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Boqueria - Penn Quarter
Boqueria - Penn Quarter
(197)
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

The food, beverages, service and atmosphere were delightful! Highly recommended. More

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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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Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
(188)
Contemporary American | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Great food, nice surroundings. Glad we went. Would recommend this place to anyone especially if you are vegetarian or vegan. More

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Boqueria - Dupont
Boqueria - Dupont
(2034)
Spanish | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Dates wrapped in bacon & a glass of red wine - perfection! More

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Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
(200)
American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Fantastic service, amazing handcrafted cocktails, and delicious food. More

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Nick's Riverside Grill
Nick's Riverside Grill
(345)
Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

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Loved sitting outside near the water and enjoying the view. Food was great! More

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The Hamilton
The Hamilton
(7954)
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The food was deeeelicious!! We’ll be back very soon!!! More

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ANKARA
ANKARA
(637)
Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

I’d say, stick to the hot and cold appetizers and the pides. They make the best babaganoush I’ve ever had and their eggplant appetizer is also wonderful. Any of their pides are tasty and delicious. More

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Taberna del Alabardero
Taberna del Alabardero
(2359)
Traditional Spanish | Downtown, District of Columbia

Awesome food and experience. Highly recommended 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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The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
2. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
(971)
American | Lovettsville, Virginia - DC Suburbs

This place is a gem. We went for an anniversary brunch and sat outside under a tent with a picture perfect view of the mountains and the Potomac river in the distance. The food was fresh and delicious, service was spectacular, all around special experience. Will definitely be back! More

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L'Auberge Chez Francois
3. L'Auberge Chez Francois
(5661)
French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Wonderful as usual. More

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Captain Gregory's
4. Captain Gregory's
(500)
Dining Bar | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Another great experience. We’ll be back... More

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Lafayette Restaurant
5. Lafayette Restaurant
(1097)
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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Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine
Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine
Ethiopian | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine is one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the heart of Washington DC offering a fun-filled, casual dining experience! Cherecher strives to always serve you fresh and affordable Ethiopian cuisine. This is what our customers say about us.More

Java Nation
Java Nation
Cafe Dining | Kensington, Maryland - DC Suburbs

The best coffees along with the traditional food made with love and delivered with a first class service. We focus on our local community and serving freshly roasted coffee, local produce, and artisan cocktails.More

L’Enfant Bar & Grill
L’Enfant Bar & Grill
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Tucked above the L’Enfant Plaza transit hub on the lobby level of the Hilton Washington DC National Mall, the L’Enfant Bar and Grill offer diners a stellar experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner complemented by handcrafted cocktails, local beers and small plates. Large communal tables offer easily accessible electric outlets and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guest will enjoy locally sourced cuisines, made from the freshest ingredients, from area farmers, purveyors, and artisans who take pride in providing the best that land and sea have to offer. Executive Chef Wainwright has placed a heavy emphasis on superfood on the breakfast menu to fuel travelers and busy Washington resident alike. More

Ted's Bulletin - Ballston
Ted's Bulletin - Ballston
American | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Ted’s Bulletin is a laid-back, classic American community restaurant, bakery and bar, serving craveable American cuisine in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Whether it’s family dinner, business lunch, or just a Ted’s Tart and coffee to-go, we’re as adaptable as your life is dynamic. Our breakfast menu is available all day because we believe that the most important meal of the day can be had morning, noon or night.
Ted’s Bulletin is a haven for comfort and celebrating the things we have in common: a hunger for good food at great value, a need for a place to be comfortable being ourselves, and a desire to connect with our community. At Ted’s Bulletin, everyone has a table, and every table has a story to tell. More

Zenola
Zenola
Mediterranean | Vienna, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Zenola is a new Mediterranean concept restaurant in the heart of Vienna. With 25 years of dining experience, we’re bringing the warmth of the coast to our tables. We can’t wait for you to visit us!More

Discover Washington, D.C.

An international city with the food chops to show for it, Washington D.C. is brimming with new restaurants, coffee houses and spirited bars. And, while tablecloth dining has it’s place here (diplomats gotta eat), so does the casual yet delicious lunch spot (interns gotta eat, too). Near the Capitol, historic eateries and classic menus are favored by many. Excellent Filipino food can be found in Columbia Heights. Near Georgetown, upscale bistros and farm-to-table spots are the order of the day, and Adams Morgan is home to many international restaurants and locally owned cafes.

Discover Washington, D.C.

An international city with the food chops to show for it, Washington D.C. is brimming with new restaurants, coffee houses and spirited bars. And, while tablecloth dining has it’s place here (diplomats gotta eat), so does the casual yet delicious lunch spot (interns gotta eat, too). Near the Capitol, historic eateries and classic menus are favored by many. Excellent Filipino food can be found in Columbia Heights. Near Georgetown, upscale bistros and farm-to-table spots are the order of the day, and Adams Morgan is home to many international restaurants and locally owned cafes.