The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017
Republic is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

1. Republic

8.7
6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD
American Restaurant · Takoma-DC · 33 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This Takoma Park restaurant from Jeff Black and Danny Wells has lots of oysters, a strong brunch menu and live music in the evenings. It's also a destination for creative vegetarian offerings. Read more.

Thip Khao is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

2. Thip Khao

9.3
3462 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Asian Restaurant · Columbia Heights · 37 tips and reviews

EaterEater: D.C.'s Lao restaurant has made a splash with its spicy and unusual fare (yes, ant eggs have appeared on the menu). Try the jungle menu for the spiciest dishes the restaurant has to offer. Read more.

Bad Saint is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

3. Bad Saint

9.0
3326 11th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Filipino Restaurant · Columbia Heights · 22 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Perhaps the most representative restaurant of the growing Filipino food trend in D.C. over the past couple of years, Bad Saint has been drawing lines down the street since opening last September. Read more.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

4. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

9.0
2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Whisky Bar · Adams Morgan · 140 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Jack Rose was already the city's (maybe even the country's) top whiskey bar. Now, there's solid Southern food to match, courtesy of chef Russell Jones. Read more.

Lapis Afghan Bistro is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

5. Lapis Afghan Bistro

9.2
1847 Columbia Rd NW (at Mintwood Pl NW), Washington, D.C.
Afghan Restaurant · Adams Morgan · 11 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Feast on Afghan dumplings, pumpkin preparations, baked eggplant, and standout kebobs in many varieties. A recent recipient of Michelin's Bib Gourmand designation, vegetarians eat well here. Read more.

Tail Up Goat is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

6. Tail Up Goat

9.4
1827 Adams Mill Rd NW (at Calvert St NW), Washington, D.C.
Mediterranean Restaurant · Adams Morgan · 19 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The restaurant has become known for its pastas, breads, wines, and attentive and easygoing service. Lamb ribs are a sure bet, but don't ignore rotating dishes highlighting seasonal ingredients. Read more.

Izakaya Seki is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

7. Izakaya Seki

9.0
1117 V St NW, Washington, D.C.
Japanese Restaurant · U-Street · 58 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Under the direction of chef and co-owner Hiroshi Seki, the restaurant features adventurous dishes like beef tongue, classics like kara-age and a number of accompaniments to its fine sake selection. Read more.

Compass Rose is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

8. Compass Rose

8.0
1346 T St NW (at 14th St NW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · U-Street · 42 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The sheer diversity of this neighborhood restaurant's small menu is impressive, and the kitchen manages to excel at a number of different cuisines, ranging from South American to Georgian. Read more.

Convivial is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

9. Convivial

8.4
801 O St NW, Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 18 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Cedric Maupillier has created a buzzing neighborhood spot in Shaw. Standout dishes range from a fried chicken-inspired spin on coq a vin to scallops prepared in the style of boudin blanc. Read more.

The Dabney is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

10. The Dabney

8.9
122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 18 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Dabney, Jeremiah Langhorne's Washington debut, shows some of the most aggressive commitment to local sourcing and Mid-Atlantic cuisine in the region. As a result, the dishes change frequently. Read more.

Hazel is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

11. Hazel

8.4
808 V St NW, Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · U-Street · 10 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Here, Rob Rubba makes a name for himself with unique dishes with an Asian flair, and has a particular way with duck. Find a carefully-curated wine list and a festive dim sum brunch here, too. Read more.

The Royal is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

12. The Royal

8.7
501 Florida Ave NW (at 5th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Café · LeDroit Park · 26 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This versatile LeDroit Park restaurant has flourished as a neighborhood gathering place at all hours of the day, from breakfast to those between-lunch-and-dinner hours. Read more.

The Red Hen is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

13. The Red Hen

9.4
1822 1st St NW (at Seaton Pl NW), Washington, D.C.
Italian Restaurant · LeDroit Park - Bloomingdale · 69 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Red Hen is the whole package: food, design, service. Bloomingdale residents and destination diners turn here for offal, homemade pastas, and a carefully-curated wine list. Read more.

Le Diplomate is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

14. Le Diplomate

9.4
1601 14th St NW (at Q St NW), Washington, D.C.
French Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 265 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Stephen Starr's first entry into the D.C. market excels at classic dishes like steak frites and skate, as well as some interesting twists like foie gras mousse. The atmosphere is loud and bustling. Read more.

Estadio is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

15. Estadio

9.2
1520 14th St NW (at Church St NW), Washington, D.C.
Spanish Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 154 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The contemporary small plates menu boasts a strong selection of cheese and charcuterie, as well as pintxos, bocadillos and classic tapas dishes. Read more.

Little Serow is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

16. Little Serow

9.1
1511 17th St NW (at Church St NW), Washington, D.C.
Thai Restaurant · Dupont Circle · 52 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Getting in can be a challenge — but the payoff is worth the wait. The chef prepares fiery, authentic Thai cuisine in a spare and stylish setting. Read more.

Iron Gate is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

17. Iron Gate

9.0
1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C.
Mediterranean Restaurant · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 47 tips and reviews

EaterEater: One of the most romantic restaurants in the city, Iron Gate features cooking from Vermilion veteran Anthony Chittum. There are both tasting menus and a la carte options at the restaurant. Read more.

The Bombay Club is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

18. The Bombay Club

8.8
815 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
Indian Restaurant · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 55 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The restaurant serves up a stellar brunch buffet, properly made Manhattans and traditional Indian fare such as lamb roganjosh. The thali platters are a good way to sample a variety of dishes. Read more.

Del Campo is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

19. Del Campo

8.5
777 I St NW (at 8th St NW), Washington, D.C.
South American Restaurant · Chinatown · 35 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Victor Albisu's South American restaurant serves up a variety of grilled smoky meats, and menu items like arepas. There's even a cocktail list with edible, meaty garnishes available in the lounge. Read more.

Zaytinya is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

20. Zaytinya

9.3
701 9th St NW (at G St. NW), Washington, D.C.
Mediterranean Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 361 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The buzzy restaurant has delicious brussels sprouts, flatbread and octopus small plates, and a number of fun festivals throughout the year, celebrating events like Greek Easter. Read more.

Daikaya is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

21. Daikaya

9.1
705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Ramen Restaurant · Chinatown · 257 tips and reviews

EaterEater: On the ground floor: Sapporo-style ramen in a bustling setting. Upstairs, an izakaya specializing in Japanese bar food, whiskeys, shochu and Japanese beer. Read more.

Wiseguy NY Pizza is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

22. Wiseguy NY Pizza

9.0
300 Massachusetts Ave NW (at 4th & H St NW), Washington, D.C.
Pizza Place · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 86 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Wiseguy is one of the few places in D.C. to find authentic New York-style pizza. The restaurant also offers some New York standards like garlic knots and chicken rolls. Read more.

Bantam King is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

23. Bantam King

8.3
501 G St NW (at 5th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Ramen Restaurant · Chinatown · 15 tips and reviews

EaterEater: From the team behind Daikaya and Haikan, Bantam King is D.C.'s first restaurant entirely dedicated to chicken ramen. Find fried chicken and killler dumplings here, too, but the soup is the main star. Read more.

Jaleo is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

24. Jaleo

9.0
480 7th St NW (at E St NW), Washington, D.C.
Tapas Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 230 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Complement a glass of sangria with Ibérico ham, patatas bravas, croquetas served in a shoe and, of course, a variety of paellas served in pans that feed six people or more. Read more.

The Partisan is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

25. The Partisan

9.0
709 D St NW, Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 35 tips and reviews

EaterEater: he wide-ranging wine list (with plenty of sherry and Lambrusco) helps balance the meaty fare. New winter menu additions include must-try seafood options, too, like ahi tuna sliders. Read more.

Rasika is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

26. Rasika

9.4
633 D St NW (at 7th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Indian Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 171 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Chef Vikram Sunderam mans the kitchen at the Penn Quarter restaurant, where he takes a modern look at traditional Indian fare with favorites like the crispy palak chaat, flavorful curries and more. Read more.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

27. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

8.6
575 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 6th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Asian Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 86 tips and reviews

EaterEater: There is more of a Chinese influence to the menu now, and that shows in its dan dan dumplings, wok-fried noodles, and tableside wonton soup. Read more.

Masseria is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

28. Masseria

8.5
1340 4th St NE, Washington, D.C.
Italian Restaurant · Ivy City · 12 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Masseria has one of the more affordable tasting menus in the city. Diners can also go the bar snack route to lounge in one of the city's most transporting restaurant design settings. Read more.

Maketto is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

29. Maketto

9.3
1351 H St NE, Washington, D.C.
Asian Restaurant · Capitol Hill · 49 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The unique design, combining indoor/outdoor spaces and restaurant with retail, provides a home for an addictive dim sum brunch and beloved dishes like Taiwanese fried chicken. Read more.

Hank's Oyster Bar is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

30. Hank's Oyster Bar

7.9
633 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C.
Seafood Restaurant · Capitol Hill · 41 tips and reviews

EaterEater: All locations of Hank's Oyster Bar are great neighborhood hangouts, but Hank's on the Hill gets a nod this time around for its festive vibe and the ever-changing cocktails to be found at its Eddy Bar. Read more.

Rose's Luxury is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

31. Rose's Luxury

9.4
717 8th St SE, Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Capitol Hill · 116 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Aaron Silverman's experimental restaurant plays with dishes like a pork lychee salad, Vietnamese pate and bigger, family-style plates like schnitzel or brisket. Warning: lines here tend to be epic. Read more.

Osteria Morini is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

32. Osteria Morini

8.7
301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C.
Italian Restaurant · Navy Yard · 34 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Pastry chef Alex Levin has established the Navy Yard Italian haunt as the place to go for dessert. Charcuterie dishes and Italian cocktails are also worth exploring here. Read more.

Bourbon Steak DC is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

33. Bourbon Steak DC

8.9
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
Steakhouse · Georgetown · 93 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The newly revamped lounge is the most affordable — and really, the best — way to experience this restaurant. Enjoy superior cocktails, excellent burgers, and a swank feel. Read more.

Kapnos Taverna is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

34. Kapnos Taverna

8.9
4000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Greek Restaurant · Ballston - Virginia Square · 20 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Mike Isabella's second restaurant in the Kapnos empire puts the emphasis on seafood, with dishes like a lobster salad flatbread. Read more.

SER is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

35. SER

7.4
1110 N Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA
Spanish Restaurant · Ballston - Virginia Square · 4 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This homey Ballston restaurant has a flair for dramatic Spanish dishes and drinks. Head here for roast pig, paella, and a variety of seafood dishes (including barnacles). Read more.

2941 Restaurant is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

36. 2941 Restaurant

8.2
2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA
New American Restaurant · Jefferson · 30 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Bertrand Chemel's skills are evident in dishes like paella soup and broccoli raviolini with smoked pioppini mushroom. Diners can have a snack at the bar, an a la carte meal, or a full tasting menu. Read more.

Requin is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

37. Requin

8.1
8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax, VA
Mediterranean Restaurant · 4 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Jennifer Carroll puts her own spin on French classics like moules frites and French onion soup, while still getting creative with additional Mediterranean fare. Read more.

Hai Duong Restaurant is one of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants, Winter 2017.

38. Hai Duong Restaurant

7.7
6795 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA
Vietnamese Restaurant · 21 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Hai Duong is a restaurant where diners can find everything from expertly-made banh xeo (savory crepes) to fine rice and noodle dishes (and yes, that pho is pretty terrific, too). Read more.