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

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 The Park at 14th restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2722)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The Park at 14th is a restaurant, lounge, and event venue on four floors overlooking Franklin Square in Downtown D.C. Offering a sense of timeless elegance, beautiful views, and a warm and welcoming interior, The Park at 14th is the perfect place dining, socializing, and hosting your next event. We invite you to join us. For reservations over 6, please TEXT (202) 550-0300
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The Park had good portions on the entrées. The prices were reasonable.
A photo of Laporta's Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2255)
$30 and under
American
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Laporta’s restaurant is the ideal place for extraordinary food in a casual, comfortable setting. Laporta’s has an attentively serviced contemporary dining room perfect for a romantic evening out or any other special occasion, combined with an adjoining intimate Jazz lounge. Relax and listen to the live jazz featured nightly. The lounge has the warmth and friendly feel of a local’s bar yet with the same excellence of service and consistency of food quality that defines our dining room and exemplifies the restaurant as a whole. The menu features inventive fresh seafoods and hearty pastas complemented by the provincial-style desserts of Margaret Laporta.
Top review
Mike
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Great food, informed and friendly wait staff, and wonderful live jazz combo. Despite the music, we were able to enjoy our conversation. Our favorite restaurant when we are in town.
A photo of Murphy's Grand Irish Pub restaurant
4.6
4.6 (344)
$30 and under
European
Old Town Alexandria
About the restaurant
---- IF FOR SOME REASON, ALL RESERVATIONS SLOTS ARE GONE, PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ONLY ALLOW FOR 30% OF OUR ENTIRE RESTAURANT TO BE RESERVED AT ANY ONE TIME TO ALLOW ROOM FOR WALK-INS ----
Opened in 1978 and located in the heart of historic Old Town, Alexandria, Murphy's Grand Irish Pub is one of Alexandria's best-loved and most inviting restaurants. Murphy's offers an extensive menu and top-class traditional cuisine in the welcoming ambiance of its cozy settings.

A short 10-15-minute drive from the nation's capital, this landmark establishment is located at the main intersection in Old Town, King & Washington.

Today, the tradition of great food and drink remains as steadfast as when the doors first opened back in 1978

Murphy's has Live Irish Music seven nights a week and on weekends, on both floors.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Excellent breakfast as usual. All 6 of us were pleased with our meals! Waiter was friendly and efficient!
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 The Admiral restaurant
4.5
4.5 (196)
$30 and under
American
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Admiral, a lively bar and restaurant located steps from Dupont Circle. We eagerly provide a vibrant atmosphere, casual bar fare, daily happy hour, a variety of private event spaces and a massive outdoor patio. Our space has four bar areas.

The Admiral offers happy hour Tuesday thru Sunday from 4 to 6 pm. Happy hour is available throughout the entire restaurant and the patio.

On sunny days we welcome you to join us on our sprawling, 2,000 square foot patio, which features a variety of dining, bar and private event spaces.



As with all Mission Group venues, we seek to be your go-to spot for any and all types of events ranging from casual birthday parties to game watches to full scale corporate buy-outs. We treat each and every event with care and take pride in our lightning fast response time to inquiries



Top review
PeggyW
Dined 2 days ago
The black napkins bleed ink when wet; they should rethink that.
A photo of Makers Union restaurant
4.5
4.5 (841)
$30 and under
American
Reston
About the restaurant
We’re a diverse team of makers — baristas, bartenders, chefs, mixologists, roasters, distillers, and brewers — who came together to create a neighborhood place we all need.
It’s a place that brings people together morning, noon, and night. A place with crazy delicious food and destination drinks. A place to grab a crave-worthy bite on the fly or to hang a while with a book and coffee. A place to brunch with your besties or happy hour with your work crew. A place to roll solo with your laptop or roll deep with your family and friends.
It’s a place for you. It’s a place for us. It’s a pub for the people.
LIVE MUSIC:
EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8-11PM
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Awesome restaurant, delicious food, attentive service. Check out the maple old-fashioned and the Makers steak and fries.
A photo of Lost Society - DC restaurant
4.4
4.4 (871)
$31 to $50
American
U Street Corridor
About the restaurant
“Lost” or Lost Society is an iconic Washington D.C. venue that has been rebranded to reflect its unique vibe and eclectic atmosphere. The boutique steakhouse, located 14th and U street, boasts a stunning rooftop view that is second to none. The restaurant cuisine is led by Executive chef Leo Reyes, whose culinary expertise is evident in every dish. Lost Society is known for its mouth-watering selection of steaks and seafood are expertly prepared and cooked to perfection. In addition to its amazing dining experience, Lost Society is also a popular venue for late-night lounge vibes and events, adding to its allure as a must-visit destination. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner for two or a night out with friends, Lost Society is the perfect spot. Lost is a DC staple that everyone should experience. Come get Lost! For parties larger than 6 please email events@lostsocietydc.com. All reservations are for 90 minutes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Amazing food and great service. Just know that if you plan to go, it's a restaurant but there is lounge area too. They need to see your ID and pat you down. The noise level is pretty loud as well.
A photo of Thunder Burger & Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (590)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Thunder Burger & Bar brings an edgy, rock & roll dining experience to the heart of Georgetown. Our mouth-watering juicy and generously sized signature burgers are affordable works of art. A full selection of appetizers, refreshing salads, creative entrees and decadent home-made desserts offer a variety of dining options. Whether seated at the trendy bar, the graffiti highlighted banquettes and booths, or our ivy covered library room, sample from a large selection of American craft micro-brew beers and fine whiskeys. No matter the occasion, intimate dates, groups and families alike, enjoy the comfortable and energetic atmosphere with highly attentive service. Weekend Brunch now available, and a late-night menu is also available every evening.
Top review
StacyB
Dined 7 days ago
Great server, food was good. Great spot on the outer edge of M street in Georgetown.
A photo of SoBe Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1186)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lanham
About the restaurant
Featuring South Beach inspired Decor and an expansive menu, SoBe should be at the top of your list for Upscale Restaurants in suburban Washington, D.C. Our mixture of international cuisines, highlighted by premium meats and fresh seafood, will ensure that your experience is one to remember. Expect a fine dining atmosphere and a gracious and courteous staff to attend to your needs. Our bar features artisan cocktails, premium liquors, draft beer and a selection of global wines. Relax in our Lounge Area for Happy Hour or any gathering.
Top review
Theresavip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We came into the restaurant 20 deep from Ohio!! We had a blast. The only problem we asked for to be seated together originally when I made the reservation and they said we could not then we get there and they said we should've put in reservations together so we got mixed messages on that. But we will be there next year.
A photo of Bourbon Boulevard - Chantilly restaurant
4.2
4.2 (310)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Chantilly
About the restaurant
Steak House, Whiskey/Wine Bar with Live Music
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
This is an amazing spot for happy hour, date night or an evening with friends! The owner is very gracious, the service was top notch and the food was delicious! I can't wait to go back!
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