The Infatuation's Restaurant Picks

The Infatuation is an app and website, which uses a small team of local editors who dine anonymously to rate and review restaurants. Each restaurant gets a rating, so that you can find the right place for every occasion.

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FIG & OLIVE DCFIG & OLIVE DC
1933 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown, District of Columbia

Food and ambience was wonderful. Highly recommend the non-traditional paella. While it does not look like paella, it truly was delicious. Service was less than adequate. Waitress was extremely annoyed that we were not ready to order drinks and became even more irritated throughout the evening. Guess she did not get the memo that we were the customers. Would I go back? Yes because of food and ambience, but if you are expecting good service, best go elsewhere. The price did not match the price. More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
1066 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent service and great food. Had 2 appetizers with drinks ( pimento cheese/ham board and chicken and biscuits). Both were wonderful. Plan to return before end of our trip for dinner. More

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SakerumSakerum
359 reviews
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Sushi | U Street Corridor, District of Columbia

I love this place!!! Sushi is amazing. Service was excellent. It is kinda of expensive. Manager is hot lol, like the other reviews said. My new favorite Sushi place. 10/10 would recommend. More

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Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press ClubFourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
1213 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

The food was delicious, a special spot in DC. Fun to admire all the photos that line the walls. More

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Degrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, GeorgetownDegrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
328 reviews
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Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Really enjoyed having lunch here after getting a massage at the Ritz Carlton Spa. Our service was outstanding and loved the food! More

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Old Ebbitt GrillOld Ebbitt Grill
20717 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Our group of six went for lunch during Restaurant Week. We were seated outside of the restaurant proper next to the water fountain - it was great. The food was excellent and so was the service. More

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The HamiltonThe Hamilton
7007 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Don't think just go. Food is amazing. More

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Succotash - Penn Quarter DCSuccotash - Penn Quarter DC
1066 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Excellent service and great food. Had 2 appetizers with drinks ( pimento cheese/ham board and chicken and biscuits). Both were wonderful. Plan to return before end of our trip for dinner. More

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Clyde's of Gallery PlaceClyde's of Gallery Place
5893 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I was very pleased with the entree and the service. My crab cake was excellent - lots of real crab meat and not too much filler. The Maryland crab soup I ordered was tasty but not exceptional. The side of sauteed spinach was delicious but too saturated with oil despite my request for light sauteeing. Overall, I enjoyed my lunch. More

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Central Michel RichardCentral Michel Richard
6756 reviews
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American | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

First class service in a lively space. Loved being seated where we could watch the kitchen. Food was very good, especially calamari in spicy sauce. Good wine by the glass options. Really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks! More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

District of Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Elizabeth's Gone Raw1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
372 reviews
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

Amazing experience in every way. You feel very welcome. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for something extra. More

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Kinship2. Kinship
872 reviews
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American | Mt. Vernon Square, District of Columbia

A truly superb dining experience. Expensive, but worth it. More

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Lafayette Restaurant3. Lafayette Restaurant
990 reviews
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Clarence, like LaFayette, is a national treasure. More

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Bistro Aracosia4. Bistro Aracosia
715 reviews
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Afghan | Palisades Northwest, District of Columbia

Lovely culturally inspired ambience, great service, and very flavorful well prepared afghani dishes! Going back again tonight! More

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Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC5. Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC
537 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, District of Columbia

Attentive staff definitely a high scale location for brunch. More

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District of Columbia restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
District Soul Food & LoungeDistrict Soul Food & Lounge
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Soul food | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

District Soul Food Restaurant and Lounge will be providing a unique mix of southern cuisine and live entertainment featuring a selection of delicious soul food and signature cocktails. Owners Craig Parkinson CEO, David Roundtree, COO, Christopher Alston, Chris Everette, and Eddie Reynolds are excited to bring District Soul Food Restaurant to the heart of barracks row in Capitol Hill. Executive Chef John Fearrington (La Residence, True Flavors Southern Diner) will bring a menu strongly influenced by Southern flavors. Our Sweet potato pound cake will be one of the items that is sure to have customers coming back time and time again. District Soul Food Restaurant and Lounge will operate as a restaurant, Cigar Lounge, accompanied with a food truck and catering services for special events.More

Kingbird IgloosKingbird Igloos
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American | Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia

Located within The Watergate Hotel, our fine dining restaurant allows guests to celebrate in a lively scene or a more casual setting in The Bar at Kingbird. Focused on ingredient-driven American cuisine, with a uniquely French twist, we connect locals and international travelers to the best local flavors.More

NeroNero
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Global, International | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

From the mural to the industrial hanging lights and grand chandeliers, our lounge bridges this old-world charm with subtle design. We tell the story of Nero, reflecting his intensity with our fantastic ambience, service, food, and drinks.More

Sfoglina - DowntownSfoglina - Downtown
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Italian | Downtown, District of Columbia

Sfoglina (sfoal-YEE-nah) is a casual Italian trattoria and pasta house, named for the artisans and Italian cultural icons that carry on the tradition of rolling sheets of pasta by hand with a rolling pin, a technique passed through the generations.More

Sushi HachiSushi Hachi
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Sushi | Capitol Hill, District of Columbia

Welcome to Sushi Hachi, Washington D.C.’s premier choice for quality sushi and incredible dining. The name “Hachi” is the Japanese word for the number eight. Signifying happiness and luck, the number eight defines our wishes for our customers and our community. We are also conveniently located on 8th street, so you’ll never forget where we are. Our owner, chef, and restaurateur Steve Yoon took over Sushi Rock in Arlington, VA with the drive to bring the incredible flavor and quality of fish he had in Asia to the community. Seven years later, Sushi Hachi was born. With more than 17 years of experience creating artisan sushi rolls with incredible flavor, it is our pleasure to bring the best to you. Our handpicked team of chefs all have experience in Japan, carefully constructing and rolling the perfect sushi roll. Sushi Hachi combines experience and innovation with incredible quality to present delicious, affordable sushi to our guests. We only use the finest ingredientMore