The best Washington, DC restaurants
Our expert food critics pick the finest Washington, DC restaurants, from five-star dinners to famous diners
Bakery guide to Washington, DC
Sugar fiends have never had it so good. With so many pedigreed dough-punchers setting up shop in our fair city, bakeries are on the rise. For the city’s best croissants, bread and other irresistible treats, consult our bakery guide. Pick up a snack mid-shopping spree or settle in and pair your pastries with a strong cup of joe.
The best brunch in DC
Maybe your weekend plans involve shopping, taking your pick from the huge array of Washington, DC museums, or even making a long, lingering brunch the main event of the day. Whatever, you’ll want to check out our picks for the best brunch in DC. While bottomless mimosas abound, there are also make-your-own Bloody Mary bars and creative brunch cocktails. Some spots offer unlimited food along with the booze, and a few even amp up the morning festivities with live music, drag shows and burlesque.
The best coffee shops and cafés in Washington, DC
With so many bookish staffers pulling late nights on Capitol Hill and engineers pulling late nights in their start-up’s home office, you’d think DC would be rife with coffee shops. You’d be right. DC’s caffeine scene is not entirely 24/7—though some cafés, like Tryst in Adams Morgan, come close. With sprawling couches (and an occasional Washington Post), outdoor seating, and such elevated menu items as house-made fig scones, chocolate croissants and Virginia sausage sandwiches, these days coffee shops in the capital offer a lot more than a mere cup of joe.
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The best pizza in Washington, DC
From dollar slices to gourmet versions in the finest Washington DC restaurants, pizza is ubiquitous, but which places really stand out? When the craving strikes, see below for the best pizza Washington, DC has to offer. If you’re still craving more, consult our picks of the best Italian restaurants in DC.
The best Italian restaurants in DC
The best Italian restaurants in DC range from chef-focused trattorias to the city’s top spots for pizza. For more European flavors, check out our list of the 40 best Washington, DC restaurants.
The best American restaurants in DC
It’s only appropriate that the nation’s capital has an excellent array of American restaurants. From Capitol Hill power-broker canteens like Ted’s Bulletin to chic Georgetown steakhouses like Bourbon Steak, we round up the essential spots.
The best Japanese food in Washington, DC
DC's Japanese food scene continues to grow, with ramen dens, Far East gastropubs and pristine sushi temples popping up around town. Whether you're craving raw-fish delicacies from sushi bosses or inventive twists on classic dishes, we’ve got you covered.
The best French restaurants in Washington, DC
French restaurants in the capital range from casual bistros to white-tablecloth temples of gastronomy, and serve everything from authentic classics to Gallic-accented American cuisine. For more European flavors, check out our list of the 40 best Washington, DC restaurants.
The best seafood restaurants in DC
Desperately seeking seafood restaurants in DC? Peruse our list of the capital’s best restaurants specializing in oysters, crabs and fish. Since cocktails and oysters are a natural match, some of them double as standout bars. And let’s not forget the best spots for sushi.