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Boqueria - Penn Quarter
Boqueria - Penn Quarter
(192)
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

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Cafe Du Parc
Cafe Du Parc
(1760)
French American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Good food, good service, great outdoor patio for when the weather is nice. Accommodated my group of 7 easily. More

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The Riggsby
The Riggsby
(983)
Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

We went for our anniversary date, and our waiter Kareem was absolutely amazing from start until we literally where on our way out the door. His conversation and professionalism while still being able to have fun doing his job was outstanding. The restaurant manager was very professional & the ambience/cleanliness of everything was top notch. The food was AMAZING. Best New York strip I’ve ever had. The desserts are 10/10. Will definitely be going back! More

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Boqueria - Dupont
Boqueria - Dupont
(2031)
Spanish | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

The food and service is absolutely fantastic! It's very loud so not a place for a romantic type meal. Get the cheese board and then order like 14 things. Although I can't eat lamb, so many of my colleagues have said it's amazing. I got the squid this week and it was basically perfect. More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DC
Succotash - Penn Quarter DC
(1683)
American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Food is great and we have been here a few times now. Will certainly be coming back. More

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Claudia's
Claudia's
(487)
Seafood | Downtown, District of Columbia

Exceptional customer service! Loved the chocolate martini!! More

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The Hamilton
The Hamilton
(7940)
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The service, responsiveness of wait staff and food quality were all excellent. I was surprised that bread was not offered. More

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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
(599)
Seafood | Logan Circle, District of Columbia

Great time and food and cocktails fantastic. Our waitress was fantastic! More

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DBGB DC
DBGB DC
(1838)
French | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Visited DC for a few days, and ate here twice because it is charming, great service and food - in a nice neighborhood. Across from the Grand Hyatt. More

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Espita
Espita
(421)
Mexican | Shaw, District of Columbia

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We were on a double date with friends, it was a bit hard to hear each other and have a conversation but either than that everything was great: the hostess, server, drinks, food, ambiance, etc. More

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Benjamin Bar & Lounge at Trump International Hotel
1. Benjamin Bar & Lounge at Trump International Hotel
(55)
Afternoon Tea | Downtown, District of Columbia

Have taken afternoon tea in Claridges, the Savoy and other prestigious hotels but this one bar far was the best. Simply delicious! Would definitely recommend More

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Lafayette Restaurant
2. Lafayette Restaurant
(1094)
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Really lovely place for breakfast with friends or business. Food is excellent and so is the staff. I love that they serve breakfast on Wedgwood china! A touch of luxury in the heart of the bustling city! More

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Bistro Aracosia
3. Bistro Aracosia
(1127)
Afghan | Palisades Northwest, District of Columbia

Always a lovely spot with great food and friendly staff. More

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Elizabeth's Gone Raw
4. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
(464)
Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Elizabeth's couldn't have been a lovelier time. My husband and I got the tasting menu for our anniversary and had a ball with the creative cuisine, the beautiful ambience, and the best service I've ever had in DC, and nearly my life! The waitstaff was so well trained, courteous, and knowledgeable, and the food was beyond compare. Couldn't recommend more highly! More

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Fiola
5. Fiola
(2539)
Italian | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

As an Italian. I can say this restaurant, the staff, the cuisine makes me proud of my heritage. The dishes. Inventive, exquisitely executed while retaining the beauty of the Italian soul. Bravo Fabbio,rappresenti il nostre paese mervigliosamente. Orfeo di Puglia e Tommaso di Bolzano erano una gioia. E hanno contribuito alla magia della serata...Fabio you have Represented our country marvelously. Orfeo from Puglia and Tommaso from Bolzano were a joy to talk to and added to the magic of the evening More

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Bareburger - Dupont
Bareburger - Dupont
American | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

We created a family of farmers & partners to make clean-comfort food for everyone, because better food starts with your full belly. Every burger, salad and sandwich we make starts by working closely with our network of sustainable farmers & partners. With their help, we have created a menu that is over one-third vegetarian and plant-based. Our sustainability efforts go beyond our food. Each Bareburger is built with reclaimed & recycled materials making every one of our vibrant spaces unique. So all you carnivorous, veggie-heads, and gluten-haters come hang at our place and let us serve you all the local, organic, & sustainable burgers, shakes, salads, fries, and sides your earth-loving mouths can handle. More

Casta's Rum Bar
Casta's Rum Bar
Cuban | West End, District of Columbia

Casta's Rum Bar offers a lively indoor-outdoor bar atmosphere serving up flavorful cuban cuisine, and rum-heavy cocktails.

The moment a guest walks in the door, they feel the warmth, spirit, and upbeat energy of Cuba, which has been recreated here. From the visual aesthetic, to the food, cocktails, music, and hospitality culture– every detail has been considered.

Casta’s offers a robust menu of Cuban favorites - a cuisine known for
fresh seafood from the Caribbean, flavorful spices, and a heavy Spanish influence. The star of the menu is the Classic Cuban Sandwich with yellow mustard, roasted pork, glazed ham, swiss cheese and pickles – which Castaneda has spent hours honing and developing. The secret is in the bread, which is flown in from Miami. Additional menu highlights include Empanadas, Croquetas, and Ceviche Caribeno with citrus, mango, pineapple, cucumber
salad, and plantain chips.More

Discover District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is a place where eating out can be an adventure. Caribbean, Italian, and Pakistani cuisine can be found in the area. You can also dine on classic American fare, seafood, and barbecue. Try the Jamaican spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or the steak churrasco for a taste of the Caribbean. If you plan to eat Italian cuisine, sample the gamberi, cannelloni, or the pollo parmigiano. The District of Columbia’s Pakistani fare is traditional with dishes like Punjabi boti chicken tikka, goat dum biryani, or the butter chicken. For breakfast, you might like steel cut oats, organic cottage cheese and fresh fruit, or French toast and beef hash. This is a destination where the food is almost as good as the sights.

Discover District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is a place where eating out can be an adventure. Caribbean, Italian, and Pakistani cuisine can be found in the area. You can also dine on classic American fare, seafood, and barbecue. Try the Jamaican spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or the steak churrasco for a taste of the Caribbean. If you plan to eat Italian cuisine, sample the gamberi, cannelloni, or the pollo parmigiano. The District of Columbia’s Pakistani fare is traditional with dishes like Punjabi boti chicken tikka, goat dum biryani, or the butter chicken. For breakfast, you might like steel cut oats, organic cottage cheese and fresh fruit, or French toast and beef hash. This is a destination where the food is almost as good as the sights.