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Guide to

Dining by Neighborhood in Washington, DC

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Adams Morgan & Columbia Heights

What’s on the menu: Affordable cuisine from diverse culinary traditions, including Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Salvadorean, Peruvian and Thai.

What to try: For a quick bite on the run, stop by The Heights for a delicious grilled burger or buffalo shrimp, or Amsterdam Falafel Shop. Swing by Habana Village for free salsa lessons and zesty Cuban fare, or Perrys for delicious sushi.

Check out our page on Adams Morgan Restaurants for even more ideas.

What’s on the menu: Affordable cuisine from diverse culinary traditions, including Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Salvadorean, Peruvian and Thai.What to try: For a quick bite on the run, stop by The Heights for a delicious grilled burger or buffalo shrimp...
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Capitol Hill, Capitol Riverfront & Barracks Row

What’s on the menu: Fine steaks, martini menus and power-dining mainstays, as well as budget-friendly happy-hour specials.

What to try: Sample JFK’s favorite roast beef sandwich at The Monocle or interesting wines by the half-glass at Sonoma. Enjoy a sirloin with a view at Charlie Palmer Steak, or sip a pint of Guinness with your senator’s staff at The Dubliners. Have a bite to eat at Eastern Market, a popular gathering place.

Check out our page on Capitol Hill Restaurants for more delicous ideas.

What’s on the menu: Fine steaks, martini menus and power-dining mainstays, as well as budget-friendly happy-hour specials.What to try: Sample JFK’s favorite roast beef sandwich at The Monocle or interesting wines by the half-glass at Sonoma. Enjoy...
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Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown

What’s on the menu: Chinese classics make for affordable lunch or dinner fare.

What to try: Sample the fresh, homemade noodles at China Kitchen, or join the locals in line for soup at Full Kee. If you’re hungry, Tony Cheng’s Mongolian barbeque is one of the best values in town.

 

What’s on the menu: Chinese classics make for affordable lunch or dinner fare.What to try: Sample the fresh, homemade noodles at China Kitchen, or join the locals in line for soup at Full Kee. If you’re hungry, Tony Cheng’s Mongolian barbeque is...
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Downtown - Lafayette Square / The White House

What’s on the menu: Classic and formal eateries form the core dining experience in this power-rich section of DC, but you can also find some great picks for quick and casual eating.

What to try: Enjoy breakfast with the power-dining set at the Hay-Adams Hotel. Upscale Indian cuisine doesn’t get much better than at Bombay Club. Support local agriculture with dinner at eco-friendly Equinox. Feast on oysters with locals at the Old Ebbitt Grill. Pick up a sandwich to go at Breadline, or a cup of tea or ginger limeade at Teaism. Relax over a beer and classic American favorites at BlackFinn.

Check out our spotlight on Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown Restaurants for more dining delights.

What’s on the menu: Classic and formal eateries form the core dining experience in this power-rich section of DC, but you can also find some great picks for quick and casual eating.What to try: Enjoy breakfast with the power-dining set at the Hay...
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Downtown - Penn Quarter

What’s on the menu: Fashionable tables abound, including many of DC's hot new restaurants. Theatergoers and sports fans flock here after games and concerts at the Verizon Center. Downtown office workers can point the way to some of the city’s best lunch values and happy-hour specials.

What to try: Sample Belgian fare at Brasserie Beck and upscale Mexican at Oyamel, voted two of 2007’s best new restaurants in the country by Esquire. Snag a table at Hill Country Barbeque, which features Texas-style ribs and live band karaoke. Locals love the brick-oven pizzas at matchbox and the tapas at Jaleo.

Check out our spotlight on Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown Restaurants for more dining delights.

What’s on the menu: Fashionable tables abound, including many of DC's hot new restaurants. Theatergoers and sports fans flock here after games and concerts at the Verizon Center. Downtown office workers can point the way to some of the city’s best...
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Dupont Circle / Kalorama

What’s on the menu: Eclectic Dupont Circle supports an equally diverse network of restaurants, including some of DC’s top tables. Coffee shops, bars, cheap eats and GLBT-friendly eateries abound.

What to try: For a fine-dining experience, book a table at Restaurant Nora, the first certified-organic eatery in the country, or savor a multi-course tasting menu at Obelisk or Komi. Locals flock to casual eateries like Hank’s Oyster Bar for fresh seafood straight from the Chesapeake Bay, and Bistrot du Coin for Belgian-French classics. Beer lovers won’t want to miss a visit to The Bier Baron, which boasts a temendous selection of world beers.

Read more on our Dupont Circle Restaurants spotlight.

What’s on the menu: Eclectic Dupont Circle supports an equally diverse network of restaurants, including some of DC’s top tables. Coffee shops, bars, cheap eats and GLBT-friendly eateries abound.What to try: For a fine-dining experience, book a...
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Foggy Bottom & the West End
What’s on the menu: Award-winning hotels and restaurants, including DC's first LEED-certified restaurant (designed for the K Street lawyers and lobbyists), along with the diplomats who visit the World Bank and the Department of State. A large...

What’s on the menu: Award-winning hotels and restaurants, including DC's first LEED-certified restaurant (designed for the K Street lawyers and lobbyists), along with the diplomats who visit the World Bank and the Department of State. A large student population also lends to affordable restaurants.

What to try: Eavesdrop on lobbyists, lawyers and movers-and-shakers as you feast on a steak at The Palm. Taste some of DC’s finest American cuisine at District Commons, or grab a delicious burger and shake on the go at its neighbor, Burger Tap & Shake. Sample locally procured ingredients prepared in a glorious open kitchen at award-winning Blue Duck Tavern, or flavors fresh from the farm at LEED-certified and farmer-owned Founding Farmers. Enjoy a meal with a view at the Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace Restaurant.

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Georgetown
What’s on the menu: Georgetown’s cobblestone streets are home to a mix of historic eateries, celebrity hotspots and eco-friendly bistros, along with hip and casual restaurants serving cuisine from around the globe.What to try: Ease into the booth...

What’s on the menu: Georgetown’s cobblestone streets are home to a mix of historic eateries, celebrity hotspots and eco-friendly bistros, along with hip and casual restaurants serving cuisine from around the globe.

What to try: Ease into the booth where JFK proposed to Jackie at Billy Martin’s Tavern. Watch for celebrities at Café Milano. Sit waterside and sip cocktails at Sequoia, or have dessert first at Sprinkles or Georgetown Cupcake. Dine in federal-style splendor at 1789. Grab a burger and a beer at neighborhood staple Clyde’s.

For more ideas, read our spotlight on Georgetown Restaurants.

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Arts District/U Street /Shaw
What’s on the menu: Soul food, vegetarian creations, Ethiopian cuisine and more.What to try: Foodies won’t want to miss a visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl, home of DC’s signature dish, the chili half-smoke. Order some tibi and doro wat to share at one of...

What’s on the menu: Soul food, vegetarian creations, Ethiopian cuisine and more.

What to try: Foodies won’t want to miss a visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl, home of DC’s signature dish, the chili half-smoke. Order some tibi and doro wat to share at one of the Ethiopian eateries clustered on and around 9th and U Streets NW. For dessert, stop by Cakelove for their popular strawberries & cream cake. Grab a bite at Busboys & Poets (named for Langston Hughes) or Marvin (named for Marvin Gaye).

Check out more options on our Arts District/U Street/Shaw Restaurants spotlight page.

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Woodley Park, Cleveland Park & Glover Park
What’s on the menu: International restaurants serve Indian, Middle Eastern, Thai and other global cuisine.What to try: Order a pizza at Two Amys near the Washington National Cathedral, or sample a “swirlie” margarita at Cactus Cantina next door....

What’s on the menu: International restaurants serve Indian, Middle Eastern, Thai and other global cuisine.

What to try: Order a pizza at Two Amys near the Washington National Cathedral, or sample a “swirlie” margarita at Cactus Cantina next door. Get in line for brunch at neighborhood favorite Open City, or go global with some Indian food at Indique. On Wisconsin Avenue, try a roll or two at Sushi-ko, DC’s first sushi restaurant, or feast on ribs at Rocklands Barbeque.

Check out our spotlight on Woodley Park/Cleveland Park Restaurants for more salivating info.

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National Mall
What’s on the menu: You can find kid-friendly favorites at many of the museums on the Mall, along with more sophisticated selections to appeal to grown-up palates.What to try: Dine on dishes from throughout the Americas - from buffalo burgers to...

What’s on the menu: You can find kid-friendly favorites at many of the museums on the Mall, along with more sophisticated selections to appeal to grown-up palates.

What to try: Dine on dishes from throughout the Americas - from buffalo burgers to roasted salmon - at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Mitisam Café. Treat yourself to a gelato at the National Gallery of Art. For additional dining options near the Mall, walk up 7th Street to downtown’s Penn Quarter for casual sandwich shops and quick-service eateries perfect for picnics. Or check out the nearby food courts at the Old Post Office Pavilion, the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center or the Shops at National Place.

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