Washington DC, the heart of the nation
The District of Columbia is the governing pulse of the nation, a place where history and modernity meet in a charming fashion. While DC is famous for its museums and history, another thing that keeps people coming back for more is the cuisine. Home to some of the finest chefs and restaurants in the land, DC is king when it comes to good food and stylish eateries.
Grubbing with the movers and shakers
Le Diplomate on 14th Street – 4.5-star rating on Google Reviews $$$ Looking to rub shoulders with the powerful? Well then look no further than Le Diplomate. You don’t need to speak French to figure out the crowd that frequents this charming café-style restaurant. From a legendary brunch to a vast menu featuring Bouillabaisse and Entrecôte de Boeuf, here you can dine in style. This is a popular spot for elected officials in Washington who all ” enter through the front door” like everyone else. Come for the fine food, stay for the company.
Fiola on Pennsylvania Ave – 4.2-star rating on Google Reviews $$$$ Want to be impressed and go home with a happy belly full of delicious Italian food? Fiola is the spot for you. In fact, Fiola was named the #1 Best Restaurant in DC by Zagat in 2015. That is reason enough right there to drop everything and go. Try the Creazione tasting menu if you can’t decide what you want. Or, go for the Maine Lobster Ravioli if you want to treat your taste buds to something truly extraordinary. Either way, the menu is vast and will leave the foodie in you jumping for joy.
Best bet for the kiddies
&pizza on U Street NW – 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor $
Want to leave the little ones with smiles across their faces? Pizza is the answer. Especially when it is the best pizza in the District of Columbia. Just reading through the reviews on TripAdvisor will leave you drooling with a desire to sink your teeth into their gourmet handmade pies. Not only will eating at &pizza leave you beyond satisfied, but it will also leave you contributing to a great cause. Not only do they do pizza the right way, but they are also philanthropic and do great things around DC.
Ted’s Bulletin on 8th Street SW – 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor $$ Burger and fries? Yes, please. Spaghetti and meatballs? Sure, that too. Ted’s Bulletin is a classic diner located in a wonderful area, perfect for a family outing with the little ones. With a fun ambiance and a menu that covers everything from breakfast to dinner, Ted’s is famous for a reason.
Fine dining for those with a desire for romance
Bistro Cacao on Massachusetts Avenue – 4.7-star rating on Google Reviews $$$
How would you feel about eating delicious food and impressing the person you love? Do both at Bistro Cacao, the French-inspired haute cuisine in Capitol Hill. Famous chef Kernal Deger has been running the place for almost two decades, providing his customers with high-quality service and mouth-watering food. This is the ideal place for a first date or night out with your spouse. Leave the kids at home and enjoy a classy night out in the serene ambiance of Bistro Cacao.
Obelisk on P Street NW – 4.5-star rating on Google Reviews $$$$
Winning people’s hearts (and appetites) since 1987, Obelisk is the ideal spot for a romantic night out for fans of Italian cuisine. The Obelisk is small and appealing, with an ever-changing menu that is full of pleasant surprises. Their 5-course meal provides the perfect setting for a long night of conversation and drinks. Want the night to be extra special with a bottle of wine you have been saving? Bring it along.
Casual joint with a knack for good eats (and drinks)
Simple Bar and Grill on Georgia Ave NW – 4.5-star rating on Yelp $$ Nachos and beer? Check. Happy hour? Check. Awesome environment? Check. Simple Bar and Grill is the ideal spot to go for drinks with your buddies after a long day of work. Some of their popular dishes include jerk wings, fajitas, and the carne assada sandwich. All will leave you wishing you had a second stomach.
Boundary Stone Bar and Public House on Rhode Island Avenue NW – 4.5-star rating on Google Reviews $$ With loads of appetizers and chef specials, Boundary Stone offers tasty treats and a drink menu that will leave you thirsty for more. Boundary Stone took home the award of Best Place to Eat at the Bar 2015 by the Washington City Paper. The weekend brunch at Boundary Stone has become a thing of legend with their $12 bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. But the main draw for Boundary Stone? The lively after-work crowd and Happy Hour that will leave you full and tipsy without having dropping too much cash.
Washington DC is a foodie’s dream come true. There are endless options for all tastes and one can explore forever, jumping from one restaurant to another. Because the city is a melting pot of different cultures from around the world, you will get the very best from all of them in terms of cuisine. One thing you will never have trouble finding in DC is a great place to eat, that is a guarantee.
About The Author — Davit Zakaryan is the Founder of DCAcar, a Limousine service covering all local airports in Washington DC- DCA, IAD and BWI.