The Best Burgers in Washington DC

As the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.'s dining scene is dominated by international cuisines and power lunches. But locals and visitors alike sometimes just want a classic American burger, and the best places for a burger in D.C. know how to do it right. Chefs use top-quality meat, perfect cooking technique, choice buns, great toppings, and delicious sides. So, which restaurants should you go to when you’re craving one of these burgers? We used our data to find the top burger spots among diners in DC. Here’s where the locals are going when they’re wanting a good burger.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Buck's Fishing & Camping, The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C, Persimmon
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Chevy Chase, Penn Quarter, Bethesda / Chevy Chase
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Buck's Fishing & Camping

$$$$·American·
Chevy Chase
721 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions

Buck's Fishing & Camping is dedicated to its kitschy, summer camp-inspired theme, using canoes and firelight as decor, and live flame to grill a choice selection of local meats, fish and seasonal vege...

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,122 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

The Smith in Penn Quarter is one of a small regional chain known for bistro-inspired comfort-food classics with global influences. Comprehensive menus offer two burgers for lunch, brunch and dinner al...

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Persimmon

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,412 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual

Somewhat off the beaten path in Bethesda, Persimmon offers a cozy-but-bright break from the bustle of D.C., along with some excellent bistro-inspired cuisine. The focus is on seafood and the thoughtfu...

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American in Washington, D.C. Area

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,766 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance

Blue Duck Tavern inside the West End's Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. offers a gourmet, market-driven menu. Chef Adam Howard's celebration of the bounty of the region, transformed in the open kitchen's w...

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Amity & Commerce

$$$$·American·
Downtown
35 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch

A contemporary, Asian-inspired restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C., Muze offers all-day dining in a sophisticated setting. The restaurant offers seasonal outdoor seating with fire...

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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,499 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch

In its decor, vibe, food and strong cocktails, Teddy & The Bully Bar takes its inspiration from Theodore Roosevelt – his personality, achievements and enthusiasm for the wilderness. In terms of cuisin...

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Lunch in District of Columbia

Cafe Soleil

$$$$·American·
Downtown
986 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

A brightly decorated bistro close to the White House, Cafe Soleil welcomes locals and visitors to enjoy its French-influenced New American cuisine all day. Lunch and dinner guests seeking full entree-...

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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
3,016 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings

Ever wondered what kind of burger Abraham Lincoln would like? The chefs at Lincoln, a restaurant inspired by the 16th President in its every facet, have pondered that question and come up with several...

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Barcode

$$$$·American·
Downtown
831 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Outdoor Eating

Barcode, a 200-seat sports bar, restaurant and lounge that's open late, claims the honor of the Washington Post's best happy hour. Diners in the mood for a burger can get a deal on a happy hour cheese...

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Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,322 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Summer House Santa Monica takes its inspiration from a sunny beach house in Southern California, a theme that's revealed by its light- and plant-filled decor along with the produce-forward cuisine. Wi...

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Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
10,480 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Waterfront

Farmers Fishers Bakers, part of a farmer-owned restaurant group, offers casual, all-day dining in Georgetown's Washington Harbour area. The focus is on sustainable fare, with made-from-scratch culinar...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Columbia Firehouse

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,196 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions

Diners hungry for a burger can order one any time of day at The Columbia Firehouse, a casual restaurant offering classic American cuisine in Alexandria. The signature Firehouse burger features on the ...

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Lahinch Tavern and Grill

$$$$·American·
Potomac
360 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Live Music
  • Worth the Drive

The concept of Irish-American fusion defines Lahinch Tavern and Grill's menu and overall vibe, which is equal parts upscale American restaurant and casual Irish tavern. The Potomac, Maryland-area esta...

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Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area

Seasons 52 - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,666 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Seasons 52 in North Bethesda is one of over 35 national locations of the popular fresh food-focused restaurant. While the focus of the menus is salads, flatbreads and seafood, the lunch menu offers th...

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Healthy in Maryland - DC Suburbs

City Kitchen - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
499 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • Lunch

City Kitchen, a hip but inviting, industrial but warm restaurant in Alexandria, takes inspiration for its creative casual cuisine from cities across the United States. The kitchen makes everything fro...

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Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,886 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront

A breezy, scenic riverfront setting in Alexandria, seasonal outdoor seating, regular live music and a seafood-centric menu fit nicely with Blackwall Hitch's maritime theme. Diners in the mood for a bu...

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Scenic View in Virginia - DC Suburbs
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RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,343 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions

The seasonal, produce-driven menus at RIS change daily, but always offer a thoughtful array of creative American cuisine by chef Ris Lacoste. The West End neighborhood restaurant is a sophisticated ha...

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The Pub by Wegmans - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
298 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Quick Bite

The Pub by Wegmans, a chain of casual eateries focusing on craft beer and freshly made food from the famous market brand, has a popular outlet in Alexandria. The lengthy dinner/lunch menu features fou...

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