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The best places to eat in Washington, DC—reviewed anonymously by experts


Latest Washington, DC restaurant reviews

Rose's Luxury

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

You don’t need to read our review to know Rose’s Luxury is the District’s hottest restaurant; a little source named the James Beard Foundation already told you. What we can tell you is that, yes, local chef Aaron Silverman’s two-story

  1. 717 8th St, SE, on Capitol Hill
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Pearl Dive

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Quickly after Pearl Dive Oyster Palace opened in 2011, restaurateurs Jeff and Barbara Black’s fifth restaurant became the Delta prize of Logan Circle. And it’s not hard to see why: Weathered wood floors, busy fans hung from whitewashed ceilings,

  1. 1612 14th Street, NW, (between Corcoran and Q Streets)
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Woodward Table

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Woodward Table, helmed by Jeffery Buben of Vidalia and Bistro Bis, serves up casual American cooking with French flair and a Southern accent. Nevermind the dining room. Not that the leather banquettes aren’t comfortable, or that the restaurant’s

  1. 1426 H Street, (between 14th and 15th Streets)
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Cheap eats in Washington, DC

Toki Underground

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Hip twentysomethings squeeze into this tiny spot to slurp big bowls of ramen in rich, house-made broth. The dumplings are great, too—we especially like the grilled pork ones—and there are more than 20 kinds of saké available. The space is

  1. 1234 H Street, NE, between 12th & 13th Streets
  2. Main courses $5–$12
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Good Stuff Eatery

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

DC claims several stars from the popular Top Chef tv cooking competition, and one of the most recognizable is Spike Mendelsohn. His fun, laid-back burger joint on Capitol Hill (right next to his We, The Pizza restaurant) is a favorite of Hill

  1. 303 Pennsylvania Avenue, Between 3rd & 4th Streets
  2. Main courses $5.50–$10
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Ben’s Chili Bowl

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Looking like a museum piece on the yuppified, buppified stretch of U Street once known as Black Broadway, Ben’s Chili Bowl, opened in 1958, is in no danger of mouldering away, thankfully. In fact, its claim to be a 100% wind-powered business makes

  1. 1213 U Street, NW, Between 12th & 13th Streets
  2. Main courses $4–$9. No credit cards
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