The Infatuation’s Restaurant Picks

The Infatuation is an app and website, which uses a small team of local editors who dine anonymously to rate and review restaurants. Each restaurant gets a rating, so that you can find the right place for every occasion.
RasikaRasika
8.5
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Bar PilarBar Pilar
8.4
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Contemporary American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
HazelHazel
8.4
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Contemporary American | Shaw, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
8.3
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
8.3
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French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
The RiggsbyThe Riggsby
7.8
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Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
GG
7.8
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Italian | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
HaikanHaikan
7.7
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Ramen | Shaw, District of Columbia
The PartisanThe Partisan
7.6
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
7.5
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

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Plume at the Jefferson HotelPlume at the Jefferson Hotel
1151
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
KinshipKinship
810
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
NocturneNocturne
68
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Iron GateIron Gate
1057
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
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6442
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1087
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Harold BlackHarold Black
446
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5099
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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The top restaurants in the city, according to our savvy dining experts.
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
6757
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French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13290
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7539
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
432
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American | Shaw, District of Columbia
Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6598
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1874
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
1024
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ArrozArroz
856
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Spanish | Shaw, District of Columbia
ConvivialConvivial
512
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French American | Shaw, District of Columbia
RasikaRasika
8214
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Farmers & DistillersFarmers & Distillers
3378
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
990
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
GhibellinaGhibellina
808
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Italian | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
Founding Farmers - DCFounding Farmers - DC
24351
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia
The Salt LineThe Salt Line
724
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Seafood | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
821
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Osteria Morini DCOsteria Morini DC
1784
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Italian | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
Iron GateIron Gate
1057
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
RPM Italian - DCRPM Italian - DC
2193
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Italian | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
KapnosKapnos
1294
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Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

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Unconventional DinerUnconventional Diner
432
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American | Shaw, District of Columbia
CentrolinaCentrolina
990
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Le DiplomateLe Diplomate
6757
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French | Logan Circle, District of Columbia
The Salt LineThe Salt Line
724
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Seafood | Navy Yard, District of Columbia
ZaytinyaZaytinya
13290
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7539
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ArrozArroz
856
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Spanish | Shaw, District of Columbia
Rasika West EndRasika West End
4053
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Contemporary Indian | West End, District of Columbia
China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1874
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
ChaplinChaplin
579
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Japanese | Shaw, District of Columbia
BLT Steak DCBLT Steak DC
3195
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia
Lebanese Taverna - Washington DCLebanese Taverna - Washington DC
868
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Middle Eastern | Woodley Park, District of Columbia
DC NoodlesDC Noodles
91
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Thai | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia
Mandu - K StreetMandu - K Street
420
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Korean | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
KapnosKapnos
1294
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Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
13290
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
OyamelOyamel
7539
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6598
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia
RasikaRasika
8214
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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
7402
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Bombay ClubBombay Club
3894
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Tosca RistoranteTosca Ristorante
3307
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia
Blue Duck TavernBlue Duck Tavern
5883
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Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
19902
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia
BlackSaltBlackSalt
5356
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Seafood | Palisades Northwest, District of Columbia

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
821 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

So delicious! Outstanding service and ambiance. Nice and quiet so my group could actually talk! More

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Requin - WharfRequin - Wharf
577 reviews
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French | Southwest Waterfront, District of Columbia

Excellent service and delicious food. More

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KapnosKapnos
1294 reviews
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Greek | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Great meal tonight and the service from Hector could not have been better. As a vegan, this is definitely one of my go-to restaurants in the area. More

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1783 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Besides having a pretty atmosphere, they always have good food. Highly recommend the mimosas with fresh squeezed orange juice More

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SakerumSakerum
319 reviews
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Sushi | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Incredible food and great ambiance. More

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Specials at top restaurants in District of Columbia

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Espita MezcaleriaEspita Mezcaleria
223 reviews
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Mexican | Shaw, District of Columbia

We went to Espita Mezcaleria as a group of 6 for an early Sunday dinner. The food and drinks were all outstanding, from the salsas all the way to the entrees. Our table was definitely the rowdiest, but I think only because we dined on the earlier side. I would highly recommend and definitely plan to return. More

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Claudia'sClaudia's
331 reviews
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Steak | Downtown, District of Columbia

Of all of the times I’ve come to this establishment, it seems as though the waiter kept forgetting about us. Once we received our food, he didn’t check on us. We waited for awhile before he came back to order drinks with our food and it took long to bring it. In addition, when we were ready for desert, he took a 15 minutes to bring the desert menu. I hate to complain, but the service could have been better especially after I boast about this restaurant to my partner. More

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The Tavern at the Henley ParkThe Tavern at the Henley Park
517 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Had a business meal with 7 people. They put us in a private room. Food and service was excellent. I had the pork chop and it was grilled to perfection. The most minor detail ended up being the biggest surprise... they warmed the creamer for the after-dinner coffee. This is the first restaurant I've *ever* been to that has done that. Highly recommended. More

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Rasoi Indian KitchenRasoi Indian Kitchen
371 reviews
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Indian | Downtown, District of Columbia

The vegetable samosas were to my satisfaction. I was delighted to have their butter chicken. I asked for spice level 6/10 (medium) and was totally satisfied with the outcome. More

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Avenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn CentralAvenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn Central
77 reviews
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American | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

Much better than expected for a restaurant in a Holiday inn!! Food was delicious ! Very friendly waiter. More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

District of Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC1. Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC
517 reviews
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Outstanding, and without doubt, the best buffet I have ever had. The service was flawless and the variety and quality of the food was perfect. More

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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier2. Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
2955 reviews
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French | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Marcel's. What a treat! We both had the 3 course dinner. It was well worth the money -- every course was superb! The waiter gave us very good advice regarding our course selections. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We will return for our next special occasion! More

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Cafe of India3. Cafe of India
418 reviews
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Indian | Friendship Heights, District of Columbia

Always have enjoyed food at this cozy restaurant. Give it a try if you like,Indian food. More

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Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC4. Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC
504 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Wedding Anniversary stay at the Jefferson hotel. The ambience is beautiful and the food was very good. I had the egg white omelet and lemon ricotta pancakes and my husband had the eggs and waffles. Both of our meals were delicious! Will return soon! More

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Elizabeth's Gone Raw5. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
337 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Super vegan restaurant. We did the wine pairing and it was the way to go. More

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New to OpenTable

District of Columbia restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
America Eats TavernAmerica Eats Tavern
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Renowned chef José Andrés offers a new take on American classics, celebrating iconic American dishes and incorporating a delectable array of barbecue dishes. The restaurant offers a vibrant setting for any dining experience, including Georgetown's best outdoor patio.More

Canopy Central Cafe & BarCanopy Central Cafe & Bar
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Global, International | Southwest Waterfront, District of Columbia

At Canopy, all your choices are good ones: for working, playing, eating and relaxing. So you simply feel better going forward. Enjoy uncomplicated comforts.
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Holidays at The WillardHolidays at The Willard
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Join us for brunch on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter at The Willard InterContinental Washington D.C. The Willard InterContinental combines American renaissance and luxury —proudly setting the benchmark with two centuries of unrivaled hospitality from its coveted 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue address.

Enjoy a buffet brunch sure to please you and your guests with specialty curated food by Executive Chef Luca De Marchis.

We look forward to sharing a wonderful holiday experience with you.More

Namaste'Namaste'
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We promise you an unforgettable, unique and delicious dining experience! Namaste Restaurant will provide unique and magical taste to Alexandria, Virginia through international creative food, and hospitality that will make everyone feel welcome and special.More

Union District Oyster Bar & LoungeUnion District Oyster Bar & Lounge
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Oyster Bar | NoMa, District of Columbia

Hip, sexy, high-end restaurant lounge space curating amazing food and beverage experiences with an eclectic mix of entertainment. Developing our brand and creating the unique character of Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge was very simple: A mixture of modern and vintage décor, a melting pot of ethnic backgrounds and nationalities, delicious food offerings and an unrivaled beverage program with endless options, including expertly crafted cocktails, 300 whiskeys and over 90 wine varietals, our guests will see Union as the perfect destination for every occasion. Union’s team is comprised of carefully selected people committed to delivering the promise that every guest is treated like a VIP! We, at Union, believe that when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. So, when you think of Union, remember that EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT UNION!More

Discover District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is a place where eating out can be an adventure. Caribbean, Italian, and Pakistani cuisine can be found in the area. You can also dine on classic American fare, seafood, and barbecue. Try the Jamaican spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or the steak churrasco for a taste of the Caribbean. If you plan to eat Italian cuisine, sample the gamberi, cannelloni, or the pollo parmigiano. The District of Columbia’s Pakistani fare is traditional with dishes like Punjabi boti chicken tikka, goat dum biryani, or the butter chicken. For breakfast, you might like steel cut oats, organic cottage cheese and fresh fruit, or French toast and beef hash. This is a destination where the food is almost as good as the sights.