D.C.'s Most Fab Restaurants Span the Culinary Globe

Holly Smith

By , Local Expert, Washington
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Once considered a fine-dining wasteland, Washington, D.C., has become a veritable foodie destination in the past decade or so. With innovative, unique restaurants like Range and Le Diplomate bursting onto the scene, the nation's capital is now almost as renowned for its culinary offerings as it is for its politics. (And unlike politics, everyone can agree that excellent food is a good thing.) While it's impossible to choose the 10 best restaurants of all -- too many contenders make for a crowded field -- the ones featured here all deserve to be considered among the finest out there. From Oyamel, with its uncanny ability to...  Read more »

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    Another feather in Chef Jose Andres' formidable cap, Oyamel consistently turns out some of the most...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "You have to try our favorite Oyamel dish -- the fresh guacamole prepared tableside. It's a spicy, creamy bowl of perfection."

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    • Cuisine: Indian
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    This fantastic restaurant demonstrates nightly why Indian food is truly one of the world's premier cuisines.

    Local Expert Tip: "If the complicated Indian flavors make ordering the right wine confusing, ask the house sommelier for guidance!"

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    L'Auberge Chez Francois

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $65
    • Neighborhood: Great Falls

    Classic French restaurants never go out of style; L'Auberge Chez Francois illustrates why.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take advantage of the Reston Limo discount if you don't want to drive to the restaurant."

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    Le Diplomate

    The buzz surrounding this place stretches up the East Coast to New York City. It's well earned.

    Local Expert Tip: "Le Diplomate is wildly popular, so getting a table is tough. Be sure to make reservations well in advance."

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    • Average Main Course Price: $30

    Featuring a bold, innovative menu and a lovely dining room, dinner at Range always feels like a special occasion.

    Local Expert Tip: "Whatever you order at Range will be like nothing you've had before. It's impossible to choose wrong!"

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    Buck's Fishing & Camping

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $32

    Local ingredients expertly cooked, plus a fire-lit dining room make Buck's a must-try destination for any foodie.

    Local Expert Tip: "The menu changes daily. If they're offering onion rings the night you're there, snap 'em up!"

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    The airy, light-filled Zaytinya serves gorgeous Mediterranean food in a setting to match.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go for lunch and enjoy a four-course, small-plate meal, including dessert, for just $25."

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    A celebration of modern American cuisine, CityZen takes fresh, delicious ingredients and spins them into magical dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Herbivores: Be sure to order the fantastic six-course, prix-fixe vegetarian dinner!"

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    1789 Restaurant

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $30

    Harking back to a more genteel, elegant time, 1789 makes guests feel like they're dining in a different era.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get dressed to the nines for dinner. Jackets are suggested, although no longer required."

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    Toki Underground

    Outrageously good ramen -- rich with full-bodied broth, veggies, meats and spices -- takes center stage at this fun, unassuming eatery.

    Local Expert Tip: "Like your noodles with a kick? Order the kimchi ramen."



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