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Diners' Choice: Best Ambience restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambience in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Ted's Bulletin - Noma restaurant
4.7
4.7 (29)
$30 and under
American
NoMa
About the restaurant
Now Open!! Welcome to Ted’s. Your go-to place to savor The Every Day. We are your neighborhood eatery, taking a creative and contemporary approach to classic American dishes and cocktails in NoMa. Open daily for all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Voted “Best Hangover Breakfast” and “Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant” by readers of Washington City Paper (in the same year), Ted’s Bulletin is truly a restaurant for all seasons.

In addition to street parking, we offer valet, validate parking for the Marriot Hotel Retail Lot adjacent to our restaurant for up to 90 minutes. There is also a paid, private lot across the street.

We limited reservations for weekend brunch service. If they are all booked, WE DO ACCEPT WALK INS.

Top review
CatherineG
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent all around. We had 6 people, including a toddler. Couldn’t have been happier with the service, accommodation for our toddler and overall great brunch!
A photo of The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1038)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in downtown DC, just four blocks from the White House, breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served under The Jefferson’s historic skylight in The Greenhouse. Natural light streams from above, creating an airy atmosphere that complements the light, fresh and energizing fare on our seasonal menus.
Top review
Malloryvip
Dined 5 days ago
Fabulous atmosphere, incredible service and delicious food!
A photo of L'Auberge Chez Francois restaurant
4.9
4.9 (9028)
$50 and over
French
Great Falls
About the restaurant
Welcome to L'Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital that has captivated visitors for over 66 years. L'Auberge Chez François is the ideal spot to celebrate special moments, private parties, luncheons, weddings, and cooking demonstrations. Our menu is extensive and full of the flavors of Alsace and traditional French cuisine. Excellent food and service, attention to detail, and a casually elegant atmosphere are hallmarks that have made L'Auberge Chez François a Washington favorite! We hope that you will enjoy your visit with us. Should you not see your preferred time to dine with us, please call us at 703-759-3800.
Top review
CobraAvip
Dined 3 days ago
We enjoy this restaurant for special occasions and this was our anniversary lunch. Delicious food (as always), attentive service, and an extensive wine list made our day.
A photo of Lafayette Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1586)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With large windows opening onto Lafayette Park and the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital and is certain to complement any dining experience.



Top review
SheilaJvip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent ambiance. Great food, very professional stuff
A photo of Baan Mae restaurant
4.9
4.9 (24)
$31 to $50
Asian
Shaw
About the restaurant
We are a Laotian restaurant in the heart of the neighborhood of Shaw. Baan Mae means Mom's house in Laotian. Chef Seng of Thip Khao and Padaek is serving up dishes reminiscent of her home kitchen and her mother's kitchen.

Mom's House Reservation Policy:

All reservations are allowed a 15-minute grace period.

All parties must be present at the restaurant to be seated. If parties are incomplete by the end of the 15-minute grace period, the reservation may be moved to the waitlist upon the completion of the party.

Reservation wait times may be impacted in the case of rain or heat advisory as we will do our best to accommodate patio reservations indoors.

Due to our limited seating capacity, all reservations are limited to a maximum of 90-minute seating time and 2 hours for large parties of 5+.

Please contact us for for reservations for parties of 5+.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
First time at Baan Mae and loved it! So great to see SE Asian restaurants in DC and taste traditional dishes with amazing flavors.
A photo of Claire's at the Depot restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3518)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Warrenton
About the restaurant
In a casual yet elegant atmosphere, set in a recently remodelled century old historic train station, Claire's passion is great food and outstanding service. Offering contemporary American cuisine - local, seasonally focused - with a Southern flaire. The renovation honors the historic character of the Warrenton Train Depot, resulting in a warm, comfortable environment for casual meetings with friends, or special occasions and intimate family meals. The warm, elegant Garden Room provides seating for intimate meals, while the Tavern Room features a more casual dining experience in luxurious surroundings. A rotating selection of craft beers is available on tap, and the wine service is regularly expanded. Outdoor dining is available in season, and private events can be hosted in one of several areas in the restaurant. Awarded "Best of Warrenton" every year since 2006.
Top review
RunnerTee
Dined 4 days ago
Claire's is our favorite place to go when we want to either celebrate an occasion (this was our 19th wedding anniversary) or just have a wonderful romantic dinner where we KNOW we will love the food and ambiance!
A photo of Code Red restaurant
4.7
4.7 (33)
$30 and under
American
Adams Morgan
About the restaurant
CODE RED : We’re a celebration of freedom that transports you back into the Prohibition Era while embracing modernity with classic cocktails, eclectic cuisine, and outstanding service.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Come here allot , but the chicken wings are not good at all.. way to much breading and no meat.. revamp that and it would be perfect and create your own sauce for your wings and I’m happy
A photo of Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2333)
$31 to $50
French
Great Falls
About the restaurant
Restaurants in Alsace traditionally have a formal main dining room as well as a casual dining room known locally as a weinstube or brasserie. At the brasserie, diners may enjoy traditional, hearty Alsatian dishes in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. These friendly establishments are immensely popular with Alsatians and visiting them is always the best part of my trips back to Alsace. I opened Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez François to bring the tastes and comforts of the Alsatian brasserie to Great Falls.
Top review
Chevyvip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent brunch in a lovely atmosphere! Nice variety of choices.
A photo of The Study restaurant
4.9
4.9 (300)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Discover our Modern American menu inspired by Chef Tomas Chavarria’s Mesoamerican heritage and training. Our regionally sourced plates such as Korobuta Pork Belly and Seven Hills Farms Center Cut Steak are complimented by our library of classic cocktails. Grab your favorite sip and savor attentive service, a luxe atmosphere, and live entertainment in a boutique hotel.
Top review
ChrisMvip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Food and service were excellent. Dinner portions were on the smaller side.
A photo of Elizabeth's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1239)
$50 and over
Vegan
Downtown
About the restaurant
Elizabeth's offers an extraordinary dining experience every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. We merge our gorgeous venue with a prix fixe Vegan Tasting Menu at $110 per person.


Our resident sommelier curates a pairing of wines and beverages sourced from around the world at an additional $85 per person.

Fully raw menus are not available. Please call the restaurant (202-347-8349) in reference to any allergies prior to making your reservation. We are unable to accommodate nut allergies at this time. Regarding reservations of 5 or more, please call the restaurant directly.

We source and prepare the freshest ingredients for our exclusive fine dining experience. For this reason, reservation confirmations are required 24 hours in advance. If a cancellation occurs within 24 hours of your reservation, there will be a $35 per person cancellation fee. Thank you for your understanding of the commitment that is made to creating a memorable dining experience.

Top review
RobertF
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
This restaurant is always a treat. The food is incredibly innovative. There's a very strong possibility that you have not had these dishes before. The wait staff is very attentive. And Elizabeth checks to make sure everything is to your satisfaction. Thanks for another great experience.
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