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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 The Alchemist restaurant
4.9
4.9 (56)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
McPherson Square
About the restaurant
Step into the clandestine world of The Alchemist, an elusive speakeasy where craftsmanship and libation unite. Immerse yourself in a realm of handcrafted cocktails featuring smoke and fire, where we infuse spirits seasonally and boast over 150 carefully selected bourbons, whiskeys, and scotches. Uncover the art of mixology and savor the allure of rare spirits at The Alchemist DC


Top review
jmp537vip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Wonderful, professional, and friendly service. Excellent assortment of unique hand-crafted drinks made with love and a bit of pizzaz. We tried four different drinks and saw many of the other drinks made for a variety of customers. Everyone seemed delighted with the presentation and taste of their drinks. I highly recommend trying some tasty beverages at The Alchemist, but, please, make sure you don't come on an empty stomach because there is no food served to help soak up the alcohol.
A photo of The Park at 14th restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2696)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The Park at 14th is a restaurant, lounge, and event venue on four floors overlooking Franklin Square in Downtown D.C. Offering a sense of timeless elegance, beautiful views, and a warm and welcoming interior, The Park at 14th is the perfect place dining, socializing, and hosting your next event. We invite you to join us. For reservations over 6, please TEXT (202) 550-0300
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Everything about this place was great. I would come back to visit.
A photo of Laporta's Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2246)
$30 and under
American
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Laporta’s restaurant is the ideal place for extraordinary food in a casual, comfortable setting. Laporta’s has an attentively serviced contemporary dining room perfect for a romantic evening out or any other special occasion, combined with an adjoining intimate Jazz lounge. Relax and listen to the live jazz featured nightly. The lounge has the warmth and friendly feel of a local’s bar yet with the same excellence of service and consistency of food quality that defines our dining room and exemplifies the restaurant as a whole. The menu features inventive fresh seafoods and hearty pastas complemented by the provincial-style desserts of Margaret Laporta.
Top review
TP50
Dined 7 days ago
Every time we are in Alexandria, this is our go-to stop for one of our dinners. We love everything about it.
A photo of MXDC restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2364)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
🎉🌮 Exciting News Alert! 🌮🎉

We are thrilled to announce that MXDC is officially OPEN at our new location at 1610 14th St NW, Washington DC! 🎉✨ Come join us for an unforgettable dining, lounge, and bar experience filled with delicious tacos, refreshing drinks, and fantastic vibes. 🍹🌶️

We can't wait to welcome you to our new home and create many more memorable moments together! See you soon at MXDC!

With love and tacos,
The MXDC Team ❤️🌮❤️


Top review
RobM
Dined on May 16, 2024
Host and hostess were amazing and treated us like family
A photo of Walters Sports Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (165)
$30 and under
American
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
A comfortable neighborhood restaurant conveniently located across the street from Nats Park. Walters is equipped with a state of the art pour your own beer system loaded with the latest trends in brewing. It doesn't stop there, Walters kitchen is more then your classic bar fare, featuring items ranging from Tuna Crudo to a sous vide Steak Sandwich. With 30 TVs across the restaurant its hard to miss your favorite sports teams.
Walk on over to Walters and check us out!

Top review
Scottvip
Dined on May 5, 2024
I go here pretty regularly before UFL games. The service is consistently good and occasionally excellent. The smash burger, the spicy chicken sandwich, and the wings are all really good. It's a great spot to gather prior to doing something in the area. highly recommend. I wish they would open a little earlier on days there are noon games.
A photo of Barcode restaurant
4.4
4.4 (904)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
A Modern American Restaurant, Bar & Lounge in the heart of Washington DC! Open Happy Hour, Dinner and Late Night. Featuring Award Winning American Cuisine and voted Best Happy Hour by the Washington Post.



Top review
FiaWoods
Dined 5 days ago
Good food, Good vibes and Great atmosphere.
A photo of SoBe Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1180)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lanham
About the restaurant
Featuring South Beach inspired Decor and an expansive menu, SoBe should be at the top of your list for Upscale Restaurants in suburban Washington, D.C. Our mixture of international cuisines, highlighted by premium meats and fresh seafood, will ensure that your experience is one to remember. Expect a fine dining atmosphere and a gracious and courteous staff to attend to your needs. Our bar features artisan cocktails, premium liquors, draft beer and a selection of global wines. Relax in our Lounge Area for Happy Hour or any gathering.
Top review
DortheaU
Dined on May 12, 2024
I enjoyed the Mother’s Day Brunch. The food and atmosphere was excellent. Hopefully there will be a Father’s Day Brunch coming.
A photo of Brass Rabbit Public House restaurant
4.2
4.2 (126)
$30 and under
American
Arlington
About the restaurant
An upscale pub and scratch bar that offers 16 beers on tap, craft cocktails, and classic pub food with a healthy twist.

Reservations are for indoor seating only, while our bar area and patio are first come, first served.

Happy hour 3-6PM Monday through Friday featuring $8 martinis and $8 lettuce wraps.

Brunch 10AM-4PM Saturday & Sunday featuring $5 bottles of bubbly, $10 Bloody Marys, and $10 martinis.

Top review
CassandraHvip
Dined on Apr 18, 2024
Great wait staff, and delicious food. Appetizers were a great portion and brilliant variety.
A photo of Bourbon Boulevard - Chantilly restaurant
4.2
4.2 (300)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Chantilly
About the restaurant
Steak House, Whiskey/Wine Bar with Live Music
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Most every evening 6:00 - 9:00 there's a jazz group on the stage in the Lounge area (full disclosure, my group plays there on 3rd Sat. of month), at levels respectful of hearing & conversation. Comfortable dining, excellent food & spirits, attentive service. So we also come as patrons to hear other groups. You can also dine in the larger back area if less interested in the music, and they can serve large parties.
A photo of matchbox Reston restaurant
3.8
3.8 (126)
$30 and under
American
Reston
About the restaurant
Just a few steps outside of Wiehle-Reston East metro station on the Silver Line, you’ll find matchbox Reston Station welcoming you in for great food, refreshing drinks, and an energetic vibe. Situated in the iconic Google building designed by Helmut Jahn and surrounded by businesses and luxury apartments, matchbox is a place for you to take a break from work, catch up with friends, or enjoy time with family.

All are welcome to gather and join our community. Come and enjoy our 3.6.9 mini burgers, blazing hot pizzas, or any one of our chef-crafted dishes. We have something for everyone. Our casual, warm ambiance and friendly staff will make matchbox feel like your home away from home.

matchbox Reston Station also features a private dining room for event bookings and a covered outdoor bar to enjoy those hot summer days and cool nights.

Top review
MikeK
Dined on May 5, 2024
Paul, our waiter, was very good - he was attentive without being overbearing and kept our water filled and asked periodically how we were doing. The food was very good - the three of us shared an appetizer and each had an entree. Our daughter would have preferred dessert too, but her parents were too full. We went at 3:00 on a Sunday which is our usual time for a Sunday meal - restaurants tend to not be crowded from lunch or dinner. It was a great experience.
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