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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Island Hideaway restaurant
4.8
4.8 (543)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Solomons
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Island Hideaway. A family owned and operated restaurant offering an assortment of fresh New American Cuisine ​on Solomons Island! We have done our best to create a warm environment that offers a variety of tasty food.

Please note:
-All reservations are based on a 2 hour seating time
-Reservations outside are NOT guaranteed.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 22 Feb 2024
This is our go to place! Never let’s us down. From seafood to a nice steak. Wife had the Halibut special and I had the filet mignon. Cooked to a perfect med rare. We always spilt a home made dessert. Our go to is the toffee crunch. We had the special appetizer of the calamari. Thanks. See ya next time!
A photo of Claire's at the Depot restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3392)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Warrenton
About the restaurant
In a casual yet elegant atmosphere, set in a recently remodelled century old historic train station, Claire's passion is great food and outstanding service. Offering contemporary American cuisine - local, seasonally focused - with a Southern flaire. The renovation honors the historic character of the Warrenton Train Depot, resulting in a warm, comfortable environment for casual meetings with friends, or special occasions and intimate family meals. The warm, elegant Garden Room provides seating for intimate meals, while the Tavern Room features a more casual dining experience in luxurious surroundings. A rotating selection of craft beers is available on tap, and the wine service is regularly expanded. Outdoor dining is available in season, and private events can be hosted in one of several areas in the restaurant. Awarded "Best of Warrenton" every year since 2006.
Top review
JulieWvip
Dined 4 days ago
Always a beautiful experience when we head to Claire’s for a meal!
A photo of Monocacy Crossing restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3087)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Frederick
About the restaurant
Monocacy Crossing is located off the beaten path five miles south of Frederick. As soon as you walk through our door, you relax, you're comfortable, and at home. Our menu selections and extensive wine list will satisfy everyone in your party. So come, enjoy, be our guests!
Top review
David
Dined 2 days ago
Our server, Josie, was wonderful! She made the experience for my wife's 60th birthday a complete joy. We will definitely be back. :)
A photo of The Tasting Room restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2938)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Frederick
About the restaurant
Established in 2001, The Tasting Room restaurant and wine bar has earned a reputation as a modern American force in the Frederick area. Situated in the heart of Frederick's historic district, The Tasting Room captures the energy of Market St. with floor to ceiling windows and a 180˚ panoramic view. Fresh local ingredients, seasonal menu changes, Frederick's best wine & cocktail lists, friendly/professional service, and countless regional awards set the standard for dining in our beautiful little city.


Top review
MelL
Dined 4 days ago
The food was delicious and the salads were the perfect lunch size. The Tasting Room is ideal for business meals, outings with family and friends and romantic dinners. Parking in the Church Street Garage is inexpensive and convenient .
A photo of The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (964)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in downtown DC, just four blocks from the White House, breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served under The Jefferson’s historic skylight in The Greenhouse. Natural light streams from above, creating an airy atmosphere that complements the light, fresh and energizing fare on our seasonal menus.
Top review
Punditvip
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding experience! Had a business dinner for three of us who regularly eat at Michelin star restaurants and we were all very impressed. The service is impeccable, starting with the wait captain mixing smoked old fashioned drinks at the table side. Food was very good with fresh ingredients well-prepared and elegantly plated. Wine list is filled with gems and bargains- I’m a Californian wine chauvinist and was amazed at the availability and pricing of Scarecrow, Schafer, and Bond among others. Even had some solid choices from Paso Robles!
A photo of The Conche restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1041)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Leesburg
About the restaurant
The Conche Is an exclusive chocolate theme boutique restaurant in Village at Leesburg, featuring an array of artisan handmade chocolate confections, desserts and chocolate infused savory cuisine, hand crafted cocktails, using the finest ingredients
We are here to deliver exceptional experience, It’s with pleasure to share with you our passion for making life’s every moment, and every occasion memorable by indulging in chocolate.
By Chef Santosh Tiptur

Top review
LuvWine
Dined on 19 Feb 2024
Wonderful food Staff awesome Chocolate was over the top Can’t wait till next visit
A photo of Equinox - DC restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3279)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
*Thank you for your reservation. We have tables available on our patio outside and in our climate-controlled (socially distant) garden atrium. Strick adherence to seating regulations gives us limited tables on the patio. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Regional, seasonal cuisine from 5-time nominee for James Beard Foundation's Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, Chef Todd Gray stays true to the Mid-Atlantic region. Fine dining, plant-based, and vegetable-forward food is our specialty. Plant-based cuisine is represented on half the menu.

Come dine in our “Garden Room," where each table is set safely 6-feet apart in a cozy “botanical nook” surrounded by climbing vines and verdant greens. The beauty extends to the private Wine Room where we can accommodate parties up to 12. Contact us to plan your next event.

Top review
Ducmanvip
Dined 5 days ago
Really quiet and mellow on a Tuesday night, simple menu, but with inventive vegan options.
A photo of NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Tysons Galleria restaurant
4.7
4.7 (265)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tysons Corner / McLean
About the restaurant
THE NM CAFE located in Neiman Marcus TYSONS CORNER GALLERIA is open to socially distanced seating, in accordance with local jurisdiction guidelines.

Laid-back luxe. Experience delightful dishes in a casual, contemporary atmosphere at THE NM CAFE® TYSONS CORNER GALLERIA. Muted lighting and understated, modern decor create the perfect environment for a midday retreat. Whether dining with a group or simply ordering upscale take-out, expect delectable food and exceptional service that is synonymous with Neiman Marcus.

Check us out on Postmates - get your Popovers and more delivered!

Let THE NM CAFE® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower. We have the perfect atmosphere and menu for you and your guests.

Top review
CarlaDvip
Dined on 22 Feb 2024
Lovely lunch, great service…definitely worthy of a visit!
A photo of Peacock Café restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1816)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Maziar Farivar, Chef/Proprietor serves contemporary American cuisine with flavors of around the world in an elegant, comfortable & cosmopolitan setting. Celebrating over 28 year Anniversary in Georgetown, Peacock Cafe is a dining experience not to be missed when in Georgetown. In addition to our wonderful lunch menu, we do offer a selection of our popular breakfast items as well on weekdays (11am-4pm). Chef Maziar, on dinner menu offers a greater variety of small plates and entrees from contemporary American to small selection of Contemporary Iranian (Persian) dishes.
Enjoy a comprehensive wine list from boutique wineries to large labels and fabulous signature cocktails from the bar to compliment your dining experience.

Top review
sconsetgirlvip
Dined 2 days ago
on of those restaurants thats feels like home … comfortable, welcoming, delicious, unpretentious … it’s the first place our daughter wants to go when she is back in dc and the one place dan and i always say “ let’s just go to peacock.” ps: if we could eat the rigatoni every night we would!
A photo of The Ashby Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1749)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Paris
About the restaurant
The Ashby Inn & Restaurant is fully committed to supporting the farmers and artisans that live and work in this region. Our menus represent the freshest, seasonal products that can be sourced locally from sustainable operations. The offerings will change daily dependent on what our local farmers and nature provide. Our pledge to you is to provide a quality dining experience founded on food and drink from sources we know and trust.
Top review
PEteF
Dined on 21 Feb 2024
We were greeted with complementary champagne for our anniversary which was a very nice touch! Food & service were excellent. It is a beautiful locale although the background music was a little loud. Wine selection was excellent but the prices were a bit high. Regardless we’d highly recommend this restaurant!
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