Finding the cuisine of your dreams is easy in Washington, where upward of 1,000(!) restaurants present a world’s choice of options, whether you crave sushi or a luscious boeuf bourguignon. Scoring a table can be the tricky part: Washingtonians dine out a lot. A LOT. Wheeler-dealers and socializing urbanistas fill restaurants throughout the city, from the U&14th Street Corridors, where the newest and hottest eateries proliferate, to the White House neighborhood’s upscale fine dining establishments. Be sure to make a reservation, whenever possible. Two services are very helpful in booking a table: and Most D.C. restaurants belong to one or the other service, and some are registered with both. Use them.

The city is also notable for its casual dining, and often the food is as sensational in these places as at the higher priced D.C. restaurants. (If you’re a fan of tacos, pizza, and burgers, you’ll love the appealing versions at Tacqueria Nacional , Graffiato , and Good Stuff Eatery . Asian cuisine is increasingly a favorite, with newcomer Daikaya  taking the popular lead. Bistros serving “small plates” of delicious tastes are clearly here to stay, no matter whether the cuisine is Mexican, as at Bandolero , or the Middle Eastern mezze of Zaytinya . Finally, you should know that a boisterous bar scene is now a dining-out fact of life. And it can get loud.

Good restaurants are in every neighborhood, and this chapter leads you to a range of options, spanning diverse cuisines and budget considerations.

Price Categories

Keep in mind that the price categories refer to dinner prices, and that some very expensive restaurants offer affordable lunches, early-bird dinners, tapas, or bar meals. The prices within each review refer to the average cost of individual entrees, not the entire meal.

Expensive $20–plus

Moderate $10–$19

Inexpensive $10 and under

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.