Your Trip to Washington, D.C.: The Complete Guide SEE FULL GUIDE prev next Family-Friendly Restaurants Top Bars Nightlife Guide Best Breweries Best Time to Visit Weather & Climate Washington, D.C. Airports Best Hotels Neighborhoods to Know Public Transportation 48-Hour Itinerary Weekend Getaways The Best D.C. Tours Top Things to Do Free Things to Do Things to Do With Kids Where to Ski Near D.C. Beaches Near D.C. Camping Near D.C. Best Parks Top Museums Theater Guide Live Music Where to Shop Annual Events Best Restaurants Your Trip to Washington, D.C.: The Complete Guide close Overview United States Washington, D.C. The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C. Written by Lani Furbank Updated 01/13/20 Share Pin Email The nation’s capital draws more than 22 million visitors each year. While icons like the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian museums, and the White House are often the main attractions, the city’s monumental restaurant scene is also enticing epicureans from around the world. This list should help you as you eat your way around D.C., from chic downtown dining rooms to quirky neighborhood hangs. 01 of 20 Tail Up Goat Photo courtesy of Tail Up Goat View Map Address 1827 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-986-9600 Web Visit website Food Obsessed 4.2 The name of this Michelin-starred Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is quite the talking point—it’s a phrase used to differentiate between goats and sheep in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where one of the co-owners grew up. The menu stars housemade pastas and creative small plates, as well as a bread course than holds its own among other dishes (think farro sourdough with eggplant puree, yogurt, grilled radicchio, hazelnut picada, and farro miso). 02 of 20 Bad Saint Photo courtesy of Farrah Skeiky for Bad Saint View Map Address 3226 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA Get directions Web Visit website This tiny Filipino restaurant attracted the attention of national media soon after its debut, and as a result, a line of eager diners usually forms on the sidewalk before the doors open. Once you get a table, share several flavor-packed plates from an ever-changing menu of curries, fried seafood, artful salads, and more. 03 of 20 Bourbon Steak Photo courtesy of Bourbon Steak View Map Address 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-944-2026 Web Visit website D.C. has evolved beyond a steakhouse town, but there are still plenty of spots to indulge in a great piece of beef. Bourbon Steak is dripping with sophistication, from the encyclopedia-like cocktail, spirits, and cigar menu to the top dollar steak selection featuring a wagyu trio and a grass-fed tomahawk rib eye. 04 of 20 Bresca Photo courtesy of Bresca View Map Address 1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-518-7926 Web Visit website With a newly minted Michelin star, this boundary-pushing restaurant is only going to become more popular. They define their style of dining as modern bistronomy, which combines a relaxed bistro atmosphere with experimental cuisine. Their sea urchin linguine, dry-aged meats, and old-fashioned duck press are standouts. Continue to 5 of 20 below. 05 of 20 Centrolina Photo courtesy of Centrolina View Map Address 974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-898-2426 Web Visit website Half market, half restaurant, Centrolina is the place for authentic Italian cuisine any time of day. Grab a quick breakfast sandwich on the go, enjoy a plate of fresh pasta for lunch, or linger over wood-roasted porchetta for dinner. Plus, you can stock up on Italian cheeses, salumi, sauces, meats, and more to whip up a meal in your own kitchen. 06 of 20 CHIKO Photo courtesy of CHIKO View Map Address 423 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-558-9934 Web Visit website CHIKO is blazing a trail in a unique style of dining. They serve up innovative Chinese-Korean small plates at lightning speeds and reasonable prices for dine-in or takeout. Don’t miss the fried rice with blue catfish, the half-a-cado salad, orange-ish chicken, or chopped brisket with a soy-brined soft egg over rice with furikake butter. To try them all, book a seat at the kitchen counter. 07 of 20 Federalist Pig Photo courtesy of Federalist Pig View Map Address 1654 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009-3602, USA Get directions Web Visit website One of D.C.’s top pitmasters mans the smoker at this compact, no-frills barbecue joint. Choose from a variety of smoked meats like brisket, pork shoulder, pork spare ribs, or chicken, and prepare for meat sweats and a mess. For a tidier meal, wrap your hands around a signature sandwich like the Carolina On My Mind. Don’t forget about the sides, like crispy Brussels sprouts and smoked mac & cheese. 08 of 20 Fiola Photo courtesy of Fiola View Map Address entrance on Indiana Ave, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-525-1402 Web Visit website The Trabocchis are a household name in D.C., and for good reason. Their flagship Italian restaurant earned them a Michelin star and launched their culinary empire, which now includes the seafood-focused Fiola Mare, a homey pasta house with two locations dubbed Sfoglina, and the glitzy Del Mar devoted to coastal Spanish fare. Visit the one that started it all for impeccable service and refined classics. Continue to 9 of 20 below. 09 of 20 Himitsu Photo courtesy of Himitsu View Map Address 828 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011-5837, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-321-4751 Web Visit website When two first-time restaurateurs opened this petite no-reservations eatery, they began accruing accolades in no time. Diners and critics fell hard for the Japanese-inspired crudo, karaage, and agedashi tofu paired with unusual wines and cocktails featuring sherry and other Spanish ingredients. While it’s tough to get a seat on the weekends, you can secure a table in advance for the Monday night supper club. 10 of 20 Iron Gate Photo courtesy of Iron Gate View Map Address 1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-524-5202 Web Visit website Iron Gate is steeped in history, from the carriageway barroom to the patio draped in wisteria. The building was built in the 1800s and was the oldest continuously running restaurant in D.C. before closing in 2010. A few years later, Neighborhood Restaurant Group revived it as a Mediterranean concept, with bright mezze plates and meats and seafood pulled from the wood-burning hearth. You can order a la carte or enjoy a family-style meal or chef’s tasting menu. 11 of 20 Komi View Map Address 1509 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-332-2265 Web Visit website An institution of fine dining in D.C., Komi still hasn’t lost its touch or its laser focus on quality. Their Mediterranean-leaning tasting menu consists of about 12 dishes, each one as intricately thought out and meticulously crafted as the last. The small dining room is simple yet inviting. Their wine list focuses mostly on Old World wines, and they serve beers, but no cocktails. 12 of 20 Maydan Photo courtesy of Maydan View Map Address 1346 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Get directions Web Visit website Named for a word meaning town square, Maydan aims to be a place where people can gather to find common ground over a shared meal. Their cuisine pulls from cities scattered along the ancient Silk Road, like Tangier, Beirut, and Tehran. The center of the two-story restaurant is a copper hearth housing flames that bring warmth to the space and add char to the vegetables, seafood, and kebabs. The grilled dishes are paired with spice-infused spreads and fresh bread from the clay ovens. Continue to 13 of 20 below. 13 of 20 Minibar Photo courtesy of Minibar View Map Address 855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-393-0812 Web Visit website José Andrés’ two-Michelin-starred restaurant is a playground for culinary innovation. The tasting menu features dishes that defy expectations and delight the palette with cutting edge techniques. Twelve guests can sit at the communal table and experience an imaginative and progressive tasting menu that often includes clouds of liquid nitrogen, flavors that quite literally burst in your mouth and other feats of science. 14 of 20 Rasika Photo courtesy of Rasika View Map Address 633 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-637-1222 Web Visit website Powerhouse restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s Rasika sets the bar for Indian fine dining with elegant, modern cuisine. Explore cuisine prepared in several styles, from tawa dishes like asparagus uttapam to tandoori grilled proteins like lamb chops. Vegetarians are in good hands here thanks to crave-worthy dishes like crispy spinach, artichoke mushroom korma, and more. 15 of 20 Rose’s Luxury Photo courtesy of Rose’s Luxury View Map Address 717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA Get directions Web Visit website While Aaron Silverman’s original Michelin-starred restaurant still draws lines down the block before opening each day, they now offer a limited number of same-day reservations each day they're open (Monday - Saturday), check the reservations page on their site in the morning to secure a spot. If you're a large party of 6-12, ask about their advanced reservations. Don’t miss the fan-favorites like lychee salad, oysters and granita, and house-made pastas. You also can’t go wrong with the rotating new items and specials. For an even more luxe experience, book a seat at Rose’s two-Michelin-starred sister restaurant, Pineapple & Pearls. 16 of 20 Sushi Taro Photo courtesy of Sushi Taro View Map Address 1503 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-462-8999 Web Visit website Sushi Taro is one of the finest examples of Japanese cuisine in the city, and they have a Michelin star to prove it. The restaurant is great for any occasion, whether you’re looking for affordable rolls during happy hour, a quick bowl of udon soup for lunch, or a deluxe tasting menu or omakase experience. Continue to 17 of 20 below. 17 of 20 The Dabney Photo courtesy of The Dabney View Map Address 122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-450-1015 Web Visit website This Michelin-starred restaurant truly deserves the moniker farm-to-table, as it is helmed by one of the original champions of Mid-Atlantic cuisine. The ingredients come exclusively from the region, so you won’t find any exotic items on the menu. Small plates like charred lettuce and bacon-wrapped chicken ballotine are cooked over the embers of the from the wood-burning hearth that serves as the centerpiece of the open kitchen. 18 of 20 The Line Hotel Photo courtesy of The Line Hotel View Map Address 1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-588-0525 Web Visit website The D.C. location of the Line Hotel is a hub for culinary destinations. Start the day with coffee and whole-grain pastries from The Cup We All Race 4. Enjoy an over-the-top afternoon tea service or share knife-cut noodles and an uni tray at Brothers and Sisters. Have snacks and cocktails at the Tachinomiya-style, standing room only Spoken English. Explore the bounty of the Mid-Atlantic at the hyperlocal A Rake’s Progress. 19 of 20 Thip Khao Photo courtesy of Thip Khao View Map Address 3462 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-387-5426 Web Visit website Thip Khao is the place to expand your taste buds with family-style Lao cuisine. Dishes like spicy green papaya bring the heat, while unusual proteins like sour pork and minced alligator add a sense of adventure. Between small plates, salads, noodles, soups, stews, steamed fish, fried rice, and grilled skewers, there’s a little something for everyone. 20 of 20 Timber Pizza Company Photo courtesy of Timber Pizza Company View Map Address 809 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011-5836, USA Get directions Phone +1 202-853-9746 Web Visit website What started as a traveling operation slinging pies at farmers markets is now a brick-and-mortar pizza place that is serious about dough. There’s no lack of variety, with baked empanadas, generous salads, plus red, white and green (pesto) pizzas. The toppings change seasonally, but you can’t go wrong with any of the curated pies. The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Washington, D.C. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The 14 Best Restaurants in Munich, Germany The 12 Best Restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama The 10 Best Restaurants in Malta Where to Eat for New Year's Eve in the Washington, D.C. 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