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10 Restaurants in Washington, D.C. You Need to Eat At

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Justin Kerby
Written by Justin Kerby

If you’re wondering where to make your next dinner reservation in Washington, D.C., look no further than this list of the most popular restaurants in America’s capital. With a food scene that is constantly paving the way for other cities, Washington has quickly become one of the best places in the country to grab a bite to eat. Here are ten innovative hotspots that are changing the game and are easily considered the best in the city.

10. Compass Rose


Compass Rose is known for their unique décor, craft beers, and international street food like brown butter roasted cauliflower, arepas with braised lamb neck, Korean ribs with miso wild rice, goat curry, grilled calamari, and Hawaiian tuna poke with sticky rice, seaweed, sesame, and soy.

9. Espita Mezaleria


Espita Mezaleria is innovating Mexican food, putting a modern spin on cherished dishes from south of the border. The menu features sea scallop ceviche, smoked eggplant with queso fresco, maitake mushroom tacos, and a golden beet salad with watermelon radishes and a pomegranate habanero dressing.

8. Drift on 7th


Seafood spot Drift on 7th prepares their dishes with locally raised ingredients, including yellow fin tuna, Maryland crab cake sliders, seared sardines, a grilled shrimp salad, pan roasted whole fish, a baby arugula salad, blue catfish, and lime pie with a mixed berry compote.

7. Alfie’s


Thai dive bar Alfie’s is a small hip place with cleverly named cocktails and delicious dishes like a green papaya salad with dried shrimp, fermented pork sausage, a burger with pineapple, egg, and beetroot, braised beef short ribs, a charcoal grilled chicken salad, and coconut curry soup.

6. Takoda

Chicken. And. Sweet. Potato. Waffle. Need we say more? #TakodaDC

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Takoda is a restaurant, beer garden, and whiskey bar boasting a craving-inducing menu, including bacon popcorn, rosemary parmesan tater tots, a cranberry kale salad, chicken and sweet potato waffles, pan-seared salmon cakes, creamsicle cheesecake, and deep-fried Oreos.

5. Kinship


Kinship is run by critically acclaimed chefs in a cozy atmosphere, and their upscale menu is every foodie’s dream. Dishes include duck confit, a celery root and wild mushroom salad, pan seared red fish with shrimp and jambalaya, and a chilled pineapple soup with clementine compote and coconut sorbet.

4. Bad Saint

SOFT-SHELL CRAB UKOY

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There’s usually a line-up at Bad Saint, if that’s any indication of how amazing their Filipino menu is. With mouth-watering options like marinated chicken with grilled coconut, rice noodles with wood ear mushrooms and lemon oil, mackerel with red grapefruit, and clams with Chinese sausage.

3. Eat Bar

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with #ramp Ravigote #newweek #newbeef

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If you’re into craft beers, house-cured meats, and good vibes, you’ll love Eat Bar. The menu features a pickled mushroom salad with gnocchi, a corn dog with Thai chilli aioli, fried green tomatoes with fresh cheese, bacon, and kale, wild boar pate, ricotta doughnuts, and a Nutella panini.

2. Tail Up Goat

And the finished product. Pasta circle of life.

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Mediterranean hotspot Tail Up Goat has a vibrant décor and a delicious menu, with the likes of carrot ravioli with ramp greens and pistachio breadcrumbs, asparagus with cured egg yolk and pecorino, burnt strawberry jam and mascarpone on toast, and grilled pork with pine nuts, brown butter, and cured jalapeno.  

1. Rose’s Luxury


Located on Capitol Hill, Rose’s Luxury has got it all; a friendly staff, a cool atmosphere, and killer food. To name of few of the restaurants many delicious dishes; grilled veal breast, pork sausage with habanero, peanuts, and lychee salad, and fried spring vegetables with squid, Japanese mustard, and eel sauce.

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Justin Kerby

Justin Kerby

Justin is a real estate junkie and writes about everything from investment opportunities to marketing strategy. When not writing, you can find him cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers or Vancouver Canucks.

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