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Penn Quarter Restaurants

RasikaRasika
8329 reviews
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent... Very innovative dishes, a modern twist to the the indian favorites. Our server Sarah, was incredible, she made on-point suggestions and made our anniversary celebration even more special. Will definitely return. More

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Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
165 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The meat and cheese boards were great. Particularly liked the truffle cheese and spicy capicola ham. Loved the zucchini carpaccio also. Happy hour pricing on oysters and wine made for a pleasant surprise. Will go again More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2338 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great food and a great vibe!!! More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
13525 reviews
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Our server, Renee, was terrific - very friendly, patient, and helpful. The Brussels sprouts (not the raw ones) were amazing, and the hazelnut tartufo with chocolate ice cream might be my favorite dessert ever. More

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Poca MadrePoca Madre
115 reviews
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

consistently wonderful food and service. one of my favorite restaurants in DC. More

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OyamelOyamel
7662 reviews
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Enjoyed a wonderful night out with my wife. The location is perfect for providing an opportunity for a fantastic meal and drink either before or after an event in the Chinatown area. More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
7541 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

As always, Jaleo was great. My friend had not been there in a long time and he said he will be back soon. We had shrimp, spinach, sausage and beans and a couple of other tapas as well as flan. The flan is better than any in DC that I have had. More

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Flight Wine BarFlight Wine Bar
169 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We didn’t eat, but everything else was perfect. Went for happy hour on a Monday so the vibe and the atmosphere was chill. We enjoyed our time. More

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China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
1955 reviews
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Delicious food and a fun, vibrant atmosphere. We tried the tasting menu for 2 people and it was 11 small courses plus 2 desserts. Tried their Pisco sours as well, very authentic. Our favorites from the tasting menu were the ceviche, the lomo saltado, the chaufa, and their various dumplings. Everything was authentically done yet elevated in its presentation and creative! A great find. More

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NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.)NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.)
1368 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food and ambiance were excellent but the service was spectacular! The manager,front desk and waiter combined to provide a very pleasant evening. More

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CIRCA at ChinatownCIRCA at Chinatown
211 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Waitress was great & food was tasty, but was warm not hot when it came out. Great location if you are going to the Capital One Arena. More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - DCMastro's Steakhouse - DC
1959 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We had a beautiful time. I wish the live music started sooner. The music is amazing. The filet was made to perfection. Thanks to the staff and chef More

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Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6685 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Always great service and food. Been going here since it opened in 2007. More

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701 Restaurant701 Restaurant
3492 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

701 continues to be a joy. The staff, the ambience, and of course, the food. Are all delightful. Strongly recommend. Thanks More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
948 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The avocado toast and hush puppies were delicious. The Bloody Mary was also excellent. Next time we are in DC we will for sure come back. More

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Crimson Diner + Whiskey BarCrimson Diner + Whiskey Bar
11 reviews
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Breakfast | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I had never been before, but loved Crimson! Before dinner we grabbed a drink at the downstairs whiskey bar level, which was massive, but still such a cozy, relaxed vibe. The diner's menu was vast and had plenty of vegetarian options to choose from (much appreciated, Crimson, thank you!!) and the milkshakes and cocktails were delicious. Prices were very reasonable for what you got, and I can't wait to go back and try more. Service was rather slow, but that was the only negative, which is not bad at all. More

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DBGB DCDBGB DC
1569 reviews
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French | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great restaurant with great food and great ambiance. 5/5. More

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Royal Thai Cuisine & BarRoyal Thai Cuisine & Bar
103 reviews
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Thai | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Fantastic! Loved the setting in an old brownstone. More

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Cedar RestaurantCedar Restaurant
2490 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Rare upscale restaurant that caters to the Vegan community. Food is excellent and the service is very attentive. Good place for an intimate meal. More

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Carmine's - Washington DCCarmine's - Washington DC
4501 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

It was an absolutely perfect date night. The server was awesome and the food was amazing. Definitely going back!! More

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
1123 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food and service were both excellent. They had our reservation despite it being a busy Saturday night and it was an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend this. More

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UmayaUmaya
40 reviews
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Japanese | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Really liked the vibe of this space, trendy but also simple. The menu had varity of options. Great place for lunch. Amazing food and impeccable service. Been there for lunch few times, always busy. Definitely recommended!! More

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Hill Country Barbecue Market - DCHill Country Barbecue Market - DC
1196 reviews
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Barbecue | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I really neat way to enjoy BBQ More

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Asia Nine Bar and LoungeAsia Nine Bar and Lounge
1370 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. More

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Proof RestaurantProof Restaurant
3567 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The lights are so dim that it was actually quite difficult to read the menu. Waitstaff should have made it clear that the wine was 38 dollars per glass. It would have been easy to choose a more reasonably priced wine if he had done so. They have a large selection of wines but some are very very expensive. 13 bucks for a two ounce pour. It’s a nice place but read the menu carefully! More

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Sixth Engine RestaurantSixth Engine Restaurant
649 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Good food, good service and they know how to make a really good NY Sour! Menu isn’t very extensive but Eberything is good. Will be back! More

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District ChophouseDistrict Chophouse
4417 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

As we left an event at the Monaco a friend mentioned that he'd never eaten at the District Chophouse before. We decided to head over for dinner and couldn't have enjoyed the experience more. The good was fantastic and the service was outstanding. Sheba - our server for the evening was engaging, knowledgeable and struck the perfect balance of attentiveness and efficiency. We will definitely be back! More

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Daikaya Izakaya (2F) - No RamenDaikaya Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen
1354 reviews
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Japanese | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was all great, we did have a small snafu with our desert coming out with our entrees but the server was incredibly friendly and helpful and got that resolved. Overall, I'd come back here for another date night. More

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Ella's PizzaElla's Pizza
505 reviews
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Pizzeria | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great place to go before sports event. Food is good and service is fast. Prices are reasonable. From steak with grilled vegetables to traditional Italian dishes there are choices for everyone. Salads are good and large. Good selection of wine by the glass. More

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SaxSax
1098 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We were seated right away. Our waitress was pleasant and she made great suggestions for drinks and food. The dancers were fun and great! We had a good time. More

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Cuba Libre - DCCuba Libre - DC
3210 reviews
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Cuban | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Made a reservation for 10 guests to celebrate a friend’s milestone birthday. All had the tasting menu which was great as was service. The disappointment was due to the manager’s not so subtle nudging us to wrap up so they could use our table for bottle service. We purposely booked an 8:30 reservation to allow 3 hours before the party scene started - that we planned to stay for - but so as to be finished beforehand. Any delay felt was not on us. We patiently waited between courses, enjoyed drinks etc. A simple celebratory candle with dessert would have been appreciated as well. Not promised for sure but when he asked and we shared we were celebrating a milestone birthday - his response was “that has nothing to do with me”. Then why ask? A nearly $1000 tab is nothing to sneeze at. Perhaps not rush your celebrating guests especially when your kitchen would be to blame for any delay felt. Definitely soured an otherwise very enjoyable experience. Justine was stellar! More

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La Tasca - Penn QuarterLa Tasca - Penn Quarter
1804 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent Happy Hour tapas and house made sangria. Convenient to Arena, theater, Metrorail. More

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Dirty HabitDirty Habit
588 reviews
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Global, International | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

What an amazing place. Great food and service. The staff is so friendly. Best place in DC. More

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Del Frisco's Grille - DCDel Frisco's Grille - DC
1781 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I was supposed to receive 1000 bonus points for the Del Frisco reservation, but my email only says that I received 100 Points? More

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Penn CommonsPenn Commons
378 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Really great atmosphere awesome food great service. It was an all in all great experience. If your looking for someplace to go on a game day. This is the spot. More

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Hen Quarter DCHen Quarter DC
322 reviews
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Southern | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

My daughter and I came here for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made some great recommendations. More

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Cure Bar & BistroCure Bar & Bistro
690 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Cure is a pleasant, quiet spot for a light lunch. The menu consists of small plates which vary from time to time. They are nicely prepared and served -- nothing unusual or haute cuisine, but tasty and reasonably priced. More

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Cabinet - Grand Hyatt Washington DCCabinet - Grand Hyatt Washington DC
20 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

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Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave.Elephant & Castle - DC Pennsylvania Ave.
119 reviews
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British | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The first beverage we ordered was WAYYYY not right, but they made up for it by comping us two beers instead! Our server was great, we were a large crowd, but fit in perfectly! More

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Scotts RestaurantScotts Restaurant
5 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

This was my second lunch visit and the food was just as good as it was last week. My group has tried most of the lunch menu. The Grilled Salmon salad is delicious for a lighter fare. If you want some good comfort food, I highly recommend the BLT Gnocchi and the Wild Boar Bolognese. The Scott's house burger is very good as well. Look forward to seeing what specials they will have in the coming months. Great place. More

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Namaste'Namaste'
7 reviews
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food was so flavorful, beautiful and carefully prepared. The peanut appetizer was one of the biggest surprises-can’t wait for a re-do on that. Everything was wonderful but the peanuts were special More

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Penn Quarter Diners' Choice Winners

Penn Quarter's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
RasikaRasika
8329 reviews
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent... Very innovative dishes, a modern twist to the the indian favorites. Our server Sarah, was incredible, she made on-point suggestions and made our anniversary celebration even more special. Will definitely return. More

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Poca MadrePoca Madre
115 reviews
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

consistently wonderful food and service. one of my favorite restaurants in DC. More

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Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
165 reviews
$$$$
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The meat and cheese boards were great. Particularly liked the truffle cheese and spicy capicola ham. Loved the zucchini carpaccio also. Happy hour pricing on oysters and wine made for a pleasant surprise. Will go again More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
7541 reviews
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

As always, Jaleo was great. My friend had not been there in a long time and he said he will be back soon. We had shrimp, spinach, sausage and beans and a couple of other tapas as well as flan. The flan is better than any in DC that I have had. More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2338 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great food and a great vibe!!! More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
13525 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Our server, Renee, was terrific - very friendly, patient, and helpful. The Brussels sprouts (not the raw ones) were amazing, and the hazelnut tartufo with chocolate ice cream might be my favorite dessert ever. More

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OyamelOyamel
7662 reviews
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Enjoyed a wonderful night out with my wife. The location is perfect for providing an opportunity for a fantastic meal and drink either before or after an event in the Chinatown area. More

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NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.)NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.)
1368 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food and ambiance were excellent but the service was spectacular! The manager,front desk and waiter combined to provide a very pleasant evening. More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - DCMastro's Steakhouse - DC
1959 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We had a beautiful time. I wish the live music started sooner. The music is amazing. The filet was made to perfection. Thanks to the staff and chef More

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CIRCA at ChinatownCIRCA at Chinatown
211 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Waitress was great & food was tasty, but was warm not hot when it came out. Great location if you are going to the Capital One Arena. More

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Discover Penn Quarter

Lively and bustling, Penn Quarter is regarded by many as an epicenter of cultural activity in Washington, D.C. Its high density of theaters and museums makes it a critical attraction for visitors while the neighborhood walkability makes it a much-desired destination for locals to live. Both of these traits make it a great opportunity for the aspiring foodie. The options here are diverse. The hip youth appeal has managed to draw in renowned chefs. As a result, the restaurants blend mature flavors devised by chefs at the top of their game. Whether you're looking for a traditional three-course Spanish meal, a luxuriant Italian dinner served on a checkered tablecloth or a fried chicken sandwich you can enjoy on the go, you'll have no lack of options in Penn Quarter.