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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Walters Sports Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (162)
$30 and under
American
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
A comfortable neighborhood restaurant conveniently located across the street from Nats Park. Walters is equipped with a state of the art pour your own beer system loaded with the latest trends in brewing. It doesn't stop there, Walters kitchen is more then your classic bar fare, featuring items ranging from Tuna Crudo to a sous vide Steak Sandwich. With 30 TVs across the restaurant its hard to miss your favorite sports teams.
Walk on over to Walters and check us out!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
The food was good and the service was decent but the music was playing too loudly. I know it’s a sports bar but I don’t like yelling to the person across from me.
A photo of Barcode restaurant
4.6
4.6 (880)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
A Modern American Restaurant, Bar & Lounge in the heart of Washington DC! Open Happy Hour, Dinner and Late Night. Featuring Award Winning American Cuisine and voted Best Happy Hour by the Washington Post.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 4 Feb 2024
Went here for Sunday brunch. The food and service were amazing. The music was good. The place was definitely a vibe.i will definitely have to check them out again the next time I'm in DC.
A photo of Portum Restaurant and Lounge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (284)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
National Harbor
About the restaurant
Portum is now OPEN and Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Weekend Brunch and all week Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm. We are excited to showcase our New Talent of our diverse team, along with front of the house management and service staff. Come by and try one of our Signature Wagyu Portum Burger or Crab Cake
Top review
LawannV
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
I've never had a bad experience, and the food is always tasty. I went on Valentine's Day, and it was a preset menu, which was awesome. I chose the steak entree with Asparagus and a loaded baked potato. The preset menu included a starter, entree, dessert, and a glass of champagne, classy and perfect for me.
A photo of Punch Bowl Social - Arlington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (38)
$30 and under
American
Arlington
About the restaurant
Punch Bowl Social, Proud Hosts of the Unexpected, brings people together for one-of-a-kind food, fun, first-rate hospitality, and entertainment. Scratch kitchens, craft cocktails, social gaming, DJs, and live music in eclectic and creatively designed spaces provide the perfect setting for exceptional experiences. Whether you’re looking to have a fabulous night out with friends or want to host an unforgettable event, Punch Bowl Social has got it covered.
Top review
LianaP
Dined on 21 Jan 2024
They need more servers. We tried to get someone to take our order for drinks/food for 30+ minutes and were never greeted even after multiple times being told "someone will be over." I get its a busy bar but for a Saturday night they need to be better staffed. We were able to finally get an order at the bar and food and drinks were great!
A photo of Sushi Rock restaurant
4.4
4.4 (846)
$30 and under
Asian
Arlington
About the restaurant
Sushi Rock is a combination of love, passion and perspective. It is the love to eat good food and drink well while doing so with great people. In providing the place for people to do this, Sushi Rock represents the perspective that both can be done in a fun and entertaining environment full of energy. Sushi Rock embodies the opportunity to be the local watering hole, the destination, the cozy meet-up place, the big group place or the special event place. Whatever the patrons needs, we believe Sushi Rock is the one place where everyone can feel comfortable in any size group sharing themselves, sharing a drink, and/or sharing good food.
Top review
KarinRvip
Dined 2 days ago
The servuce was excellent, I would like to commend Eli, he was a great server.
A photo of Lost Society - DC restaurant
4.4
4.4 (833)
$31 to $50
American
U Street Corridor
About the restaurant
“Lost” or Lost Society is an iconic Washington D.C. venue that has been rebranded to reflect its unique vibe and eclectic atmosphere. The boutique steakhouse, located 14th and U street, boasts a stunning rooftop view that is second to none. The restaurant cuisine is led by Executive chef Leo Reyes, whose culinary expertise is evident in every dish. Lost Society is known for its mouth-watering selection of steaks and seafood are expertly prepared and cooked to perfection. In addition to its amazing dining experience, Lost Society is also a popular venue for late-night lounge vibes and events, adding to its allure as a must-visit destination. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner for two or a night out with friends, Lost Society is the perfect spot. Lost is a DC staple that everyone should experience. Come get Lost! For parties larger than 6 please email events@lostsocietydc.com. All reservations are for 90 minutes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The time for the food to come out was extremely long. Especially given that we only have a 90 min time limit for the meal. When the main course came out we only had about 20 minutes to eat before we were rushed from our seats.
A photo of Bourbon Boulevard restaurant
4.3
4.3 (269)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Chantilly
About the restaurant
Steak House, Whiskey/Wine Bar with Live Music
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food, service and live music by the Tin Men was great.
A photo of SoBe Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.1
4.1 (1163)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lanham
About the restaurant
Featuring South Beach inspired Decor and an expansive menu, SoBe should be at the top of your list for Upscale Restaurants in suburban Washington, D.C. Our mixture of international cuisines, highlighted by premium meats and fresh seafood, will ensure that your experience is one to remember. Expect a fine dining atmosphere and a gracious and courteous staff to attend to your needs. Our bar features artisan cocktails, premium liquors, draft beer and a selection of global wines. Relax in our Lounge Area for Happy Hour or any gathering.
Top review
AjayeJ
Dined 3 days ago
We dined at SoBe to celebrate a birthday. We were there for the Saturday brunch. Everything was nearly perfect. From the time we were seated until we left, we received excellent service. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious. The whole experience exceeded my expectationss!
A photo of matchbox Reston restaurant
3.8
3.8 (123)
$30 and under
American
Reston
About the restaurant
Just a few steps outside of Wiehle-Reston East metro station on the Silver Line, you’ll find matchbox Reston Station welcoming you in for great food, refreshing drinks, and an energetic vibe. Situated in the iconic Google building designed by Helmut Jahn and surrounded by businesses and luxury apartments, matchbox is a place for you to take a break from work, catch up with friends, or enjoy time with family.

All are welcome to gather and join our community. Come and enjoy our 3.6.9 mini burgers, blazing hot pizzas, or any one of our chef-crafted dishes. We have something for everyone. Our casual, warm ambiance and friendly staff will make matchbox feel like your home away from home.

matchbox Reston Station also features a private dining room for event bookings and a covered outdoor bar to enjoy those hot summer days and cool nights.

Top review
Annevip
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
We were there on Karaoke Thursday night. It was fun, but the service is a little bit slow.
A photo of HalfSmoke restaurant
3.4
3.4 (1234)
$30 and under
American
U Street Corridor
About the restaurant
HALFSMOKE is a modern day gourmet American restaurant serving a classic American menu of premium wood grilled dishes, tater tots, mac and cheese balls, funnel cakes, milkshakes, liquor, beer and wine.

The beverage program features a wide array of innovative alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A full bar of alcoholic beverages to include seasonal craft cocktails, boozy milkshakes, 10+ craft beers (with an emphasis on local), as well as wine, and mixed drinks on tap. Non-alcoholic beverages to include craft sugar cane soda, house-made seasonal lemonade and teas, and ready to drink juices, sparking water and cold brew coffee are also available.

Top review
Lean
Dined on 2 Feb 2024
Went in for brunch Good was great mimosas were amazing. Our server was outstanding :)
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