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
1,545 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
American in Washington, D.C. Area

Centrolina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,602 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
95% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,850 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
1,198 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
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
91% recommended
Outdoor Eating in Washington, D.C. Area
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Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
15,602 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
94% recommended
Most Booked in District of Columbia

Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
8,768 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% 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
4,313 reviews
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
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China Chilcano

$$$$·Peruvian·
Penn Quarter
2,761 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
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
92% recommended
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Chaplin

$$$$·Japanese·
Shaw
877 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
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
94% recommended
Late Night Find in Washington, D.C. Area
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BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,590 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Washington, D.C. Area
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Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Woodley Park
1,055 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
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
542 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended
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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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