Washington restaurants you'll love
Top restaurants in Washington, D.C.
When dining out in DC, you’re sure to find an impressive array of culinary delights. Long gone are the days of an ultra-formal dining scene, although you can certainly find fine dining here if you seek it. With a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to dazzle your taste buds in the country’s capital.
People flock to DC from all corners of the globe. As a result, you’ll find everything here from Peruvian food to Iranian kitchens, French cuisine, Asian fusion, and much more. Because DC sits between America’s Northeast and its South, you can also find some of America’s best signature dishes here. This includes fresh oysters and crab trucked in daily from the Chesapeake Bay, and deep soul foods like catfish, fried chicken, and grits. Let the feast dominate your plate.
For authentic Chinese cuisine, head just east of downtown following H and I streets between 5th street and 8th street in Ward 2. For its famous half-smoke, look for DC's best delis, sports bars, and eateries. A half-smoke is like a hot dog only bigger, spicier, and as the locals would say, better. Grab the mustard and onions, and pass the chili sauce. You’re gonna love it.
Washington's top cuisines
Must-try Washington restaurants
SANDWICHES • HAMBURGERS • FRENCH FRIES
Carving Room / Wing Lab ghost kitchen
300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington
9 day house cured pastrami, homemade kraut, swiss, homemade russian on griddled marble rye
house ground brisket burger, bacon onion compote, cheddar, provolone, shredded lettuce, sriracha mayo *ALL BURGERS COOKED TO MEDIUM, UNLESS OTHERWISE REQUESTED
|KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)|
Gochujang, Gochugaru (Korean chili pepper), rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, palm sugar
Paul French Bakery & Cafe
2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
|Paris Ham & Cheese Sandwich||$10.99|
Paris ham, swiss cheese & butter spread on a traditional baguette.
|Mini Beignets Box (20)||$20.00|
30 fresh mini French donuts to share.
A mix of sugar donuts and chocolate hazelnut donuts.
|Assorted Large French Breakfast Pastries Box (10)||$30.00|
A selection of 10 mouth-watering versions of our best-selling breakfast pastries. Includes croissants, chocolate croissants, raisin danish, chocolate cream danish, and almond croissants.
PIZZA • SMOKED SALMON • SALADS • HAMBURGERS • FRENCH FRIES
1101 4th Street Southwest, Washington
|French Onion Soup||$10.00|
Gratinèe with Gruyère Cheese
|Station 4 Wings||$16.00|
Phoenix Rub or Buffalo Sauce
|Classic Caesar Salad||$16.00|
Chopped Romaine, Caesar Dressing, Parmesan, Garlic-Focaccia Croutons
1017 7th St., NW., Washington
|Egg and Cheese||$7.00|
Cage-free eggs and Tillamook sharp yellow cheddar.
Note: this is just for a bagel. If you'd like it toasted or with cream cheese on it, scroll up to "sandwiches" and select "build your own."
Ham, cage-free eggs and gruyere cheese with Grey Poupon dijon mustard.
BURRITOS • TACOS • QUESADILLAS
Bandit Taco Tenleytown
4629 41st St NW, Washington
|Baja Fish Taco||$4.50|
Cabbage, scallions, cilantro, salsa verde, chipotle, on flour tortilla.
|Skirt Steak Taco||$4.25|
Onions, scallions, cilantro and radishes
on corn tortilla.
|Al Pastor Taco||$4.50|
Scallions. cilantro and pineapple on corn tortilla.
Great Wall Szechuan House
1527 14th St NW, Washington
|Ma Po Tofu||$12.95|
|Vegetarian Spring Roll (1)||$1.95|
|Spring Roll (1)||$1.95|
1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington
Olive Oil, Rosemary, and Sea Salt.
Focaccia with cherry tomato, and olive
Whipped Ricotta, Pistachio, Chocolate
3400 11th St NW, Washington
Crunchy green stems with tender crisp leaves, wok fried with tofu and chilies in a savory yellow soybean gravy, topped with crispy shallot *vegan* *NOT GF*
Chicken skewers, marinated in spices, aromatics, and coconut milk, grilled, and served with peanut sauce, rice, cucumber, & shallots
Paneer (cheese) skewers, marinated in spices, aromatics, and coconut milk, grilled and served with peanut sauce, rice, cucumber & shallots *V*
The Duck & The Peach
300 7th Street SE, Washington
|rotisserie chicken salad sandwich||$11.00|
capers, castelvetrano olives, red onion, crushed tomato, dill.
|cinnamon roll 6-pack||$24.00|
6 cinnamon rolls freshly baked by Pastry Chef Rochelle. Just heat them up in the oven for a few minutes to enjoy them warm—plus, your whole house will smell AMAZING!
Super limited quantity available.
fenugreek, coriander, tahini dip.
dairy free, soy free, egg free, vegetarian.
our fryer is not gluten-free. fried items may contain gluten due to cross contamination.
SALADS • SANDWICHES • GRILL
The Eleanor DC
100 Florida Ave NE, Washington DC
|Hushpuppies Eloté Loco||$9.00|
chilis, lime, cilantro, cotija cheese
custom beef blend, American & Cheddar Cheese, lettuce, red onion, pickles, house special sauce
|Bourbon BBQ Burger||$16.00|
custom beef blend, house-made BBQ sauce, crispy onions, applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles
Timber Pizza Co.
809 Upshur St NW, Washington
Basil Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella, Feta Cheese, Kale, Zucchini
|The Samaan Salad|
Seasonal Greens, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Shaved Beets, Pistachios, Crispy Sweet Potatoes, Za'atar, Za'atar Vinaigrette
Basil Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella, Bacon, Mushrooms, Paprika
SANDWICHES • CHICKEN
Chicken + Whiskey - Catering
1738 14th St NW, Washington, DC
|Cilantro Mojo Chicken||$6.00|
Pulled, slow cooked rotisserie chicken mixed with house made cilantro mojo sauce (vinegar, olive oil, onions and cilantro)
South American rotisserie chicken, brined for 12 hours + slow cooked over wood charcoal. Served with house made inti picante and ají amarillo sauce
|Borracho 1/2 Sandwhich||$7.00|
Pulled rotisserie chicken, guasacaca, arroz chaufa, pepper jack cheese, ají amarillo mayonnaise, salsa criolla, iceberg lettuce, sweet corn and yuca fries in a flour tortilla
SEAFOOD • SALADS • GRILL
Po Boy Jim
709 H St NE, Washington
|Steak & Cheese||$19.00|
Sliced sirloin steak made to order with mayo, sautéed onions and peppers, and melted provolone and cheddar cheeses.
|Crawfish Spring Rolls||$13.00|
Fresh seasoned crawfish meat and cabbage mix rolled served with a sweet chili dipping sauce.
|Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp||$17.00|
Hand-battered chicken breast & shrimp tossed in our house-made sweet chili & chipotle mayo sauce
SANDWICHES • CHICKEN WINGS • FRENCH FRIES
224 7th St SE, Washington
Carrots, celery, choice of blue cheese or ranch dressing
Romaine Hearts, Parmesan, Crostini, Caesar Dressing
Carrots, celery, choice of blue cheese or ranch dressing
SANDWICHES • HAMBURGERS
Lucky Buns - Union Market
1309 5th St NE, Washington
DOUBLE CREEKSTONE BEEF PATTIES/GOUDA/LUCKY SAUCE/SHRETTUCE/RED ONION/GORDY'S PICKLES
SINGLE CREEKSTONE BEEF PATTY/GOUDA/LUCKY SAUCE/SMOKED BACON/ARUGULA/GRILLED ONION/GORDY'S PICKLES
|EL JEFE SINGLE||$12.00|
SINGLE CREEKSTONE BEEF PATTY/GOUDA/COTIJA CREMA/SPICY MUSTARD/GREEN CHILE RELISH/SHRETTUCE/RED ONION/GORDY'S PICKLES
La Jambe Union Market
1309 5th St NE, Washington
|Jamon Serrano 18 months|
The finest white Duroc pork buried in sea salt, then dry-cured in mountain-air conditions. Result in a deep, nutty flavor. Serrano's are aged on average 6 to 18 months, 18 months being the most prestigious
air-dried, salted beef that has been aged two or three months until it becomes hard and turns a dark red, almost purple color. It is made from top round, and is lean and tender, with a sweet, musty smell.
|Foie gras entier terrine|
Terrine, the preparation, is the purest experience of foie gras, since the whole raw liver is packed into a terrine mold and cooked at low temperature in a water bath.
One of the most prestigious French delicacy.
963 Palmer Alley NW, Washington
spicy soppressata, tomato, basil, fiore di latte mozzarella
charred chicken & escarole salad,
parmigiano, lemon & olive oil
eggplant, tomato & basil
476 K Street, NW, Washington
|TACOS HONGOS A LA LENA||$14.00|
mushrooms / pico de gallo / black bean purée / queso fresco / salsa verde cruda (vegetarian, gluten free, contains dairy)
|MIL HOJAS DE PANQUEQUE ARGENTINO||$14.00|
crêpes / warm cajeta caramel / whipped cream / strawberry (vegetarian, contains dairy)
yellow sweet corn / ají amarillo / manchego cheese / chimichurri
(vegetarian, contains dairy)
SALADS • SANDWICHES
Tatte Bakery | Dupont Circle
1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
Turkey, applewood smoked bacon, bibb lettuce, avocado, sriracha mayonnaise, and tomato-onion relish on housemade multigrain.
Contains: Wheat, Dairy, Egg, Soy, Sesame
A buttery, flaky pastry made of laminated yeast dough and butter.
Contains: Wheat, Dairy, Egg
|Croissant Breakfast Sandwich||$11.00|
Egg your style, Vermont cheddar, sliced tomato, avocado, and baby arugula on housemade croissant.
Contains: Wheat, Dairy, Egg
1331 4th Street SE, Washington
|Banh Mi Combination #1||$10.00|
roast pork, liver pate, pork roll, pickled daikon & carrots, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno
|BBQ Pork Noodle Bowl||$10.00|
rice noodles, pickles, cucumbers, greens, roasted peanuts, crispy shallots, fragrant herbs
tomatillo salsa, queso fresco, jasmine rice
Osteria Morini - DC
301 Water St SE, Washington
wild mushroom ragu, tomato, parmigiano, rosemary oil
pomodoro, basil (add meatballs +$8)
ricotta dumplings, brown butter, butternut squash, sage, balsamico
122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington
johnny drum bourbon, santa maria al monte amaro, blackberry, rosemary, & lime (serves two)
|The Farm at Sunnyside Elegance Greens||$12.00|
radish, grape, hazelnuts, & tarragon
|Eastern Shore Chicken & Dumplings||$25.00|
fall vegetables, & herbs from our garden
1101 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington
Rice or Kale salad, pico de gallo, corn, black beans, crema fresca
|El Lechon | Carnitas Burrito||$14.00|
Carnitas, Arroz, pickled red onion, habanero sauce. Served with heirloom corn tortilla chips and salsa.
|La Vaca Gorda | Carne Asada Burrito||$16.00|
Carne de vaca ternera, grilled scallion, avocado sauce, radish, pico escabeche. Served with heirloom corn tortilla chips and salsa.
PASTA • TAPAS
1775 Columbia Road Northwest, Washington
|blue hubbard squash anolini||$26.00|
brown butter, toasted hazelnuts and crispy sage
|eggplant parmesan arancini||$14.00|
eggplant parmesan arancini with smoked mozzarella
roasted pork shoulder, fennel and mint breadcrumbs
Little Food Studio
849 Upshur Street NW, Washington
Turkey Breast, Prosciutto, Pesto, Tomato, Arugula
Hot Capicola, Hot Honey, Gorgonzola, Arugula
Mortadella, Burrata, Pistachio, Castelvetrano Olive
800 22nd Street NW, Washington
Leafy Greens, Roasted Curried Cauliflower, Pickled Red Onions, Mushrooms, Fresh Milk Mozzarella, Fig Balsamic Dressing, Cherry Tomatoes, Chickpea Salad, Corn Nuts
|Chef's Bowl- Tofu||$12.00|
White Rice, Kale, Black Bean Sauce, Chipotle Mayo, Crispy Fried Tofu, Scallions, Edamame, Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Onions, Crispy Onions
|Gazpacho Bottle To Go (10oz)||$5.00|
Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, Green Pepper and Cucumber. Served in a 10oz bottle
99 Market Square SW, Washington
|Royal Deviled Eggs||$2.00|
duck liver mousse / caviar (sold by the each)
|Spiced Creamed Spinach|
crispy shallots / calabrian chile
|The Grill Burger||$20.00|
brioche bun / cheddar / onion jam / bacon / dried tomato / aioli / herbed fries
WRAPS • SALADS • SANDWICHES • CHICKEN WINGS • FRENCH FRIES
Lou's City Bar
1400 Irving Street Northwest, Washington
Pepperjack, fried jalapeno chips, jalapeno ranch sauce, red onion
Avocado, Bacon, Chicken, Lettuce, Tomato, Aioli on Hearty White Bread
Cheddar, provolone, double patty, shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and house fry sauce (contains pickles)
Root & Sprig
7115 13th Pl NW, Washington
|Good Ol' Smoke||$11.00|
Slow smoked brisket, BBQ sauce, roasted red peppers, white cheddar cheese, arugula, green goodness dressing, on pressed ciabatta
|The Southern Border||$7.50|
Chicken, avocado, romaine, pickled red onion, tortilla crisps, green goodness dressing (Gluten Free)
Cage-free egg, cheddar cheese, pickled cherry peppers, roasted red peppers, arugula, spicy aioli, lemon vinaigrette, on English muffin (Vegetarian)
SMOOTHIES • TACOS
JACO Juice and Taco
1614 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington
Banana, pineapple, mango, OJ and agave
Scrambled organic egg, pico, avocado and monterey/cheddar
Scrambled organic egg, sausage, potato, roasted red pepper, caramelized onion and american cheese