The Best Burgers in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

As the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.'s dining scene is dominated by international cuisines and power lunches. But locals and visitors alike sometimes just want a classic American burger, and the best places for a burger in D.C. know how to do it right. Chefs use top-quality meat, perfect cooking technique, choice buns, great toppings, and delicious sides. So, which restaurants should you go to when you’re craving one of these burgers? We used our data to find the top burger spots among diners in DC. Here’s where the locals are going when they’re wanting a good burger.

Restaurants:The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C, Persimmon, Teddy & The Bully Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Penn Quarter, Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Dupont Circle

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,081 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

The Smith in Penn Quarter is one of a small regional chain known for bistro-inspired comfort-food classics with global influences. Comprehensive menus offer two burgers for lunch, ...

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93% recommended

Persimmon

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,414 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine

Somewhat off the beaten path in Bethesda, Persimmon offers a cozy-but-bright break from the bustle of D.C., along with some excellent bistro-inspired cuisine. The focus is on seafo...

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96% recommended
American in Washington, D.C. Area
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,482 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

In its decor, vibe, food and strong cocktails, Teddy & The Bully Bar takes its inspiration from Theodore Roosevelt – his personality, achievements and enthusiasm for the wilderness...

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94% recommended
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Cafe Soleil

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,000 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

A brightly decorated bistro close to the White House, Cafe Soleil welcomes locals and visitors to enjoy its French-influenced New American cuisine all day. Lunch and dinner guests ...

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85% recommended
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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
3,009 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Ever wondered what kind of burger Abraham Lincoln would like? The chefs at Lincoln, a restaurant inspired by the 16th President in its every facet, have pondered that question and ...

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91% recommended
Great for Brunch in District of Columbia
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Barcode

$$$$·American·
Downtown
831 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups

Barcode, a 200-seat sports bar, restaurant and lounge that's open late, claims the honor of the Washington Post's best happy hour. Diners in the mood for a burger can get a deal on...

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86% recommended
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Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,247 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch

Summer House Santa Monica takes its inspiration from a sunny beach house in Southern California, a theme that's revealed by its light- and plant-filled decor along with the produce...

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85% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
10,322 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Scenic View

Farmers Fishers Bakers, part of a farmer-owned restaurant group, offers casual, all-day dining in Georgetown's Washington Harbour area. The focus is on sustainable fare, with made-...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

The Columbia Firehouse

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,219 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Diners hungry for a burger can order one any time of day at The Columbia Firehouse, a casual restaurant offering classic American cuisine in Alexandria. The signature Firehouse bur...

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86% recommended
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Lahinch Tavern and Grill

$$$$·American·
Potomac
351 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date

The concept of Irish-American fusion defines Lahinch Tavern and Grill's menu and overall vibe, which is equal parts upscale American restaurant and casual Irish tavern. The Potomac...

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91% recommended
Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area

Seasons 52 - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,683 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

Seasons 52 in North Bethesda is one of over 35 national locations of the popular fresh food-focused restaurant. While the focus of the menus is salads, flatbreads and seafood, the ...

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94% recommended
American in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,813 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

A breezy, scenic riverfront setting in Alexandria, seasonal outdoor seating, regular live music and a seafood-centric menu fit nicely with Blackwall Hitch's maritime theme. Diners ...

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