Restaurants

American in Downtown & Penn Quarter

The Dabney

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne studied historic cookbooks, discovering recipes using local ingredients and lesser explored flavors in his quest to resuscitate mid-Atlantic cuisine lost to the ages. Most of the dishes are e…
Top Choice American in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Ben’s is a DC institution. The main stock in trade is half-smokes, DC’s meatier, smokier version of the hot dog, usually slathered in mustard, onions and the namesake chili. For nearly 60 years presidents, rock star…
Top Choice Pizza in Upper Northwest DC

Comet Ping Pong

Proving that DC is more than a city of suits and corporate offices, Comet Ping Pong offers a fun and festive counterpoint to the marble city, with its ping pong tables, industrial chic interior and delicious thin-cr…
Top Choice International in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Compass Rose

Compass Rose feels like a secret garden, set in a discreet townhouse a whisker from 14th St's buzz. The exposed brick walls, rustic wood decor and sky-blue ceiling give it a casually romantic air. The menu is a mash…
Top Choice Fusion in Upper Northwest DC

Macon

Macon, Georgia, meets Mâcon, France, in this wild mash-up of delectable southern cooking with creative European accents. The space is always buzzing, as a local, well-dressed crowd come to feast on fried catfish wit…
Top Choice French in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Bistrot du Coin

The lively and much-loved Bistrot du Coin is a neighborhood favorite for roll-up-your sleeves, working-class French fare. The kitchen sends out consistently good onion soup, classic steak-frites (grilled steak and F…
Top Choice Modern American in Capitol Hill & South DC

Rose's Luxury

Rose's is DC's most buzzed-about eatery – and that was before Bon Appetit named it the nation's best new restaurant in 2014. Crowds fork into worldly Southern comfort food as twinkling lights glow overhead and candl…
Top Choice French in Georgetown

Chez Billy Sud

An endearing little bistro tucked away on a residential block, Billy's mint-green walls, gilt mirrors and wee marble bar exude laid-back elegance. Mustachioed servers bring baskets of warm bread to the white linen–c…
Top Choice Thai in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Little Serow

Little Serow has no phone, no reservations and no sign on the door. It only seats groups of four or fewer (larger parties will be separated), but despite all this, people line up around the block. And what for? Supe…
Top Choice Japanese in Adams Morgan

Donburi

Hole-in-the-wall Donburi has 15 seats at a wooden counter where you get a front-row view of the slicing, dicing chefs. Donburi means 'bowl' in Japanese, and that's what arrives steaming hot and filled with, say, pan…