The Best Bars for Foodies in Washington D.C.

The OpenTable Team

Few areas in the country are more iconic than Washington, D.C., but America's capital isn't just the hub of politics—it's also home to some of the best restaurants in America. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether in the mood for a good old-fashioned, all-American beer, or some sake, this list of best bars in D.C. has you covered.

Restaurants:O-Ku - DC, Le Diplomate, The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Sushi, French, American
Neighborhoods:Washington, Logan Circle, Penn Quarter

O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
838 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date

O-Ku opened a few years ago and quickly won D.C. over with their commitment to genuine Japanese hospitality. They have a world-class upstairs bar and a full sushi and sashimi bar. ...

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95% recommended
Best Ambience in Virginia - DC Suburbs
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,554 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies

Le Diplomate dedicates itself to genuine French culture. They take extra care to extend this dedication to the drinks, which are steeped in French culture and tradition. The fruit...

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95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,074 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual

Located around the corner from the International Spy Museum, The Smith in the Penn Quarter is an offshoot of the popular NYC spot that specializes in all-American food and seasonal...

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93% recommended

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,033 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions

The Dirty Habit is another addition to the Penn Quarter district and is steps away from all the major tourist destinations. They pair seasonal drinks with shareable plates, making ...

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81% recommended
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The Arsenal at Bluejacket

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Navy Yard
939 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great Beer

The building that houses The Arsenal at Bluejacket was first built back in 1919 and has since been retrofitted to house this bar and restaurant. The Arsenal specializes in “adventu...

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82% recommended
Late Night Find in Washington, D.C. Area
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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,211 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem

BlackSalt serves sustainable seafood that is typically locally sourced as well. The bar is more of an upscale tavern that complements the high-end dishes that are popular here. The...

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94% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,008 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions

The Iron Gate is a swanky spot that offers Mediterranean fare, specifically Greek and Italian fusion dishes. This is a preferred hangout spot in the nicer weather months because th...

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93% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,344 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasions

Celebrity chef Jose Andres brings his Jaleo concept to D.C., and the result is a Mexican fusion menu with a rotating selection of cocktails to complement the dishes. Jaleo has grea...

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98% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,311 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries

Named after the French painter Henri Matisse, this restaurant specializes in contemporary French-Mediterranean fare. Matisse has an unrivaled wine list that offers a premier select...

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94% recommended
29 people mentioned the Fritz

Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
3,246 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Hot Spot

This is one of the most casual dining offerings in D.C., which is important in a town that takes the tack of “sun's up, suits on.” Café Milano offers delicious pizzas complemented ...

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88% recommended
29 people mentioned the Veal Chop

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
6,658 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance

With satellite locations in Las Vegas and Chicago, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab has become a D.C. favorite because of their incomparable surf 'n' turf and cocktails. Thi...

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96% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
640 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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BLT Prime by David Burke

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,016 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date

Located in the Trump Hotel DC, the BLT Prime by David Burke is best known for their top-of-the-line steaks and incomparable appetizers. The selection of cocktails is second-to-none...

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90% recommended
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
114 people mentioned the Popovers
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