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Penn Quarter Restaurants

FiolaFiola
2363 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Perfect evening. Amazing wine. Excellent 5 course. Superb service. Do yourself a favor. Enjoy. More

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

Beautiful space and delicious cocktails. Great little hideaway from the commercial character-less area above. More

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

We loved it! The omikase was amazing and service impeccable! More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
7773 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was very good. Service was attentive. Felt like we were being rushed along a bit by the server. Tables are way to close together I had to move my chair ever time they delivered food to the table next to us. More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2401 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I made this reservation due to SEI's proximity to the Capital One Arena because we were coming to town for Michael Buble's concert. I checked local restaurants, leaning toward Asian food, and found great menu choices and reviews for SEI. The staff were extremely friendly, food was superb and the whole experience helped make our evening in Washington one to remember. More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
13883 reviews
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Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food variety was fabulous and service was quick and attentive. Fun, lively atmosphere, vibrant bar scene. More

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China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
2103 reviews
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Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We had a great meal! We are frequent customers who always enjoy trying new things. We particularly enjoyed the Chaufa de Pato this time! More

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OyamelOyamel
7853 reviews
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Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Perfect! Great service, great food. Chicken soup is excellent. I like that they chop up the anchovy so it’s spread throughout their Caesar salad. Chips are always top notch! More

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

Everything was fantastic! We sat in a booth by the window had a beautiful view of the city, our service was great and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend circa and I would love to try again. More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - DCMastro's Steakhouse - DC
2135 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent steaks. A step above Del Frisco’s Double Eagle. More

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Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6812 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Very pleased with service for our brunch. Excellent bloody Marys. More

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

The ambience was nice but the food was just not great. More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
1180 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food and the services at this restaurant is first class. More

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DBGB DCDBGB DC
1660 reviews
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French | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food is always great and the service usually is as well. Definitely pricey. More

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Cedar RestaurantCedar Restaurant
2547 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food was delicious and our server was wonderful. She was so lovely an energetic. She was happy to give my wife suggestions on the menu and gave honest opinions. She came back to check on us for every part of the meal to make sure we were enjoying. Even for the drinks. Will definitely be coming back! More

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

Love this restaurant, food is delicious and service is great! More

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

Great menu, exceptional service, and location was ideal for a business lunch More

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Hill Country Barbecue Market - DCHill Country Barbecue Market - DC
1230 reviews
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Barbecue | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Really enjoyed the BBQ - moist brisket especially. The process for oredring/pick-up was efficient and explained well by our server. Enjoyed the live music downstairs. Will definitely be back! More

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District ChophouseDistrict Chophouse
4533 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Thanks for the surprise cake. More

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SaxSax
1145 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

It was a great experience and we had fun. Will definitely be back. More

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UmayaUmaya
129 reviews
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Japanese | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

My friends and I come here many times. The atmosphere when you walk in is warm and welcoming. I get the crunchy rolls spicy tuna roll all the time. I also recommend the miso sea bass, poke salad, and grill whole squid! The staff are so friendly and service always on point. More

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Proof RestaurantProof Restaurant
3604 reviews
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Contemporary American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I'll miss Proof; I had been going to it since it opened. Goodbye, Proof. More

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Carmine's - Washington DCCarmine's - Washington DC
4642 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was great but portion size was huge and able to feed 3-4 . More

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.CThe Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
1264 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Visiting DC, had dinner before a Georgetown basketball game at Capital One Center. Expensive but worth it, fantastic food and great service. Would definitely repeat if we’re back in town! More

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Cuba Libre - DCCuba Libre - DC
3269 reviews
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Cuban | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great service and lovely staff. Absolutely enjoyed the atmosphere and the food More

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

The food is delicious and the wait staff is friendly and attentive. More

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Izakaya (2F) - No RamenIzakaya (2F) - No Ramen
1419 reviews
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Japanese | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Before a show @Cap Center... @ 5:30 was no wait and food/service was excellent... More

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

I'd recommend Royal Thai to anyone and everyone! Great food, a nice location, and a very friendly and helpful staff. I will be back! More

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Asia Nine Bar and LoungeAsia Nine Bar and Lounge
1384 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great service. California rolls are always top of the line and the beef noodle soup is amazing. More

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

Excellent in every way!! Food was great and the staff made the dinner very enjoyable!! More

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Del Frisco's Grille - DCDel Frisco's Grille - DC
1859 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Denisha our server was terrific!! Great food & friendly service!! Will go again!! More

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La Tasca - Penn QuarterLa Tasca - Penn Quarter
1850 reviews
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Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We went for the brunch special we saw online $22 with $2 drinks however when we got there the brunch special was $39 dollars drinks were included however I wasn’t on planning on having more than 1 so this was not the deal I came for. They should really update this on open table 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 CommonsPenn Commons
401 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great spot just outside of the Capital One Arena. Good food and drinks at good (happy hour) prices. Group of four adults got out at ~$130 with tip. Staff was very attentive, yet avoided being intrusive. More

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

Our Valentine's dinner was amazing! Everything from our wonderful waitress, to our delicious meals made the night perfect!! More

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

Nice Place. Delicious Pate. Nice Calamari. Service is interesting. Marilyn nice, but a little scattered. More

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

Our server Terrance went above and beyond to make sure our party of 17 was handled like a party of two. Highly recommend it for a big group or a small gathering!! More

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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

Estuary at the Conrad DCEstuary at the Conrad DC
Reviews Coming Soon
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Seafood | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Sourcing ingredients from our friends up and down the Chesapeake, Estuary—a brand new restaurant from Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio—offers a reimagined approach to the distinct flavors of dishes that have traditionally been part of the watershed’s seafood offerings. Separated into both Seafood and Landfood presentations, our seasonal menu highlights the bounty of the Bay area and invites you to indulge in an honest taste of the place we call home. More

Penn Quarter Diners' Choice Winners

Penn Quarter's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
FiolaFiola
2363 reviews
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Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Perfect evening. Amazing wine. Excellent 5 course. Superb service. Do yourself a favor. Enjoy. More

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

We loved it! The omikase was amazing and service impeccable! More

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

Beautiful space and delicious cocktails. Great little hideaway from the commercial character-less area above. More

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Jaleo DCJaleo DC
7773 reviews
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food was very good. Service was attentive. Felt like we were being rushed along a bit by the server. Tables are way to close together I had to move my chair ever time they delivered food to the table next to us. More

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ZaytinyaZaytinya
13883 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food variety was fabulous and service was quick and attentive. Fun, lively atmosphere, vibrant bar scene. More

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China ChilcanoChina Chilcano
2103 reviews
$$$$
Peruvian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

We had a great meal! We are frequent customers who always enjoy trying new things. We particularly enjoyed the Chaufa de Pato this time! More

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OyamelOyamel
7853 reviews
$$$$
Mexican | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Perfect! Great service, great food. Chicken soup is excellent. I like that they chop up the anchovy so it’s spread throughout their Caesar salad. Chips are always top notch! More

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SEI restaurant & loungeSEI restaurant & lounge
2401 reviews
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Asian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

I made this reservation due to SEI's proximity to the Capital One Arena because we were coming to town for Michael Buble's concert. I checked local restaurants, leaning toward Asian food, and found great menu choices and reviews for SEI. The staff were extremely friendly, food was superb and the whole experience helped make our evening in Washington one to remember. More

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

Everything was fantastic! We sat in a booth by the window had a beautiful view of the city, our service was great and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend circa and I would love to try again. More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - DCMastro's Steakhouse - DC
2135 reviews
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Steakhouse | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent steaks. A step above Del Frisco’s Double Eagle. 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.