One of our most highly anticipated issues of each year, the 100 Very Best Restaurants, is now online. Just like Washington’s rapidly evolving dining scene, this year’s list saw a number of big changes, and some surprises.
In this package you’ll find all of the winners ranked, 1 to 100. Many return from 2014—including Komi, which rose this year to number one. Still, the lineup is never stagnant. Our critics spent months revisiting each place, in addition to dozens of new eateries and older establishments. We included 33 newcomers of all stripes: fine-dining hotspots like Fiola Mare on the Georgetown waterfront; more casual gems such as Ananda, a destination-worthy Indian in Fulton, Maryland. At the same time, a few high-profile restaurants—and regulars among the 100 Best—are absent. Like the others, they’ll have a turn again in 2016.
In addition to the ranking, we took a look at the Washingtonians shaping the dining scene. The spotlight touched on Fabio and Maria Trabocchi, 2015’s Restaurateurs of the Year, and behind-the-scenes players—ceramists, oyster purveyors, grill-makers, and others—who contribute to a culinary landscape that’s more vibrant and varied than ever.