Get the Most out of Your Money at D.C.'s Top Value Restaurants

When it comes to food, many of us just want to get the most for our money whether it is at a chic, upscale restaurant or a homestyle diner. The dollar amount on value is different from person to person. When 10Best went looking for the top value restaurants in Washington, D.C., we searched a wide range of prices from cheap eateries to celebrity chef owned venues.   

When looking at restaurants that offer the best for your money, you can't beat Jose Andres' Zaytinya which offers  a four-course mezze lunch of Eastern Mediterranean fare for $25 or Ambar that features an unlimited brunch and bottomless Balkan dinner every night.  

Looking to be a little more frugal but still fill your belly with tasty dishes? Taylor Gourmet is your best bet for incredible hoagies or head to 2 Amys for one of the best true Neapolitan pizzas this side of the Atlantic. Up for some comfort food? District-favorite Ben's Chili Bowl can not be beat. You may even see a celebrity or politician there. 

Whatever dollar amount you associate with value, Washington, D.C. is sure to have a restaurant or eatery that will make you feel like your meal is money well spent.



This classic American diner with a 1920s/1930s vibe offers patrons multiple comfort food dishes to chose from all day long. Buttermilk chicken fried steak, the walk of shame breakfast burrito, the Ty Cobb salad and Ted's famous grilled cheese...  Read More

With affordable prices and mouth watering dishes, this U Street favorite has been serving celebrities, politicians and every day folks since 1958. Ben's famous all meat chili dog, chili con carne and jumbo beef dog are menu specialties....  Read More

To be considered a Neapolitan pizza, strict requirements must be followed. You must only use soft grain flour, fresh yeast, water and sea salt to make the dough. Forget extra toppings because only Italian plum tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala,...  Read More

Florida Avenue Grill
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Founder Lacey C. Wilson Sr. saved up tips from shoe shining in order to open a restaurant dedicated to serving home cooking to the masses. Marking its 70th anniversary this year, the eatery continues to delight diners and fill their bellies with...  Read More


Located near the Verizon Center, this casual venue features a ramen shop on one level and an izakaya – a Japanese comfort restaurant on the other. You will want to visit both. Stop in the ramen shop for a quick bowl of Sapporo style ramen...  Read More

Bayou Bakery
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With a goal of "capturing the culture, creating a community and cultivating a taste for the south," this Capitol Hill-based bakery succeeds with a bevy of sinfully delicious sweet treats like cinnamon rolls, scones and croissants. Don't just go...  Read More

The owners of Taylor's Gourmet grew up in Philadelphia surrounded by hoagies from various mom and pop shops. When they moved to the nation's capital, they were surprised to find none of the local stores came close to the hoagies of their...  Read More

Duke's Grocery
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This Dupont Circle neighborhood pub and supper spot aims to recreate corner cafes, bodegas and curry joints that you would find across the pond in the East London neighborhood. The eatery focuses on made-from-scratch dishes put together with...  Read More


Don't know what to grab for lunch? Why not head to this Jose Andres gem and get the mezze lunch special boasting four courses for $25. Served in small plate style, you'll find delicious dishes throughout the entire Greek, Turkish and Lebanese...  Read More

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For those who crave value yet still want delicious food, this Balkan cuisine restaurant is a must visit. Saturdays and Sundays feature an unlimited brunch for $39. A bottomless Balkan dinner is offered every night for $49 with unlimited plates...  Read More


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