Washington DC

Best Places To Eat In Washington, DC, USA

Joseph Alsop, a renowned Washington host of the early 1960s, routinely gave lavish dinner parties in his Georgetown home. When asked why he gave so many parties, Alsop replied that it was because Washington had no good restaurants.

Today the capital rivals New York, offering restaurants of every cuisine and price range. It is largely due to Washington's cosmopolitan population that the city offers such a wide array of cuisines, from Ethiopian to Vietnamese, with many new styles of "fusion food" in between. The seafood is also superb, freshly caught from the nearby waters of Chesapeake Bay. Crab and shellfish feature regularly on menus, especially in coastal areas outside the city.

Places To Eat

Washington's restaurants are a reflection of its neighborhoods. Adams-Morgan has a mix of ethnic establishments, especially Salvadoran and Ethiopian, and cutting-edge cuisine.

Perry's, Cashion's Eat Place, and Felix Restaurant and Bar offer inventive fusion food with Asian and French influences, and the crowd is young and hip. An easy walk from the Mall, Washington's compact Chinatown has some of the best bargains for families.

Meals are inexpensive and often served family style. Next to Chinatown is the restored Old Downtown district on Seventh Street. Chic restaurants like The Mark, Coco Loco, and the District Chophouse are in restored early 19th-century buildings.

George town has a mix of expensive and inexpensive places. Good value can be found at its many Indian and Vietnamese restaurants. North of the White House and south of Dupont Circle, Downtown restaurants cater to business travelers and high-powered lobbyists. More reasonable places, again mostly ethnic restaurants, are found closer to the Circle.

With very few exceptions, all restaurants in Washington are air conditioned. This has changed the city from one where most of the population used to escape in the summer to a lively, year-round capital.