Food & Drink

Get a taste of the DC food scene and discover the best places to eat, drink and more in the nation's capital.

The Best Places to Eat On & Around the National Mall

The National Mall is home to the nation’s most iconic monuments and memorials. A visit to Washington, DC is truly not complete without time spent along this most important swathe of land. For sightseers who also want some fabulous food, the National Mall has a host of options for memorable meals...

Dining room at Occidental Grill and Seafood - Restaurant near the National Mall in Washington, DC
Cedric Maupillier Dishes on His French-American Mash Up in Shaw

A charming accent reveals Cedric Maupillier’s roots in the South of France. But the ambitious chef (also the force behind Adams Morgan ’s Mintwood Place ) recently became an American citizen, and the menu at his Shaw bistro borrows liberally from the cuisine of both countries. What’s the secret to...

Chicken Coq au Vin at Convivial - Dining in Shaw - Washington, DC
Where to Eat on 11th Street in Columbia Heights

Perhaps the homiest restaurant neighborhood in the city, Columbia Heights ’ 11th Street serves up indie bars and eateries on the blocks between residential Kenyon and Monroe streets. If you plan well, you could chow down on three meals a day here – and still have spots to go to for a nightcap. A.M...

Maple restaurant Washington, DC
Everything You Need to Know About DC’s Signature Dish: The Half-Smoke

What is a half-smoke? Paris has croissants, Baltimore has crab cakes, and Washington, DC has something called a half-smoke. The town’s signature dish is a sausage, generally smoked before it’s grilled. They’re often a bit spicier and made of meat that’s more coarsely ground than a hot dog. Sources...

Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street - Where to get a half-smoke in Washington, DC
DC Hotel Bars with Character & Cocktails

In its more than 200-year-history, DC has been home to hotels from humble 18th-century rooming houses to grand 19th-century overnighters. Raising a cold glass of something at a historic hotel bar is a time-honored tradition, and it’ll land you both in good company and in atmospheric surrounds.

Off The Record at The Hay-Adams - Historic Bar in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Dupont Circle

The cosmopolitan nature of Dupont Circle makes it one of DC’s most popular neighborhoods, with its social circle serving as a gathering spot, while shops and museums provide something for every taste. Dupont’s restaurants and bars radiate outward from the central circle and include a diverse mix of...

Urbana - Dupont Circle Restaurant - Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Upper Northwest DC

As you explore DC’s Upper Northwest neighborhoods, you’ll discover tree-lined streets and family homes as the city’s urban vibe turns suburban. Cleveland Park, Friendship Heights, Glover Park, Van Ness and Tenleytown can all be found in Upper Northwest, and attractions like Hillwood Estate, Museum...

Diners at Casolare - Places to Eat in Glover Park - Washington, DC
Breweries to Check Out In & Around Washington, DC

When you’re looking for a cold one, look beyond the big beer producers and taste something distinctly DC. Frosty, frothy, heady, hoppy, sour – whatever your preference, you can find it at any of these local breweries. Read on to explore the best breweries in and around DC, discover brewery tours...

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC
Where to Find Cherry Blossom-Inspired Food & Drink in Washington, DC

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the nation's capital quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the three-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the occasion. But spring is blossoming off the National Mall too, in the form of cherry blossom-inspired flavors...

Cherry blossom afternoon tea at the St. Regis Hotel - Where to find cherry blossom-inspired food and drink in Washington, DC
Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Washington, DC

Brace yourselves, winter is here and along with it, the bitter cold. How will you weather the storm? We’ve got your survival guide right here, and it involves hot, melted chocolate beverages that are sweet, sinfully delicious and sometimes very adult.

@icecreamjubilee - Nutella Hot Chocolate from Ice Cream Jubilee - Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Washington, DC