The Infatuation's Restaurant Picks

The Infatuation is an app and website, which uses a small team of local editors who dine anonymously to rate and review restaurants. Each restaurant gets a rating, so that you can find the right place for every occasion.

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Founding Farmers - DC
American | Foggy Bottom
Ambar - Arlington
Tapas / Small Plates | Arlington
Filomena Ristorante
Italian | Georgetown
Farmers Fishers Bakers
American | Georgetown
Gyu-Kaku - Arlington
Japanese | Arlington
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Nobu DCNobu DC
517 reviews
Japanese | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

The fish was fantastic - the presentation is always great. The A5 Wagyu is top notch. It’s nice to see o DC restaurant that remains refined and not so contemporary. More

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2055 reviews
Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

My team went to Fig & Olive for a farewell lunch for a departing team member, and we had a lovely meal. The lunch options were very nice, and the decor and seating were very cozy and comfortable. Fig & Olive is also a neighborhood favorite for post-work drinks, so I’ll be back again soon. :) More

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DCCharlie Palmer Steak - DC
3128 reviews
Steakhouse | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

I ordered a well-done Filet Mignon, but it was not cooked well-done. More

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Kellari TavernaKellari Taverna
2414 reviews
Greek | Downtown, District of Columbia

Excellent food and service for an elegant business lunch with white tablecloth. Would be nice for lunch to celebrate a special occasion as well. Will be back! More

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Degrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, GeorgetownDegrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
334 reviews
Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

The butternut squash soup was exceptional. In addition, the truffles fries were really good. More

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Dyllan's Raw Bar GrillDyllan's Raw Bar Grill
103 reviews
American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

The octopus carpaccio was amazing. Manager was attentive without being overbearing. Great stop along the canal! More

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Nick's Riverside GrillNick's Riverside Grill
290 reviews
Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

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We celebrated a birthday and St. Patrick's Day. Ambiance and food was great! More

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The HamiltonThe Hamilton
7265 reviews
American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The clam chowder was delicious. Excellent service. Wonderful meal. More

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Tupelo Honey - ArlingtonTupelo Honey - Arlington
1148 reviews
Regional American (Southern) | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

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Good food and service, but we were seated at a small table near the kitchen entrance which resulted in a lot of noise and made it hard to communicate. More

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514 reviews
Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Excellent. Very happy we chose to dine at this nice restaurant. Would absolutely eat there again. Thanks for help make a nice evening out for our family. More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

Washington DC's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
The Inn at Little Washington1. The Inn at Little Washington
714 reviews
American | Washington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Fabulous food, impeccable service, beautiful setting! More

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Elizabeth's Gone Raw2. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
408 reviews
Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Great attention from Elizabeth and her team - creative, delicious and helpful all round. A very worthwhile experience to be repeated. Thank you. More

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L'Auberge Chez Francois3. L'Auberge Chez Francois
5254 reviews
French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

An all-time favorite. Great selection for a special occasion. More

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Bistro L'Hermitage4. Bistro L'Hermitage
3740 reviews
French | Woodbridge, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Loved the relaxed dining experience. The food was wonderfully delicious. The service was attentive and not rushed. More

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Afghan Bistro5. Afghan Bistro
645 reviews
Afghan | Springfield, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Never a disappointment; we try to make it here every few weeks to satiate our cravings for their cooking. Everything is fantastic, from the perfectly made flat bread and accompanying spreads to delicious entrees to cardamon tea to scrumptious desserts. The spinach and roasted eggplant sides are superb. We've had various veal and oxtail dishes, as well as the salmon and vegetarian entrees, and they're all superb. Perfect blend of spices and cooked to mouth-watering deliciousness. The staff and host are always super friendly. All in all, a first rate dining experience. More

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New to OpenTable

Washington DC restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Boqueria - Penn QuarterBoqueria - Penn Quarter
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Lively, Barcelona-style tapas bar serving a menu of Spanish classics and market-driven seasonal specials in a warm, modern space in the heart of Washington DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. (Brunch coming soon!)More

Buena Vida - ArlingtonBuena Vida - Arlington
Mexican | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

At Buena Vida the cuisine featured is traditional, indigenous fare incorporating recipes that have been handed down through generations. One will have an authentic experience, tasting a Mexican cooking that transcends what one expects from most Mexican restaurants in America. For example, there is no flour used in any savory dish as seeds are ground and incorporated, as is the tradition for authentic cuisine from this country. The restaurant takes pride in using fresh, seasonal ingredients as well as sustainable and socially responsible cooking methods. All items are made from scratch including organic corn tortillas, house-made sauces and made-to-order salsas.

Ophelia's Fish HouseOphelia's Fish House
Seafood | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Ophelia’s was founded on the belief that a great meal is more than just food on a plate. It’s the relationship between the romantic atmosphere and our Southern-inspired menu and service. This is Ophelia’s commitment to an exquisite experience. And that’s why Ophelia’s is quickly becoming the go-to place on The Hill for quality seafood and cocktails. Orchestrated by the renowned Chef Gregorio Martinez, the menu at Ophelia’s is the culmination of flavor and color that comes from using the freshest, selectively-sourced ingredients.More

Salamander Resort EventsSalamander Resort Events
American | Middleburg, Virginia - DC Suburbs

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TTT Mexican DinerTTT Mexican Diner
Mexican | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

TTT Mexican Diner showcases authentic street food of Mexico City. The daily brunch menu offers a variety of Fresh Fruit, House-Made Pastries, Scrambles, Benedicts, Omelets, Amaranth Pancakes, Churro Waffles and Signature Brunch Dishes. Menu items feature cage-free eggs, house-made lamb chorizo sausage and additional meats sourced from local Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania farms. TTT also features a pastry corner where breads, biscuits and traditional Mexican pastries are made in-house. The Amaranth Pancakes, Churro Waffle, Chocolate and Vanilla Conchas, and Yucatan Buñuelos are standouts that whisk guests to Mexico.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.