The Best Bars for Foodies in Washington D.C.

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.

The OpenTable Team
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
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O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
997 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

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. O-Ku offers a wide v...

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Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
11,325 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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 fruits de mer (seafood sa...

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

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,303 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Brunch

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 craft drinks. Draft...

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Most Booked in District of Columbia

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,139 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 Dirty Habit a great ...

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The Arsenal at Bluejacket

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Navy Yard
957 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 “adventurous American eats” ...

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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,219 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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. There's also a take-out...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,147 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
  • Special Occasion

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 they have a full court...

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Best Ambience in Washington, D.C. Area
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,561 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tapas

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 great tapas, but the Lom...

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Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,355 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation

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 selection of both reds and...

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Neighbourhood Gem in Washington, D.C. Area
29 people mentioned the Fritz

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

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
7,213 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

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. This is also a favorite...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
640 people mentioned the Stone Crab

BLT Prime by David Burke

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,119 reviews
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 and makes them one ...

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Best Ambience in District of Columbia
114 people mentioned the Popovers