Diners’ Choice Awards are based on where your fellow diners book, dine, and review. Only verified diners get to review restaurants on OpenTable, so our data doesn’t lie.
Chef Anthony Chittum, a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and his team have revitalized the space with a menu that takes inspiration for the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinian and Southern Italy, interpreting those traditions and techniques using the finest products and seasonal ingredients of the Mid-Atlantic.
Iron Gate also serves as an idyllic oasis for fine private events both large and small, so please consider us when planning your next fête, we'd love to have you as our guests.
Chef Alex Oradei complements The Mayflower’s decadent decor with an 8-ounce prime strip steak encrusted in gold leaf and topped with shaved truffles. His steakhouse experience also comes across in a voluptuous burger and lamb chops.
Oradei plays up his Mediterranean roots by sending out canapé towers lined with bacon-wrapped dates, small cones of tuna tartare, and other elegant drinking snacks. The menu also features halloumi fries with harissa mayo, grilled octopus, branzino, and langoustine prawns with black rice and cream of saffron.
With a commitment to sourcing ingredients of the highest quality, Chef Cliff Wharton creates a daily menu based on what is local, fresh, and seasonal to bring inspired dishes to your table in an eclectic and historical setting. A DC institution since 1922, we look forward to offering our guests all the comforts of a home away from home.
Floriana offers authentic Italian recipes with handmade pastas in the most comfortable of environments. Located in DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood, in a historic brick stone row house that has been converted into a cozy restaurant, but hasn't given up the feel of coming over to someones home for dinner. Offering a seasonal menu of fresh and local ingredients Floriana has developed a reputation for consistent, high quality, authentic, feel good dishes at a great value. Our pledge of superior service is matched only by our ability to make every guest feel welcome and comfortable when joining us for a DC dining experience.We pay special attention to every guest that chooses Floriana.
- StheSreviewWashington, D.C. Area •1 review5.0Dined 2 days agoGreat Greek wine selection, beautiful space, incredible food.More infoIron GatePrice: Very Expensive• Mediterranean• Dupont Circle•4.7
- OTOpenTable DinerWashington, D.C. Area •4 reviews5.0Dined on Jan 1, 2023Pasta was excellent! A seat for one at the bar on New Years Day… thank youMore infoThe Palm Washington DCPrice: Very Expensive• Steakhouse• Dupont Circle•4.7
- WWWinWolduvipWashington, D.C. Area •2 reviews5.0Dined on Jan 1, 2023The brunch was delicious, the music playlist really set the mood, the decor was bright and vibrant. It was perfect for a girls brunch.More infoThe PembrokePrice: Expensive• Global, International• Dupont Circle•4.7
- EFElizabethFWashington, D.C. Area •2 reviews5.0Dined on Jan 1, 2023We loved our first time here! Would bring back my family for sure!More infoTabard InnPrice: Moderate• Contemporary American• Dupont Circle•4.6
- CCarolcbSan Diego •1 review5.0Dined on Jan 1, 2023Went to New Year’s brunch. Fantastic! The sweet potato hash was one of the best things I’ve eaten! My only critique is that my husband didn’t care for the Bloody Mary mix. But, he just switched to the mimosas!More infoTeddy & The Bully BarPrice: Expensive• American• Dupont Circle•4.5
LatinX-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in D.C.
Celebrate the diversity of the restaurant industry! These LatinX-owned and -operated restaurants are proud to share their heritage — explore spots to support near you.
The 5 reservations you need to make now at Washington, D.C.’s hottest 2023 restaurant openings
Washington, D.C.’s best new restaurants, ideal for your next brunch, lunch, or dinner, are home to some of the city’s hottest tables.
Black-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in D.C.
OpenTable gives restaurants the ability to celebrate their identity on their restaurant profile—making it even easier for you to find Black-owned and -operated restaurants to support. Explore the spots in your area.
LGBTQ-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in Washington D.C.
OpenTable gives restaurants the ability to celebrate their identity on their restaurant profile—making it even easier for you to find LGBTQ-owned and -operated restaurants to support from coast to coast. Book a table at one of these spots to dine out (and proud!) for Pride month and beyond.
18 restaurants that define dining in Washington, D.C.
Sample the tastes that are essential to Washington, D.C. by booking a table at one of the city’s 18 greatest restaurants right now.
Women-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in D.C.
Celebrate the diversity of the restaurant industry! These Woman-owned and -operated restaurants are proud to share their identity — explore spots to support near you.
9 romantic restaurants in Washington, D.C. for every kind of date
Washington, DC’s quaint neighborhoods, spectacular riverscapes, and burgeoning culinary scene all conjure romance. Whether you’re celebrating a proposal, an anniversary, or a long overdue night together, a charming perch is never hard to find in the nation’s capital. A Dupont Circle townhouse, made for intimate occasions, serves top-notch Mediterranean plates on its wisteria-clad patio. Korean and Southern flavors come together at a handsome Penn Quarter hotspot, sure to up the ante on any anniversary. Read on for a guide to 9 date-worthy restaurants in Washington, DC, ready to host your romantic night out.
12 of Washington, D.C.’s outstanding spots for celebrating special occasions
As a city that has seen countless graduations, engagements, and birthdays, Boston takes special occasions to another level. On the North End, a neighborhood with a deep-rooted Italian connection, ring in just about anything with decadent lobster agnolotti in a 19th-century row house. For a gathering with friends, head to the Back Bay, where an acclaimed chef serves up bountiful seafood platters, piled high with local oysters. If it’s a more intimate milestone you’re marking, grab a reservation at an elegant omakase spot in Chinatown. Book a table at one of these top 12 restaurants, equipped for any festivity.
Discover the Top Women-Led Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
There’s no better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by paying a visit to one of these great restaurants — all helmed by women as chefs, managers, or owners. From running kitchens to managing multiple venues, these exceptional women are leaving their mark on the hospitality industry.
Washington, D.C.’s Finest Bars: Where to Drink in the District
With over 170 nations represented in just 68 square miles, the District serves as a captivating destination for diners looking to sample flavors from across the globe—drinks included. As the city’s culinary scene thrives and expands, choosing where to grab a drink has never been so much fun. From unmarked doors that lead to stylish, subterranean social clubs to rooftop lounges with specialty cocktails and unmatched monument views, here are some of Washington, D.C.’s best bars.
Top Hispanic Owned and Operated Restaurants in the U.S.
September 15th to October 15th brings the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, a time that honors the cultures of people whose ancestors came from Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Spain. A big part of the cultural heritage that many Latinx people share in this country is food. To honor National Hispanic Heritage Month, below find Hispanic-owned and -operated across the U.S.
Discover Dupont Circle
Thanks to its proximity to Embassy Row, the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. caters to the truly cultured palate. Shout "Opa!" over a few Greek small plates, blend in with the locals with a pub-style liquid brunch or go fully upscale at one of the boutique hotels and French bistros nearby. Although you may rub elbows with big shots along the way, you can still bask in the neighborhood's slow pace among some of the city's most iconic historical mansions. From dining on authentic tapas outdoors to digging into authentic DC-style chili bowls, new tastes await around every corner. Don't be afraid to take a stroll away from the actual circle itself, since you're only a few blocks from Michelin-star cuisine in multiple directions.
Frequently asked questions
The most romantic restaurant in Dupont Circle is Iron Gate
- Park Hyatt Washington
- Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters
- The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
- The Fairfax at Embassy Row
- Dumbarton House
- Washington Drop Apartment
- Marriott Vacation Club at the Mayflower
- Capital Hilton
- Dupont Circle Metro Station, Washington D.C.
- Doctor Samuel Hahnemann Memorial
- Foundry Mall
- Embassy Suites Washington D.C.
- The Embassy Row Hotel
- Stead Recreation Center
- Lieutenant General Winfield Scott Statue
- Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area
- The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
- Connecticut Connection Shopping Center
- One Washington Circle-A Modus Hotel