Best Restaurants in Washington D.C.

Experience a world of flavors and dishes produced by internationally renowned chefs at Dupont Circle’s neighborhood restaurants, whose eclectic menus mirror the diversity of this embassy-filled, internationally focused city.

Nagomi Izakaya

DC’s take on the traditional Japanese izakaya—drinking establishments where the food keeps cocktails and sake company—Nagomi serves hearty soups and the best sushi in town. Everything’s delicious, but our favorites are the sliced pork ramen and the volcano roll—a California roll topped with creamy hot sauce.

1990 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Rasika West End

Just a five-minute walk from The St. Gregory Hotel, Rasika is an extraordinary proprietor of modern Indian tandoori. One of Zagat’s top 20 restaurants in the country, they serve house-made chutneys (try the eggplant ginger) and progressive takes on classic dishes like the shrimp masala with mango.

1190 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037


Boqueria is ideal for groups, who can share a variety of tapas: Dip patatas bravas in roasted garlic aioli and try the tangy montado de boquerones—white anchovies with goat cheese and roasted tomatoes.

1837 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Blue Duck Tavern

At this rustic-chic West End restaurant, Michelin star-winning chef Ryan LaRoche serves seasonal, experimental dishes like king mackerel tartare with cilantro puree, charred avocado and crispy watercress. Reserve a seat at the chef’s table for an intimate dining experience, and be sure to order the french fries: People Magazine named them some of the country’s best.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

Bub and Pop’s

The quintessential neighborhood sandwich shop, Bub and Pop’s is a charming local favorite where chef and co-owner Jon Taub makes everything from the pickles to the porcetta. Those in the know order The Real Obama, which layers Chicago-style beef with slow-braised brisket, giardiniera relish and aged provolone. And you can’t go wrong with Bub and Pop’s classic Italian hoagie.

1815 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Al Tiramisu

Since 1996 Al Tiramisu has been serving some of the best Italian food in DuPont Circle. A cozy setting paired with authentic Italian cuisine, combining Chef Luigi’s homeland influence and fresh, local ingredients and a broad selection of wine make for a special dining experience you’ll be sure to recommend to friends.
(202) 467-4466

2014 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036


The Bozzi and Ganzi families have owned and operated The Palm restaurants for nearly one century. With a reputation dating back to 1926, The Palm restaurants are best known as friendly places to gather with friends and be treated like family, where old and new friends come together to enjoy a delicious Italian meal. The Palm in Washington, D.C. has become a gathering ground for politicians, celebrities and journalists alike, but the restaurant prides themselves in providing an exceptional dining experience to all diners, no matter their political inclination.
(202) 293-9091

1225 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Teddy And Bully Bar

The Teddy and Bully Bar has made quite an impression in Washington D.C. with its name paying tribute to the popular American President Theodore Roosevelt. The interior design and distinct menu at Teddy and Bully Bar is meant to mimic the personality of the 26th American President, which the restaurant and bar claim to be “exuberant” with “‘cowboy’ persona and robust masculinity”.
(202) 872-8700

1200 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

i Ricchi

Authentic Tuscan and regional Italian cuisine is exactly what you’ll find at i Ricchi. Owner Christianne Ricchi showcases her Italian family heritage by cooking traditional meals with wood-burning hearth and sourcing fresh local ingredients. Try a creamy risotto, pan fried veal chop or marinated colossal shrimp. The extensive menu at i Ricchi has something for every italian lover, plus tempting sweets for dessert.
(202) 835-0459

1220 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

GRK Fresh Greek

Stop by GRK Fresh Greek for marinated lamb chops, amazing hummus or delicious baklava. For a quick meal during your day of exploring, GRK’s fresh and made-to-order meals are the perfect choice.
(202) 813-3726

1140 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Pizzeria Paradiso

Pizzeria Paradiso isn’t your average grab and go pizza joint. With an extensive menu of personal pizzas, pastas and paninis and not to mention weekday happy hours, you may want to stay a while. Step into the game room including darts, pinball, shuffle board, skee-ball, and selection of classic arcade video games and order a craft beer including 60 cans and 8 taps on a rotating menu.
(202) 223-1245

2003 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Farmers, Fishers, Bakers

Farmers, Fishers, Barkers, a farmer-owned and run restaurant located in Washington Harbor is committed to serving, helping and protecting the farming community.  Most ingredients are cooked in-house and made from scratch.  The menu ranges from sushi and small plates to mussel pots and the fisher’s catch.

3000 K Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007


Sustainable seafood, oysters and meats and daily happy hours can be found at Grillfish just south of DuPont Circle. Grab a meal at Grillfish for casual, neighborhood dining.
(202) 331-7310

1200 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Founding Farmers

Located just three blocks from the White House, dine here after a long day or exploring Capitol Hill. Founding Farmers is owned by and partnered with farmers, and the restaurant strives to embody the values of their leaders. From locally sourced ingredients, a dedication to environmental and social responsibility and integrity in agricultural tradition, you’ll find innovative American dishes that’ll remind you of a homemade meal.
(202) 822-8783

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

District Taco

For a quick and delicious Mexican meal, stop by District Taco. Ingredients are always fresh and meals are made-to-order. Located just a block from The St. Gregory Hotel this is a perfect meal to grab and go before a day of exploration!
(202) 888-9898

1919 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036


Meiwah is a classic Chinese restaurant in a modern and sleek setting. Here you’ll find elaborate Chinese and Japanese dishes that combine textures and flavors for mouth watering meals. Chef Larry La is best known for his bold flavors and exceptional cooking style. Expect a wait here on the weekends – it’s well worth it.
(202) 833-2888

1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Union Market

High-end food, specialty items and retail abound in this bustling market which attracts tourists, DC gourmands, millennials and fashionistas alike.

1309 5th St NE

D.C. Food Trucks

Travel around the world (metaphorically speaking) and admire the magnificent architecture of Embassy Row, where many of Washington’s foreign ambassadors and dignitaries make their homes in ornate, unique mansions.

Around Washington, D.C.

Chaia Taco

Chaia Tacos serves tacos made entirely with vegetables.  The restaurant’s “farm to taco” recipes remind diners of urban street-style food that is fresh and local.

3207 Grace Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20007

Baked & Wired

“Get baked” is the motto at Baked & Wired in Georgetown.  The restaurant serves fresh baked pastries daily from family recipes and coffee and espresso drinks.  Stop here for a quick breakfast before a long day of exploring ahead.

1052 Thomas Jefferson St N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007


A local favorite near Dupont Circle serving American Fare – Firefly’s commitment to supporting local farmers and using fresh seasonal ingredients is evident in their specialized menu and perfectly paired ingredients.

1310 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Best known for brunch, Pearl Dive is located in DC’s Logan Square neighborhood.  The restaurant is rustic-chic and offers southern hospitality.  Serving oysters from both the East and West coast along with a wide variety of pairings, Pearl Dive is a hit with locals and tourists alike.

1612 14th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

Chez Billy Sud and Bar a Vin

Start with drinks from Bar a Vin’s rotating beer and wine menu in a casual setting then head next door to Ches Billy Sud for an upscale cuisine created by Chef Brebde L’Etoile.  The southern French cuisine at Chez Billy Sud celebrates tradition and delicately pairs French-focused wines and handcrafted cocktails with delicious entrees.  The restaurant also serves brunch and lunch.

1039 31st Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007