The Best Burgers in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

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.

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
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Buck's Fishing & Camping

$$$$·American·
Chevy Chase
694 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
  • Comfort Food
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, fiRead more
93% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in District of Columbia

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,810 reviews
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Fun
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, Read more
83% recommended

Persimmon

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,295 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cosy
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 seafoRead more
93% recommended
American in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,663 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
81% recommended

Amity & Commerce

$$$$·American·
Downtown
27 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 outdoRead more
Lunch in Washington, D.C. Area

Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,349 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
  • Business Meals
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 wildernessRead more
84% recommended

Cafe Soleil

$$$$·American·
Downtown
994 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
  • Cosy
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 Read more
94% recommended
Lunch in Washington, D.C. Area

Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
2,881 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
82% recommended

Barcode

$$$$·American·
Downtown
754 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Fun
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 onRead more

Summer House - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,754 reviews
  • Casual
  • Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
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 produceRead more
85% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
8,887 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Brunch
  • Casual
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-Read more
84% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

The Columbia Firehouse

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,176 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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 burRead more
81% recommended

Lahinch Tavern and Grill

$$$$·American·
Potomac
318 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Lunch
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 PotomacRead more
Group Bookings in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Seasons 52 - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,419 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Seasonal
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 Read more
95% recommended
Healthy in Maryland - DC Suburbs

The Pub by Wegmans - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
297 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
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/lunRead more
100% recommended

City Kitchen - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
487 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Bar Seating
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 Read more
100% recommended
Child Friendly in Washington, D.C. Area

Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,126 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
83% recommended
Hot Spot in Virginia - DC Suburbs

RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,381 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 iRead more
92% recommended
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