Washington DC Restaurants

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Washington, DC Restaurants

NeighborhoodRestaurant NameType of CuisineDescription
Adams MorganTail Up GoatAmerican/ModernMichelin Star! The restaurant takes its name from the owner's home in the BVI, where they can easily tell sheep from goats by the tail. Tail down: sheep. Tail up: goat. Focus on pasta and breads.
Adams MorganMintwood PlaceFrench BistroFrench Bistro with an innovative take on bistro staples and a bit of New Orleans thrown in. Definitely try the Escargot Hushpuppies. Inspired!! Great brunch spot.
BloomingdaleRed HenItalian/ModernBib Gourmand! Laura & Raymond's go-to spot. One of "our" restaurants. We built it. Italian and Brooklynese comfot food. Try the Mezza Rigatoni! Classy space. Nice wine list.
Capitol HillRose's LuxuryAmerican/ModernMichelin Star! One of DC's best restaurants and a great place to spot politicos. Small menu. Excellent food. Unfortunately, getting a talbe is mostly a stand in line affair.
Captiol Hill, The Wharf, Union MarketDistrict DoughnutDoughnuts and CoffeeWOW! Great doughnuts are being served in DC!. Another of Laura & Raymond's restaurant investments. Grab a great donut on Capitol Hill, at the Wharf or at Union Market.
White HouseOld Ebbit GrillAmerican/ClassicDC landmark located near the White House. Reputed to have the best oysters in DC! Look for famous faces at the bar. Extensive menu. Rooftop terrace open seasonally.
White HousePoint of View (POV)American/ModernA rooftop bar with an incredible view. Enjoy drinks while overlooking the White House. Great spot to see the 4th of July fireworks.
DowntownKaz Sushi BistroJapanese/SushiSushi is the world's most delicious art form and Kaz uses the finest ingredients to deliver artistry and robust flavor! Reserve at the sushi bar and let the chef select the choicest cuts for you.
Dupont CircleAl TiramisuItalianExcellent Italian dishes served in a series of small, cozy dining areas. Finally taking online reservations, which make getting a table so much easier.
Dupont CircleI RicchiItalianDC landmark and a favorite spot for great Italian food for the last 25 years. Relatively QUIET! Extensive menu means you will find all your favorite Italian dishes.
Dupont CircleLa TomateItalianGreat neighborhood Italian restaurant with a vibrant bar area and lovely patio. Delicious small plate options including selections from the Prosciutto Bar.
Dupont CircleObeliskItalianPrix Fixe 5-course menu with choices for main courses. Supurb antipasti. Delicious main dishes. Great desserts. Excellent service. Perfectfor special occasions.
Dupont CircleSette OsteriaItalianNeighborhood favorite. Casual. Good value. Wood oven pizzas, dinner-size salads, good pastas and specials. Decadent desserts. Nice brunch menu.
Dupont CircleSushi TaroJapanese/SushiMichelin Star! Outstanding Japanese restaurant offering a la carte sushi and Kaiseki tasting menus. Open for lunch and dinner.
Dupont CircleKomiMediterranean/GreekMichelin Star! One of DC's best restaurants. Prix-fixe tasting menu with a Greek accent. Great for special occasions. Call for a reservation EXACTLY one month before your desired date.
Dupont CircleAfterword's CaféMulti CuisineLocated in Dupont's favorite bookstore - Kramer Books. Eclectic menu. Great for when you don't know what you want to eat! Open late all week and all night on weekends.
Dupont CirclePizzeria ParadisoPizzaOne of DC's favorite pizzerias with locations in Dupont Circle and Georgetown. Extensive selection of Belgian beers and domestic microbrews..
Dupont CircleHank's Oyster BarSeafoodOysters+. Really fresh oysters and great seafood choices. Daily meat special. Laura loves the Flatiron Steak - Friday only. Good beer selection. Neighborhood favorite. Tends to get loud.
Dupont CirclePesceSeafoodOne of the best seafood restaurants in town with a "fresh catch" menu that changes daily. Menus on blackboards and new Lobster Risotto preparation every day. Always delicious!
Dupont CircleThe PalmSteak+++Steak+. A great option when you just have to have a great steak - and maybe a lobster tail on the side. Delicious! Great spot for celebrity spottings. See how many of the politicos you can spot.
Foggy BottomMarcelsFrench/BelgianOne of DC's top restaurants. Excellent food and wine. Expensive. Dressy. Close to the Kennedy Center. Check out their pre-theater menu. Special occasions.
GeorgetownFilomena RistoranteItalianA perennial DC favorite. Filomena's Pasta Mama's sit in the street level window making fresh pasta. Huge portions. Order one entree and split it!
GeorgetownFiola MareSeafoodSleek and classy new spot on the Georgetown waterfront. Delicious seafood dishes that are rich in taste, calories and price. Great buzz. Some surprisingly reasonable wine selections.
Logan CircleLe DiplomateFrench BistroDC's newest French Bistro is always buzzing. Excellent bistro food, great home-made breads. Good service. Good wine list. Can be very noisy.
Logan CircleEstadioSpanish/TapasOutstanding small plates. Estadio takes early dinner reservations, but after 6:00 PM, it's first-come-first-served. Delicious food. Worth the wait.
PalisadesBlack SaltSeafoodOutstanding, inventive seafood restaurant with its own fish market. Choose from the menu, or select a fish from the market and have it cooked to order.
Penn QuarterCentralFrench BistroGreat bistro choice near the National Mall. Extensive and interesting menu. Great burger choices - try ahi tuna or lobster. Busy and buzzing. Can get very noisy.
Penn QuarterRasikaIndianDelicious Indian food. Try flash fried spinach with yogurt and succulent Black Cod. Laura votes the Black Cod the "best fish dish in DC". Get lots of small plates.
Penn QuarterZaytinyaMediterraneanBib Gourmand! A Jose Andres restaurant. Small plates from Lebanon, Greece and Spain. Inventive combinations. Large space. Busy. Buzzing. Can be very noisy.
Penn QuarterOyamelMexicanBib Gourmand! A Jose Andres restaurant. Mexico City Mexican (Mex-Mex). Tapas. Great ceviche choices. Delicious guacamole made table-side. Popular and noisy.
Penn QuarterJaleoSpanish/TapasBib Gourmand! A Jose Andrew restaurant. Very popular. Great spot for dining with a group so you can taste lots of delicious small plates. House-made Sangria packs a real kick.
ShawKinshipAmerican/ModernMichelin Star! One of Laura & Raymond's favorites! Favorite dish: Lobster French Toast! Lovely. Delicious. Decadent. If only we could have it for breakfast!!
ShawThe DabneyAmerican/ModernMichelin Star! An upscale casual restaurant with a touch of Charleston. Located in Blagden Alley, which is, literally, an alley, giving it a a speak-easy kind of vibe.
ShawAll Purpose PizzariaPizza/Small PlatesOur favorite pizza spot. One of "our" restaurants - we built it, and truth be told, we have quite an investment in this pizza joint. Great pizzas - including gluten free pizzas - and wonderful small plates.
U Street CorridorJoJo'sAmerican/ClassicJoJo's is the place to go for live music. Good food served with live jazz that starts during happy hour and goes late into the night. One of Noel's favorite spots.
U Street CorridorDukemEthiopianThe U Street Corridor offers some of DC's best Ethiopian food. Dukem and Etete (below) are two great places to experience Ethiopian cuisine.
West EndBlue Duck TavernAmerican/ModernDelicious organic and local ingredients lovingly prepared. Menu changes frequently. Save room for desert. Arguably the best homemade ice cream in DC.
West EndRISAmerican/ModernSpacious, comfortable restaurant serving delicious, creative American dishes. A la carte and tasting menus available. Good deserts. Save room!
West EndRasika West EndIndianExcellent Indian dishes. Chefs fuse traditional dishes with popular Indian street foods in creative interpretations. Very popular. Reserve well in advance.
Woodley ParkPetit PlatsFrench BistroFood and ambiance reflect the warm sun and sea breezes of Biarritz. Great mussels, (Courtney's favorite), steak frites, escargot and dinner-size salads.
Woodley ParkLebanese TavernaMediterrean/ LebaneseLebanese Taverna started the "small plates" craze in DC with their incredible mezze. A DC favorite offering good food and great fun in a lovely space.

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