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100 Best Restaurants 2013

In the local food universe, this wasn’t a year of splashy openings, Michelin-starred-chef arrivals, or seismic shifts in how we eat. White-tablecloth restaurants, once thought to be on life support, are still around (some even have stools to put purses on), but you can eat astonishingly well at the bistro or ramen house around the corner, too. And yet when putting this list together, we found loads of surprises. Just look at our top-ten ranking of the area’s very best restaurants: It includes not only tasting-menu destinations but also a basement Thai kitchen, a sophisticated wine bar, and a Middle Eastern small-plates institution where you can find a thrilling feast for around $40 a person. Exciting newcomers abound, from a fabulous Jewish deli to a standard-setting Japanese izakaya. In many ways, the Washington dining scene has never been more varied and vibrant—or more delicious.

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1789 Restaurant

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1226 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Georgetown
T: 202-965-1789
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space
Description:

A stately Washington institution with a menu that balances tradition (rack of lamb) with adventure (lamb tongue salad).

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 1789 Classics Revisited: 1789 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 1789 100 Best Restaurants 2012: 1789 100 Best Restaurants 2011: 1789

701

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-393-0701
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Upscale
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: Chef Adam Longworth brings new energy to this comfortably elegant dining room.
Happy Hour Details: 3 to 7 PM.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 701 100 Best Restaurants 2012: 701 100 Best Restaurants 2011: 701 701: Full Review 100 Best Restaurants 2010: 701

8407 Kitchen & Bar

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour
Address: 8407 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Neighborhood(s): Silver Spring/Takoma Park
T: 301-587-8407
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

A showcase for Pedro Matamoros’s well-crafted charcuterie and pasta.

Happy Hour Details: 4 to 7 PM.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 8407 Kitchen Bar 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 8407 Kitchen Bar 100 Best Restaurants 2012: 8407 Kitchen Bar Great New Restaurants 2010: 8407 Kitchen & Bar 8407 Kitchen & Bar

Adour at St. Regis

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 923 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-509-8000

Al Dente (Formerly La Forchetta)

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 3201 New Mexico Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest
T: 202-244-2223
Price Range: Moderate
Description: Roberto Donna is executive chef at this trattoria and Neapolitan-style pizzeria near American University.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Al Dente La Forchetta: Roberto Donna Returns—Again

Ardeo + Bardeo

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
T: 202-244-6750
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Outdoor Seating
Description:

An airy neighborhood spot for inventive American cooking.

Happy Hour Details: 5 to 7.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ardeo & Bardeo 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ardeo & Bardeo 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ardeo & Bardeo Ardeo

Atlas Room

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 First Look 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1015 H St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Neighborhood(s): H Street NE
T: 202-388-4020
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic, American
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description: H Street's most sophisticated option is intimate and has culinary influences that span India, Italy, and New England.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: The Atlas Room 100 Best Restaurants 2012: The Atlas Room First Look: Atlas Room

Bartlett Pear Inn

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 28 S. Harrison St., Easton, MD
Neighborhood(s): Easton
T: 410-770-3300

Bibiana

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1100 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-216-9550
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Scenes:
Food Specials
Outdoor Seating
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj goes Italian.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Bibiana 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bibiana 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Bibiana Great New Restaurants 2010: Bibiana Up and Down Italian (Full Review)

Bistro Bis

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill
T: 202-661-2700
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: French, Breakfast
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Breakfast
Description: Heavy-hitters flock to Jeff Buben's French bistro.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Bistro Bis 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bistro Bis 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Bistro Bis 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Bistro Bis 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Bistro Bis

Bistro Provence

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011)
Address: 4933 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood(s): Bethesda/Glen Echo
T: 301-656-7373
Cuisines: French
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Party Space
Description: A strictly French menu from Yannick Cam of the late Le Paradou.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Bistro Provence 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bistro Provence 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Bistro Provence Bistro Provence (Full Review) Great New Restaurants 2010: Bistro Provence

Black Market Bistro

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 4600 Waverly Ave., Kensington/Garrett Park, MD 20896
Neighborhood(s): Rockville, Kensington/Garrett Park
T: 301-933-3000
Cuisines: Modern, Breakfast, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating
Description: This retro-chic neighborhood spot oozes charm.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants: Black Market Bistro Black Market Bistro: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Black Market Bistro 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Black Market Bistro 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Black Market Bistro

BlackSalt

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Palisades
T: 202-342-9101
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American, Breakfast
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch
Description:

Jeff and Barbara Black's fishmarket/dining room is always packed.

Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday 4 to 7, Saturday and Sunday 4 to 6

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: BlackSalt 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: BlackSalt BlackSalt: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: BlackSalt 100 Best Restaurants 2011: BlackSalt

Blue Duck Tavern

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1201 24th St., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
T: 202-419-6755
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, Breakfast, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch
Description:

Straight-from-the-farm cooking is presented family-style.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Blue Duck Tavern 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Blue Duck Tavern 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Blue Duck Tavern 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Blue Duck Tavern 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Blue Duck Tavern

Bombay Club

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 815 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-659-3727
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Indian
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating
Description:

Power-lunchers flock to this elegant Indian dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Bombay Club 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: The Bombay Club Bombay Club Bombay Club

Boqueria

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 1837 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle
T: 202-558-9545

Bourbon Steak

Rating:
75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Georgetown
T: 202-944-2026
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Party Space
Description: Celebrity chef Michael Mina opens a dining room in the Four Seasons hotel.

Reviews:

Great Bars 2013: Bourbon Steak Lounge 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bourbon Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Bourbon Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Bourbon Steak Let Them Eat Steak

Brabo

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011)
Address: 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Neighborhood(s): Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
T: 703-894-3440
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, Belgian, American, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Robert Wiedmaier's upscale hotel restaurant.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier/Brabo Tasting Room Wiedmaier Trio in Old Town (Full Review)

Brasserie Beck

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-408-1717
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, Belgian, Breakfast
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch
Description: Big food from Brussels.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Brasserie Beck Brasserie Beck: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Brasserie Beck 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Brasserie Beck 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Brasserie Beck

Cafe Du Parc

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-942-7000
Cuisines: French, Breakfast
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Breakfast
Description: At Café du Parc, the cooking is robust, the umbrella-topped patio is transporting, and the prices are reasonable. So what’s not to like?

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Café du Parc 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Cafe Du Parc 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Café du Parc 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Cafe du Parc 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Cafe Du Parc

Cashion's Eat Place

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1819 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood(s): Adams Morgan
T: 202-797-1819
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Happy Hour on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description:

The handwritten menu at this relaxed restaurant changes by the day.

Happy Hour Details: Half-off wines by the glass and $5 beers.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Cashion’s Eat Place 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Cashion’s Eat Place Cashion’s Eat Place: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Cashion's Eat Place 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Cashion's Eat Place

Cava Mezze

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 527 Eighth St., SE, Washington, DC 20003
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill, Southeast, Capitol Hill
T: 202-543-9090
Cuisines: Greek/Mediterranean
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available
Description:

The Barracks Row spinoff of the popular Rockville mezzeteria.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Cava Mezze 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Cava Mezze 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Cava (Capitol Hill) Enjoying a Greek Rush: Cava Cava Mezze

Central Michel Richard

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-626-0015
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, French, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description:

The star chef does burgers and fried chicken.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Central Michel Richard 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Central Michel Richard 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Central Michel Richard 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Central 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Central Michel Richard

Charlie Palmer Steak

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill
T: 202-547-8100
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: A slickly designed steakhouse that draws plenty of big names.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Charlie Palmer Steak The Needle: December 2010 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Charlie Palmer Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Charlie Palmer Steak 100 Best Restaurants 2008: Charlie Palmer Steak

ChurchKey

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011)
Address: 1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): Logan Circle, Downtown
T: 202-567-2576
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Moderate
Other: Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
Description: Two beer-centric concepts under one roof.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Birch & Barley Birch & Barley: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Birch & Barley/ChurchKey 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Birch & Barley Full Review of Birch & Barley

CityZen (Mandarin Oriental Hotel)

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southwest/Waterfront
T: 202-787-6006
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Good for Groups
Description:

Eric Ziebold reaches for perfection at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's gleaming restaurant.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: CityZen 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: CityZen 100 Best Restaurants 2012: CityZen 100 Best Restaurants 2011: CityZen 100 Best Restaurants 2010: CityZen

Corduroy

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1122 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Downtown
T: 202-589-0699
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Other: Valet Parking Available
Description:

Tom Power's quiet, refined dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Corduroy 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Corduroy 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Corduroy 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Corduroy The Needle: Corduroy

Cork

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1720 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood(s): Logan Circle
T: 202-265-2675
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American
Happy Hour on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description:

A rustic-chic spot for wine and seasonally-minded small plates.

Happy Hour Details: 5 to 7 PM

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Cork Great Bars 2013: Cork 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Cork 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Cork 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Cork

DC Coast

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011)
Address: 1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-216-5988
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Good for Groups
Description: Jeff Tunks's plush dining room picks up flavors from the Chesapeake Bay to the Pacific Rim.
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday 4 PM to 7 PM, Saturday and Sunday all night.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: DC Coast 100 Best Restaurants 2011: DC Coast 100 Best Restaurants 2009: DC Coast 100 Best Restaurants 2008: DC Coast January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants

DGS Delicatessen

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 1317 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle
T: 202-293-4400
Cuisines: Deli/Quick Bites
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch
Happy Hour Details: 5 PM to 7 PM daily.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: DGS Delicatessen DGS Delicatessen: A New Age of Deli 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: DGS Delicatessen

Eola

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2020 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle, Downtown
T: 202-466-4441
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Description: A seasonal American restaurant with a love of offal.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Eola 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Eola 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Eola Great New Restaurants 2010: Eola Full Review of Eola

Estadio

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1520 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
T: 202-319-1404
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates, Breakfast
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
Description:

A Spanish tapas house from Proof owner Mark Kuller in the red-hot Logan Circle neighborhood. Go early if you want a seat.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Estadio 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Estadio Estadio: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Estadio 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Estadio

Et Voila!

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Palisades
T: 202-237-2300
Cuisines: French, Belgian, Breakfast
Scenes:
Food Specials
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
Description:

Sturdy Belgian bistro classics.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Et Voila! 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Et Voila! Et Voila!: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Et Voila! 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Et Voila!

Ethiopic

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 100 Best Restaurants (2011) Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 401 H St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Neighborhood(s): H Street NE, Capitol Hill, Northeast
T: 202-675-2066
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Ethiopian
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description:

This Ethiopian spot doesn't tone down its spices.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ethiopic Cheap Eats 2013: Ethiopic 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ethiopic Cheap Eats 2012: Ethiopic 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ethiopic

Fiola

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown
T: 202-628-2888
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Italian
Scenes:
Food Specials
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Outdoor Seating
Description:

The second act for chef Fabio Trabocchi, formerly at Maestro, who's cooking dishes from his native Marchese region of Italy.

Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday 4PM- 6PM: Wine and food specials

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Fiola Great Bars 2013: Fiola 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Fiola 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Fiola Still the Maestro (Full Review)

Graffiato

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 707 Sixth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown
T: 202-289-3600
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Price Range: Inexpensive
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Party Space
Description:

Top Cheffer Mike Isabella channels his Italian-American roots in Penn Quarter.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Graffiato 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Graffiato 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Graffiato

Green Pig Bistro

Rating:
75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-888-1920
Scenes:
Food Specials
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday $3 local drafts, $5 select wines, $5 select cocktails, $5 snacks.

Reviews:

Great Bars 2013: Green Pig Bistro 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Green Pig Bistro Green Pig Bistro: Urban Country

Indique

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3512-14 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
T: 202-244-6600
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Indian
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: A chandeliered Indian cafe and cocktail lounge.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Indique and Indique Heights 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Indique The Needle: Indique (December 2007) January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants Indique

Izakaya Seki

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 1117 V St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw
T: 202-588-5841
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5 PM to 7 PM; discounts on select drafts, shochu, and small plates.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Izakaya Seki 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Izakaya Seki Izakaya Seki: Father Knows Best

J&G Steakhouse

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 515 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-661-2440
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, Breakfast, American
Scenes:
Food Specials
Outdoor Seating
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opens a luxe dining room in the W Washington DC hotel.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: J&G Steakhouse 100 Best Restaurants 2012: J&G Steakhouse 100 Best Restaurants 2011: J&G Steakhouse 100 Best Restaurants 2010: J&G Steakhouse Where's the Beef?

Jackie's Restaurant

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 8081 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Neighborhood(s): Silver Spring/Takoma Park
T: 301-565-9700
Cuisines: Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American, Breakfast
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: A splashy, retro-cool spot for updated comfort food.
Happy Hour Details: Monday 5:30 PM to 9 PM, Tuesday to Friday 5 PM to 7 PM. $5 select wines, cocktails, and appetizers.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Jackie’s Jackie’s: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Jackie's 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Jackie's 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Jackie's

Jacques' Brasserie

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 First Look
Address: 332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066
Neighborhood(s): Great Falls
T: 703-759-3800
Cuisines: French
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details: Tuesday through Friday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM; Sunday 3 PM to 4:30 PM. Select entreés and small plates, $5 to $10, $4 drafts, $5 wines.

Reviews:

Jacques’ Brasserie Review

Jaleo - Bethesda

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood(s): Bethesda/Glen Echo
T: 301-913-0003
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish/Portuguese
Scenes:
Food Specials
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: The downtown Bethesda outpost of Jose Andres's tapas house offers small plates both traditional and forward-thinking.
Happy Hour Details: Sunday through Friday 4:30 PM to 7 PM, Saturday 10 PM til close; $4 sangria, $4 select wines, $4 drafts, half-price select tapas.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Jaleo - Bethesda 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Jaleo 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Jaleo - Bethesda Jaleo

Jaleo - Crystal City

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2250 A Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Crystal City/Pentagon City, Arlington
T: 703-413-8181
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish/Portuguese
Scenes:
Food Specials
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description: An area favorite for Spanish tapas both traditional and forward-thinking.
Happy Hour Details: Daily from 4:30 PM to 7 PM; $4 red sangria, $4 house wines, $4 Yuengling, $4 select tapas.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Jaleo - Crystal City Jaleo

Jaleo - Penn Quarter

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 480 7th St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-628-7949
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish/Portuguese
Scenes:
Food Specials
Outdoor Seating
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description:

An area favorite for Spanish tapas both traditional and forward-thinking.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Jaleo 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Jaleo 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Jaleo - Penn Quarter 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Jaleo 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Jaleo - Penn Quarter

Johnny's Half Shell

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) First Look 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 400 N. Capitol St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill
T: 202-737-0400
Cuisines: Southern, Seafood, Modern, American
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Description:

Ann Cashion's Southern-accented seafood house lands on the Hill.

Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM; $5.50 drafts, $8 cocktails, discounts on select seafood items.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Johnny’s Half Shell 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Johnny’s Half Shell 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Johnny's Half Shell 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Johnny's Half Shell 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Johnny's Half Shell

KAZ Sushi Bistro

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 1915 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
T: 202-530-5500
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Sushi, Japanese
Scenes:
Food Specials
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Price Range: Moderate
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Kid Friendly, Delivery, Good for Groups
Description:

Chef/owner Kazuhiro Okochi pairs inventive sushi with an interesting sake list.

Happy Hour Details: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, discounts on select drinks and appetizers.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Kaz Sushi Bistro 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Kaz Sushi Bistro 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Kaz Sushi Bistro Great Takeout: Kaz Sushi Bistro 100 Best Restaurants 2008: Kaz Sushi Bistro

Komi

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 1509 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle, Downtown
T: 202-332-9200
Cuisines: Modern, Greek/Mediterranean, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Description:

A place that feels like a neighborhood restaurant but has the soul and ambition of something greater.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Komi 100 Best Restaurants 2013: Komi 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Komi 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Komi 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Komi

L’Auberge Provençale

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 13630 Lord Fairfax Hwy, Boyce, VA 22620
T: 800-638-1702
Cuisines: French
Price Range: Very expensive
Other: Pet Friendly, Swimming Pool, Airport Shutttle, Meeting Rooms

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: L’Auberge Provençale French and Italian Grapes and Fine Fare Dream Weekends 2005: L’Auberge Provençale

L'Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066
Neighborhood(s): Great Falls
T: 703-759-3800
Cuisines: French
Scenes:
Outdoor Seating
Upscale
Happy Hour on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Party Space, Outdoor Seating
Description:

This rustic, romantic French/Alsatian cottage is a popular choice for special occasions.

Happy Hour Details: Tuesday through Friday 5 to 6:30, Sunday 3 to 4.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie Classics Revisited: L’Auberge Chez François 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie 100 Best Restaurants 2012: L'Auberge Chez François and Jacques' Brasserie 100 Best Restaurants 2011: L’Auberge Chez François

La Limeña

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 765-B Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20850
Neighborhood(s): Rockville
T: 301-424-8066
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

The plastic utensils may say fast food, but the cooking befits white tablecloths.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: La Limeña Cheap Eats 2013: La Limeña 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: La Limeña Cheap Eats 2012: La Limeña 100 Best Restaurants 2012: La Limeña

Liberty Tavern

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-465-9360
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, Pizza, American
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

A winning model for neighborhood dining.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Liberty Tavern 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Liberty Tavern Liberty Tavern: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Liberty Tavern 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Liberty Tavern

Little Serow

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1511 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle
T: No phone

Lyon Hall

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3100 N. Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-741-7636
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: German/Austrian, French, Belgian
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description:

An eclectic brasserie from the team behind Liberty Tavern.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Lyon Hall 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Lyon Hall 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Lyon Hall The Needle: March 2011 A Brasserie With Buzz—and Potential—in Clarendon (Full Review)

Makoto

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Palisades
T: 202-298-6866
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Price Range: Very expensive
Description:

No sushi bar in the area can match the intensity, focus, and purity of this tiny restaurant in DC’s Palisades.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Makoto 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Makoto 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Makoto 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Makoto 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Makoto

Maple Ave Restaurant

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012
Address: 147 Maple Ave. W., Vienna, VA 22810
Neighborhood(s): Vienna
T: 703-319-2177
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic, American, Breakfast
Price Range: Moderate
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Kid Friendly
Description:

A tiny roadside restaurant with an ethnic menu that reaches to Thailand, the south, and Korea as inspiration.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Maple Ave Restaurant 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Maple Ave Restaurant Maple Ave Restaurant: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012

Marcel's

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
T: 202-296-1166
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: French, Belgian
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description:

Robert Wiedmaier's stately Belgian-French dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Marcel’s 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Marcel's 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Marcel's 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Marcel's 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Marcel's

Menomalé

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 2711 12 St. NE, Washington, DC
Neighborhood(s): Brookland
T: 202-248-3946
Cuisines: Pizza
Price Range: Inexpensive

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Menomalé Upper Crust: Menomalé

Mintwood Place

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012
Address: 1813 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood(s): Adams Morgan
T: 202-234-6732

Mio

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 1110 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-955-0075
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Nuevo Latino, Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: Latin American cuisine that changes with the seasons.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Mio 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Mio Mio Word of Mouth: Mio

Montmartre

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 327 Seventh St., SE, Washington, DC 20003
Neighborhood(s): Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southeast
T: 202-544-1244
Cuisines: French
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

A happy French bistro near Eastern Market.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Montmartre 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Montmartre 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Montmartre 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Montmartre 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Montmartre

Nava Thai

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 11301 Fern St., Wheaton, MD 20902
Neighborhood(s): Wheaton
T: 240-430-0495
Cuisines: Thai
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

Flavors are clear, bright, and precise, making for some of the best Thai food in the area.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Nava Thai Cheap Eats 2013: Nava Thai 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Nava Thai Cheap Eats 2012: Nava Thai Noodle and Grill 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Nava Thai Noodle and Grill

Nostos

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 8100 Boone Boulevard, Vienna, VA 22182
Neighborhood(s): Vienna
T: (703) 760-0690

Obelisk

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2029 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Dupont Circle, Downtown
T: 202-872-1180
Cuisines: Italian
Price Range: Very expensive
Description:

Peter Pastan's leisurely townhouse dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Obelisk 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Obelisk 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Obelisk 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Obelisk 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Obelisk

Pabu

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 725 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Neighborhood(s): Baltimore
T: 410-223-1460
Cuisines: Japanese
Price Range: Moderate

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Pabu

Palena

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 3529 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
T: 202-537-9250
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible
Description:

Frank Ruta's lusty, inventive cooking makes for one of the most superb dining experiences in the city.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Palena and Palena Café 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Palena and Palena Cafe 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Palena 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Palena and Palena Cafe 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Palena / Palena Cafe

Palena Cafe

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 3529 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
T: 202-537-9250
Cuisines: Modern, Italian, American
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description: The no-reservations cafe at Palena is a destination in its own right.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Palena Café 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Palena / Palena Cafe 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Palena / Palena Cafe Cheap Eats 2007: Palena Cafe January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants

Passage to India

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 4931 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood(s): Bethesda/Glen Echo
T: 301-656-3373
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

Indian cooking from the country's North, South, East, and West in an elegant dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Passage to India Cheap Eats 2013: Passage to India 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Passage to India 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Passage to India The Needle: Passage to India

PassionFish

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 First Look 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 11960 Democracy Dr., Reston, VA 20190
Neighborhood(s): Reston/Herndon
T: 703-230-3474
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

Jeff Tunks's latest seafood dining room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: PassionFish 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: PassionFish 100 Best Restaurants 2012: PassionFish 100 Best Restaurants 2011: PassionFish 100 Best Restaurants 2010: PassionFish

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1612 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
T: 202-986-8778

Plume

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1200 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood(s): Downtown
T: 202-448-2322
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Plume 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Plume Taste of the Luxe Life (Full Review)

Proof

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 775 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown
T: 202-737-7663
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description:

A chic spot for the wine-obsessed.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Proof 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Proof 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Proof The Needle: August 2011 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Proof

Rasika

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 633 D St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-637-1222
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: Indian goes upscale at this sexy, colorful hot spot.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Rasika and Rasika West End 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Rasika 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Rasika 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Rasika 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Rasika

Rasika West End

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013
Address: 1177 22nd St., NW, Washington, DC 22206
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End
T: 202-466-2500
Description:

Ashok Bajaj brings his popular modern Indian concept--the original restaurant is in Penn Quarter--to the West End.

Reviews:

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Ray's the Classics

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 8606 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Neighborhood(s): Silver Spring/Takoma Park
T: 301-588-7297
Cuisines: Steaks
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description: Ray’s the Classics conjures up a bygone era—cocktail hors d’oeuvres, big steaks and chops, retro prices—and advances a daring model for a new era of casual dining.

Reviews:

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ray's the Classics 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Ray's the Classics Cheap Eats 2010: Ray's the Classics Lounge 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Ray's the Classics 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Ray's the Classics

Ray's the Steaks

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2300 N. Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
Neighborhood(s): Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
T: 703-841-7297
Cuisines: Steaks, American
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

The Hereford and Angus beef is butchered here daily.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ray’s the Steaks 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ray’s the Steaks and Ray’s the Classics 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ray's the Steaks 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Ray's the Steaks 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Ray's the Steaks

Ray's to the Third

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1650 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209
Neighborhood(s): Arlington
T: (703) 974-7171

Restaurant Eve

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA
Neighborhood(s): Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
T: 703-706-0450
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, English/Irish/Scottish, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

Cathal Armstrong's seasonal cooking shines in this stylish bar, bistro, and tasting room.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Restaurant Eve 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Restaurant Eve 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Restaurant Eve 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Restaurant Eve 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Restaurant Eve

Rice Paper Vietnamese Cuisine

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012
Address: 6775 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22044
Neighborhood(s): Falls Church
T: 703-538-3888
Price Range: Inexpensive
Description:

This new Eden Center mom n pop breaks from the drab utilitarianism of its Eden Center peers with a pressed tin ceiling, dangling globe lights, sleek leather chairs, and the requisite industrial brick wall.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Rice Paper Cheap Eats 2013: Rice Paper 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Rice Paper Cheap Eats 2012: Rice Paper Rice Paper: Bold and Beautiful

Ripple

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 3417 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood(s): Cleveland Park
T: 202-244-7995
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ripple 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ripple 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ripple The Needle: April 2011 First Look: Ripple

Ris

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Happy Hour
Address: 2275 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood(s): Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
T: 202-730-2500
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

Ris Lacoste puts her twist on French classics and American comfort food.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ris 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ris Ris: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Ris Great New Restaurants 2010: Ris

Rogue 24

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 922 N Street (rear), Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Downtown
T: 202-408-9724
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic
Price Range: Expensive
Description:

R.J. Cooper is trying to revolutionize how we dine out with Rogue 24, a futuristic restaurant hidden in a Shaw alley.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Rogue 24 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Rogue 24 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Rogue 24 Rogue 24 (Full Review)

Ruan Thai

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012 Cheap Eats 2011 Cheap Eats 2010
Address: 11407 Amherst Ave., Wheaton, MD
Neighborhood(s): Wheaton
T: 301-942-0075

Seasonal Pantry

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 1314 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
Cuisines: American
Price Range: Moderate
Description:

A table for ten people that's inside a gourmet market. Set menus range from four to seven courses.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Seasonal Pantry 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Seasonal Pantry 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Seasonal Pantry

Sichuan Jin River (Formerly Sichuan Pavilion)

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 410 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
T: 240-403-7351

Sushiko I

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 2309 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood(s): Glover Park
T: 202-333-4187
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Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description: A sleek DC fixture for some of the freshest raw fish around.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Sushiko 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Sushiko I 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Sushi-Ko 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Sushi-Ko 100 Best Restaurants 2009: Sushi-Ko - Washington

The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2013 Best Breakfasts 2012 100 Best Restaurants 2012
Address: 692 Federal St, Paris, VA 20130
T: 540-592-3900

The Inn at Little Washington

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 309 Middle St., Washington, VA 22747
Neighborhood(s): Little Washington
T: 540-675-3800
Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Very expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description:

A theatrical, grand culinary destination.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Inn at Little Washington The 100 Best Restaurants 2013: The Inn at Little Washington 100 Best Restaurants 2012: The Inn at Little Washington 100 Best Restaurants 2011: The Inn at Little Washington 100 Best Restaurants 2010: Inn at Little Washington

The Majestic

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 911 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Neighborhood(s): Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
T: 703-837-9117
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Cuisines: Modern, American
Price Range: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Description:

The Majestic Cafe gets a makeover.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: The Majestic 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: The Majestic 100 Best Restaurants 2012: The Majestic The Needle: July 2011 100 Best Restaurants 2011: The Majestic

The Source

Rating:
75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Great Bars 2011 100 Best Restaurants (2011) Happy Hour
Address: 575 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-637-6100
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Modern, Pizza, American
Happy Hour on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Price Range: Expensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Description: Wolfgang Puck's Newseum dining room.
Happy Hour Details: Monday through Friday 4 to 6 PM: Patrons can select any three dishes or drinks—or a mix-and-match of both—off the Izakaya Style bar menu for $20.10.

Reviews:

Great Bars 2013: The Source 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: The Source Great Bars 2011: The Source The Source

Zaytinya

Rating:
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)
Address: 701 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood(s): Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
T: 202-638-0800
Make a Reservation
Cuisines: Turkish, Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish/Portuguese, Lebanese, Greek/Mediterranean
Price Range: Inexpensive
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Other: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available
Description:

Jose Andres's stunning Mediterranean mezze restaurant is always buzzing.

Reviews:

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Zaytinya 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Zaytinya 100 Best Restaurants 2012: Zaytinya The Needle: June 2011 100 Best Restaurants 2011: Zaytinya
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