The Top Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

The OpenTable team

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among Washington D.C.'s most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

Restaurants:Unconventional Diner, Centrolina, Le Diplomate
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Italian, French
Neighborhoods:Shaw, Downtown, Logan Circle

Unconventional Diner

$$$$·American·
Shaw
1,616 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
AMERICAN: Unconventional Diner is, in fact, an unconventional diner; it’s a place you’ll find dishes like “French dip” pappardelle, sriracha-glazed meatloaf, foie-gras PB&J, and shRead more
96% recommended
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Centrolina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,870 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
ITALIAN: Tucked into the swanky CenterCityDC development is Centrolina, chef Amy Brandwein’s bright, buzzing Italian restaurant. Here, you’ll find dishes like buckwheat spaghetti aRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,133 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
FRENCH: Le Diplomate, a pitch-perfect French bistro in Logan Circle, is undoubtedly one of the greatest spots to brunch in the city. (Ask anyone from DC and they’ll agree.) You canRead more
95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Salt Line

$$$$·Seafood·
Navy Yard
1,535 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
SEAFOOD: On the waterfront near the Navy Yard you’ll find The Salt Line, a seafood restaurant that celebrates the cooking traditions of New England and the Chesapeake Bay. This meaRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
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Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
16,220 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
MEDITERRANEAN: Chef Jose Andres is a DC legend, with restaurants of all types delighting diners around the city. Zaytinya is his Middle Eastern spot, with a myriad of dips and salaRead more
96% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
9,040 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Fun
MEXICAN: Oyamel is one of those restaurants that manages to be elegant, refined, and a whole lot of fun. You’re here for upscale versions of Mexican street food—think tacos, cevichRead more
98% recommended
Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area
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Arroz

$$$$·Spanish·
Shaw
900 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
SPANISH: Mike Isabella, a former Top Chef contestant, has amassed quite the restaurant empire here in DC. Arroz is his foray into Spanish cuisine, with hints of Portuguese and MoroRead more
88% recommended
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Rasika West End

$$$$·Contemporary Indian·
West End
4,315 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
INDIAN: There are few people in the country who cook Indian food like James Beard Award–winning chef Vikram Sunderam, and we’re lucky to have him in DC. The atmosphere is upscale bRead more
95% recommended
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China Chilcano

$$$$·Peruvian·
Penn Quarter
2,767 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
PERUVIAN: China Chilcano is a Jose Andres restaurant specializing in the food of Peru—specifically chifa, the Chinese-influenced Peruvian cuisine, and nikkei, the Japanese-influencRead more
100% recommended
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Chaplin

$$$$·Japanese·
Shaw
992 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fun
JAPANESE: You probably wouldn’t expect a Japanese restaurant to be Charlie Chaplin–themed—but at Chaplin, a ramen spot in Shaw, it works. Check out the vintage movie posters while Read more
88% recommended

BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,691 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List
STEAKHOUSE: BLT Steak is a hit amongst the power-lunch-and-dinner crowd, and it’s not hard to see why: this is a first-rate steakhouse, with an impressive raw bar, a rainbow of sidRead more
95% recommended
Steak in Washington, D.C. Area
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Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Woodley Park
1,082 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Group Bookings
LEBANESE: Lebanese Taverna is a part of a group of restaurants that’s been serving Lebanese food for decades, and it’s clear they know what they’re doing. We recommend anything froRead more
92% recommended

DC Noodles

$$$$·Thai·
U Street Corridor
93 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings
THAI: It’s pretty clear what’s on the menu at DC Noodles, a large, sleek Thai spot on U Street—and noodles you will get, whether they’re sauteed in a wok, tossed into a salad, or hRead more
97% recommended
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Mandu - K Street

$$$$·Korean·
Mt. Vernon Square
562 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual
KOREAN: Mandu is a homestyle Korean restaurant beloved by locals and industry folk alike, serving classics like bibimbap, galbi, bulgogi, and, of course, top-notch mandu. We especiRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Washington, D.C. Area
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Kapnos

$$$$·Greek·
U Street Corridor
1,338 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings
  • Neighbourhood Gem
GREEK: If you’re not hungry when you walk into Kapnos, chef Mike Isabella’s Greek restaurant, you certainly will be once you see the open kitchen, with spit-roasted meats getting bRead more
93% recommended
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