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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.

Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best American Restaurants in Washington DC

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Best Contemporary American Restaurants in Washington DC

Popular restaurants in Washington DC

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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Washington, D.C.

We know a thing or two about snagging a table. See the spots that are hardest to get into.
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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Washington, D.C.

Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The top restaurants in the city, according to our savvy dining experts.
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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

Whether it’s a margherita pizza or sashimi you seek, here are the best places by cuisine type, according to our tastemakers.
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The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
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Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

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Nobu DCNobu DC
482 reviews
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Japanese | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Always a great atmosphere. Whenever we're in dc NoBu is our go to place. More

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

The sushi is phenomenal. We came for the happy hour which is amazing but we couldn't wait for the bar. Highly recommend!! More

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Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press ClubFourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
1241 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I wasn't sure how to rate the noise level. I went with far right hoping that meant outstanding. It was a truly delightful evening as everything was perfect including the lack of noise!! More

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DCCharlie Palmer Steak - DC
3080 reviews
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Steakhouse | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Carlie Palmer is the best steak in D.C. in my opinion. Great atmosphere, great service, great food! Would recommend to anyone! More

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Westend Bistro DCWestend Bistro DC
1652 reviews
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Bistro | West End, District of Columbia

Excellent fast service at lunch when we told the waiter we had a time constraint. Still had time for delicious lunch and dessert in less than an hour. Excellent salmon sandwich. More

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Specials at top restaurants in Washington DC

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Boqueria - DupontBoqueria - Dupont
1843 reviews
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Spanish | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Always consistently good More

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Dyllan's Raw Bar GrillDyllan's Raw Bar Grill
96 reviews
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

I was recently at Dillons for a business dinner. The location was perfect for us to discuss our proposal and enjoy a wonderful meal and excellent service. My business associates were also impressed with The restaurant. More

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ANKARAANKARA
493 reviews
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Just had drinks after work, so can't really speak to the food, but the drinks were great, the service was over the top, and the ambiance was perfect! More

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Nick's Riverside GrillNick's Riverside Grill
285 reviews
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Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Food was excellent...service was very professional. Great location. Really nice evening. Katherine was our waitress, and she was great. More

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

Their kulfi was wonderful! Their service was even better More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

Washington DC's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Elizabeth's Gone Raw1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
394 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

One of the most amazing meals I have ever eaten. The food was delicious, the service impeccable. Everything was perfect. More

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L'Auberge Chez Francois2. L'Auberge Chez Francois
5186 reviews
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French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Great restaurant for those secial events or a wonderful night out. More

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The Inn at Little Washington3. The Inn at Little Washington
692 reviews
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American | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

This is the highest level of culinary service. Eating here is an experience that cannot be compared. Every bite, every course, every moment was flawless. More

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Bistro L'Hermitage4. Bistro L'Hermitage
3699 reviews
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French | Woodbridge, Virginia - DC Suburbs

As usual, our dining at Bistrot L'Hermitage was exceptional. Please save rppm for sweets, as the bread pudding and apple tart are worth the trip. More

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Afghan Bistro5. Afghan Bistro
614 reviews
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Afghan | Springfield, Virginia - DC Suburbs

I highly recommend this restaurant. It’s a small restaurant located in a strip mall but looks are deceiving. The service is great and the food is delicious. I had the special which was an oxtail stew served with bismatti rice. The sauce was tomato based and a little spicey and the oxtail was nice and tender. My husband had the chicken and seekh kebabs which he enjoyed. We’re from out of town and will continue to return to Afghan Bistro whenever we’re in town. The food here is definitely made with love and it shows. More

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New to OpenTable

Washington DC restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
BrooklynBrooklyn
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American | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

Brooklyn blends culture with cuisine bringing all people together. An infectious vibe, palpable energy, and savory palette is Brooklyn. Replete with a brick oven for artisanal pizzas, craft cocktails, and two-levels of pure sophistication. Meet Brooklyn once, you will never forget her.

The District dining scene mirrors the dating scene: You’ll fall in love then you begin to lose interest. The object of your admiration will disappear, only to be replaced by a newer, shinier thing. There will be the one that got away, the one that’s out of your league, and the one that’s only good for some late night hedonism. Not in Brooklyn, she will make you seek monogamy.More

Chef GuoChef Guo
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Chinese | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

ChefGuo Imperial Banquet is the artistic creation of California University of Management Honorary Doctor, Master Chef Guo Wenjun. This cuisine makes manifest Master Chef Guo’s thirty years of culinary experience through an elegant Chinese imperial dining setting. ChefGuo’s cuisine is rooted in the mystic Chinese teachings of imperial Chefs and physicians in antiquity and the teachings of his master, Imperial Chef Ding Guangzhou. It is a culinary art that is centered on balance, moderation and complementation and fuses ancient Chinese teachings with modern nutritional science. Each dish is a meticulously crafted culinary work of art that satisfies even the most sophisticated palate. A cuisine that has been served to global leaders at the APEC economic leaders’ meeting numerous times and was always met with high praise by all its esteemed attendees. ChefGuo Imperial Banquet uses only the finest ingredients from around the world. More

Ezio Room at FiolaEzio Room at Fiola
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Located within Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s flagship Fiola, Bar Ezio at Fiola offers ala carte options with all the polish and hospitality that Fiola is known for. Our menus draw inspiration from regional Italian classics, local seasonal ingredients, and family traditions. The restaurant itself features sophisticated private dining spaces for business and social events, and outdoor dining is available from spring through fall on our patio.More

L'AttitudeL'Attitude
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American | Ashburn, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Welcome to L'Attitude at Embassy Suites Dulles!
Serving incredible meals with a flourish, our popular hotel restaurant, L'Attitude, offers continental American cuisine with an international flair. Open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, this modern and trendy dining hot spot is a must for all hotel guests.More

Vino BistroVino Bistro
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Bistro | Leesburg, Virginia - DC Suburbs

We’re a husband and wife team that love wine, great food and treasured memories shared around the dining table. We’re thrilled to share our love for food & wine with the community of Leesburg, Virginia. Vino Bistro will feature and upscale wine bar & bistro with French inspired speciality foods and wines from around the world for your enjoyment! Our goal is to create a boutique neighborhood wine & food destination. At Vino Bistro, you can browse our wine shelves, select a bottle and enjoy it right there at your table or purchase retail to go. We have over 100 wines to choose from! Vino Bistro’s menu features french-inspired dishes with a California-American flare, all designed to match with the wines we have in store. More

Discover Washington, D.C.

An international city with the food chops to show for it, Washington D.C. is brimming with new restaurants, coffee houses and spirited bars. And, while tablecloth dining has it’s place here (diplomats gotta eat), so does the casual yet delicious lunch spot (interns gotta eat, too). Near the Capitol, historic eateries and classic menus are favored by many. Excellent Filipino food can be found in Columbia Heights. Near Georgetown, upscale bistros and farm-to-table spots are the order of the day, and Adams Morgan is home to many international restaurants and locally owned cafes.