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Dining in the Washington, DC, Metro Area

Visitors to Washington, DC, often have a trouble finding places to eat. There are snack bars and curbisde food vendors around the monuments and attractions, but what else is there? Here is an ongoing guide for a quick bite or an enjoyable longer meal.

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Arlington, Virginia, USA
    The Skydome Lounge atop the DoubleTree Hotel is the only revolving roof-top restaurant in the Washington, DC, area. Tables line the circular panoramic view windows. There isn't a bad view. As the restaurant revolves, everything will come into view--t…
  2. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The Old Ebbitt Grill, founded in 1856, is one of Washington, DC's, oldest continuosly operated restaurants. It reached its present location, across from the Tresaury Department and up the street from the White House, in 1983. The Old Ebbitt Grill …
  3. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Sonma Restaurant and Wine Bar offers a touch of casual sophistication on Capitol Hill. The interesting menu features wood grilled meats and seafood prepared with natural ingredients. Sonoma serves its main dishes as combinations of moderately porport…
  4. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Béarnaise is still a newcomer to the restaurant scene on Capitol Hill. We had a chance to try Brunch at this French and Belgian inspired restaurant. The Brunch menu, served on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, ranges from omelettes to mussels. Ther…
  5. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    I went to Petits Plats for an office lunch and came away very impressed. The staff were very attentive and even lit the fireplace for us on an overcast Winter day. The restaurant is in a former townhouse and has several small dining rooms rather than…
  6. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Mount Vernon, Virginia, USA
    The Mount Vernon Inn, on the property of George Washington's Mount Vernon, offers lunch and dinner served in a Colonial atmosphere. Costumed waitstaff, wooden furnishings, paneled walls, a large fireplace and candles in the evening contribute to the …
  7. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Springfield, Virginia, USA
    Maggiano's is one of the most welcome arrivals at the newly opened Springfield Town Center development. I'd been at one location before, near Richmond. I was eager to now try the Springfield one. It did not disappoint! Maggiano's features Italian-…
    This review was featured on Friday January 9th, 2015
  8. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Springfield, Virginia, USA
    Monty's Steakhouse is an an outstanding new addition to the suburban Fairfax County restaurant scene. The fact that is here in Springfield (and not Tyson's Corner or Reston where popular restaurants tend to go) is all the better. Monty's has become o…
  9. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian is unique among museum cafeterias. The cafe carries the theme of the museum to a new level by providing foods based on Native American culinary traditions. Five regional serving stations (No…
  10. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    On the Labor Day holiday we had come into Washington to see some of the special exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery. A few blocks away was Cafe Mozart, a German restaurant we'd been wanting to try. The restaurant is in the back of the affili…
  11. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
    Bistro L'hermitge is a go-to restaurant for special occasions. Susan and I came on Saturday evening for our anniversary. The restaurant is near the Town of Occoquan historic district, but not in it. The food was prepared with care and was deliciou…
  12. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Occoquan, Virginia, USA
    We dropped into the Cock & Bowl for a delightful Sunday lunch. The restaurant, in a old house on an alleyway, has a Belgian theme. It certainly fits into the quaint atmosphere of Occoquan, Virginia. I ordered a Croque-Monsieur sandwich with a side…
  13. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Fairfax, Virginia, USA
    Coastal Flats is a seafood restaurant at the Fairfax Commons town center development. We'd been here once before some time ago and when we found ourselves near the Fair Lakes neighborhood, decided to stop in for lunch. Seating on a Sunday afterno…
  14. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Springfield, Virginia, USA
    In Central Springfield, Springfield, Virginia’s, “downtown” neighborhood, the place to have lunch or dinner is Mike’s American Grill. The atmosphere at Mike’s is stylishly casual, with seating around a large central atrium. On the menu, you…
  15. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    Bonefish Grill has quickly become one of our favorites. The restaurant has handily filled the gap in seafood restaurants in Northern Virginia. Where to begin? Bang Bang Shrimp has to be the most popular item on the menu. Bang Bang Shrimp (shrimp s…
  16. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Springfield, Virginia, USA
    Nando's Peri-Peri has proven a most welcome addition to the reimagined Springfield Town Center. The focus of the restaurant is Portuguese style chicken, prepared in a number of ways with varieties of its signature Peri-Peri sauce. Chicken can be o…
  17. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
    We went to Carraba's in Woodbridge for an early dinner on the Fourth of July holiday. We'd been before and looked forward to a tasty and relaxing meal and were not disappointed! We started with a small Calamri appetizer. It's nice that Carrabba's …
  18. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    Ruby Tuesday is among our reliable go-to restaurants when on a road trip. We've visited locations in Williamsburg, VA, Winchester, VA, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, among others. The chain presents consistently well prepared American cuisine. Ruby Tuesday…
  19. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in McLean, Virginia, USA
    When we were at the Tyson's Corner Center shopping mall recently, we decided to have lunch at Gordon Biersch. I'd heard about this chain of brewpub restaurants, but had never been to one. It's definitely popular, but the wait for a table for Sunday l…
  20. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Dulles, Virginia, USA
    Arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport airport early for our later afternoon flight to Rome, Susan and I wanted to have a meal before our flight. We had plenty of time when we reached the gate, more than two hours, so looked for a place …
  21. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Springfield, Virginia, USA
    After enjoying all the good Central European food on our fall trip, Susan and I were ready for more Bavarian and Austrian cuisine. The day after New Year's, we visited the Swiss Bakery right in Springfield. It's a little over from where we are, and w…
  22. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in National Harbor, Maryland, USA
    Rosa Mexicano is an attractive Mexican restaurant in the National Harbor development on the Potomac River. The menu looked very interesting and Susan and I stopped in for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We had a table overlooking the river. I order…
    This review was featured on Thursday May 5th, 2011
  23. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in National Harbor, Maryland, USA
    McCormick & Schmick's new location at National Harbor offers a variety of fresh seafood fare. Our waiter told us the menu is reprinted twice a day as new selections arrive. Everything was nicely prepared and presented. We started with an appetizer…
  24. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
    We decided to make a virtual visit to the tropics on a cold New Year's Weekend by having lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise in Woodbridge. Cheeseburger in Paradise is a popular retaurant chain inspired by Jimmy Buffet's song of the same name. The deco…
  25. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Fairfax, Virginia, USA
    Dogfish Head Alehouse appears to be a very popular gathering spot in western Fairfax County. (It's closer to Chantilly and Dulles Airport than it is to the downtown Fairfax historic district.) We were here for dinner with a party of seven. I was…
  26. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Young Chow is my favorite Chinese restaurant on Capitol Hill. You’ll find people from the Library of Congress’ Asian Division and Capitol Hill staffers having lunch here. The Young Chow waitstaff are fast, friendly, and attentive. They won’t le…
  27. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Hunan Dynasty is one of two popular Chinese restaurants on Capitol Hill, just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Typical Szechuan and Hunan cuisine is offered. There are also three daily specials that include steamed rice and a spring roll. I always a…
  28. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Springfield, Virginia, USA
    Silver Diner is a regional chain of retro-themed coffee shops. The decor is very silvery and there is an operating vintage jukebox at each table. We've found the menu and food have been improving in recent years with less filling and healthier entree…
  29. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    I often recommend Sizzling Express to visitors in Washington, DC. The casual restaurant offers a large salad bar and hot buffet with a variety of dishes from Asian to Italian to meat loaf. I think everyone can find something to enjoy here. Typical…
  30. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Daily Grill is one of many enjoyable restaurants in the Dupont Circle/Golden Triangle neighborhoods of Washington. We enjoyed lunch here after seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit. American food served with an elegant twist is the speciality he…
  31. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Occoquan, Virginia, USA
    Madigan's Waterfront is a very pleasant riverside restaurant in the quaint village of Occoquan, VA. Madigan's is an excellent stop during a visit to Occoquan and is definitely a dining destination itself Seafood entrees are the mainstay and includ…
  32. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Harriet's is a low-key, spacious, restaurant in the middle of downtown Washington, DC. It's a great place to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner when setting out for or returning from a day of sightseeing or later in the evening. The menu here is typ…
  33. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Capital Gallery is not an art gallery or musuem. It is a conveniently located retail arcade with restuarants and shops of interest to travelers and visitors to Washington, DC. It is near the Smithsonian museums and the National Mall, but enough off t…
  34. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Often I'll observe visitors to Capitol Hill--groups, families, individuals--looking for somewhere to find an inexpensive, familiar, and quick place to eat. The food court at Union Station is an easy alternative to the resaturants along Independence a…
  35. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Falls Church, Virginia, USA
    Celebrity Delly brings the look and feel of a New York delicatessen to the Washington, DC, region. (Our waitress even spoke with something of a New York twang.) The menu items will be familiar: speciality corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, bagels, …
  36. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Rockville, Maryland, USA
    Spice Xing (Spice Crossing) is an Indian restaurant in Rockville Town Center. The restaurant features an array of traditional Indian dishes complimented by its own fusion creations. The food is nicely prepared and presented. A lunch buffet is offe…
  37. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Fairfax, Virginia, USA
    Bollywood Bistro in Old Town Fairfax, Virginia, specializes in, as one might suspect, Indian cuisine. We came here for Sunday lunch on Susan's recommendation. Not that I had to be convinced! Bollywood Bistro has a casually elegant ambiance. It's n…
  38. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Fairfax, Virginia, USA
    Todai Restaurant in Fairfax, VA, offers a tasty selection of Sushi, seafood, and Japanese and Chinese dishes. A wide variety of Sushi is available, including unique Sushi offerings such as the Lasagna Roll, with cheese. The Miso Soup, spicy Thai Sou…
  39. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Springfield, Virginia, USA
    Panera is one of my favorite places for a light but appetizing and enjoyable meal. It is a national chain, but I've heard people describe Panaera as the most European in concept among American counter-service restaurants. The West Springfield stor…
  40. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in McLean, Virginia, USA
    Monday was my birthday, and so I took the day off. Where to go for lunch? I'd seen Wasabi in the middle of Tyson's Corner Center shopping mall and had been intrigued. Here was an opportunity to try it! Wasabi's gimmick is that the sushi goes by yo…
  41. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Rockville, Maryland, USA
    Don't worry the Potbelly in the name of this sandwich shop derives from the antique style stove, not the effect of eating here! Potbelly offers a toasted hot sandwich made to order. You first select white or multigrain bread. Then, there are seve…
  42. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Springfield, Virginia, USA
    Five Guys Burgers and Fries was founded in Northern Virginia by--five guys. The Springfield location is one of the original five restaurants operated by the founders, with the other four stores in Alexandria. Five Guys specializes in burgers. Thic…
  43. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Dulles, Virginia, USA
    Susan and I had a late lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Works while waiting for our late afternoon flight to Munich. It was just the thing! The sandwiches and salads are filling, but not too heavy so as to bother one during a long flight. I had a Smoked…
  44. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
    Dixie Bones is a popular barbeque restaurant in Woodbrige, VA. Table service is offered, but there is also a steady stream of take out business as well. One, of course, comes here to enjoy barbeque or ribs. A choice of pork, beef, or pulled chicke…
    This review was featured on Wednesday July 22nd, 2009
  45. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    Genghis Grill is a newcomer to the Kingstowne neighborhood of Fairfax County, VA. We've been twice now and found it a most welcome addition to area restaurants. At Genghis Grill you design your own stir-fry meal. Guests are given a bowl and then p…
  46. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Rockville, Maryland, USA
    Giuseppi's may look like any other storefront pizza parlor, but inside you'll find a family run business making a most tasty pizza. Giuseppi's offers the most generous serving of pizza toppings I've encountered. The tomato sauce is made fresh dai…
jethanad says:
thanks for the list
Posted on: Jun 17, 2015
bigmac993 says:
Thanks Andy!
Posted on: Jan 31, 2013
eglp says:
Yo should try the Dubliner in DC, it is irish pub fare, very nice.
Posted on: Jun 30, 2012
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