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

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Tysons Galleria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (270)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tysons Corner / McLean
About the restaurant
THE NM CAFE located in Neiman Marcus TYSONS CORNER GALLERIA is open to socially distanced seating, in accordance with local jurisdiction guidelines.

Laid-back luxe. Experience delightful dishes in a casual, contemporary atmosphere at THE NM CAFE® TYSONS CORNER GALLERIA. Muted lighting and understated, modern decor create the perfect environment for a midday retreat. Whether dining with a group or simply ordering upscale take-out, expect delectable food and exceptional service that is synonymous with Neiman Marcus.

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Let THE NM CAFE® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower. We have the perfect atmosphere and menu for you and your guests.
Top review
rhondae
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
The cafe was very busy and Gigi the manager helped us out. She was wonderful. I really enjoyed our mother daughter lunch. Thanks so much.
A photo of Cafe Colline restaurant
4.8
4.8 (765)
$31 to $50
French
Arlington
About the restaurant
Lunch is served from 11:30 am Tuesday through Friday. Reservations for lunch are not required.
Outside seating is available.

From the culinary team that brought you Chez Billy Sud & Parc de Ville, comes a new cafe in the heart of Arlington, VA.
Featuring regional French-inspired cuisine by chef Brendan L’Etoile, Cafe Colline is the perfect place for leisurely lunches, first dates, or just a wonderful evening of delicious food and drinks.
Now with our curbside takeaway service, you can enjoy Paris without stepping on a plane
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GreatFallsVAvip
Dined 4 days ago
This is our go-to spot for a nice dinner. The steak frites is a real strip steak that is twice as good as Capital Grille for half the cost. The potato crusted salmon is consistently delicious. The service is always friendly but professional.
A photo of Toryumon Japanese House - Arlington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (49)
$30 and under
Japanese
Rosslyn
About the restaurant
Great sushi is an art and a science. It’s a blend of precision knife skills, an immaculate attention to the quality of rice and a discerning artistic eye. Besides sushi, there are typical Asian cuisine on the menu as well. Years of experimentation and development have created a menu as bold as it is traditional, balancing the best of the modern art of the Sushi craft and Asian cuisine with the best of classical technique. Toryumon offers the finest elements of Japanese hospitality in an elegant setting that stirs the senses. From the moment you enter the toryumon Japanese house arlington, you will be impressed by the architecture, hand selected woods and a magnificent wall of masterpiece
*Sushi , Ramen and Hibachi Entree are Top three Signature dishes on the menu. We offer Dine-in, Take-out, Catering and Private Party ( party room allow up to 28ppl)*
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LucaBvip
Dined on May 30, 2024
A no frill place with great sushi. Many noticed how fresh it was and well prepared. For some hard to understand reasons the pictures of dishes on the menu do not correspond to anything on the menu. Our waiter could not explain any of the main dishes.
A photo of Lebanese Taverna - Westover restaurant
4.7
4.7 (558)
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Arlington
About the restaurant
The original restaurant of Lebanese Taverna, this recently renovated location is a local favorite. Lebanese Taverna serves authentic Middle Eastern fare in a casual yet stylish setting. The menu boasts over 25 appetizers and salads as well as a variety of grilled lamb, beef, chicken and fish entrees. There is a large selection of vegetarian dishes, too. To complement your dining experience, choose from our award-winning wine list or specialty cocktails. The restaurant is child-friendly and great for groups of all sizes. Please note, menus listed are samples and prices are subject to change.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
We love this neighborhood spot. Food is consistently good and service is excellent.
A photo of Meze Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (738)
$30 and under
Turkish
Adams Morgan
About the restaurant
we have 2 patio up to 60 people sit ..Saturday & Sunday all you can eat &drink brunch. $45 per person .everyday tapas vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, nut free,Halal. menu.full bar, 16 different mojito .
Mediterranean bounty, beauty and modernity. All around the Eastern We will Mediterranean, “meze” (pronounced “MEH-zay”) are small dishes designed to complement a beverage, tease the tastebuds, and encourage diners to linger around the table for good companionship and conversation. On behalf of the owners and staff at Meze, we extend our heartfelt welcome and encourage you to eat, drink, and relax in the Turkish way of having a good time and enjoying life. Private room. Semi private room. If you group bigger than 10 people call the restaurant we can help large groups up to 50 people , patio or indoor .up to 10 people brunch or dinner fix menu only ....
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Enjoyed vibe of Adam Morgan, and the Lamb was excellent!
A photo of Masala Art DC (Tenleytown) restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1129)
$30 and under
Contemporary Indian
Tenleytown
About the restaurant
'Too much is so good, you can't stop eating it. The tandoor-baked breads are not mere swabs for sauce but could be eaten, and enjoyed, on their own; the naan with cilantro and rock salt is terrific, as is the kulcha richly stuffed with minced lamb. Masala Art offers combinations you don't see often around here, but even its more familiar dishes can be revelations. Consider its samosas. They're flakier than a lot of the competition, and their filling of peas, potatoes and sweet raisins tastes fresher, too. A burst of cardamom in every bite helps. In the same vein, soft logs of minced lamb pulse with heat from jalapeno peppers, a shock offset with breezy mint. Pureed spinach is a vibrant green, flecked with corn and rich with garlic...' - WashingtonPost.com
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
As a foodie and as someone who loves Indian food, I got to say this is one terrific restaurant and I will definitely go back. I grew up in northern India and like most Indians my favorite cuisine is Indian. The ambience is nice and so is Atul, but really the food is absolutely amazing!
A photo of A La Lucia restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1970)
$30 and under
Italian
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Summer Vacation Dates: July 1st-7th a la Lucia will be closed.
We will reopen on Friday July 1, 2022

a la Lucia is a neighborhood restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. We specialize in homemade traditional Italian Fare and Italian Wines. Owner Michael Nayeri has been in the Washington Restaurant Business for over 20 years. We offer Brick oven Pizzas, Patio Seating, and Kids Menus. Our Private Wine Room is available for all types of parties up to 40 guests. We have a Full bar, specializing in Wine, where we broadcast all major sporting and news events.





Top review
Whirley09
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
Wonderful pan seared soft shell crabs. Simply amazing.
A photo of Delhi Spice restaurant
4.7
4.7 (31)
$30 and under
Indian
Bethesda
About the restaurant
India has always been known as a land of spices and Asia’s largest spice market is in Delhi!! Join us as we take you through an aromatic journey of both local and exotic spices blended with the labor of love and effort put into each of our dishes, we try to bring diverse flavors of Delhi to you through the spices used to create our signature dishes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 29, 2024
Went with two friends for the 1st time to try this out. The manager was a great host very attentive when needed & friendly as well. Food was delicious, I’m also Indian so when i asked for spicy i thought it would be “American spicy”but it was the right spicy to enjoy all the flavors with a good heat Definitely telling my mom and others about this spot
A photo of Mystic BBQ & Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (24)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Opened in April 2024 by a family that has been operating restaurants in and around Old Town for almost 50 years. Located in the heart of Old Town, Mystic has a diverse menu featuring Texas style smoked brisket, baby rack ribs & Carolina pulled pork. Meats are smoked low & slow in BBQ champion Myron Mixon's signature smoker that is front and center in our open kitchen. BBQ is just one part of this southern centric menu that also features fresh seafood including our signature spicy she crab soup, low country shrimp & grits & creole bouillabaisse. Not to be missed is the jumbo lump crab cake sandwich, which sets the standard for all of Old Town. Specialty sandwiches & unique salads are available all day in a casual setting that features upscale but moderately priced food. Great little wine list & large selection of draft beers are also available. Don’t forget about the “bananas foster” bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream & brown sugar rum sauce.
Top review
goodcatsvip
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
This is really good BBQ! Four of us each had the half rack of ribs with 2 sides for $24.00. The ribs were meaty and juicy and the sauces were also good. The service was fast and friendly. Will go back to try the pulled pork and brisket. This new restaurant is much better than the one it replaced and is also better than the other BBQ places in and around Alexandria.
A photo of Letena Ethiopian Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (94)
$30 and under
Ethiopian
Columbia Heights / Brightwood
About the restaurant
Letena is a farm-to-table Ethiopian restaurant serving dishes made with natural, premium ingredients. Located in the heart of Columbia Heights, Washington DC, Letena is a family-owned destination centered around authentic, quality Ethiopian food.
Owner Yamrot Ezineh opened Letena’s doors in October 2016. Yamrot and her team love welcoming new and old friends to enjoy Letena’s delicious, fresh food. Their goal is to make the unique experience of Ethiopian food approachable for everyone, from vegetarians and vegans to meat-lovers alike.
Letena’s original Ethiopian dishes have won accolades from various publications and review platforms including Food Network, Washingtonian, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Everything was delicious! Our server was great and so knowledgeable about the food. Great dining experience.
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