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

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Two Nine restaurant
5 (37)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Kaiseki-Sushi Omakase Pop Up experience Georgetown, D.C. in the Tucked away food hall at the grace street collective. Curating a meal with hints of Hawaiian ingredients, flavor profiles and hospitality lead by Chef Zachary Ramos. Highlighting local produce from Karma Farm and Moon Valley Farm, Maryland. Seasonal seafood imported overnight from Toyosu Market located in Tokyo, Japan which will make every experience a new one every single time.

Our Tea Service is handled by Thomas Chen.
Seasonal Sake pairing curated by our very own Sake Scholar/Sommelier Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen.

First Seating at 5:30 P.M.
Second Seating at 7:30 P.M.
17 courses/$180 per person.
Sake Pairing/$80 per person.

*Tax and tip does not apply.

Top review
Dined on May 17, 2024
Amazing omakase experience. Everything was delicious
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA restaurant
4.8 (661)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Excellently served and informed! The staff was incredibly helpful.
A photo of Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House restaurant
4.8 (306)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House strives to be an ambassador for the people and culture of Southwest China and add to the story of what it means to be Chinese-American through our lens on contemporary Yunnan cuisine. Not your typical Chinese food, the Soul Food of Yunnan is Mixian - a light and almost fluffy rice noodle - which is prepared with braised meats, rich broths and sweet, savory and spicy sauces (vegetarian options available). Other specialties include various small plates, handmade dumplings, bao buns, and satisfying desserts. Come experience the flavors of Yunnan through our unique menu, handcrafted cocktails, extensive beer, wine, & saké menu as well as a variety of non-alcoholic beverages like Pu'er tea and House Lemonade.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful unique dishes. The dry noodle dish was phenomenal along with the barbecue mushrooms
A photo of Almeda restaurant
4.8 (63)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Welcome to Almeda, where Chef Danielle Harris invites you on a culinary journey that explores and celebrates the rich tapestry of the diaspora. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Cleveland, Ohio, Chef Danielle brings 16 years of professional cooking expertise to every dish. Almeda is more than just a restaurant; it's a reflection of Chef Danielle's passion for blending diverse flavors, traditions, and stories into a harmonious dining experience. From the heart of the Midwest to your plate, Almeda is a testament to the artistry of cuisine and the power of food to connect us across borders and cultures. Join us in savoring the unique flavors and culinary artistry that define Chef Danielle's inspired creations at Almeda.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I highly recommend the catfish and spaghetti. The spaghetti was flavorful and the catfish was cooked to perfection.
A photo of Palette 22 - Union Market restaurant
4.7 (43)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
About the restaurant
Creativity defines your dining adventure at Palette 22, where it's all about "Food. Art. Fun" and paving a new way to dine in Washington D.C. Discover the surreal delights of art and cuisine with innovative global plates served in a bustling art studio setting for a one-of-a-kind mesmerizing experience that will heighten all the senses.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Palette 22 was a great experience for me and my large party. From hostess and manager to the waiter, all great vibes and I will definitely go back again.
A photo of Moon Rabbit by Kevin Tien restaurant
4.7 (53)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Moon Rabbit is a highly-regarded Vietnamese restaurant situated in the heart of Washington D.C., drawing inspiration from the virtuous rabbit depicted in the Buddhist Jataka tale. Led by acclaimed Chef Kevin Tien, the restaurant embodies an innovative approach to Vietnamese cuisine, showcasing a menu that is both unique and complex. Chef Tien's main objective is to pay tribute to his heritage as a first-generation Asian American, using Moon Rabbit as a platform for expressing his love for Vietnamese culture and food.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
We had a delicious meal and especially liked the summer rolls, rice pancake with tofu crumble, curry monk fish with green papaya and the amazing shrimp Thermidor. Really enjoyable experience and we’ll be back.
A photo of Bresca restaurant
4.6 (744)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
U Street Corridor
About the restaurant
Bresca is a Contemporary French restaurant and cocktail bar located in the bustling 14th street neighborhood. We explore the finest in seasonal ingredients paired with genuine hospitality.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Absolutely outstanding. Real experience. Will Definitely come back.
A photo of Maiz64 restaurant
4.6 (328)
$31 to $50
Logan Circle
About the restaurant
Brunch & Dinner
In the best area of 14th Street, modern homage to authentic Mexican Cuisine, featuring local ingredients that result in exquisite and vibrant creations.

It´s all about the corn - the maiz - at this upscale Mexican stunner. Four kinds are turned into fresh masa daily for the tacos, tamales, and other corn-bassed essentials, and even the art on the walls is corn-themed.

Vegetables and fish are one of the Chef's great specialties, including tuna tostada and yellow ceviche, culminating with the traditional catch of the day.

Mezcal Room an extensive bar downstairs, we have a lot of Mexican spirits, including most famous Oaxacan beverage mezcal. There’s a wide spectrum of mezcals, with dozens of flavors ranging

We are a universe of colors, of textures, of flavors; the print of hands worn down legends that draw the magic of a culture willing to be discovered.

Top review
Dined on Mar 13, 2024
The service is stellar! The presentation of the food is beautiful and the taste of everything we had was absolutely incredible. So delicious! The dessert topped off the entire meal! Definitely recommend and definitely will return when in DC. Thank you Victor and his team!
A photo of Fred & Stilla restaurant
4.6 (97)
$30 and under
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Discover the kind of place that connects people with the world through the power of food. It requires a flair for sharing one's own culture, and the empathetic understanding of the culture of another. Our fare, like our space, is simple and modern—letting the natural beauty of globally inspired comfort foods shine through—but plated to impress.

At Fred and Stilla, peace meets style. Linger over bold pour over coffee until the last message in your inbox is finally cleared away. Settle into an inviting corner for an after-work drink that turns into dinner that turns back into drinks

Check out one of our many incredible events and experiences - https://www.fredandstilla.com/experiences/#!/

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
The shareable plates were amazing and we loved everything. The lamb shank entree was alright. If you come I recommend just getting a bunch of shareable plates and having an around the world food tour. The service was good, not excellent but still good. Early evening it was nice and quiet.
A photo of Tonari restaurant
4.5 (284)
$31 to $50
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
Tonari is our Wafu Italian restaurant. WAFU means Japanese-style, so our menu is a Japanese take on Italian food. It originated in Japan through the love that the Japanese had for Italian food but wanted to incorporate some of their cultural flavors and ingredients to them. We at Daikaya Group and chef & owner, Katsuya Fukushima, are bringing this experience to you here in DC.

Looking for some fun Japanese antipasti bites, one of a kind pasta dishes, or pizza that you won't find anywhere else in the city? Then come join us for dinner, we look forward to having you soon.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely loved everything I tried. It’s a perfect and unexpected combo of my 2 favorite cuisines - Italian and Japanese. Cocktails are so delicious and full of flavor. I don’t understand why people complain here in reviews.
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