5 best restaurants in Washington D.C.
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
George Washington would have been proud
The end of the Revolutionary Era (and the election of its first President), 1789 is an historic year for DC. It’s also an historic restaurant on a charming Georgetown street. One of the best known eateries in the capital, its unique setting in a renovated Federal period house, is elegantly decorated with American antiques. The menu highlights the region’s favourite flavours, delivering timeless yet contemporary American cuisine. Put that in your constitution!
1226 36th St.
Tel: +1 202 9651789 www.1789restaurant.com
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Oysters get the royal treatment
Opened by a renowned local seafood restaurateur, this bustling bistro brings the beauty of the aphrodisiacal crustacean (and much more besides) to DC. Amazing cocktails and selection of raw and wood-grilled oysters make perfect starters, at the bar or on the sidewalk. Then head downstairs to enjoy the full Southern menu of gumbo, po'boys, fried chicken and more. Décor is uber-modern and there’s a sister bar upstairs for nightcaps.
1612 14th St. NW
Tel: +1 202 319 1612 www.pearldivedc.com
An exotic escape
Turn up early and be prepared to wait for a table (or rather a stool at the bar) at this new Filipino restaurant that’s so popular reservations are not on offer. A tiny, authentic neighbourhood eatery decorated with native artefacts, it serves classic cocktails and plays popular music as a background to a progressive menu. Sample tender beef, rice noodles, grilled pork belly, and mushrooms sautéed in garlic butter for a taste that takes you away from the Americas whilst in the heart of DC.
3226 11th Street Northwest
Embassy of good taste
French bistro fare makes up the menu at this new DC culinary powerhouse. There are all the favourites: Steak Frites, Escargots, Bouillabaisse and Entrecôte de Boeuf. If you fancy just a drop-by, there’s no need to bust the budget. Le Diplomate is just as lovely for a weekend cappuccino and croissant. But do yourself a favour and don’t miss the regional French cheese and wines. They are perfect ambassadors for this trendy spot.
1601 14th St.
Tel: +1 202 332 3333 www.lediplomatedc.com
Tel: +1 202 637 1222 www.rasikarestaurant.com
Washington’s finest Indian
You won’t find any argument that Rasika serves up the finest Indian cuisine in the capital – but there are plenty who believe it’s the capital’s finest food. Period. Wildly popular, terms like “mouthgasm” are bandied around meaning this is definitely one not to be missed. Soft lighting, silk panels and glass beads create a sensuous ambience. And the food? Outstanding. We recommend the crispy spinach, tandoori trout and lobster masala. Yum!
633 D Street, NW