The Best Burgers in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

As the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.'s dining scene is dominated by international cuisines and power lunches. But locals and visitors alike sometimes just want a classic American burger, and the best places for a burger in D.C. know how to do it right. Chefs use top-quality meat, perfect cooking technique, choice buns, great toppings, and delicious sides. So, which restaurants should you go to when you’re craving one of these burgers? We used our data to find the top burger spots among diners in DC. Here’s where the locals are going when they’re wanting a good burger.

Restaurants:Buck's Fishing & Camping, The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C, Persimmon
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Chevy Chase, Penn Quarter, Bethesda / Chevy Chase

Buck's Fishing & Camping

$$$$·American·
Chevy Chase
722 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Casual
Buck's Fishing & Camping is dedicated to its kitschy, summer camp-inspired theme, using canoes and firelight as decor, and live flame to grill a choice selection of local meats, fiRead more
94% recommended
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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,962 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
The Smith in Penn Quarter is one of a small regional chain known for bistro-inspired comfort-food classics with global influences. Comprehensive menus offer two burgers for lunch, Read more
85% recommended
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Persimmon

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,352 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Somewhat off the beaten path in Bethesda, Persimmon offers a cozy-but-bright break from the bustle of D.C., along with some excellent bistro-inspired cuisine. The focus is on seafoRead more
97% recommended
American in Washington, D.C. Area
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Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,856 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating
Blue Duck Tavern inside the West End's Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. offers a gourmet, market-driven menu. Chef Adam Howard's celebration of the bounty of the region, transformed in Read more
87% recommended
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Amity & Commerce

$$$$·American·
Downtown
35 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
A contemporary, Asian-inspired restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C., Muze offers all-day dining in a sophisticated setting. The restaurant offers seasonal outdoRead more
100% recommended
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,436 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
  • Fun
In its decor, vibe, food and strong cocktails, Teddy & The Bully Bar takes its inspiration from Theodore Roosevelt – his personality, achievements and enthusiasm for the wildernessRead more
95% recommended
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Cafe Soleil

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,001 reviews
  • Casual
  • Cozy
  • Lunch
A brightly decorated bistro close to the White House, Cafe Soleil welcomes locals and visitors to enjoy its French-influenced New American cuisine all day. Lunch and dinner guests Read more
90% recommended
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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
2,945 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
Ever wondered what kind of burger Abraham Lincoln would like? The chefs at Lincoln, a restaurant inspired by the 16th President in its every facet, have pondered that question and Read more
88% recommended
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Barcode

$$$$·American·
Downtown
801 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Fun
Barcode, a 200-seat sports bar, restaurant and lounge that's open late, claims the honor of the Washington Post's best happy hour. Diners in the mood for a burger can get a deal onRead more
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Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,013 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating
Summer House Santa Monica takes its inspiration from a sunny beach house in Southern California, a theme that's revealed by its light- and plant-filled decor along with the produceRead more
82% recommended
Brunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
9,631 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Waterfront
  • Brunch
Farmers Fishers Bakers, part of a farmer-owned restaurant group, offers casual, all-day dining in Georgetown's Washington Harbour area. The focus is on sustainable fare, with made-Read more
81% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

The Columbia Firehouse

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,221 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
Diners hungry for a burger can order one any time of day at The Columbia Firehouse, a casual restaurant offering classic American cuisine in Alexandria. The signature Firehouse burRead more
83% recommended
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Lahinch Tavern and Grill

$$$$·American·
Potomac
331 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
The concept of Irish-American fusion defines Lahinch Tavern and Grill's menu and overall vibe, which is equal parts upscale American restaurant and casual Irish tavern. The PotomacRead more
100% recommended

Seasons 52 - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,557 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Seasons 52 in North Bethesda is one of over 35 national locations of the popular fresh food-focused restaurant. While the focus of the menus is salads, flatbreads and seafood, the Read more
98% recommended
American in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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City Kitchen - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
499 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
City Kitchen, a hip but inviting, industrial but warm restaurant in Alexandria, takes inspiration for its creative casual cuisine from cities across the United States. The kitchen Read more
100% recommended
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Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,481 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
A breezy, scenic riverfront setting in Alexandria, seasonal outdoor seating, regular live music and a seafood-centric menu fit nicely with Blackwall Hitch's maritime theme. Diners Read more
87% recommended
Scenic View in Virginia - DC Suburbs

RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,382 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
The seasonal, produce-driven menus at RIS change daily, but always offer a thoughtful array of creative American cuisine by chef Ris Lacoste. The West End neighborhood restaurant iRead more
92% recommended
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The Pub by Wegmans - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
298 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Quick Bite
The Pub by Wegmans, a chain of casual eateries focusing on craft beer and freshly made food from the famous market brand, has a popular outlet in Alexandria. The lengthy dinner/lunRead more
100% recommended
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