Restaurants

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…
Top Choice Asian in Capitol Hill & South DC

Toki Underground

Spicy ramen noodles and dumplings sum up wee Toki's menu. Steaming pots obscure the busy chefs, while diners slurp and sigh contentedly. The eatery doesn’t take reservations and there’s typically a wait. Take the op…
Laotian in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Thip Khao

Chef/owner Seng Luangrath opened this casual but trendy Laotian restaurant in 2015, offering fabulously spicy, tart, pungent dishes from her homeland. Named for the baskets that hold sticky rice, its must-tries incl…
Japanese in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Sushi Taro

Many locals say this contemporary Japanese place serves the best sushi in town. The kitchen obsesses over preparing the finest, freshest fish possible, arranged with beautiful sides and garnishes. The tastes have al…
Japanese in Georgetown

Makoto

When the sushi craving strikes we often opt for Makoto, simply because it’s so classically…Japanese. The napkins look like origami. The wasabi is fresh grated. You leave your shoes at the door. And the food, needles…
Korean in Adams Morgan

BUL

BUL is DC's first pojangmacha ('covered wagon'), or Korean street-food eatery. Trendy locals love it, gobbling up grilled skewers of meat and vegetables, seafood pancakes, and a fishcakey 'hangover soup.' The pork b…
Chinese in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

Sichuan Pavilion

Many Chinese come to this unassuming restaurant to dine on fiery, oily classics of the old school. Piquant Sichuan (or Szechuan) cuisine is often blanded-up for Western customers around the world, but these guys kee…
Japanese in Georgetown

Kotobuki

Kotobuki is one of the better spots for sushi, thanks to its excellent platters (at around $15 for a lunch and $25 for a dinner platter), its tucked-away location, which adds a feeling of discovery, and its oh-so-Ja…
Indian in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Rasika

Rasika is as cutting edge as Indian food gets. The room resembles a Jaipur palace decorated by a flock of modernist art-gallery curators. Narangi duck is juicy, almost unctuous, and pleasantly nutty thanks to the ad…