Searching For Masterpieces On Plates? Try These Top D.C. Restaurants

Washington, D.C. welcomes people from all over the world so naturally, the district features cuisine from practically every spot on the map. When it came time for 10Best to select the top restaurants, we decided to chose ones that span the culinary globe and offer an unforgettable dining experience.   

For those looking for excellent Mediterranean dishes, Komi, serves up modern Greek fare during a multi-course tasting dinner experience. Renowned chef Fabio Trabocchi has two restaurants on the list – Fiola Mare features a seafood market counter and Fiola dishes out contemporary Italian cuisine.   

No passport is required to go to Le Diplomate even though you may feel like you are in a Parisian cafe. If it is warm enough, try to grab a seat outside. Rasika puts a modern twist on Indian cuisine while Thip Khao introduces diners to Lao food which is known for it's heat.

Want outstanding American fare? You can't go wrong with Rose's Luxury which features eclectic small and family style dishes. Plume, located inside the luxury Jefferson Hotel, uses seasonal ingredients that the author of the Declaration of Independence would have grown on his Monticello estate.  

Whatever your choice, you are sure to find culinary masterpieces awaiting you at these top district restaurants. 



Thip Khao
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With a passion to share her Lao culture and food with the masses, Chef Seng Luangrath opened up this restaurant in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in early 2015. Lao food is known for its heat so be sure to check out the 'Let's Go to the...  Read More

Le Diplomate
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For a taste of France right here in Washington, D.C., head to this bistro which offers an incredible comfort food menu for brunch, apres midi and dinner. Brunch options include breakfast favorites like steak and eggs and spinach omelette and...  Read More



Named after the sacred fir tree native to central Mexico where monarch butterflies take refuge after migration, Oyamel is emerging as one of the district's top upscale casual dining options. The menu features creative interpretations of modern,...  Read More



With two locations in this district, this restaurant puts a modern twist on Indian cuisine featuring small plates yet big taste. Start off with a dish made off a tawa (griddle) like scallops rasem or ragda patties or head straight to their sigri...  Read More



With soft lighting, elegant white d�r, and a ma�e d to greet you, this French and Belgian cuisine venue is epitome of fine dining. Menu items change daily but the high quality of each meal does not. Chose from four, five, six or...  Read More



Opened in 2011, this much buzzed about restaurant is Chef Fabio Trabocchi's first in D.C. With a modern upscale vibe, this venue changes menus every day to reflect the freshest ingredients available for its regional and contemporary Italian...  Read More

Plume at the Jefferson Hotel


Nestled inside the outstanding Jefferson Hotel is the equally amazing restaurant Plume. Traditional dishes are created using seasonal ingredients that Thomas Jefferson would have grown on his Monticello estate. The menu is small but huge on...  Read More

Fiola Mare
Photo courtesy of Fiola Mare


With gorgeous views of the Potomac River and a seafood market counter to evoke a Mediterranean feel, this restaurant can not be missed. Opened in early 2014, this is the third restaurant Chef Fabio Trabocchi has opened in the district and it...  Read More



This modern Greek restaurant is a foodie's dream come true. A set multi-course tasting dinner begins with small, light dishes and moves toward pastas, entrees and desserts. Since there are no printed menus, you are told of the meal as it is...  Read More

Rose's Luxury
Photo courtesy of Rose's Luxury


Named for Chef Aaron Silverman's paternal grandmother and his desire to provide a warm, casual and hospitable environment for guests, this venue regularly has a long line when its doors open for dinner seating. They do not take reservations for...  Read More


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