Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Washington, D.C. Area

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

Red OpenTable logo
OpenTable
Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 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 4 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 The Study restaurant
4.7
4.7 (282)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Discover our Modern American menu inspired by Chef Tomas Chavarria’s Mesoamerican heritage and training. Our regionally sourced plates such as Korobuta Pork Belly and Seven Hills Farms Center Cut Steak are complimented by our library of classic cocktails. Grab your favorite sip and savor attentive service, a luxe atmosphere, and live entertainment in a boutique hotel.
Top review
SPJHPD
Dined 2 days ago
Dinner at The Study was superb. Rodney, our server, was very knowledgeable about the menu and all of his recommendations were delicious. The ambiance was calm and inviting, with a mix of live music from a talented pianist and warm conversation from all of the diners. Food highlights: plantain empanada and gallo pinto bowl. Drink highlight: Goosebumps.
A photo of The Arsenal at Bluejacket restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1051)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
The Arsenal is the 200-seat restaurant & bar housed within the brewery, Bluejacket. The menu updates, refines and extends the classic fare of beer halls and public houses by featuring the best locally sourced products available and highlighting reinterpretations of hearty classics such as steamed mussels, artisanal sausages and more. Gourmet sandwiches, seasonal salads & vegetables, alongside approachable bar snacks are the perfect accompaniments to a signature Bluejacket brew.


Top review
Roxaroni
Dined 7 days ago
Loved the ambiance. The service was attentive without being too rushed. The food was great. Fantastic, homemade tater tots that were creamy inside and crunchy on the outside with excellent dipping sauces. My partner doesn’t usually like fish but I had to keep him from eating all the trout, which was super tasty. Wine and beer were excellent too. Overall was a great experience.
A photo of Toryumon Japanese House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (154)
$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in the “Golden Triangle” of the Central Business District of The Downtown DC.

Toryumon Japanese House offers tasty Southeast Asian Cuisines. It’s trendy eatery offering creative sushi, Tokyo style Ramen Asian fushion meals!

Toryumon Japanese House serving everything on the menu is freshly prepared in-house with thoughtful attention to even the most subtle details. The restaurant blends classic Japanese culinary traditions with an new asian style food, ingredient-driven menu, warm hospitality and clean design to deliver a contemporary and engaging asian dining experience.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Humbly Yours.

Top review
TiffanyC
Dined on 22 Feb 2024
Good food excellent happy hour must have at least 50 words although really why? I mean good food says it all, right?
A photo of The Sovereign restaurant
4.5
4.5 (617)
$31 to $50
Belgian
Georgetown
About the restaurant
The Sovereign is a Belgian bar & bistro committed to celebrating the rustic cuisine & fabled brewing culture of Belgium. Located in the vibrant Georgetown neighborhood, the Sovereign's kitchen is led by Executive Chef Andres Zuluaga whose classic, ingredient-driven Belgian dishes draw on French, German & Dutch cooking techniques & traditions. The Sovereign features 50 drafts & more than 350 bottles meticulously curated by Beer Director, Greg Engert.


Top review
Anonymous88
Dined 2 days ago
We had a fabulous meal Friday evening. The mussels were fantastic! The service was amazing- grateful for kind servers and kind attendants. The atmosphere was casual and fun. Well worth a visit… or two;)
A photo of Urbano 116 restaurant
4.5
4.5 (332)
$30 and under
Mexican
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Welcome to Urbano 116.

* Please note that outdoor tables are NOT available for reservations, we will be happy to accommodate you outside on a first come, first serve basis.

Top review
ChadM
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food and service!! We had a great lunch, and the berrio tacos were great!
A photo of Mission Navy Yard restaurant
4.4
4.4 (546)
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Navy Yard
About the restaurant
Welcome to Mission Navy Yard, a lively bar and restaurant located adjacent to Nationals Park and Audi Field. Known for our vibrant bar scene, daily happy hour, spacious private event and outdoor spaces and delicious Tex-Mex food, we opened in July 2018. Our sister restaurant, Mission Dupont Circle, has been serving strong margaritas and tasty tacos since 2014.

We refuse to believe that a restaurant only has one purpose: we aim to provide a bustling bar scene, comfortable dining and versatile private event spaces that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our spaces are created to be welcoming for brunch, happy hour, dinner and private events, as well as those looking to rewind in a vibrant weekend late night atmosphere.

Top review
Amanda
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
Mission Navy Yard was fantastic! We enjoyed the bottomless margaritas, waffle fries, breakfast burrito, and quesadilla. All delicious but the fries were the best! Our server was attentive and made my husbands birthday special with churros and a candle. We will definitely be back!
A photo of Sports & Social - North Bethesda restaurant
4.2
4.2 (170)
$30 and under
American
North Bethesda
About the restaurant
Sports & Social Bethesda is bringing the ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE to you. Don't miss a moment of the action with a large media wall and 20+ HDTVs.



We're raising the sports bar with big eats, an extensive beer selection, games and more!

Top review
GabrielaDickerson
Dined on 11 Feb 2024
Staff is amazing! Me and my friends loved the bar. Will definitely go back more often!
A photo of The Alex Speakeasy at The Graham Georgetown restaurant
4.0
4 (63)
$30 and under
Speakeasy
Georgetown
About the restaurant
The Alex is a tribute to prohibition. This cozy speakeasy takes you back to the 1920’s with a touch of modern swank. Enjoy a carefully crafted cocktail menu, bites from our Chef selected shareables or one of our weekly featured dishes. Telephone-themed details pay homage to the bar’s eponym, Alexander Graham Bell. Only accessible by keyless entry using a special code, The Alex is the ideal destination to mosey up to the bar and spend the evening partying like it’s still the prohibition era.

Currently playing: The Blue Dot Jazz Band, every Friday & Saturday 6:30pm - 9:00pm.

Top review
Tara
Dined 1 day ago
Nice atmosphere and music. The cocktails were a little pricy but well balanced.
A photo of Lima Twist restaurant
3.9
3.9 (61)
$31 to $50
South American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Legendary Lima returns… with a twist. Located at 1411 K St. NW Washington, D.C. Step into a world of sophisticated luxury and exquisite taste. Cultivated and designed to awaken and arouse all of your senses. Take in the beauty of modern elegance and those around you. Tickle your taste buds and indulge in an array of culinary creations inspired by regions of robust flavors. Refresh yourself with artisanal crafted cocktails sourced from natural ingredients. Become engulfed in the exotic scents of the Pacific coast of Peru, Lima and valley of Machu Picchu. Be amazed at the site of masterful illumination, crystallized lighting and LED light shows.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
The Food was Amazing!! The Service was Wonderful!!! 9/10
Explore Diners' Choice best of Washington, D.C. Area
Explore more Diners' Choice lists
  • Privacy policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
Rentalcars Logo
OpenTable Logo