Washington DC Restaurants

There are many places - plus top-name chefs and favorite dishes - making the Washington restaurant scene better than ever. Try Sushi Taro, which offers "kaiseki," a traditional Japanese dining experience in which diners let the chef entertain them with a series of surprises. We also like Corduroy. In March 2008, Corduroy, with chef Tom Power steady at the helm, moved from its perch inside the Four Points Sheraton Hotel to its own place in the up-and-coming convention center neighborhood.

It's almost impossible to find a bad meal in downtown, as some of the world's most renowned chefs occupy unique corners and bring fresh flavors to the scene. Some of the newest stars of the downtown scene include CityZen, which features the inventive cuisine of Chef Eric Ziebold, and Rasika, which offers five-star Indian fare. Zaytinya, a Mediterranean concept restaurant from Chef Jose Andres, is perfect for a palate craving meals inspired by Turkey, Greece, Spain, and Italy.

Our list below includes but a few of Washington's outstanding restaurants. Dig in to our restaurant listings for even more tasty ideas for dining out in the District.

Sushi Taro

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1503 17th Street, N.W.

Serene Japanese culinary traditions reign in a soaring modern atmosphere in Dupont... read more

Corduroy

1122 Ninth Street, NW
1201 K Street

Cozy date spot with a fun upstairs lounge... read more

Makoto

4822 MacArthur Boulevard North West

An authentic Japanese restaurant, located just north of busy Georgetown... read more

Zaytinya

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701 9th St NW
At G St

Mediterranean small plates and a lively atmosphere make this a Chinatown favorite... read more

Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave

Fine locally-grown flavors near the White House...
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CityZen

1330 Maryland Avenue SW
In the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, at 12th St

Multi-course tasting menus and sleek atmosphere at the Mandarin Oriental's famous restaurant... read more

Rasika

633 D Street, NW
(between 7th & 6th Streets NW)

Contemporary Indian... read more

Michel Richard Citronelle

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3000 M Street NW
(Latham Hotel)

One of DC's best-known restaurants, serving innovative French cuisine... read more

Palena

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3529 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest

Best burgers in town?... read more

Kaz Sushi Bistro

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1915 I Street NW

Sushi is taken to new heights at one of DC's most celebrated restaurants... read more

Komi

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1509 17th Street NW
(between P & Q Streets NW)

A foodie's paradise, this Mediterranean restaurant consistently ranks among DC's finest... read more

701 Restaurant

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701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Wine and oyster lovers will love this lush, romantic restaurant, located downtown not far from the White House... read more

Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U Street NW

A pure DC institution, this chili lover's paradise merits a special visit... read more

Leopold's Kafe & Konditorei

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3318 M St NW

Cocktails, Austrian classic dishes and pastries await you at this funky Georgetown cafe, which tends to attract a cosmopolitan crowd... read more

Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar

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1736 Wisconsin Ave NW

Contemporary French cuisine and a sophisticated upstairs wine bar... read more

Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar

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2917 M Street, NW

A taste of California and excellent wine options in Georgetown... read more

Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

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223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
At 2nd St. SE

Capitol Hill's well-heeled flock to this funky wine bar... read more

Nage Restaurant

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1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

A delightful surprise, this Dupont-area restaurant merges American cuisine with inventive and fun influences... read more

Jaleo

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480 7th St. NW
(near E St Northwest)

Taste the flavors of Spain at this popular downtown tapas restaurant... read more
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