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Popular Restaurants in Washington, DC

If you're a first time visitor to Washington, DC, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a smaller local eatery could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the restaurants may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about restaurants in Washington, DC.


What are some good restaurants in Washington, DC?

Here are some of the most recommended restaurants in Washington, DC.

National Gallery of Art
4th St NW Washington, DC (202) 737-4215
Mitsitam Cafe
950 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC (202) 633-1000
Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC (202) 822-8783
Rose's Luxury
717 8th St SE Washington, DC
Pavilion Café
7th Street and Constitution Avenue Washington, DC (202) 289-3360
Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U Street Northwest Washington, DC (202) 667-0909
Jaleo
480 7th St NW Washington, DC 2029287949
Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW Washington, DC (202) 333-2500
Toki Underground
1234 H St NE Washington, DC (202) 388-3086
Minibar By José Andrés
405 8th Street NW Washington, DC (202) 393-0812
We, The Pizza
305 Pennsylvania Ave SE Washington, DC (202) 544-4008
Rasika
633 D St NW Washington, DC (202) 637-1222
Zaytinya
701 9th Street Northwest Washington, DC (202) 638-0800
Farmers Fishers Bakers
3000 K Street Northwest Washington, DC (202) 298-8783
Georgetown Cupcake
3301 M St NW Washington, DC (202) 333-8448

Here's what Trippy members had to say about restaurants:

"If you have extra time, go to National Air and Space Museum or the National Gallery of Art."  See More

"And Mitsitam Cafe located in National Museum of the American Indian serves Native foods found in the Western Hemisphere."  See More

"Zaytinya - a long time DC staple and the food doesn't disappoint."  See More

"Sit and relax a bit facing the very large fountain or sit in or near the Pavilion Café where you can get a salad, sandwich, drinks or just a cupcake!"  See More

"A dog or 2 at Ben's Chili Bowl is a must, and if you're into exotic culinary adventures, then DC is known for its Ethiopian food (Dukem is my go-to Ethiopian spot)."  See More

"For something a little fancier, anything from Jose Andreas, but especially Jaleo, you won't soon be forgetting."  See More

"I'm not sure about the almond milk, but my absolute favorite coffee shop in District of Columbia is the Baked & Wired in Georgetown (Washington DC)."  See More

"Toki Underground is probably the most well known, but there are rumors of a Momofuku opening soon."  See More

"There's a prix fixe menu restaurant right next door called Minibar By José Andrés, don't get them confused otherwise it's going to cost you!"  See More

"I really like We, The Pizza and Ted's Bulletin 14th Street."  See More

"BURGERS by Honest Chops in NYC Masala Kitchen Kati Rolls And Platters in Philadelphia Ekta Indian Cuisine in Philadelphia Nafi Food Express in Philadelphia Spice End in Philadelphia Al- Sham Restaurant 3 in Philadelphia Bombay Club in DC Rasika and Rasika West End in DC DCG - District Chicken & Gyro in DC"  See More

"It depends a little bit on your neighborhood and how much you are trying to spend, but here are some of my favorites spanning a bit of a range of types of food and prices: Compass Rose (get the khachapuri - it's essentially a bread boat filled with warm gooey cheese and egg), SUNdeVICH for their amazing sandwiches, Farmers Fishers Bakers (their brunch buffet is on the pricier side but absolutely delicious and you won't need to eat for the rest of the day), Silo Restaurant (for its neighborhood vibe), Zenebech Injera (I had never had Ethiopian food until moving here, but its so good and delicious), and ZaytinyaZaytinya (honestly, you can't go wrong with anything on this menu)."  See More

"I saw the mention of Georgetown Cupcake."  See More

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  1. National Gallery of Art
  2. Mitsitam Cafe
  3. Founding Farmers
  4. Rose's Luxury
  5. Pavilion Café
  6. Ben's Chili Bowl
  7. Jaleo
  8. Baked & Wired
  9. Toki Underground
  10. Minibar By José Andrés
  11. We, The Pizza
  12. Rasika
  13. Zaytinya
  14. Farmers Fishers Bakers
  15. Georgetown Cupcake
Where can I find out more about Washington, DC?

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