Money Low But Hunger High? Hit These Top D.C. 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.





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



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



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



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

Rise Bakery
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When people who need gluten-free options go to restaurants, they usually must comb through the menu to discover one or two options available. That's not the case at this Adams Morgan venue because everything is gluten-free here. Owner Mike...  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

Hill Country Barbecue Market
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Looking for a little taste of Central Texas? No need to buy a plane ticket or gas up the car. Mosey on over to this restaurant right here in the nation's capital in Penn Quarter. Carnivores prepare yourselves. They smoke their barbeque – a...  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

C.F. Folks


This luncheonette breaks two standard restaurant rules. They are only open for lunch and on weekdays. (Gasp!) Serving homestyle meals since 1981, this cozy spot offers daily specials focusing on different cuisines including New Orleans, Latin...  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


Meet Gina Gallucci White

Gina Gallucci White is an award winning freelance writer with articles appearing in such regional publications as Frederick Magazine, The Daily Record, Montgomery Magazine and The Gazette. She...  More About Gina