The Top Restaurants by Cuisine in Washington, D.C.

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among Washington D.C.'s most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:Le Diplomate, The Salt Line - Navy Yard, Zaytinya
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Seafood, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Logan Circle, Navy Yard, Penn Quarter
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Time
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
11,335 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

FRENCH: Le Diplomate, a pitch-perfect French bistro in Logan Circle, is undoubtedly one of the greatest spots to brunch in the city. (Ask anyone from DC and they’ll agree.) You can’t go wrong with any...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Salt Line - Navy Yard

$$$$·Seafood·
Navy Yard
1,887 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Waterfront

SEAFOOD: On the waterfront near the Navy Yard you’ll find The Salt Line, a seafood restaurant that celebrates the cooking traditions of New England and the Chesapeake Bay. This means there are excelle...

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Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
16,948 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions

MEDITERRANEAN: Chef Jose Andres is a DC legend, with restaurants of all types delighting diners around the city. Zaytinya is his Middle Eastern spot, with a myriad of dips and salads and meats and veg...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
9,169 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date

MEXICAN: Oyamel is one of those restaurants that manages to be elegant, refined, and a whole lot of fun. You’re here for upscale versions of Mexican street food—think tacos, ceviches, and tons of vege...

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Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area
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China Chilcano

$$$$·Peruvian·
Penn Quarter
2,922 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings

PERUVIAN: China Chilcano is a Jose Andres restaurant specializing in the food of Peru—specifically chifa, the Chinese-influenced Peruvian cuisine, and nikkei, the Japanese-influenced tradition that al...

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Chaplin

$$$$·Japanese·
Shaw
1,140 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

JAPANESE: You probably wouldn’t expect a Japanese restaurant to be Charlie Chaplin–themed—but at Chaplin, a ramen spot in Shaw, it works. Check out the vintage movie posters while dining on any number...

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Japanese in Washington, D.C. Area
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BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,692 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance

STEAKHOUSE: BLT Steak is a hit amongst the power-lunch-and-dinner crowd, and it’s not hard to see why: this is a first-rate steakhouse, with an impressive raw bar, a rainbow of sides, and beef good en...

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Steak in District of Columbia
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Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Woodley Park
1,107 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies

LEBANESE: Lebanese Taverna is a part of a group of restaurants that’s been serving Lebanese food for decades, and it’s clear they know what they’re doing. We recommend anything from the “Hommus Bar” s...

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Mandu - K Street

$$$$·Korean·
Mt. Vernon Square
578 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Authentic
  • Casual

KOREAN: Mandu is a homestyle Korean restaurant beloved by locals and industry folk alike, serving classics like bibimbap, galbi, bulgogi, and, of course, top-notch mandu. We especially love going late...

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