Washington, D.C., Culinarily Speaking
Updated: October 25, 2023
Eating out at a well-known local restaurant, particularly for brunch, is what to do in Washington, D.C. From the powerhouse area around the White House to the cultured Dupont Circle, these food places impress with good service and creative cuisine.AAA / Inspector 49
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 MoreCourtesy of Old Ebbitt Grill
Courtesy of Old Ebbitt Grill
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.AAA / Sherry Mims
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.AAA / Sherry Mims
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.
Sherry is an experienced #AAAEditor and former journalist who enjoys writing informative travel articles and reviews. Her commitment to making meaningful connections with people and places fuels her work for AAA. Favorite activities range from skiing to backpacking abroad and taking ghost tours.