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Boqueria - Penn Quarter
Boqueria - Penn Quarter
(165)
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great service. Staff was attentive but not overwhelming. Food was excellent. More

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Cafe Du Parc
Cafe Du Parc
(1752)
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French American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Restaurant Week specials were great !!! More

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The Riggsby
The Riggsby
(961)
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Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Nice setting and delicious food! Come here when you're willing to bust your wallet a bit and you'll have a great time with cocktails and food. More

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Cherry at W Hotel DC
Cherry at W Hotel DC
(24)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The menu was delightful and the service impeccable. Will certainly revisit. More

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Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
(1314)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

What a find! Quiet, refined atmosphere with outstanding food and excellent service! We had a TravelZoo voucher which offered great value and enticed us to try this restaurant. Our meal was exceptional and we plan to go back! I had a crab cake platter that included two crab cakes with lots of crabmeat chunks plus a delicious melon slaw and mixed vegetable side. More

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Claudia's
Claudia's
(472)
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Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

Really enjoyed our dinner at Claudia's. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding, and the atmosphere was lovely. I will definitely return. More

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The Hamilton
The Hamilton
(7842)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Amazing food, attentive service and a private dining table with doors!! More

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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
(582)
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Seafood | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

Lovely spot found at the last minute in this bustling part of DC. As a party of 1, we are often put on side tables and never offered a booth. The same here---but small dining room--made it bearable. Wait staff was polite and helpful in oyster selection along w entree. I found the food prepared and presented well. A cocktail and glass of wine also served quickly. I recommend for hot spot in town, date night, groups of 4 or so. I immediately texted a friend and told them about it! I will go back if back in DC. More

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Espita
Espita
(404)
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Mexican | Shaw, District of Columbia

I had a blast I will come back always want more chips! More

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Poca Madre
Poca Madre
(309)
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Poca Madre is possibly the most underrated restaurant in DC. The food and drinks are innovative and delicious. The service is by far the best in the city. When it took a long time to bring out one of our dishes, the staff and manager apologized and brought out a free appetizer to tide us over. Kieran, our wonderful waiter, brought us sparkling rose to celebrate our birthdays. Nobody rushed us. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. More

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Benjamin Bar & Lounge at Trump International Hotel
1. Benjamin Bar & Lounge at Trump International Hotel
(53)
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Afternoon Tea | Downtown, District of Columbia

We had Tea Service at both the Trump International DC and The St Regis Hotel DC over the weekend. We enjoyed our food and experience at the Benjamin Bar & Lounge much more and commend the Trump International in their exquisite hotel and surroundings. We were also treated very nicely by the Bell and Valet staff as well as our driver in the hotel car. Just an amazing experience for myself and my daughter all around. We hope to stay there on our next visit. More

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Elizabeth's Gone Raw
2. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
(459)
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Definitely a Michelin star experience! More

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Fiola
3. Fiola
(2523)
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Amazing experience, not only food (that is absolutely fantastic) but whole experience. Impeccable service. Pricey, but worthwhile. More

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Bistro Aracosia
4. Bistro Aracosia
(1096)
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Afghan | Palisades Northwest, District of Columbia

Restaurant was top notch all around. We had a reservation and had to wait (which initially ticked me off) in line but it was because of two reasons....everyone had a reservation and no one wanted to leave sitting at the tables because the food and ambience was incredible. The maitre d' did an awesome job of managing the line and even gave my wife and others a glass of wine because we all had to wait. The staff was very courteous and helped us with the menu to explain everything. Can't say enough about the food and how delicious it was. From the bread and chutneys they bring in the beginning, to the entrees, to the incredible deserts at the end...you just don't want it to end. We just found a new place to bring our friends and family who love to try new places. More

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Nocturne
5. Nocturne
(146)
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Cocktail Bar | Shaw, District of Columbia

Best date night - maybe ever! Setting is perfect for conversation- my cell didn’t even have service. The drinks were beyond good! A surprise with everyone we ordered and the presentations were the best part! Make you reservation soon! We are already planning to go back! There are just small snacks though - so eat before you go- but the doughnut I ordered from upstairs was delicious! More

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CUT by Wolfgang Puck
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

CUT by Wolfgang Puck offers a sophisticated and modern design, refined service, and the absolute finest selections of beef. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus reflect the unique spirit and sensibility of the Washington metropolitan area, with both the menu and design drawing inspiration from the surrounding Georgetown neighborhood.

CUT restaurant features two stunning bars: one guests will find upon entering the hotel lobby, while the other sits atop the hotel on a magnificent deck overlooking the city. Both will serve custom artisan cocktails, wine, beer, and an extensive food menu. An intimate 14-seat private dining space also will be available for special events, meetings, and celebrations. More

Matchbox - Penn Quarter
Matchbox - Penn Quarter
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Bubbling, thin crust pizzas, mini burgers, crisp salads, and craft cocktails...four great reasons to visit matchbox today. We’re the neighborhood gathering place for fun, upscale casual dining, with local, award-winning beers, broad spectrum wines, and handcrafted signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else.More

Olive Bistro Cafe
Olive Bistro Cafe
Mediterranean | Tenleytown, District of Columbia

We offer a variety of Mediterranean and Turkish dishes, all served within a comfortable, warm setting. The restaurant provides generous portions while maintaining modest pricesMore

Phillips Seafood & Steak
Phillips Seafood & Steak
Seafood | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

The Phillips family has returned to Washington, DC with a dynamic new location near bustling Logan Circle. Phillips Seafood & Steak features only the best premium steaks, seared over hot hickory to lock in the natural juices, alongside an expansive menu of seafood items, including Phillips' famous family-recipe crab cakes, fresh raw bar, seafood appetizers & entrees. An open exhibition kitchen gives diners an action-packed view of the chefs at work. Visitors can wind down at Happy Hour, available Monday-Friday in the bar & lounge from 4-7pm & again from 10pm-close.More

Rosemarino D'Italia
Rosemarino D'Italia
Italian | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Rosemarino D'Italia specializes on Homemade Italian Pasta. This journey began March 21st, 2013 taking the big leap and becoming a business owner of the Italian restaurant named Rosemarino D'Italia. I am passionate about the creativity and tradition of Italian food and using homemade ingredients. I was trained rigorously to become a top chef with the restaurant I previously worked for so I took the opportunity on opening my first restaurant in Del Ray, Alexandria. I love what we created in Del Ray so much that I've decided to bring my passion of Italian food to Dupont Circle, Washington, DC. One thing for sure is I’ll keep on learning and growing my businesses—not only for myself but for my family and all Italian food lovers!!

Thank you,
Rosemeri Espinoza
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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.

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.