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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1630)
$50 and over
American
Lovettsville
About the restaurant
www.patowmackfarm.com
Sourcing food and supporting local artisan growers and producers and utilizing our farm as the chefs pantry gives us the opportunity to create an evolving menu that draws its inspiration from the seasons and in harmony with the earth. The venue has a breathtaking view and natural setting overlooking the Potomac River. We offer a tasting menu Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Check the website for the menu.
Wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate or special event – we strive to exceed your dreams. Innovative and skillfully executed dishes follow the lead of nature, being mindful of the environment.
*Due to the style of menu on special events and holidays and the complexities involved with individual and specific food allergies, we are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions on those days. We make every effort to provide vegetarian and accommodate gluten sensitivities.*
2023 #2 Northern VA Magazine


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
This was our 2nd dinner at Patowmack Farm. It was a multi-course meal. It was a fun experience - the food featuring unusual ingredients creatively combined, beautifully presented, and a treat for the taste buds and the eyes. If only it was not a 1.2 hour drive we'd go more often.
A photo of Ruthie's All-Day restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2938)
$30 and under
American
Arlington
About the restaurant
The menu follows a Southern-fried meat-and-three concept, meaning diners order a meat, plus three sides. Those will include Ruthie’s mac and cheese, of course, but also white-soy-braised greens, stewed chickpeas and smoked cauliflower with a spicy soy glaze. “We’re going to be changing it a lot based on seasonality,” Hill says of the menu. “ Every vegetable has got to be fantastic because it has to stand on its own.” One thing that will help that: Hill is already growing all of the restaurant’s own herbs at his South Arlington community garden plot.
Top review
Diner
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
Our order was a simple burger and fries. All fresh toppings -
A photo of Persimmon restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2845)
$30 and under
American
Bethesda
About the restaurant
Persimmon is a beloved neighborhood bistro offering up unforgettable favorites!

Bring an appetite for great food & wine!

Let's Gather & Eat!


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
Great lunch outdoors at Persimmon. Haven't been there in years but was well reminded of the quality food and service they offer. Will definitely be back sooner than later!
A photo of The Monocle restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1380)
$31 to $50
American
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
NOW OFFERING
OUTDOOR DINING
CURBSIDE TAKEOUT

For Group Reservations of seven or more call 202-546-4488 or email monocleinfo@aol.com

The Monocle is the closest restaurant to the Capitol building, United States Senate and Union Station. Established in 1960, The Monocle is not only known as a Washington institution, but also for its fine American cuisine-served by a professional and friendly team of servers. You can always count on being served great crab-cakes, grilled fresh fish, prime steaks and chops, while enjoying the powerful political scenery. The private Federal Room is a Washington classic for private parties and political fundraisers. The Wine Room is a cozy room for your intimate private birthday dinner of six to ten. Cheers!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was amazing. Steaks were tender and perfectly cooked. Service was great. Overall great experience. Would highly recommend.
A photo of Heirloom - Reston restaurant
4.8
4.8 (261)
$50 and over
American
Reston
About the restaurant
Speakeasy vibe with a nostalgic and warm feel. Enjoy our unique handcrafted cocktails and inspired wine list alongside refined Northern American cuisine with nods to the Mediterranean region. Heirloom puts a new spin on old-world flavors. Like a family heirloom passed down through generations, the main events on Heirloom's menu showcase tried and true dishes that are both comforting and innovative.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
The sea bass was absolutely amazing! One of the best meals we’ve ever had. We will be returning to have it again and try out other menu options. My only complaints were the noise level and no ice in the water. That said, our server brought us ice on request.
A photo of Old Ebbitt Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (28857)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Founded in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is Washington, DC's oldest saloon and a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. Situated in the heart of the city, just steps from The White House, this historic landmark boasts a timeless blend of classic American cuisine and unparalleled hospitality. Old Ebbitt Grill promises a memorable visit filled with a warm ambiance and a seasonal menu spanning from freshly shucked oysters to house-made pastas and perfectly prepared steaks & chops. In addition to Lunch and Dinner service, Old Ebbitt Grill offers daily Oyster Happy Hours, Weekday Breakfast, and Weekend Brunch.
Top review
JaquePvip
Dined 1 day ago
Was good. Can see why it’s so popular for tourists. But didn’t feel like a tourist trap.
A photo of Barcode restaurant
4.5
4.5 (905)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
A Modern American Restaurant, Bar & Lounge in the heart of Washington DC! Open Happy Hour, Dinner and Late Night. Featuring Award Winning American Cuisine and voted Best Happy Hour by the Washington Post.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 26, 2024
Friend Birthday and it was a Great Vibe! Food Amazing!
A photo of Lafayette Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1581)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With large windows opening onto Lafayette Park and the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital and is certain to complement any dining experience.


Top review
JustinM
Dined 7 days ago
The food was good. Service was great. Piano player was amazing. Definitely would recommend!!!
A photo of Willard Holiday Brunch and Tea restaurant
4.7
4.7 (86)
$50 and over
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Join us at Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. for a special Mother's Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday, May 12. Indulge in unlimited afternoon tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts, along with bottomless champagne, mimosa, and bellini.

You will be seated in the recently renovated Crystal Ballroom, the most iconic room in the hotel, and seatings will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Do not miss this chance to treat your loved ones to a delightful afternoon and to create a new tradition.

$165 per adult | $85 per child (5-12 years of age)
(not including tax and gratuity) (a 24% service charge will be added)

Each seating will have a time limit of 2 hours.
Top review
Peecee
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great Mother’s Day brunch done as a buffet in the iconic peacock alley. Very attentive service.
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