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Washington DC has seen a great flourishing of modern and high quality restaurants in recent years. The gastro scene has also become more fashionable, while the good old eateries are still in place. Cuisines from different parts of the world can be found in DC, as well as the typical all American diners serving burgers, Caesar’s salads, mouthwatering cuts of grilled meats, and traditional desserts such as apple pie and cheesecake. Check out our suggested venues, from Italian to French, including great spots for a typical Sunday brunch.

Conveniently located in one of Georgetown’s main streets, it is the type of place you go to experience the bustle of a meeting point for locals. The ambiance is unpretentious and the menu offers many options of American classics. We wanted a good old American cheeseburger and were fully satisfied! We did notice our neighboring tables were enjoying delicious looking Caesar salads, rib eye steaks… Read more »

The modest discrete exterior does not hint at this being one of the best Italian restaurants in town, frequented by celebrities and politicians. Just blocks away from the White House, the interior is elegant, in neutral colors, and the service is impeccable. The food is outstanding. We have been there many times and were never disappointed. More than once we had the delicious tuna carpaccio,… Read more »

Located in the Park Hyatt Hotel, right at the entrance of Georgetown, this contemporary restaurant is a deliciously comfortable choice. We have stayed at the Park Hyatt Hotel on a few occasions and dined at the Blue Duck Tavern quite often: never disappointing. The menu, built around a selection of seasonal and very fresh ingredients from regional farmers, changes regularly. All meals we tried, including Sunday… Read more »

When in Washington DC you get the feeling you need to pay homage to history somehow, and a delicious way to honor this is by going to a traditional restaurant. Enter the Old Ebbitt Grill. Steps from the White House, the oldest restaurant in town, established in the 1846, is quite popular with locals, politicians and expats. We enjoyed the bustling atmosphere and the old… Read more »

A petit venue in Georgetown that has already become an institution in the city, this French bistro has a rustic décor and cozy atmosphere with its low ceilings, wooden beams, stone walls and a welcoming fireplace. The tables are quite close to one another, and the restaurant is a hotspot for politicians, so we felt at some point that we may overhear discussions of congressional… Read more »

This very casual and informal tapas bar in downtown DC has become something of a hot spot. It is usually busy, drawing an eclectic crowd, from youngsters to families into its the modern, lively and colorful ambience. Jaleo serves delicious dishes, perfectly made to be shared. The typical Jamón Ibérico was thinly sliced to perfection, the Manchego cheese satisfied our craving and the sautéed artichokes… Read more »

Charming Italian restaurant centrally located in Georgetown, just off Wisconsin Avenue. It is well in demand by the mostly local clientele, so it may be worth booking a table. The staff is very welcoming and attentive, and you cannot go wrong with the fried zucchini or octopus to start your meal, followed by one of the amazing pastas (the lobster linguini was sublime when we… Read more »