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
Ray's The SteaksRay's The Steaks
8
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Steakhouse | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs
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
Pepita CantinaPepita Cantina
7.6
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Mexican | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs
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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KinshipKinship
810
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia
NocturneNocturne
68
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1057
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1087
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446
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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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8214
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7402
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3894
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3307
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5883
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Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
19902
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BlackSaltBlackSalt
5356
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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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Kapnos KouzinaKapnos Kouzina
1403 reviews
$$$$
Greek | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Kapnos was very good as usual. Waiter was very obliging and service was great. Only reason I have not given five stars was the drinks took a while to come out. But otherwise a lovely experience. More

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Kapnos Taverna ArlingtonKapnos Taverna Arlington
1258 reviews
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Greek | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

We came in after a soccer game around 8:00am on a Saturday night . We were early for a reservation and they had a seated right away. The problem was that once we ordered food it took quite a while to get it. The server explained that the kitchen was backed up. I wish he would explain that a little bit earlier instead of us having to try to wave him down. He kept peeking around the cashier station to see if we had our food yet. Apparently different people serve the food. The food is a little over priced for the portions. It was tasty but the recommendation by the server to order 3 mezza servings was a little much since prices were between $12-18 each. Three of us ordered the flank steak with cauliflower purée and chimichurri sauce. Tasty but very small portions. More

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Brabo - Lorien Hotel & SpaBrabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa
2859 reviews
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French | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Very good restaurant. It’s a pricey for what you get. Would not say it’s a good value for the money. My husband ordered a cocktail, and he said it was ok, but wouldn’t ordered another one. The service was a little slow. It took a while before our order was taken. The location of the restaurant is really good- right by the metro stop. Overall a good restaurant, but be prepared to spend a lot of money. More

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YonaYona
303 reviews
$$$$
Asian | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

This was my second visit in two weeks. We liked it so much the first time that we decided to come back with a couple of friends and we were not disappointed. The food was still great. However, there was one thing different. The first time we ate in September we ordered Donburi with rib eye beef and it came with sliced beef which was just awesome. This time the dish looked different, more like shredded beef instead of the slices. While still delicious, the sliced version was heaps better. It looked better and seemed to taste better the first time. Other than that, everything else was great. The edamame could have used more salt. The service was also very friendly and attentive. More

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

Ate outside by the waterfront, was very nice! The food is good, they also had live music. Will not disappoint. More

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Rasoi Indian KitchenRasoi Indian Kitchen
371 reviews
$$$$
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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Espita MezcaleriaEspita Mezcaleria
223 reviews
$$$$
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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Acacia Food & WineAcacia Food & Wine
296 reviews
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Mediterranean | Van Ness, District of Columbia

My husband I I brought my mother, who is 84 and hard of hearing, to Acacia on Saturday night. Much as I enjoy live music, I was dismayed to see a jazz trio letting up, as we arrived, because I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to hear each other speak. The staff quickly sized up the situation and led us to the patio, where we sat in a gentle summer breeze, listening to muted but still enjoyable jazz in the background, and conversing over delicious bison kebabs, glazed salmon, vegetables, and salads. It was a delightful evening in an unexpected oasis in the city. More

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St. Anselm - DC1. St. Anselm - DC
21 reviews
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Contemporary American | Mount Vernon, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Excellent food, exceptional and friendly service, and a unique, cozy atmosphere. Would highly recommend! More

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Seasons Restaurant - Four Seasons Washington DC2. 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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The Inn at Little Washington3. The Inn at Little Washington
595 reviews
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American | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

The Inn is a place for a special occasion. It is exceptional in food and service. We have been there a few times and it never disappoints. We will be back More

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Russia House Restaurant - Herndon4. Russia House Restaurant - Herndon
715 reviews
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Russian | Herndon, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Decent & Delicious! We are satisfied & enjoyed! Pirozhki, Scallops Russia House, Borscht Russian Style, Georgian Salad, Beef Stroganov/Beef Stroganoff, Kotlety Po-Kiev-ski/Chicken Kiev More

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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier5. 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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New to OpenTable

Washington DC restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Chevys Fresh Mex - GreenbeltChevys Fresh Mex - Greenbelt
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Mexican | Upper Marlboro, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Chevys Fresh Mex® is Mexican un-chained. We serve up delicious simplicity in a casual but energized atmosphere. Whether you’re with friends or family, there’s a fiesta waiting for you at Chevys.

We pride ourselves in the freshest food and drinks, made every day from scratch. Think California inspired Mesquite-fired flavor with farm fresh ingredients. We use only fresh, top-quality ingredients in our beloved recipes to create a one-of-a-kind fiesta of the senses that inspires celebration amongst food lovers, spice lovers and fun lovers.More

Josephine's Italian KitchenJosephine's Italian Kitchen
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Contemporary Italian | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Come to the table and eat! Fresh Southern Italian food in a casual restaurant, classic Italian cocktails and cordials in the comfortable full bar/lounge.More

Mayta's Peruvian CuisineMayta's Peruvian Cuisine
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Peruvian | Frederick, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Welcome to Mayta's Peruvian Cuisine!
Enjoy a new experience with authentic Peruvian dishes and bright flavors in the heart of Buckeystown Pike. For beautiful days dine on the patio. More

Terrain Cafe - BethesdaTerrain Cafe - Bethesda
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Contemporary American | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Terrain Cafe celebrates the cycle of the seasons and the bounty of the land. Using hand-selected local produce, meats and dairy products, our team takes pride in crafting menus from the seasonal harvest of farmers we know and trust. We work tirelessly to craft an environment that aesthetically and gastronomically reflects the best of our local communities.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 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.