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Filomena Ristorante
(2063)
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Italian | Georgetown
Founding Farmers - DC
(3840)
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American | Foggy Bottom
Farmers Fishers Bakers
(1855)
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American | Georgetown
Ambar - Arlington
(745)
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Tapas / Small Plates | Arlington
True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
(512)
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Boqueria - Penn Quarter
Boqueria - Penn Quarter
(257)
$$$$
Spanish | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

Great food, excellent wine and very attentive staff however it's diminished by ridiculous high chairs and tables unsuitable for adults. More

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Boqueria - Dupont
Boqueria - Dupont
(2090)
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Spanish | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

It was perfect! As usual! More

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The Riggsby
The Riggsby
(1012)
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Continental | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

The Riggsby is a top shelf restaurant in Washington DC! The food, service, staff, location, mixed drinks and menu selections are A+. They make the best Grey Goose martini to order in town. She had the oysters and trout wrapped in bacon. I had the lettuce wedge and risotto which was served with a pureed butter nut squash. The food was prepared to perfection and served at the correct temperature. Our waiter was attentive but not over-bearing. The wine list will suit even the most discreet taste and they have excellent wines by the glass or split. Service, superb and as we were leaving the doorman made it a point to flag us down a nearby cab. No our first visit and certainly will not be our last. More

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Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
Terrain Cafe - Bethesda
(215)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Bethesda / Chevy Chase, Maryland - DC Suburbs

This restaurant is really lovely. Food is so good. Service is great. My only feedback is how expensive it is for the quantity of food. It’s at least $30 per person without alcohol. More

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Cafe Du Parc
Cafe Du Parc
(1777)
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French American | Downtown, District of Columbia

I have been to the Cafe several times and it has always been delightful. November 12th was an unusual evening for the Willard Hotel. The Turkish president was a guest and security was incredibly tight. We were four of the few diners that night and we were amazed that we were even allowed into the building. Very odd to be in such a quiet space with so much happening outside the window. A side note: the air vent was directly over the heads of my friends on the bench seats under the window. They had to wear their coats during our meal. We were told that the engineering department had been called, but nothing ever happened to warm it up! They did bring us a dessert gratis in apology! It was delicious! More

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Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
(230)
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American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

This restaurant is stunning. Food is amazing. Managers were so helpful and very hospitable. Octopus was delicious. I’m still craving it. Great portions and great price. I love this place. It’s unfortunate that there is construction everywhere. I would’ve loved to sit outside. More

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Nick's Riverside Grill
Nick's Riverside Grill
(355)
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Contemporary American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

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Outside table had a great view of the river. Our server was efficient and food was very good! More

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The Hamilton
The Hamilton
(8142)
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American | Downtown, District of Columbia

a good friend of mine recommended The Hamilton for my 24th anniversary dinner. It was a great experience. The place is huge. definitely a place that I would visit again More

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ANKARA
ANKARA
(667)
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Mediterranean | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

Ankara has now replaced what we consider our favorite restaurant in Washington, DC. I have walked past this restaurant many times, and noticed that it was always busy, so this week we decided to give it a try. Both the food and service were absolutely amazing. Another positive is that there are plenty of vegetarian options. I had the cold mezze plate, and everything that was served was just perfect. The beverage list is also extremely thorough and reasonable. This was a great experience, and we will definitely be returning. More

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Tupelo Honey - Arlington
Tupelo Honey - Arlington
(1561)
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Southern | Arlington, Virginia - DC Suburbs

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Everything was Fantastic! The service, the food, the sweet tea, the vibe, the neighborhood, the hostesses/hostess, the server, and the price. I was not disappointed at all! More

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Elizabeth's Gone Raw
1. Elizabeth's Gone Raw
(486)
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Vegan | Downtown, District of Columbia

As usual a uniquely excellent vegan dining experience. Very expensive... More

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L'Auberge Chez Francois
2. L'Auberge Chez Francois
(5768)
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French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

My wife and I celebrated her birthday. As usual, both the food and the service were fantastic. The soufflé was the best dessert ever! More

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The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
3. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
(999)
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American | Lovettsville, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Dakota was an amazing server. The food was top notch and the views were breathtaking! We will be back!!! More

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Captain Gregory's
4. Captain Gregory's
(518)
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Dining Bar | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

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Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois
5. Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois
(834)
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French | Great Falls, Virginia - DC Suburbs

I’ve been going to Chez Francois for over 30 years. It is my favorite restaurant and is always consistently outstanding. Jacques Brasserie stays true to the tradition of great food, outstanding service and excellent value. The atmosphere is warm and you are treated like your a real friend of the family. I always recommend both venues to my friends. More

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Augies
Augies
American | Alexandria, Virginia - DC Suburbs

Inspired by St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of Brewers, Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden in historic Old Town, Alexandria blends traditional Belgium cuisine with a modern twist. Our creative mussel offerings can be thoughtfully paired with one of our extensive Ale selections. Whether you are sampling one of our many brews on the festive patio, or enjoying a waffle and frites in our bespoke dining room, Augie’s has you covered! We locally source the freshest and best ingredients to create our culinary offerings and our in-house beer Cicerones seek out both traditional and innovative brewers to provide a vast selection. The team at Augie’s is ready to take you on a culinary journey.More

Brasserie Liberté
Brasserie Liberté
Contemporary French / American | Georgetown, District of Columbia

Brasserie Liberté is a modern French dining destination with an American twist located in the heart of Georgetown. Our menu reflects the comfort food of both cuisines served in a cozy and laidback setting.More

Liberty Barbecue
Liberty Barbecue
Barbecue | Falls Church, Virginia - DC Suburbs

From the makers of Arlington's Liberty Tavern, a world-class barbecue restaurant. Our chef-driven menu offers not only best-in-class BBQ, but Southern fried chicken, hush puppies, collard greens, mac and cheese and much more!More

Present Company Public House
Present Company Public House
Gastro Pub | Penn Quarter, District of Columbia

From the group who brought you The Pub & The People, Present Company is a neighborhood pub built in DC’s oldest firehouse. We serve great (gastro) pub food, a solid beer offering (12 beers on tap, 46 bottles), 20+ wines, and of course, spirits.More

St. Greg Kitchen & Bar
St. Greg Kitchen & Bar
American | Dupont Circle, District of Columbia

At St. Greg Kitchen & Bar you can join D.C.’s foodie crowd at one of their favorite Italian restaurants in Dupont Circle. Grab a seat at a curving, emerald banquette or elbow up to the marble-top bar at our design-driven restaurant, which draws on techniques and flavor profiles from Greece, Italy and across the Mediterranean.More