Downtown & Penn Quarter restaurants

Top Choice American in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Dabney

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne studied historic cookbooks, discovering recipes that used local ingredients and lesser-explored flavors in his quest to resuscitate mid-Atlantic cuisine lost to the ages. Most of the dishes a…
Top Choice Israeli in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Shouk

Fast and casual, Shouk creates big flavor in its vegan menu of Israeli street food, served with craft beer and tap wines. A crazy-good burger made of chickpeas, black beans, lentils and mushrooms gets stuffed into a…
Top Choice Cafe in Downtown & Penn Quarter

A Baked Joint

Order at the counter then take your luscious, heaped-on-housemade-bread sandwich – perhaps the smoked salmon and scallion cream cheese on an open-faced baguette, or the fried green tomatoes on buttered griddled sour…
Top Choice American in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Central Michel Richard

Michel Richard was one of Washington's first star chefs. He died in 2016, but his namesake Central blazes onward. It's a special dining experience, eating in a four-star bistro where the food is old-school, comfort-…
American in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Minibar

Whimsical Minibar is a two-Michelin-starred foodie nirvana, where 12 lucky people get wowed by animal bits spun into cotton candy and cocktails frothed into clouds. The tasting menu, determined by chef José Andrés, …
American in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Kinship

Round up your friends and enjoy a convivial night at this Michelin-starred restaurant by James Beard Award–winning chef Eric Ziebold. Pick and choose across the menu’s five categories echoing the chef’s passions: in…
Indian in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Rasika

Rasika is as cutting edge as Indian food gets. The room resembles a Jaipur palace decorated by modernist art-gallery curators. Top marks go to the murgh mussalam, a plate of juicy tandoori chicken with cashews and q…
Cafe in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Busboys & Poets

Busboys & Poets is a local minichain of cool cafes. Each has a multicultural, opinionated, creative vibe, along with a lengthy menu of well-priced sandwiches, Southern dishes, coffee, beer and other cafe bites, …
Mediterranean in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Zaytinya

One of the culinary crown jewels of chef José Andrés, ever-popular Zaytinya serves superb Greek, Turkish and Lebanese meze in a long, noisy dining room with soaring ceilings and all-glass walls. It's a favorite afte…
Deli in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Red Apron Butchery

Red Apron makes a helluva breakfast sandwich. Plop into one of the comfy booths and wrap your lips around the ricotta, honey and pine-nut 'aristocrat' or the egg and chorizo 'buenos dias.' They're all heaped onto ti…