10 Top Washington, DC Restaurants

There’s lots to see and do in the nation’s capital, no matter how you like to spend your vacation time. If you’re a foodie or just enjoy a great meal, you’ll be pleased to know that Washington, DC restaurants won’t disappoint. Here are 10 worth a look when you’re in town.

Don’t miss these best restaurants in Washington, DC on your next trip.

1. The Tombs

With a cool, underground ambiance and hip college scene, this Georgetown area restaurant is a favorite of young people and visitors alike. Give the delicious Hoya Salad a try if you’re into something that manages to combine greens, Tex Mex, and pizza into one great meal. This restaurant is also the basis for the bar from St. Elmo’s Fire, so if you’re a fan of 1980s film culture, you’ll want to plan a visit. (1226 36th Street, NW)

2. Anju

For delicious Korean cuisine in a contemporary space, give Anju a try. Dishes like 100-day kimchi and chicken with gochujang sauce are sure to impress on your Washington, DC vacation. (1805 18th Street, NW)

3. Nina May

Serving only locally sourced produce, Nina May is an innovative restaurant in the Logan Circle area. Give the $39 family meal option a try, where you can eat your fill of dishes selected by the chefs, no matter how hungry your group may be. Half shabby chic, half industrial in atmosphere, this Washington, DC restaurant should be on your list for a unique experience. (1337 11th Street, NW)

4. Brasserie Liberté

For a delicious French meal, choose Brasserie Liberté. From duck confit to hanger steak frites, there’s something for the most and least adventurous in your group. You’ll also love fun photo ops, like the site’s Fabergé egg booth. (3251 Prospect Street, NW)

5. Butter Chicken Company

For the best chicken tikka in the city, stop by the Butter Chicken Company. The restaurant operates on a simple principle: choose your main dish and sides, and assemble it all into a delicious tray (just $11 at lunch time). This is an excellent choice for a quick stop before sightseeing. (818 18th Street, NW)

6. Queen’s English

Stop by Queen’s English for a charming and welcoming small-plate haven and enjoy delicious cuisine like mapo octopus in ginger, crispy red snapper, and hand-cut noodles with squid ink. Perfect for a pre-museum lunch, this eatery is sure to be a hit. (3410 11th Street, NW)

7. Call Your Mother Deli

Want something quick, delicious, and unique? Call Your Mother Deli is famous for its bagels and sides, and for good reason–have you ever enjoyed a create-your-own-bagel bar alongside a fresh latke? The Jew-Ish Tacos are also a great option, complete with brisket, pastrami, cheese, and jalapenos. Delicious! (3301 Georgia Avenue, NW)

8. Federalist Pig

For barbeque to challenge anything out of Memphis and Carolina, stop by Federalist Pig. This one-size-fits-all Washington, DC restaurant has rubs, sauces, and even fried brussels sprouts. You can assemble a combo meal or even order a sandwich off their varied menu. (1654 Columbia Road, NW)

9. Zenebech Restaurant

If you’ve never tried Ethiopian cuisine, Washington, DC is the place to do it. Recently reopened after a fire, this eatery has a variety of sambusa dishes (fried pastries), tibs, and kitfo to make your mouth water. (2420 18th Street, NW)

10. The Lafayette

If you’ll be in town to celebrate a special occasion, The Lafayette is an excellent choice among Washington, DC restaurants. Part of the Hay-Adams Hotel, the Lafayette overlooks its namesake square and the White House, making for a memorable dining experience. From pan-seared scallops to filet mignon at dinner and a diverse Sunday brunch menu, there’s a lot to love at this fine dining establishment. (800 16th Street, NW)

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