Restaurants in Washington DC
The city's many politicians and their
expense accounts ensure that Washington DC has some fantastic
dining options to suit every budget and taste. From glamorous
upmarket restaurants dripping with style, to roadside stalls and
eateries, this city offers many kinds of cuisine for many different
Fresh seafood, crab, oysters and rockfish
are among the most popular choices on restaurant menus, with
special emphasis on dishes made with locally-caught crabs, such as
crab cakes, blue crabs, crab legs, crab soup and even crab chips,
potato chips unique to Washington DC. A popular spice is Old Bay,
which is locally made and used to season just about everything from
peaches to popcorn.
Most restaurants are centred around the
Midtown, downtown and Penn Quarter areas with the very upmarket
eateries close to Capitol Hill and frequented by businessmen and
businesswomen. Dupont Circle and the West End are also great areas
for restaurants. A tip of about 15 percent is expected in
restaurants and it is customary to make reservations before dining
Address: 1226 36th Street NW; Telephone: (202) 965 1789
Zaytinya is one of Washington DC's top restaurants, Greek or otherwise. Travellers with adventurous palates can dig into mezze delicacies like goat flatbread, crispy veal sweetbreads and grilled octopus, while vegetarians will find plenty to choose from. There is a reduced-price lunch menu offering sandwiches, salads and shawarmas, and even a brunch menu available until 2.30pm.
Address: 701 Ninth Street NW, Edison Place; Telephone: (202) 638-0800
For Belgian cuisine at its very best, look no further than Belga Café. This stylish eatery with tasteful décor is a favourite in Washington DC with locals and out-of-towners alike. Sample its delicious four cheese croquettes or the Lotte mit Jenever, bacon-wrapped monkfish fillet with Jenever beurre blanc. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner. Saturday and Sunday brunch and dinner only.
Address: 514, 8th Street, SE; Telephone: (202) 544 0100
Address: 815 Connecticut Avenue NW (Downtown); Telephone: (202) 659 3727
Address: 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW; Telephone: (202) 737 6200
Carnivores will be in heaven at Fogo de Chao, Washington DC's top Brazilian restaurant. Waitrons deliver skewers of meat while you tuck into the signature churrascarias beef. The name means 'ground fire' and refers to the gaucho method of roasting meat. Unfortunately, vegetarians will have to content themselves with the salad bar and vegetable sides.
Address: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW; Telephone: (202) 347 4668
Birch and Barley is loved by both locals and tourists for its delicious comfort food, like pan-seared rainbow trout, honey-glazed duck breast and their special bratwurst burger. The brunch menu is equally tasty with offerings that include waffles, French toast and sticky buns, with 555 varieties of beer for drinks. Brunch is served on weekends, dinner daily, but the restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Address: 1337 14th Street NW; Telephone: (202) 567 2576