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Penn Quarter Restaurants

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

Definitely a great spot, a hidden gem! I've been back a few times over the years and I love this place, unique and great ambiance! More

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FiolaFiola
2455 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The level of food and service has risen considerably since I last dinned at Fiola. It has become considerably more sophisticated. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience . More

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

The food was fenomenal and the service was spectacular!!! Great restaurant!!! More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
14325 reviews
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Highly recommended very good option for people who want to try something different. More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
8082 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food, and staff, as always, was excellent. We would prefer that the bottle of wine be left on the table or near to hand. Sooo noisy More

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China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
2295 reviews
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We had a great meal. We shared several small plates but larger single servings also available. Very creative menu which is coded by what type of cuisine it was (Chinese Japanese or Peruvian ). Can’t wait to go back for dim sum specials on Tuesdays! More

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Estuary at the Conrad DCEstuary at the Conrad DC
81 reviews
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Seafood | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Beautiful restaurant, impeccable service, delicious food, met every expectation! More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
1429 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was absolutely amazing! Beautiful interior and good service overall. Would definitely come back. More

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

Great service and food. More

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OyamelOyamel
8093 reviews
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Beautiful restaurant with great authentic Mexican dishes. An instant favorite. More

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

I have no complaints. We were seated promptly and there wss an abundance of food. Great value for my money. The biscuits were delicious! More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2473 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent service and attention to detail with an inventive menu. They were very good with the need for gluten free selections, having a complete gf menu as well as information on whether other items from the full menu could be adapted to be gf. More

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DBGB DCDBGB DC
1747 reviews
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French | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Duck and Lamb dishes were outstanding. More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - DCMastro's Steakhouse - DC
2284 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

This was my first time at Mastro's, and it was one of the best dining experiences I have had yet! All the food we ordered was so good. I loved the scalloped potatoes and the filet.. my steak was cooked perfectly. We were told to try the Warm Butter Cake, it was probably one of the best desserts I have ever had!! Do yourself a favor and get it. It's huge so you can easily share it with multiple people. Will definitely come back next time I am in DC. Our waiter Sam was great and super attentive. Top notch service. He definitely made our dining experience that much more enjoyable! :) Thank you! More

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Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6956 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

It is always a fun and great dining experience at Central. We have never miss the opportunity to visit Central whenever we are in DC area. More

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Boqueria - Penn QuarterBoqueria - Penn Quarter
101 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Very tasty tapas, especially the shrimp and lamb skewers and larger portions than I expected. More

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

always a great place for a solid good tasting quick lunch staff is extremely freindly More

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District ChophouseDistrict Chophouse
4677 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Any steak has to have the gorgonzola spread. Wow what flavor. More

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Carmine's - Washington DCCarmine's - Washington DC
4818 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Christopher 2 was an excellent waiter. The food was better than advertised. Thanks for a memorable dining experience. More

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Punjab GrillPunjab Grill
141 reviews
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Indian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Amazing place! More

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UmayaUmaya
168 reviews
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Japanese | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I had the tofu avocado salad and it was great! It's a nice spot to visit during my lunch break as the servers are very accommodating and the atmosphere is relaxed. More

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
1453 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great service, full bar, great food!! More

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Izakaya (2F) - No RamenIzakaya (2F) - No Ramen
1487 reviews
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Japanese | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great ambience. Friendly responsive service. Knowledgeable. More

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

Wife and I enjoyed our experience More

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

This place is the best for breakfast or lunch meetings. It’s my favorite spot in DC. More

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Cedar RestaurantCedar Restaurant
2578 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I love this Cedar! It's great for 2 and just as wonderful for a large group. There are plenty of delicious offerings that will accommodate any special diet. The waitstaff is kind and attentive and definitely up for the challenge if you have picky eaters in your party. They're great with kids too! More

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

Amazing crust, some of the best pizza I've had in some time. Friendly staff as well. Definitely go if you are a choosy pizza eater....great place. More

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Cuba Libre - DCCuba Libre - DC
3312 reviews
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Cuban | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I love coming here ! I had fun with my date . We stayed in the back private room . He loved it! More

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

Fabulous find, reasonably priced and yet elegant, food was sublime More

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SaxSax
1200 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The atmosphere was great the show was awesome the food was delious and everything came out hot I didnt have drinks but the people in my party had few so they must have been great as well and our server T was everything More

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Hill Country Barbecue Market - DCHill Country Barbecue Market - DC
1289 reviews
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Barbecue | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I liked the idea of he restaurant and the design is very relaxed. It was a little cold for me - bring a jacket. Loved the moist brisket, mac & cheese and cornbread - not crazy about the butter. More

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La Tasca - Penn QuarterLa Tasca - Penn Quarter
1910 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Authentic, delicious fresh food, great value. Ambiance is also authentic. Service is nice, yet has room for improvement. They may need to be more attentive on what patrons may need. Just by keeping an eye on their tables, slowing down a bit and making eye contact with their patrons, they could ID if clients need anything. More

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

Met a friend for Brunch on Sunday. The drink menu was excellent. We started with Scotch Eggs, which were outstanding, and cooked soft, unlike any others I've tried. My friend enjoyed the Hanger Steak and I enjoyed the Eggs Benedict. The gelato and bread pudding for dessert hit the spot perfectly on the hottest day of the year thus far. The service was amazing. Every staff person was genuinely pleasant and didn't mind answering questions. We look forward to returning. More

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

Nice atmosphere. Intimate. Service was great. Excellent food and fast cooks More

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

Great prix fix brunch deal and good service More

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

Lovely space to have a meal with large, arched booths available if you arrive early. We started with samosa chat which were quite good and not too spicy and followed this with the tandoori grill dish. (A nice mix of salmon, chicken, lamb and one shrimp.) Well seasoned and you could order it based on your spice tolerance. The chicken biryani used a longer grain rice and is a darker color than we were used to seeing but was also well prepared and flavorful. We also ordered kasmiri naan (a sweet, fruit stuffed bread) and dal. All good dishes and well seasoned. Attentive service and quiet enough to hear each other talk. Would have liked a little music perhaps. :) More

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Del Frisco's Grille - DCDel Frisco's Grille - DC
1979 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Nice open indoor/outdoor seating... More

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Asia Nine Bar and LoungeAsia Nine Bar and Lounge
1404 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

A great menu with lots of options. One got sushi, another got pho, I got thai. All were delicious! More

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

Went for burgers and drinks. Food took a long time but waiter made right by taking off 2/5 burgers from the bill. Good food, good drinks. More

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Crimson Diner + Whiskey BarCrimson Diner + Whiskey Bar
12 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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Penn Quarter Diners' Choice Winners

Penn Quarter's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Denson Liquor BarDenson Liquor Bar
186 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Definitely a great spot, a hidden gem! I've been back a few times over the years and I love this place, unique and great ambiance! More

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FiolaFiola
2455 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The level of food and service has risen considerably since I last dinned at Fiola. It has become considerably more sophisticated. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience . More

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

The food was fenomenal and the service was spectacular!!! Great restaurant!!! More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
14325 reviews
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Highly recommended very good option for people who want to try something different. More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
8082 reviews
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food, and staff, as always, was excellent. We would prefer that the bottle of wine be left on the table or near to hand. Sooo noisy More

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Estuary at the Conrad DCEstuary at the Conrad DC
81 reviews
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Seafood | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Beautiful restaurant, impeccable service, delicious food, met every expectation! More

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

Great service and food. More

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China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
2295 reviews
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We had a great meal. We shared several small plates but larger single servings also available. Very creative menu which is coded by what type of cuisine it was (Chinese Japanese or Peruvian ). Can’t wait to go back for dim sum specials on Tuesdays! More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2473 reviews
$$$$
Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent service and attention to detail with an inventive menu. They were very good with the need for gluten free selections, having a complete gf menu as well as information on whether other items from the full menu could be adapted to be gf. More

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OyamelOyamel
8093 reviews
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Beautiful restaurant with great authentic Mexican dishes. An instant favorite. 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.

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.