Where to Eat

This is literally the most important part of your trip planning, so pay attention.

Fast Casual

  • You can’t go wrong with places like Pret a Manger and Le Pain Quotidian, but if you’re in town during the week, why not try a food truck?


  • Old Ebbit Grill (American upscale)
  • Fiola (Italian)
  • Bibiana (Italian)
  • Zatinya (Mediterranean)
  • Equinox (Fine dining)
  • Oyamel (Mexican)

H St. NE

  • Toki Underground (Ramen)


  • Daikaya (Ramen)
  • Graffiato (Italian)
  • Busboys and Poets (American)
  • Kushi (Sushi/Japanese)
  • RFD (sports bar/casual)
  • Rosa Mexicana (Mexican)

Adams Morgan

  • Mintwood Place (French-American)
  • Tryst (coffee/dessert)
  • Open City or the Diner (casual American food + great coffee)
  • Mama Ayesha’s (Middle Eastern)
  • Jack Rose (for classy drinks)
  • Cashion’s Eat Place (awesome brunch)
  • Millie & Al’s (great dive bar)
  • Black Squirrel (great dive bar)
  • TAAN (ramen)

Dupont/West End

  • Izakaya Seki (Japanese)
  • Founding Farmers (Southern/Country)
  • Shophouse (A test version from Chipotle of Asian fast-casual)
  • Little Serrow (Thai)
  • Komi (Greek)
  • Rasika (Indian)
  • Filter (coffee shop)
  • Dolchezza Gelato (coffee shop + gelato)
  • Blue Duck Tavern (American)
  • Pizza Paradiso (good beer, great pizza)


  • The Tombs (American)
  • Kafe Leopold (European)
  • Baked and Wired (cupcakes + coffee)
  • Capitol Hill/Eastern Market
  • We the Pizza (pizza)
  • Good Stuff Eatery (burgers)
  • Ted’s Bulletin (great for brunch)

14th Street/Logan Circle/U Street/Shaw

  • Ted’s Bulletin (upscale diner)
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (kind of a DC tradition: late night chili dogs)
  • Estadio (tapas)
  • Busboys and Poets (American)
  • Chix (healthy chicken dinners/wraps, great for lunch)
  • Seasonal Pantry (a really cool supper club, reservations required)
  • Sundevich (an unusual sandwich shop)
  • Fast Gourmet (a sandwich shop. in a gas station.)