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Rasika

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

Rasika brings the delicacy of upmarket Indian cooking to Washington. — Time Out

Soft lighting, cinnamon-and-spice tones, silk panels, and dangling glass beads create a rich and sensuously attractive atmosphere. As for the food, it's divine. — Frommer's

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

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

This DC hot spot pulls diners in with its sophisticated setting and contemporary lndian cuisine, served as small plates. — Michelin Guide

Rose's Luxury

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

A “happy dining experience” awaits at this Capitol Hill New American that wins accolades for an “over-the-top delicious” menu. — Zagat

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

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

Michelin-starred, no-reservations spot for small plates (pork and lychee salad, popcorn soup with lobster, octopus, pasta $$) or family-style meals (smoked brisket, fried chicken $$$). — Where

This Capitol Hill game changer is all about family, hospitality, and the crunchiest, most addictive fried chicken you’ll ever eat—oh, and that line. — Bon Appétit

Zaytinya

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

Small plates are meant for sharing, but - like the countries represented here - you'll want to hoard your own and plunder your neighbor's. — BlackBook

Voted the best Mediterranean eatery inside the Beltway for three years running, this Penn Quarter restaurant and bar is a downtown destination for locals on Friday nights. — Travel + Leisure

This romantic restaurant with a striking modern decor offers a superb variety of authentic Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese mezze with excellent vegetarian selections. — DK Eyewitness

So many options make this a great choice for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. — Fodor's

Tasty mezze menu offered by award-winning chef. Fabulous interior. — Not For Tourists

Blue Duck Tavern

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

Located in the Park Hyatt hotel, the simple, dark-wood interior creates a warm, inviting ambience. Handcrafted wood furnishings include a 29-ft (8.8-m) long Windsor bench. — DK Eyewitness

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

Seafood, charcuterie, California wines. Tea “cellar” with exotic infusions. — Where

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

Chef Brian McBride likewise combines traditional and state-of-the-art cooking methods and equipment to prepare exquisite, one-of-a-kind dishes. — Frommer's

Central Michel Richard

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

"Proving Michel Richard doesn't need beaucoup bucks to be brilliant", his "high-energy brasserie" in Penn Quarter dazzles with its "outstanding" riffs on tradition. — Zagat

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

The chicer, more playful culinary sister of the famed Citronelle. Bistro serves up serious food with a serious sense of humor. — BlackBook

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

James Beard-winner Richard’s bistro for raw oysters, roast chicken, hanger steak, trout almondine, orange souffle — Where

Estadio

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

Estadio buzzes with a low-lit, date-night vibe. — Lonely Planet

The Spanish-themed Estadio brings together a little dream team of cooking and liquid talent, including Haidar Karoum, the chef of Proof in Penn Quarter; wine director Sebastian Zutant; and bar manager Adam Bernbach. — Washington Post

The menu will look pretty familiar if you’ve been to a traditional Spanish tapas place before, but the food will probably taste better than whatever you've eaten at those places. — The Infatuation

A perfect stage for energetic and flavorful new uses of top-notch ingredients. — Fodor's

"Bustling with energy", this "spirited" Logan Circle Spanish tapas destination is "big on creative flavors", with an "ever-changing" menu of "earthy", "sometimes daring" delights. — Zagat

Ben's Chili Bowl

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

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

Another favourite of the president’s, and well worth the trip for the legendary chili dogs, milkshakes and cheese fries. — Rough Guide

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

Former pool hall serving chili half-smokes, burgers, cakes to Obama, et al — Where

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

Komi

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

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

It’s one of our favorite fine-dining spots in DC, and the $150 prix-fixe menu comes with a dozen Mediterranean-inspired dishes that are worth the splurge. — The Infatuation

Johnny Monis, the young, energetic chef-owner of this small, personal restaurant, offers one of the most adventurous dining experiences in the city. — Fodor's

The youthful chef is essaying New American cuisine with nods to his Mediterranean heritage and whatever else strikes his fancy. — Time Out

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

Fiola

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

Washington foodies wept when Fabio Trabocchi took his Italian talents to the briefly beloved Fiamma in New York City. — Fodor's

With great enthusiasm, DC's dining public welcomes back to town Fabio Trabocchi, who made famous the now-closed Maestro in The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. — Gayot

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

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

Dine among senators and lobbyists at this elegant, upscale trattoria off Pennsylvania Avenue, recipient of a 2016 Michelin star — Lonely Planet

Le Diplomate

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

How hot is Le Diplomate? So hot that in the middle of a frigid winter when temperatures were in the twenties, diners were taking seats at the sidewalk tables. — Frommer's

Situated on the bustling 14th Street corridor, Le Diplomate is Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr’s DC debut—and it’s a winner. — Travel + Leisure

This charming French bistro is a relative newcomer, but it has skyrocketed to one of the hottest tables in town. — Lonely Planet

Trendy 14th Street NW feels a bit like the Champs-Élysées at Stephen Starr's movie set of a French brasserie, with its zinc bar, tile floors and vintage fittings plus a sidewalk cafe. — Zagat

Bustling Le Diplomate features a Parisian bistro atmosphere with its smoky mirrored walls and dark wood interiors. — Gayot

The Source

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

Wolfgang Puck's first foray into Washington, D.C., provides diners with two dining experiences. — Fodor's

Wolfgang Puck cooks again. — Not For Tourists

The wood-fired grill in the casual room downstairs stoke his famous gourmet pizzas and striking contemporary design elements frame the home for the dining room attached to the Newseum. — Gayot

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

Plenty of celebrity chefs have staked a claim in Washington in recent years, but few have done it as well as Wolfgang Puck. — Time Out

Proof

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

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

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

This earthy wine bar and restaurant supplies a bit of informal cheer to its preening neighbors in the Penn Quarter neighborhood. — Concierge

Former tax attorney Mark Kuller turned his passion for great food and wine (his home cellar boasts some 7,000 bottles) into his first foray into the restaurant business: the wine-focused Proof. — Time Out

Daikaya

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

The menu features five different versions of ramen, starting with the shio ramen in a delicate broth followed by dark soy sauce shoyu ramen, mugi-miso ramen and spicy miso ramen. — Gayot

Sapporo-style ramen shop from partners Daisuke Utagawa, Yama Jewayni and (chef) Katsuya Fukushima — Where

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

Daikaya's twin concepts succeed. — Washington Post

Asian cuisine, especially Japanese, is all the rage in Washington, with Daikaya being one of the top go-to hotspots. — Frommer's

Tabard Inn Restaurant

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

Romantic rendezvous. — Not For Tourists

What I love about the Tabard Inn is that most D.C. visitors and transplants have never heard of it, yet this place requires a brunch reservation 2 weeks in advance. — Afar Magazine

Tucked at the back of a 19th-century brownstone, home to a family-run hotel, the Tabard is an eclectic and shamelessly romantic destination. — Time Out

The beautiful surroundings offer a place to talk, to relax and unwind with contemporary American food. — Washington Post

Revisiting one of DC'€™s most charming yet least publicized restaurants is much like a trip down memory lane. — Gayot

1789 Restaurant

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

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

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

All the gentility of this 19th-century town-house restaurant is offset by the down-to-earth food on the menu, which changes daily. — Fodor's

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

Start with the foie gras or beef crudo two ways and move on to a main course of Alaskan halibut or rack of lamb. — Michelin Guide

Bombay Club Restaurant

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

"Refinement pervades" this "sophisticated Indian" a few "steps from the White House", where "delightful" dishes are served "with style" in "serene", "British raj" environs. — Zagat

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

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

A kebab of ground duck is flavored with chilies and ginger; eggplant is roasted in a tandoor oven, then combined with sautéed onions, ginger, and yogurt. Yum. — Frommer's

Pizzeria Paradiso

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

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

Good quality, wood-oven pizza that keeps locals coming back for more. Expect to wait for a table, even at the larger Georgetown location. — Time Out

In spite of awesome competition, this is still the best pizza place in the city. — Frommer's

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

This cheerful pizza parlor serves some of the best pizza this side of Naples. — Gayot

Two Amys

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

Though you’re likely to eat your face off at 2 Amys, consider grabbing a snack beforehand: The secret is out on this Cleveland Park restaurant, and wait times can stretch over an hour. — Time Out

Pizza Napolitana. Romantic or just for kicks. — Not For Tourists

Call it the Brando of D.C. pizzerias, because this Neapolitan sensation has played godfather to a number of throne-stealing wood ovens elsewhere in town since it opened more than a decade ago. — Fodor's

This Neapolitan-style pizzeria is a Washington favorite with its mouthwatering toppings, lovely appetizers and first-class charcuterie. — Washington Post

Blistered, simple and decadent Neapolitan-style pizza. The thin crusts are famous throughout the city, and guests can wait up to an hour for a table. — Insight Guides

Hank's Oyster Bar

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

Hank's is a reliable, casual place to stop in for oysters and clams on the half shell, lobster rolls, popcorn shrimp and calamari, and crab cakes cooked on a griddle. — Concierge

Several varieties of oysters daily including their own proprietary mollusk. — Not For Tourists

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

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

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

Jaleo

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

The menu offers many appetizers and entrees, but don'€™t bypass at least one dish with Spanish cheese, chicken fritters, chorizo... and, for dessert, the chocolate hazelnut cake. — Gayot

Not far from the monuments, and a stone’s throw from the Verizon Center, this Spanish tapas restaurant is a refreshing alternative with its colorful menu and decor. — DK Eyewitness

Good, if overpriced, tapas. — Not For Tourists

Nineteen years after it opened, Jaleo still turns up on Washingtonian magazine's list of 100 best restaurants. — Frommer's

You are encouraged to make a meal of the long list of tapas at this lively Spanish bistro, although the six types of handcrafted paella are the stars of an ample entree menu. — Fodor's

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