich dark woods and hues of brown and hunter green.
It's a testament to Blacksalt's seafood that the tony fish market in front detracts in no way from the ambience (or smell) of the tony restaurant in back. Rather, locals eat here because they buy their fish here, and know it's quite simply the freshest in town.
Founded by John Snedden, Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co. first opened in Glover Park in 1990. Now a regional chain with locations in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C., Rocklands serves classic, affordable barbecue cooked only with red oak and hickory.
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 venue a national destination when he held a press conference there in the 1980s.