Washington, D.C., Culinarily Speaking
By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims | June 01, 2023
If you're looking for the best restaurants in Washington, D.C., there are food places offering everything from brunch to Taco Tuesday specialties convenient to nearby attractions. Here are some places to eat when you visit Washington, D.C.
BGR The Burger Joint
1514 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
This small chain offers juicy cooked-to-order burgers and several sides, such as fries, sweet potato fries or asparagus. The chain also offers a healthful burger alternative, which has been mentioned in many local restaurant guides for vegetarian picks. The Dupont Circle location, which is close to the Metro, has many things for couples to do, so consider this one if you’re out and want a quick bite.
1601 14th St. N.W.
Reputation precedes this eatery that’s reminiscent of a brasserie in Paris. Steak frites, skate and scallops niçoise are among the standout dishes, which you can enjoy with a specialty cocktail or a glass of wine from the extensive menu. Because it’s such a destination, make reservations in advance.Read More
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Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St. N.W.History comes alive at this historic local restaurant, which is close to the White House. The “saloon” has welcomed such U.S. presidents as Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt over the years, and is still where locals and tourists go in Washington, D.C. Make your reservations early—brunch, if you’re looking for things to do this weekend—and enjoy a “Bennie,” or specialty eggs Benedict with a mimosa.
575 7th St. N.W.
Celebrate Taco Tuesday at this Penn Quarter restaurant; it’s near the Capital One Arena and the International Spy Museum. A great appetizer is the tableside guacamole (aka guacamole en molcajete), artfully prepared and so good you’ll have to save room for your entrée. Pescado Baja (fish taco) or the vegetarian “Hongos,” featuring portobello mushrooms, black beans, corn and salsa, are among the tasty choices.
Tony & Joe's Seafood Place
3000 K St NW, Suite 10
Located in Washington Harbour, this waterfront establishment is where to go for seafood in tony Georgetown. Be sure to ask for outdoor seating as you’ll get to appreciate views of Roosevelt Island, a recreational wonderland that’s slightly off the beaten path. When deciding what to order, consider the oysters, which are half-priced but fully delicious.
1309 5th St. N.E.
Don’t miss this cavernous food hall in the restored Union Terminal Station. Quirky booths with fresh produce and meats stand side-to-side with pop-up shops and full-fledged restaurant concepts. It’s not unusual for patrons to share their favorite menu suggestions, be it kombucha (a fizzy fermented tea) or a crêpelike dosa. Cotton & Reed, a rum distillery at 1330 5th St. N.E., is a short walk away if you are looking for other fun things to do with friends.