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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems 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 Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine restaurant
4.9
4.9 (96)
$30 and under
Ethiopian
Bethesda
About the restaurant
Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine is one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the heart of Washington DC offering a fun-filled, casual dining experience! Cherecher strives to always serve you fresh and affordable Ethiopian cuisine. This is what our customers say about us.
Top review
Thanan
Dined on 10 Feb 2024
Cramped table with little room for legs at back or restaurant
A photo of Code Red restaurant
4.9
4.9 (24)
$30 and under
American
Adams Morgan
About the restaurant
CODE RED : We’re a celebration of freedom that transports you back into the Prohibition Era while embracing modernity with classic cocktails, eclectic cuisine, and outstanding service.


Top review
Zivg
Dined 3 days ago
The owner of this place did a truly fantastic job here - from ambiance to creative and delicious drinks, period music, service, and more, just top notch. You will feel as you were transferred to a different era, a nice escape from reality, even for a couple of hours. What a great experience!
A photo of Robiolina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (428)
$30 and under
Italian
Stafford
About the restaurant
Robiolina Italian Cuisine is a true hidden gem located in Stafford, Virginia. We take pride in our homemade Italian cuisine and our happy customers can taste the difference! Our pasta is made fresh in-house, as are our extravagant Italian dishes. Served to you in a welcoming atmosphere by a team of people who genuinely care about their patrons.
Top review
LindaR
Dined 7 days ago
Finally a really good dining experience in Stafford! The Chef's skills were evident in each course. We will definitely become regulars. Food was superb! Our waiter, Abraham, was friendly and attentive.
A photo of Rosemary Bistro Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (438)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Friendship Heights
About the restaurant
Rosemary Bistro Cafe is a restaurant based in Washington, D.C. that serves classic French-based cuisine. All our menu offerings prepared using the freshest ingredients. If you’re looking for a cozy dining experience in the D.C. area, come by our restaurant today.


Top review
rekaulvip
Dined 5 days ago
Love this place. Beautiful french bistro food and great cocktails
A photo of MeJana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1683)
$31 to $50
Lebanese
Arlington
About the restaurant
Fine Lebanese Cuisine in a warm upscale contemporary space.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious, healthy and fresh food with great service
A photo of Vaso's Kitchen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (162)
$30 and under
Greek
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Vaso's Kitchen serves Greek, Italian Cuisine, located in a quaint Alexandria neighborhood.

Top review
TravelingTandemvip
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Lovely local restaurant that is tucked away. The quintessential neighborhood gem.
A photo of Takara 14 restaurant
4.5
4.5 (112)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Logan Circle
About the restaurant
Our mission is simple: to make you happy by serving you a delicious meal of excellent quality. Whether you are a Japanese food expert or a first-time adventurer, we believe you will find our cuisine to be succulent and satisfying.

So come on in, eat tasty food, and grab a drink if you feel like it. But most of all, relax and enjoy!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your visit and your support.

Top review
BusinessTraveler
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing customer service, ambience, and importantly, delicious food!
A photo of matchbox Capitol Hill restaurant
4.3
4.3 (917)
$30 and under
American
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
Bubbling, thin crust pizzas, mini burgers, crisp salads, and craft cocktails...four great reasons to visit matchbox today. We’re Capitol Hill’s neighborhood gathering place for fun, upscale casual dining, with local, award-winning beers, broad spectrum wines, and handcrafted signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else.

Located on the bustling 8th Street corridor of Barracks Row, our second location in Washington, D.C. was built out of love for the revered Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Our lofty mezzanine mezzanine accommodates 44 guests seated, or 30 guests standing, so there’s plenty of space for intimate dinners, private parties and get-togethers.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
My daughter and I had great service from an amazing bartender that took the time to come from around the bar and in to the dinning area to take our orders and serve us. Great attention to detail.
A photo of WHINO restaurant
4.2
4.2 (35)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Arlington
About the restaurant
There is no place like WHINO. The Art is the centerpiece in this stunning 6200 sq. foot restaurant experience complete with tasting bar, large craft cocktail bar, 5 large-scale immersive murals and open kitchen. The chef carefully curated a seasonal mix of international small plates to enhance the dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
It was good. But something the service was given us the wrong order.
A photo of Bar Pilar restaurant
4.1
4.1 (471)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Logan Circle
About the restaurant
Inspired by Ernest Hemingway and named for his beloved boat, Pilar is a neighborhood restaurant that has been a mainstay of 14th street for over a decade. Executive Chef Clarissa Aguilar helms the kitchen turning out an eclectic menu inspired by local farms and New American cuisine with a focus on seasonal organic produce. The simple yet inventive dishes change frequently, but that’s part of the adventure! Complementing the cooking is a beverage program including cocktails which also rotate seasonally, ranging in taste and complexity from classics like the perfect Old Fashioned to signature concoctions using house made tonics and elixirs. Spanning two floors, Pilar has a variety of spaces to suit your mood. Our first floor bar offers up a casual, comfortable space to down a few drinks in dimly-lit, vintage-inspired surroundings. Head upstairs and you'll find an intimate dining room along with a cozy corner cocktail bar perfect for date night or catching up with old friends.
Top review
Khadijavip
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
My girlfriends and I went for a night out to get our eyes off readings. The burger was a real American burger. Our waitress Amal was one of the best I’ve ever seen. She had several tables but made sure all of our needs were met! A great place to have fun and enjoy quality time with friends!
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