Washington DC's Most Iconic Restaurants

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Washington, D.C. dining scene. Here are Washington, DC’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

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Restaurants:Zaytinya, Oyamel, Central Michel Richard
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Mexican, American
Neighborhoods:Penn Quarter
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
16,940 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions

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 vegetables served ...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

Oyamel

$$$$·Mexican·
Penn Quarter
9,171 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas

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 vegetable dis...

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Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area

Central Michel Richard

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
7,490 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions

Since it opened 10 years ago, Central Michel Richard has been serving French-American food that is both elegant and low-key, winning accolades from all over the country. We particularly love the steak...

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American in District of Columbia
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,559 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Tapas

Chef Jose Andres is an integral part of the Washington, DC food scene, and with Jaleo—a modern tapas bar in the Penn Quarter—it’s easy to see why. Couple the top-notch food with impeccable (and unpret...

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Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

Bombay Club

$$$$·Indian·
Downtown
4,620 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

It’s hard to believe that Bombay Club has been around for thirty years; the food at this posh Indian restaurant still feels exciting and new. Don’t miss dishes like the green-chili chicken, Goan crab ...

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Tosca

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,845 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies

Tosca Ristorante is where the power-lunch-and-dinner types come for delicious Italian food, served in a handsome, stately room. The pastas, in particular, are excellent, as well as the appetizers; don...

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Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
24,583 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

There are few restaurants in DC as entrenched in the political scene as Old Ebbitt Grill, where politicos of all stripes come to hang out and unwind. You’ll find a menu of American classics such as oy...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,220 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions

For a night of gorging on some of the freshest seafood in the city, head to BlackSalt, a DC institution in the Palisades neighborhood. We particularly love the clam chowder, crab cakes, and low countr...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area