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Great Dining at Washington DC Restaurants

Here are some Washington DC restaurants in the Dupont Circle area and beyond that have a reputation of serving excellent and delicious food to our guests.

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Restaurants Near White House, National Mall & Smithsonian Museums  in Washington DC

  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck – This restaurant is located inside the Newseum. The food is great and the ambiance is elegant but be prepared to pay. Great place for a business lunch or a special occasion. Located near the Arts Museum and  Old Post Office
  • Rose’s Luxury – Eclectic Food in Capitol Hill
  • McCormick & Schmick’s – This restaurant cater to seafood lovers but they keep the meat lovers happy too – their steaks are superb!  I love the food and the ambiance.
  • BlackSalt – Seafood Restaurant – Best Crab Cake
  • Bombay Club – Indian Cuisine at its best in Farragut West/Downtown DC
  • Fourth State – The Fourth Estate Restaurant is open to the public and serves stylish American food in the historic National Press Club. The atmosphere is ideal for a meal with a source or a sweetheart.  It is located on the 13th floor of the National Press Club building, the main floor of the club, and is open to everyone. Located near the White House.
  • Marcel’s – French/Belgium Restaurant, great reviews, pre-theater 3-course meal and ride to Kennedy Center.
  • ICI at Sofitel – French Restaurant near the White House
  • DC Coast – American Restaurant – Great Seafood, Pricey.
  • Sequoia Restaurant – American cuisine, Great Seafood, great view of Kennedy Center.
  • Blue Duck Tavern – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary.
  • Seventh Hill Pizza – Capitol Hill-Great pizza but very popular so finding a place to seat may be a challenge.
  • Zaytinya – Classical Greek, Lebanese and Turkish cuisine.
  • 1789 Restaurant – Rated one of America’s best restaurants.
  • Equinox – Downtown DC – American – Expensive
  • B. Smith’s – Union Station – Combination of Cajun, Creole and Southern cuisine, where Michele Obama had lunch with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.
  • Good Stuff Eatery – Capitol Hill – Great Hamburgers, Homemade Fries and Spike the Chef. What more? Obama ate here.
  • Nando’s Peri Peri – Downtown DC–Flame Grilled Chicken at its best and the price is pretty good too but they get pretty busy and chaotic at times so be prepared.
  • Fogo De Chao – Brazilian Barbecue, the Gaucho way of roasting meats over pits of open fire for delicious barbecues. The ‘all you can eat’ Brazilian Barbecue is located across from the Old Post Office near the Smithsonian Museums. Great food and atmosphere.
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl – President Obama ate here and so did many other celebrities before him. Not much from the outside but they are the best when it comes to chili and smoked sausages.
  • Point of View – We stopped by for lunch but they stop serving at 3pm so we had appetizers.  The choices were Ok (not great) from $9 to about $15 – the shrimp cocktail and personal pizza were good (not great)  The White House view wasn’t that special, you really only get to see the roof top of the White House, but it is a place to see and be seen in DC.
  • Dolcezza – Go here for Gelatto, Italy’s version of ice cream but contains only half of the fat and calories and it is simply delicious.
  • Kellari Tavern – Great Greek Food.
  • Founding Farms – Organic farm-inspired American food and drink.
  • Black Finn Restaurant – 1 block from the White House.  Reasonably priced classic American food, great service and delicious food.
  • Food Court – Great Food, great ambiance at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center facility
  • Federalist – American Food – Downtown – Inside Madison Hotel – Not bad for being in a hotel.
  • Old Ebbitt – American Cuisine at its best near the White House – This American institution was established in 1856, and it was and continues to be a favorite spot for politicians, journalists, celebrities,  and tourists in general.
  • Taylor Gourmet – Deli on 14th and U streets.  We love to report where Obama eats and this is another place he paid a visit to.  Prices are good and Hoagies are great.
  • Burger Tap and Shake – Great hamburgers!

Georgetown Restaurants in Washington DC

  • Ristorante La Perla – Nestled in D.C.’s famous Georgetown area, serving original and traditional Italian food.  If you like Italian food you will love this restaurant.
  • Filomena Ristorante – Another wonderful Italian restaurant to visit in Georgetown. The food is great and the atmosphere is romantic and elegant.  This restaurant has been visited by many celebrities in the past 30 years.
  • Bourbon Steak – The steak is great but the Seafood is divine. Located in Georgetown

Adams Morgan/Cardozo Restaurants in Washington DC

  • The Black Squirrel – A beer and burger joint plus sandwiches, salads to the sound of local artists on lively 18th street.
  • Napoleon Bistro & Lounge – Dining with ambiance – French.
  • Cashion’s Eat Place – Seasonal American Cuisine with Mediterranean influences, Great Brunch! Moderate Price.
  • Perry’s – American Seafood with an Asian touch.
  • Madam’s Organ – Best Soul Food Restaurant and Bar with best Blues, R&B and Jazz in town.
  • The Diner – Breakfast served any time of the day plus delicious hamburgers, fries and other comfort foods.
  • Meze – Turkish/Mediterranean – Great reviews.
  • Tryst Coffee House – Here you can get a quick bite, great coffee and baked goods and even a drink and Jazz.
  • Pasta Mia – Good price, huge portions, great authentic Italian food but you have to take the bad with the good (bad service perhaps due to them being short handed).
  • Meskem – Ethiopian Food.
  • Tony and Joe’s – Georgetown Waterfront – Great Seafood with Great View.
  •  Filter Coffee House and Espresso Bar - If you enjoy coffee and ambiance you will like this place.

DuPont Circle Restaurants in Washington DC

  • Bistrot Du Coin – French and delicious! Just a few minutes from the AmericanGuestHouse on Connecticut Avenue near the DuPont Circle Metro Station.
  • Black & Orange - A burger joint in DuPont Circle that is open until 5AM.  Voted best for 2012.
  • BusBoy & Poet – A Washington DC Local Gem. Food Menu is pretty diverse.
  • DGS Delicatessen – Modern Jewish Restaurant near Dupont Circle
  • Five Guys Burger and Fries – President Obama enjoyed his Cheeseburger and fries here. On ZAGAT survey rated every year and voted the Washingtonian Magazine’s “Readers’ Choice” #1 Burger. There is a location only 7 minutes walk from the American Guest House Bed and Breakfast.
  • Heritage India – One of the best Indian restaurants in the area.
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar – Very good reviews, short walk from guesthouse
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill – Do you want to meet locals, see where they hang out, then you must stop by this very interesting place where you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner and meet the neighbors too.
  • Komi Restaurant – Pricey but have received very high reviews.
  • Nora – America’s first certified organic restaurant – Michele Obama celebrated her birthday here.
  • Mourayo – Great Greek food- you will savor every morsel.
  • Politics and Prose – Here is another place made famous in DC because President Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha stopped by to purchase some books.  Their coffee is also great!
  • Russia House – Not many of these around.  Worth a try if you enjoy Russian food.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Great steak and seafood just a few minutes walk from
  • SweetGreen – Great salads, fresh and organic you can even count calories and nutrition values.
  • Sala Thai – Another great neighborhood restaurant – They specialize in Southeast Asia’s spiciest cuisine.
  • The Regent – Thai Cuisine at its best.
  • Zorba’s – Greek Food at its best.

Woodley Park Restaurants in Washington DC

  • Tono Sushi – Asian and Japanese cooking, great sushi near Woodley Park subway station.