Favorite Local Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The OpenTable team

There are lots of things to be proud of in our nation’s capital: the rich sense of history, the architecture, the countless landmarks and monuments—and now, even more so than ever before, the food. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to sprawling French bistros, legendary Indian spots to not-so-classic diners—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Le Diplomate, Zaytinya, Oyamel
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Mediterranean, Mexican
Neighborhoods:Logan Circle, Penn Quarter

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,582 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

Le Diplomate, a pitch-perfect French bistro in Logan Circle, is undoubtedly one of the greatest spots to brunch in the city. (Ask anyone from DC and they’ll agree.) You can’t go wr...

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95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
16,540 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Chef Jose Andres is a DC legend, with restaurants of all types delighting diners around the city. Zaytinya is his Middle Eastern spot, with a myriad of dips and salads and meats an...

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95% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
9,136 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Neighborhood Gem

Oyamel is one of those restaurants that manages to be elegant, refined, and a whole lot of fun. You’re here for upscale versions of Mexican street food—think tacos, ceviches, and t...

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97% recommended
Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area
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Central Michel Richard

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
7,502 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

Since it opened 10 years ago, Central Michel Richard has been serving French-American food that is both elegant and low-key, winning accolades from all over the country. We particu...

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97% recommended
Great for Lunch in District of Columbia
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China Chilcano

$$$$·Peruvian·
Penn Quarter
2,833 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies

China Chilcano is a Jose Andres restaurant specializing in the food of Peru—specifically chifa, the Chinese-influenced Peruvian cuisine, and nikkei, the Japanese-influenced traditi...

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92% recommended
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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,078 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

The Smith in Penn Quarter is the first DC outpost of the Manhattan group of restaurants, serving classic, crowd-pleasing American food in a fun, lively atmosphere. The food is simp...

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93% recommended

Farmers & Distillers

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
6,711 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch

Farmers & Distillers is a restaurant owned by farmers themselves; it’s a collaboration between restaurateurs Mike Vucurevich and Dan Simons and the 47,000 farmers of the North Dako...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

Centrolina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,956 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Tucked into the swanky CenterCityDC development is Centrolina, chef Amy Brandwein’s bright, buzzing Italian restaurant. Here, you’ll find dishes like buckwheat spaghetti alla chita...

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96% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Founding Farmers - DC

$$$$·American·
Foggy Bottom
30,226 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

From the same farmer-owned group behind Farmers & Distillers is Founding Farmers, a—you guessed it—farm-to-table restaurant in downtown DC. Expect crowd-pleasing dishes like pastas...

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89% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

The Salt Line

$$$$·Seafood·
Navy Yard
1,674 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

On the waterfront near the Navy Yard you’ll find The Salt Line, a seafood restaurant that celebrates the cooking traditions of New England and the Chesapeake Bay. This means there ...

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93% recommended
Scenic View in District of Columbia
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Succotash - Penn Quarter DC - Reopening Soon

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,054 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Succotash is a breathtaking restaurant in every which way: the 9,000-square-foot-space is marbled and gilded in every which way, the bronze-plated glass atrium sparkles, and the fo...

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90% recommended
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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,016 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Iron Gate, a cozy, romantic restaurant in Dupont Circle, has a lot going for it: the wood-fired hearth and rotisserie, the red leather banquettes, the wisteria-lined patio. Tuck in...

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92% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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