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Boqueria - Penn Quarter
Boqueria - Penn Quarter
(251)
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Good selections of drinks and food choices from appetizers to desserts. Everything to share so could try many dishes. Scallops were very tasty as were lamb skewers, spinach, bacon wrapped dates, and tarron cake dessert. Go for it... More

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Boqueria - Dupont
Boqueria - Dupont
(2082)
$$$$
Spanish | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

It was perfect! As usual! More

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The Riggsby
The Riggsby
(1009)
$$$$
Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

We went to Riggsby for a business lunch. The restaurant was not crowded, we were seated promptly (we had reservations), and we were served in a timely manner. I will return! More

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Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
(209)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

My first time at Terrain really enjoyed it. More

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Cafe Du Parc
Cafe Du Parc
(1773)
$$$$
French American | Downtown, District of Columbia

It was excellent! It was a special lunch to Celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday, and we just wanted something casual but elegant! The server (Salvador) was very friendly and the food was delicious. We had a happy time, special! More

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Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
(229)
$$$$
American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

This restaurant is stunning. Food is amazing. Managers were so helpful and very hospitable. Octopus was delicious. I’m still craving it. Great portions and great price. I love this place. It’s unfortunate that there is construction everywhere. I would’ve loved to sit outside. More

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Nick's Riverside Grill
Nick's Riverside Grill
(354)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Outside table had a great view of the river. Our server was efficient and food was very good! More

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The Hamilton
The Hamilton
(8117)
$$$$
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great food! Excellent staff! Lively atmosphere! I especially appreciate the great GF selections (and sensitivity) which makes going here with my very GF wife a pleasure, not a worry. More

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ANKARA
ANKARA
(663)
$$$$
Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Good food and reliable service. More

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Tupelo Honey - Arlington
Tupelo Honey - Arlington
(1546)
$$$$
Southern | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Tupelo Honey is good, damn good. It is now my best overall restaurant experience in the DC area. From the moment we walked in we were treated with the warmest of southern hospitality. Being from the Deep South I appreciate this more than I can say. At the same time we were treated as if we were in a fine dining setting. The service was impeccable yet friendly, jovial and personal. Ryan, Donnell, Aubrey and the bartender (sadly I did not get his name!) made our evening feel like we were in the presence of friends. The food was just as warm and wonderful as the staff. Ribs, honey dusted fried chicken, collards, crispy Brussels sprouts and the most perfect biscuits. My honeysuckle lavender lemon drop was like drinking flowers and happiness. Overall I couldn’t have asked for more from a dining experience. We will be back, and will bring friends. More

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Elizabeth's Gone Raw
1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
(484)
$$$$
Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

I was visiting DC and found this restaurant on Opentable because I needed a vegan friendly restaurant for my friend and boy was this a find. They are only open for dinner reservations on Friday and Saturday night and I was lucky to snag a 5:30 pm slot on a Friday night. The prix fixe menu was probably one of the most well presented and tasteful experiences my fiend and I have had. We took the wine pairing and our meal courses were also accompanied by an excellent selection of fine wines. Loved everything about the meal, the friendly service and the room setting. A highlight of my trip to DC and this will be on my list every time I have the opportunity. More

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L'Auberge Chez Francois
2. L'Auberge Chez Francois
(5755)
$$$$
French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

We had a delightful lunch at L'Auberge. We enjoyed the Filet of Sole special which is always a treat. We experienced an example of the thoughtful service that is a hallmark of L'Auberge. One of our party quietly asked if the Amuse Bouche contained dairy as she is lactose intolerant. From then on, she was offered options if what she had ordered might contain dairy ingredients. More

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The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
3. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
(995)
$$$$
American | Lovettsville, Virginia - DC Suburbs

The occasion for this meal was a lunch with a rarely-visiting grand aunt, two couples and a 15-month old toddler. Even on a bleak day in November, the setting is spectacular. And this restaurant really does absolutely everything in its power to make your dining experience special and memorable. We started with cocktails, including a handcrafted rum-based one for me, and “mocktails” for my pregnant stepdaughter and her tee-totaling husband. Do NOT skip the “bread service”, which on this visit was a hot homemade English muffin with sweet hickory butter (the bread in question varies). Amazing! The waitstaff will guide you well in helping to sort out the menu; sometimes it is hard to decode an unusual ingredient or determine how filling a particular appetizer plate will be. (But at least there is no silly “shared plate” expectation! — order and eat your own damn food.) two of us did a wild rice and mushroom soup as a starter — deemed exceptional — and two of us did a radish tartine which, as billed, was a good light start to the meal. Of the entree options, among the five of us we tried three: fried chicken (amazing), catfish (ditto), and brisket. Each dish was exquisitely conceived, prepared and delivered. We did two desserts as well, including a pear-ginger soufflé which was spectacular. The tab was not cheap — not by any stretch — but for an exceptional meal, particularly in this neck of the woods, you can’t do better. More

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Captain Gregory's
4. Captain Gregory's
(515)
$$$$
Dining Bar | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Tasty cocktails! Informative conversation with the bartenders. More

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Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois
5. Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois
(830)
$$$$
French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Yes would recommend t o friends, in fact take friends there quite often. Always a great evening. Thank you. More

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Istanbul Grill
Istanbul Grill
Turkish | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Turkish Cuisine Istanbul Grill has so many delicious, fresh, quality and amazing food in Arlington, VA.More

Liberty Barbecue
Liberty Barbecue
Barbecue | Falls Church, Virginia - DC Suburbs

From the makers of Arlington's Liberty Tavern, a world-class barbecue restaurant. Our chef-driven menu offers not only best-in-class BBQ, but Southern fried chicken, hush puppies, collard greens, mac and cheese and much more!More

Members' Dining Room at U.S. House of Representatives
Members' Dining Room at U.S. House of Representatives
American | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

As far back as 1834, Congress has made arrangements for food and drink in the Capitol. Located in Room H117 of the Capitol Building, we incorporate seasonal menus and heart healthy options coupled with traditional items such as House Bean soup. Visit the Members' Dining Room for a unique dining experience with excellent service and delicious meals in an iconic setting in our nation's capital. More

Present Company Public House
Present Company Public House
Gastro Pub | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

From the group who brought you The Pub & The People, Present Company is a neighborhood pub built in DC’s oldest firehouse. We serve great (gastro) pub food, a solid beer offering (12 beers on tap, 46 bottles), 20+ wines, and of course, spirits.More

Sfoglina - Rosslyn
Sfoglina - Rosslyn
Italian | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Sfoglina (sfoal-YEE-nah) is a casual Italian trattoria and pasta house named for the artisans and Italian cultural icons that carry on the tradition of rolling sheets of pasta by hand with a rolling pin, a technique passed through the generations. Sfoglina is a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient.More

Discover Washington, D.C.

An international city with the food chops to show for it, Washington D.C. is brimming with new restaurants, coffee houses and spirited bars. And, while tablecloth dining has it’s place here (diplomats gotta eat), so does the casual yet delicious lunch spot (interns gotta eat, too). Near the Capitol, historic eateries and classic menus are favored by many. Excellent Filipino food can be found in Columbia Heights. Near Georgetown, upscale bistros and farm-to-table spots are the order of the day, and Adams Morgan is home to many international restaurants and locally owned cafes.

Discover Washington, D.C.

An international city with the food chops to show for it, Washington D.C. is brimming with new restaurants, coffee houses and spirited bars. And, while tablecloth dining has it’s place here (diplomats gotta eat), so does the casual yet delicious lunch spot (interns gotta eat, too). Near the Capitol, historic eateries and classic menus are favored by many. Excellent Filipino food can be found in Columbia Heights. Near Georgetown, upscale bistros and farm-to-table spots are the order of the day, and Adams Morgan is home to many international restaurants and locally owned cafes.