Best Washington, DC Restaurants

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    9. 1789 Restaurant

    Step back in time as you enter this elegant Federal-style country inn. Indeed, the early American antiques, Limoges china, Currier and Ives prints, and rustic fireplace create a comfortable yet luxe dining space....

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    8. CityZen

    Sleek geometric designs, 20-foot ceilings, dark tones and an exhibition kitchen set a sophisticated stage at the Mandarin Oriental's signature restaurant, led by James Beard Award-winning chef Eric Ziebold. While the...

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    7. Zaytinya

    With its stark white walls, high ceilings and dramatic glass facade, Zaytinya has emerged as a popular after-work gathering place. Hot and cold mezze ("middle-of-the-day" meals) enrich the dining scene with...

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    6. Buck's Fishing & Camping

    If the name evokes images of fried catfish and grilled bear, be prepared to think again. Despite the lodge-inspired decor, this intimate dining spot caters to a sophisticated clientele, and the creativity in the...

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    5. Range

    Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio has spun his fame into a mini empire; Range, his latest restaurant, proves he deserves all the accolades he gets. A sprawling eatery in Friendship Heights, Range lives up to its...

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    2. Rasika

    Rasika in Penn Quarter is a spicy, rich, authentic dining destination. (It was also a favorite of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; woe to any diner who was found sitting at "his" table when he...

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    1. Oyamel

    Trendy and popular, Oyamel is one of those places that lives up to the hype. One of several popular restaurants created by famed chef José Andrés, Oyamel features dishes inspired by Mexico's many different regions...

About Washington, DC Restaurants

Political hub of the nation, DC attracts millions of international visitors each year, from high-brow politicos to families on holiday. This sort of traffic fuels a thriving restaurant scene, one with both multicultural flair and flavor. Throughout the city, restaurants offer outstanding service and excellent cuisine. Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Downtown share the bulk of the capital's dining establishments. Among them are Red Sea, which serves Ethiopian cuisine, and informal Ben's Chili Bowl, both in Adams Morgan. Dupont Circle's Obelisk promises upscale Italian fare, while in Georgetown, Citronelle wins rave reviews for fashionable French cuisine. Downtown, at Luigi's Pizza, sightseers and lunching politicians both dine on hand-tossed pies. Foggy Bottom, Woodley Park, and Capitol Hill have their share of first-class eateries as well. Kinkead’s specializes in seafood, Woodley Park's Lebanese Taverna tempts folks with rustic flavor, and Capitol Hill's Montmartre guarantees great French food at reasonable rates. No matter in which direction you head, DC's wealth of restaurants is sure to please.

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Senior editor Kelly Sigmon is Southern born and Ivy educated. During his tenure with the company, Kelly has prized being a mystery traveler and overseeing the printed 10Best Travel Guides for San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta.

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