The Infatuation’s Restaurant Picks

The Infatuation is an app and website, which uses a small team of local editors who dine anonymously to rate and review restaurants. Each restaurant gets a rating, so that you can find the right place for every occasion.
RasikaRasika
8.5
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Bar PilarBar Pilar
8.4
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Contemporary American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
HazelHazel
8.4
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Contemporary American | Shaw, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
8.3
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
8.3
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French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
The RiggsbyThe Riggsby
7.8
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Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
GG
7.8
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Italian | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
HaikanHaikan
7.7
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Ramen | Shaw, District of Columbia
The PartisanThe Partisan
7.6
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
7.5
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

Founding Spirits Tour and TastingFounding Spirits Tour and Tasting
(14)
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Harold BlackHarold Black
(466)
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American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DCSeasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
(520)
$$$$
American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
KinshipKinship
(847)
$$$$
American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
(534)
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American | Shaw, District of Columbia
Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
(165)
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Lafayette RestaurantLafayette Restaurant
(967)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
The Prime RibThe Prime Rib
(2884)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
Blue Duck TavernBlue Duck Tavern
(5970)
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American | West End, District of Columbia
Founding Farmers - DCFounding Farmers - DC
(24865)
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
(20400)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
Buck's Fishing & CampingBuck's Fishing & Camping
(526)
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American | Chevy Chase, District of Columbia
TicoTico
(972)
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American | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
1789 Restaurant1789 Restaurant
(5186)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
Plume at the Jefferson HotelPlume at the Jefferson Hotel
(1169)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
(3351)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Acqua Al 2Acqua Al 2
(3049)
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Italian | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
RPM Italian - DCRPM Italian - DC
(2365)
$$$$
Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
Filomena RistoranteFilomena Ristorante
(10481)
$$$$
Italian | Georgetown, District of Columbia
FlorianaFloriana
(2334)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Al TiramisuAl Tiramisu
(566)
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Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
TortinoTortino
(913)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
(1050)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Siroc RestaurantSiroc Restaurant
(2902)
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Lavagna - Washington DCLavagna - Washington DC
(1241)
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Italian | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
Osteria Morini DCOsteria Morini DC
(1814)
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Italian | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Al CrostinoAl Crostino
(464)
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Italian | Shaw, District of Columbia
i Ricchii Ricchi
(3257)
$$$$
Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Lupo Verde - 14th StLupo Verde - 14th St
(1001)
$$$$
Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
GhibellinaGhibellina
(836)
$$$$
Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

Popular restaurants in Washington DC

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Gyu-Kaku - Arlington
(434)
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Japanese | Arlington
Founding Farmers - DC
(4334)
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American | Foggy Bottom
Ambar - Arlington
(888)
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Tapas / Small Plates | Arlington
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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Washington, D.C.

We know a thing or two about snagging a table. See the spots that are hardest to get into.
Plume at the Jefferson HotelPlume at the Jefferson Hotel
1169
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
KinshipKinship
847
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
NocturneNocturne
76
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Cocktail Bar | Shaw, District of Columbia
Iron GateIron Gate
1147
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
Roof Terrace Restaurant & BarRoof Terrace Restaurant & Bar
6544
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Contemporary American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
SaxSax
1098
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Harold BlackHarold Black
466
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American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
1789 Restaurant1789 Restaurant
5186
$$$$
American | Georgetown, District of Columbia
The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & HotelThe Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel
1049
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Steakhouse | Hanover, Baltimore Suburbs
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
20400
$$$$
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The top restaurants in the city, according to our savvy dining experts.
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
6984
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French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13531
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7669
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
534
$$$$
American | Shaw, District of Columbia
Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6687
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1956
$$$$
Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
1126
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ArrozArroz
893
$$$$
Spanish | Shaw, District of Columbia
ConvivialConvivial
573
$$$$
French American | Shaw, District of Columbia
RasikaRasika
8331
$$$$
Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Farmers & DistillersFarmers & Distillers
3622
$$$$
American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
1050
$$$$
Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
GhibellinaGhibellina
836
$$$$
Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
Founding Farmers - DCFounding Farmers - DC
24865
$$$$
American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
The Salt LineThe Salt Line
762
$$$$
Seafood | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
950
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Osteria Morini DCOsteria Morini DC
1814
$$$$
Italian | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Iron GateIron Gate
1147
$$$$
Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
RPM Italian - DCRPM Italian - DC
2365
$$$$
Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
KapnosKapnos
1328
$$$$
Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

Whether it’s a margherita pizza or sashimi you seek, here are the best places by cuisine type, according to our tastemakers.
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
534
$$$$
American | Shaw, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
1050
$$$$
Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
6984
$$$$
French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
The Salt LineThe Salt Line
762
$$$$
Seafood | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13531
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7669
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ArrozArroz
893
$$$$
Spanish | Shaw, District of Columbia
Rasika West EndRasika West End
4159
$$$$
Contemporary Indian | West End, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1956
$$$$
Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ChaplinChaplin
608
$$$$
Japanese | Shaw, District of Columbia
BLT Steak DCBLT Steak DC
3259
$$$$
Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia
Lebanese Taverna - Washington DCLebanese Taverna - Washington DC
882
$$$$
Middle Eastern | Woodley Park, District of Columbia
DC NoodlesDC Noodles
93
$$$$
Thai | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
Mandu - K StreetMandu - K Street
431
$$$$
Korean | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
KapnosKapnos
1328
$$$$
Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13531
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7669
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6687
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
RasikaRasika
8331
$$$$
Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Jaleo DCJaleo DC
7548
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Bombay ClubBombay Club
3952
$$$$
Indian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
3351
$$$$
Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Blue Duck TavernBlue Duck Tavern
5970
$$$$
American | West End, District of Columbia
Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
20400
$$$$
American | Downtown, District of Columbia
BlackSaltBlackSalt
5412
$$$$
Seafood | Palisades Northwest, District of Columbia

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SakerumSakerum
336 reviews
$$$$
Sushi | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Great spot for girls night out! Delicious sushi, ceviche, and drinks! Amazing service! Such a good night! More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
950 reviews
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was great. Drinks were great. Service was excellent. More

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1858 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Jazz was terrific, our meal was delicious and the ambience was just what we needed after a long day of travel. We could not believe that the gentleman checking us in knew where we had sat last time and suggested we try a new spot. It was a memorable evening. More

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DCCharlie Palmer Steak - DC
3012 reviews
$$$$
Steakhouse | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Great food, perfect drinks and world glass service. Thanks Mike Irving for leading an outstanding crew! More

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Degrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, GeorgetownDegrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
323 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Great cocktails and excellent service! More

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Specials at top restaurants in District of Columbia

Enjoy great restaurant specials, set menus, and more
Espita MezcaleriaEspita Mezcaleria
265 reviews
$$$$
Mexican | Shaw, District of Columbia

I love Espita. The pescador, pork, brussels tacos are amazing delicious with layers of flavor. the ceviche is in this sauce that has a zingy flavor and a wonderful tender fish. Great mezcal varieties to try. Magnificent margaritas. More

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Claudia'sClaudia's
355 reviews
$$$$
Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia

The food was amazing. The owner and staff where professional. We will definitely come back. We had a great time. I recommend this restaurant. More

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Alta StradaAlta Strada
328 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia

Asked them to turn down the music and they did to better enable conversation. Food is very good. Be sure to ask for tap water if you care since they tend to push bottled. More

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ANKARAANKARA
437 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Delicious appetizers, good portion size, helpful waitress with the wine menu More

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Avenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn CentralAvenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn Central
83 reviews
$$$$
American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

Went here for thanksgiving, and wow! The food in the buffet was great and never ran out (or even low, thinking back in it). Despite the restaurant being packed, the staff were attentive to us and really went out of their way to make sure we had a great time! If you don't feel like defrosting a turkey for several days next year, consider treating yourself and your family here, I would definitely recommend it. More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

District of Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Elizabeth's Gone Raw1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
355 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great service! Great food! Lovely ambiance - had a great time :) More

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Lafayette Restaurant2. Lafayette Restaurant
967 reviews
$$$$
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The crab cakes and scallops and chicken salad were exceptional. This is what I would consider a caring restaurant: they care for the quality of their product, how the diner feels and how all of that is delivered to the table -- a great experience all around. What could have been better is having your pianist play the silent Steinway as background music to add the treasure of his music along with such a delightful dining experience. Denis Casper is one of the top pianists in the District! Why not present him at such a beautiful lunch occasion. Bob Pajer More

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Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC3. Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
520 reviews
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

It was a pleasant experience. Food was very good. Wish the place was a little bit quieter and calmer, but I understand people went to enjoy their special occasions in a large group. More

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BLT Prime by David Burke4. BLT Prime by David Burke
1282 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I was treated like royalty. The service was spectacular and the food amazing. There is an extensive wine and cocktail list. More

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Sotto5. Sotto
135 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

The food was exceptional. The Bartenders are your guide to nirvana. The ambience was perfect and on Tuesday evening there is phenomenal comedy with great local and rising star comedians. Go, Eat, Drink, Laugh, Drink some more More

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New to OpenTable

District of Columbia restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Brick Lane - Capitol HillBrick Lane - Capitol Hill
$$$$
Contemporary American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Brick Lane has become a neighborhood hotspot known for its delicious, fresh food, warm ambiance, welcoming atmosphere, and impeccable service. New to Barricks Row, we provide the unique dining experience of American fusion cuisine that is sure to delight any palate. Come in during the week for our delicious and dynamic happy hour that has some of the best deals on the block, or stop by on weekends to enjoy a delectable brunch. The Brick Lane is a perfect spot for dining, whether for date night, a celebration, or family dinner. More

Notti 824Notti 824
$$$$
Contemporary American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia

Notti 824 boasts an extensive wine and shareable plates and entree list. A pre-theatre dinner is also offered for those looking to visit before and after shows at the nearby Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. Notti 824 can seat up to 49 guests, equipped with a landscape courtyard. More

Scotts RestaurantScotts Restaurant
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

With the feel and ambience of an English home, Scotts will serve many of America’s favorite dishes with a little theatre from an open Seafood bar, grill and Silver carving trolley that will roam the dining room. From whisky sours to innovative house cocktails guests can snack or eat from the full menu in the bar or restaurant from noon to 10.30pm daily.More

The DelegateThe Delegate
$$$$
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The Delegate.
Featuring Chef driven Menus , Weekend Brunch and Local Craft Cocktails.More

The SallyThe Sally
$$$$
American | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

A NEW ERA AS THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S GATHERING SPOT.

The SALLY is a modern American small plates cocktail-centric restaurant/lounge inspired by French trained Chef Ricardo Planas. Located in the DuPont Circle area within the Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel, The SALLY provides locally sourced produce and beef from the DuPont Circle Farmer’s Market and Liberty Delight Farms of Reisterstown Maryland. Chef’s plates are meant for diners to order two or three per person to share. Join us in The SALLY to relax and unwind with a local craft beer or signature cocktail.


Chef’s menu will feature frequently rotated menus based upon seasonal availability of the Mid-Atlantic region.More

Discover District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is a place where eating out can be an adventure. Caribbean, Italian, and Pakistani cuisine can be found in the area. You can also dine on classic American fare, seafood, and barbecue. Try the Jamaican spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or the steak churrasco for a taste of the Caribbean. If you plan to eat Italian cuisine, sample the gamberi, cannelloni, or the pollo parmigiano. The District of Columbia’s Pakistani fare is traditional with dishes like Punjabi boti chicken tikka, goat dum biryani, or the butter chicken. For breakfast, you might like steel cut oats, organic cottage cheese and fresh fruit, or French toast and beef hash. This is a destination where the food is almost as good as the sights.