The Top Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

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.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:Le Diplomate, The Salt Line - Navy Yard, Zaytinya
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Seafood, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Logan Circle, Navy Yard, Penn Quarter
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,933 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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 can’t go wrong with any...

Read more
French in Washington, D.C. Area

The Salt Line - Navy Yard

$$$$·Seafood·
Navy Yard
1,804 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

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 means there are excelle...

Read more
Outdoor Eating in District of Columbia

Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
16,712 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 salads and meats and veg...

Read more
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
9,101 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasion

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, ceviches, and tons of vege...

Read more
Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area

China Chilcano

$$$$·Peruvian·
Penn Quarter
2,872 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Group Bookings

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-influenced tradition that al...

Read more
Fit for Foodies in District of Columbia

Chaplin

$$$$·Japanese·
Shaw
1,097 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

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 dining on any number...

Read more
Japanese in Washington, D.C. Area

BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,698 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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 sides, and beef good en...

Read more
Steak in Washington, D.C. Area

Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Woodley Park
1,095 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options

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 from the “Hommus Bar” s...

Read more
Healthy in Washington, D.C. Area

Mandu - K Street

$$$$·Korean·
Mt. Vernon Square
573 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

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 especially love going late...

Read more