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Blue Duck Tavern

American 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Packed all day long with diners eager for the ultra-seasonal, refined American fare and desserts from the epic pastry kitchen, this West End restaurant is especially good for... — Tasting Table

The Blue Duck tries to create a rustic kitchen ambience in the midst of one of M St’s uber-urbanized concrete corridors. — Lonely Planet

Birds of a feather are "wowed every time" by the elevated, "beautifully crafted" "comfort food" at this "elegant" West End New American. — Zagat

Designer Tony Chi incorporated... sleek wood furnishings, creating a gentleman’s farmhouse atmosphere that reflects chef Sebastien Archambault’s market-fresh, ingredient-driven menu. — Forbes Travel Guide

Wood burning oven puts everyone's face in a good light, makes dull jewelry sparkle. Open kitchen humanizes corporate Park Hyatt home. — BlackBook

Central Michel Richard

French 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Michel Richard is known for his high end eating establishments in the District, but Central stands out as a special dining experience. — Lonely Planet

A bustling bistro where the food comes with a sense of humor, not to mention a more affordable price tag. — Concierge

James Beard-winner Richard’s bistro for raw oysters, roast chicken, hanger steak, trout almondine, orange souffle. Charcuterie bar. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m.,... — Where

Offering French-inspired American cuisine minus the fine-dining prices, this DC eatery by Chef Michel Richard won the 2008 James Beard award for best new restaurant. — Travel + Leisure

French powerhouse chef Michel Richard has set up camp Downtown with this semi-casual bistro offering up Franco-American spin-offs like fried chicken, bacon-and-onion tart. — Fodor's

Zaytinya

Middle Eastern 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This very popular restaurant near the National Portrait Museum draws DC-ites to its large, whitewashed dining levels, accented with Aegean blues. — Michelin Guide

With a stunning white and blue interior, this place finds inspiration in Greece, Turkey and Lebanon. — Time Out

When people think of DC dining, it's usually the whole power lunch and dinner thing. It's probably as accurate as thinking that Obama got his job just like Frank Underwood got his. But... — The Infatuation

Zaytinya serves up a variety of Mediterranean tapas inspired by traditional dishes from Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey. — Afar Magazine

"Who can resist" the "wonders" of chef José Andrés' "unbelievably tasty" Eastern Mediterranean meze, especially when paired with "phenomenal" regional wines. — Zagat

Rasika

Indian 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Only superlatives" describe the "mind-blowing" "modern Indian" food that gives diners a "mouthgasm" at this "wildly popular", "classy" Penn Quarter destination. — Zagat

The restaurant that made all other Indian restaurants pale in comparison. — Bon Appétit

This lively Penn Quarter Indian restaurant makes a contemporary statement with its decor (tamarind hues, clean lines, blond wood) and menu (a lighter, healthier take on traditional dishes from across India). — Concierge

This trendy Indian restaurant and its new sequel, dubbed Rasika West End, pair adventurous wine lists with spicy fare in supersleek settings. — Fodor's

Beard-winner Vikram Sunderam in open kitchen with griddle, barbecue, tandoori, curries. Pre-theater ($35), 100 wines; bar with exotic cocktails. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.,... — Where

Fiola

Italian 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For a splash-out D. — Frommer's

When chef Fabio Trabocchi opened Fiola in 2011, he quickly established his new trattoria as the place to go in Washington for exquisite, sumptuous Italian. — Time Out

Refined cooking goes rustic in a comforting yet elegant manner. — Not For Tourists

Aim for a table in the rear to "ogle" the objets d'art and the "lively crowd", and though it's not cheap, tabs are an "unbelievable" value given the "truly wonderful dining experience". — Zagat

Fabio Trabocchi's Penn Quarter restaurant celebrates modern Italian cuisine. — Washington Post

Komi

Greek 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Absolutely the best in DC! — Not For Tourists

For several years in a row now, Washingtonian magazine has named Komi the city's best restaurant. — Frommer's

Baby-faced kid chef rips the white linen tablecloth out from under the proverbial china of Washington gourmets and they love him for it. — BlackBook

Chef Johnny Monis is a big presence in his own kitchen, filled with busy hands working to produce the restaurant'€™s impressive food. — Gayot

One of the city’s top restaurants, for which you should reserve well in advance. — Rough Guide

The Source

International 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

To start, try the spicy tuna tartare 5erved in sesame meso cones, or the tandoori arctic char with cucumber raita, pick ed beets and tomato chutney. — Michelin Guide

Wolfgang Puck makes your visit to the Newseum a tasty, stylish one, with an icily modern two-story restaurant that feels like the canteen of a spaceship. — Lonely Planet

LA-based wunder-chef Wolfgang Puck takes DC by the lapels with this expensive fusion eatery... and attracts a range of celebrities, including President Obama himself. — Rough Guide

Magazine-perfect cuisine is fusion, invokes most of Asia, the oceans, and poignant color contrasts. — BlackBook

This is the place to see and be seen among those in Washington who value both style and substance. — Concierge

Proof

American 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wine bar. Fancy. Expensive. Of the moment. — Not For Tourists

Giving everyone in Penn Quarter a run for the money is Proof, which as its name suggests, leans heavily on wine and liquor selections to appeal to clientele. — Gayot

Haidar Karoum’s Asian-inflected miso-glazed sablefish, chicken with lemongrass-jasmine pilaf. Enomatic system for 32 wines by glass, Champagne trolley. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. — Where

Proof plays up its superb location in the Penn Quarter, directly across the street from the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery. — Frommer's

It's easy to fall in love with Proof: a restaurant that offers top-notch fare, a great beverage program and an elegant dining room. — Washington Post

Rose's Luxury

92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Local chef Aaron Silverman’s two-story Barrack’s Row joint is worth every little bit of the buzz it’s received. — Time Out

For a place that's the seat of American democracy, Capitol Hill doesn't offer much in the way of culinary enticements. But chef Aaron Silverman is upping the neighborhood ante with his... — Tasting Table

Rose’s Luxury is one of DC’s most buzzed-about new restaurants, and for good reason. — Travel + Leisure

In a Barracks Row “farmhouse,” Michelin-starred, no-reservations spot for small plates (pork and lychee salad, popcorn soup with lobster, octopus, pasta $$) or family-style meals (smoked... — Where

Small- and shared-plate New American via the world. — Not For Tourists

Estadio

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Tapas restaurant Estadio's handsome dining room... and serious culinary chops are reason enough to go. But this place also has a sense of humor that makes it the standard-bearer for a new generation of D.C. restaurants. — Concierge

A thickly creamy gazpacho (salmorjero), little sandwiches (bocadillos) of finely cured meats and Spanish cheeses, and skewered grilled veggies. — Frommer's

Spanish tapas favorites with surprising ingredients for a fun twist. — Not For Tourists

This Logan Circle hot-spot'€™s overflow crowds mean you need reservations, both day and night, and with good reason. — Gayot

This 14th Street tapas joint is regularly packed to the brim and for good reason. — Time Out

1789 Restaurant

American 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A Georgetown institution with a sense of Old World dignity staffs a talented kitchen producing seasonal delights. — Washington Post

Ye olde colonial dining room imbues Georgetown ethos in a walnut shell. Baroque on the outside, ceremonial on the inside. — BlackBook

Chef Dan Giusti, one of Washington’s premier chefs, makes a creative use of seasonal ingredients. — DK Eyewitness

1789: Age of the patrons, or total for your bill? — Not For Tourists

"White gloves and pearls" might suit this "distinguished" Georgetown "classic" with a "refined", "historic" townhouse setting and "expertly prepared" "farm-to-table" New American cooking. — Zagat

Ben's Chili Bowl

American 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Composed of ground meat and kidney beans, the chili is served with crackers and, if you want, a scoop of shredded cheese that melts down through the mixture. — Gayot

Ben's is common meeting ground for DC's African-American community and young urban dwellers alike. — Michelin Guide

Loved by celebrities, locals and presidents, this 1950s joint built its reputation on the chili half-smoke, a pork-and-beef sausage on a bun, topped with mustard, onions and spicy chili sauce. — Insight Guides

It's 3 AM. If you're not asleep or in jail, you're at Ben's. — BlackBook

If you don't know about Ben's, you don't know nothin', man. — Frommer's

Bombay Club Restaurant

Indian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Terribly elegant Indian food in a reminiscent British colonization atmosphere. — Not For Tourists

One block from the White House, the beautiful Bombay Club tries to re-create the refined aura of British private clubs in colonial India. — Fodor's

The Bombay Club continues to play host to many of the world'€™s most powerful leaders with elegant food that is befitting its smart, classy décor. — Gayot

No bad sitar music and clunky curry here; this is Indian food moved up several notches. — Lonely Planet

The attentive service and formal atmosphere provide a glimpse of upper-crust Washington. — DK Eyewitness

Pizzeria Paradiso

Pizza 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This cheery, clattery little pizzeria moved down the block in summer 2009, more than doubling the space for crowds who love the simple and pure pies. — Washington Post

The toppings are meals themselves. Pray there's no line. — Not For Tourists

These midpriced "pizza nirvanas" in Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria are "delicious enough for serious foodies but still casual enough for an outing with family and friends". — Zagat

Supreme pizzeria, with famously tasty pizzas such as the enormous Siciliana, potato-and-pesto Genovese, and ultra-peppery, spicy Atomica. Expect to wait in line. — Rough Guide

A trompe-l'oeil ceiling adds space and light to a simple interior at the ever-popular Pizzeria Paradiso, which has spinoff locations in Georgetown and suburban Alexandria, Virginia. — Fodor's

Daikaya

Japanese 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Daikaya offers two options. — Lonely Planet

The former culinary director of Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup has so many good ideas he opened two restaurant concepts under one roof. — Time Out

One part ramen restaurant and one part Japanese izakaya, Daikaya serves small, delicious plates and exudes a casual bar feel. — Travel + Leisure

This quirky, gorgeously decorated split-level party for gourmands is "Lost in Translation" in restaurant form, a sexy-quirky tour of modern Japanese flavors. — Fodor's

Daikaya's twin concepts succeed. — Washington Post

Montmartre

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With its sidewalk café, cheerful yellow walls, fresh flowers, and lusty yet chic fare, Montmartre evokes the Left Bank of Paris. — Fodor's

This Capitol Hill restaurant seems busy-busy with Hill types and locals dropping in from the neighborhood. — Gayot

One of the better pure French spots in town, Montmartre is ensconced in a warm, neighborly location. — Lonely Planet

“French classics done well” lure Capitol Hill locals to this “authentic” bistro for “delicious” duck, “good crêpes” and many “wines to pick from”. — Zagat

Real French food—yeah, you've heard it before but this time it's really the real. — BlackBook

Hank's Oyster Bar

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Offering a daily rotation of oysters on the half shell, Hank’s has become a serious contender among Washington raw bar destinations. — Time Out

Serving five oyster varieties nightly as well as comfort food such as molasses-braised short ribs and deep fried Ipswich clams and popcorn shrimp. — DK Eyewitness

There are a fair few oyster bars in Washington (slurping raw boys is good for political puffery, apparently) and Hank’s is our favorite of the bunch. — Lonely Planet

"Oysters and clams and lobster rolls, oh my" trill fans of these "classic" raw bars in Dupont Circle, Old Town and Capitol Hill. — Zagat

Led by chef Jamie Leeds, the small eatery serves classic New England fare and coastal dishes, including griddled crab cakes, fried oysters, and a lobster roll served with old bay fries. — Travel + Leisure

Amsterdam Falafel Shop

Middle Eastern 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Amazing, crisp" Belgian-style fries and "gold-standard" falafel in pitas, piled high with "myriad" toppings, "absorb the alcohol in the most wonderful way". — Zagat

Delicious late-night treats in Adams Morgan. — Washington Post

Among the finest falafel spots in the country, this unassuming eatery doles out piping-hot, seriously yummy falafel with a broad range of garnishes, and pretty good brownies and fries, too. — Rough Guide

Vegetarians and late-night barhoppers are crazy about this place, which has become an institution in a mere 6 years. — Frommer's

This is the perfect place for a quick bite, whether it’s two in the afternoon or two in the morning (although beware the long, hungry lines that form in the early hours). — Time Out

Marvin

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Requisite moules frites and nostalgic bières keep the kitchen on message but kid rock chef pushes the palate with Americana tributes dribbled in a rainbow of reduction sauce. — BlackBook

Perhaps the noisiest eatery in DC, and certainly one of the most crowded, Marvin attracts the twenty-something crowds, who gather to eat, socialize, and listen to background jazz. — Gayot

Marvin's menu features mussels in wine, ratatouille, big burgers, and fried chicken. — Frommer's

Inspired by Gaye's sojourn to Belgium in the 1980s, the menu combines soul food with traditional French classics—think chicken and waffles and fennel-scented red snapper. — Fodor's

Chef James Claudio has created a menu that skillfully combines the cuisine of Belgium and the American South. — Travel + Leisure

Bibiana

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

West Elm showroom with a heavy dash of retro glam. Spirit of 1960s Milan. Wear chocolate Prada shoes to match. — BlackBook

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli applies a light touch to pasta dishes such as citrus agnolotti (airy pillows perked up with tangy ricotta) and buttery Maryland lump crab on a rich tangle of squid ink spaghetti. — Concierge

A sleek and sophisticated downtown spot, Bibiana is a member of restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s empire, which also includes the Oval Room, Rasika, Bombay Club, 701 and Ardeo+Bardeo. — Time Out

Pizza, pasta and Italian favorites are the star of one of DC's best date spots. — Washington Post

Why did I order the risotto with Brussels sprouts? I have no particular liking for sprouts, but the pasta dish turned out to be clean-the-plate delish. — Frommer's

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