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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

American Restaurant
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“Old Ebbitt Grill located by the White House is a classic restaurant - the oldest in D.C.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“From ZAGAT: These “phenomenal” Indian destinations take a centuries-old cuisine to a “whole new level” with “innovative” interpretations like crispy spinach “unlike anything you’ve ever had” served in “beautiful”, “modern” settings that rank among DC’s “swankiest”; “friendly, unobtrusive” servers put novices at ease, while an “accessible” price point (for high-end dining) means one must “plan ahead” for prime-time reservations. Our favorite "must have" dish is the Palak Chaat.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Nightlife Spot
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“District wings (with extra mumbo sauce) and they have a sushi happy hour late until close”
  • 40 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Best pozole and margarita in DC. Near the mall, good for a break after a long day sightseeing.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Night Club
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“For the best views of the White House go to the roof top bar of The W Hotel. Its called POV. Drinks are pricy but you cant beat the view!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“When in DC, you must dine at one of Jose Andres's restaurant. One of my personal favs! Spanish tapas and great Spanish wine list. Good lunch spot when visiting the museums downtown”
  • 25 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
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“Endless supply of meats, all char grilled to perfection! They also have a great salad bar and drink menu.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
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“Wonderful area for seeing lovely outdoor sculptures in downtown DC. Free jazz on Fridays!!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Peruvian Restaurant
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“The modern culinary landscape of Peru is defined by three distinct cuisines that have combined to create a style of cooking unlike any other in the world. At China Chilcano, the union of Peruvian Criollo,Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei is an exciting journey into a world of exciting culinary juxtapositions. Try their 12 course meal! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Capital Grille is a classic DC, award winning, high-end, steak house with aged steaks. It's pricey, but excellent. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Family style, Italian Food. Great prices for a large group. You will NOT leave hungry.”
  • 6 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Best barbecue in DC, according to the Washington Post, and good live music most nights. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“Excellent but expensive Italian restaurant. Outdoor seating in the warmer months, great happy hour prices on food and wine.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“Coffees & teas served alongside a variety of bento boxes, sandwiches & cookies in a bright space.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Jose Andres is one of my favorite chef's. You cannot go wrong dining at any of his restaurants under the Passion Food Hospitality Brand which include Zatinya ( Greek) , Rosa Mexicano, and Jaleo. All three restaurants are conveniently located in Penn Quarter walking distance from "Gallery Place Chinatown" metro station and the Verizon Center. The drinks, appetizers and short ribs at Rosa Mexicano are sure to put a smile on your face. The hummus and lamb at Zatinya are succulent, well seasoned and just amazing! :-) As for Jaleo, all of the tapas and Sangria are a must while in town for lunch or happy hour. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“At José Andrés’ cocktail lab in Penn Quarter, the sister to the exclusive Minibar dining experience, the drinks are works of art that don't take themselves too seriously. The current cocktail flight, inspired by nostalgia, is stocked with creations like Saturday Morning Cartoons, made with brandy, Angostura cereal, caramelized milk, and vanilla, all presented with props like a View-Master or Pokemon cards. You don't have to opt for the flight: there are 100 cocktails on the menu and bartenders can dream something up on the spot. Book a reservation well in advance for a fancy, but fun, D.C. night out.”
  • 6 locals recommend