100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012
Komi is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

1. Komi

9.1
1509 17th St NW (btwn P & Q St NW), Washington, D.C.
Greek Restaurant · Dupont Circle · 37 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Inside this unassuming rowhouse next to a CVS, Johnny Monis is putting out the top culinary experience in Washington. The wine pairing ($70 per person) is generous and full of offbeat picks.

Inn at Little Washington is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

2. Inn at Little Washington

8.7
309 Middle St (at Main St), Washington, VA
American Restaurant · 25 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Five-course meals begin with canapés such as “the world’s tiniest baked potato” and might end with a visit from a mechanical cow named Faira (aka the cheese cart) and cheese savant Cameron Smith.

Michel Richard Citronelle is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

3. Michel Richard Citronelle

3000 M St NW (at M St), Washington, D.C.
French Restaurant · Georgetown · 23 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Escargots done up as “porcupines” in spiky pastry & topped with barbecue sauce; oyster shooters with cucumber gelée; a Technicolor mosaic of thinly sliced venison, eel, and other seafood.

minibar by José Andrés is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

4. minibar by José Andrés

8.1
855 E St NW (9th & E Streets NW), Washington, D.C.
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 26 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: When was the last time you picked up a mezcal-spiked cocktail and ate it like a snowball? José Andrés’s 27-course menu kicks off with just that and follows up with other mind-bending surprises.

Palena is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

5. Palena

3529 Connecticut Ave NW (at Porter St. NW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Cleveland Park · 54 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Palena is two restaurants under one roof: a softly lit dining room with some formality and a casual cafe where the smell of the wood grill fills the air. The cafe has the area’s best gnocchi.

CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

6. CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

1330 Maryland Ave SW (at 12th St SW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Southwest Employment Area · 18 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Look for dishes with an Asian accent—such as tempura-fried turbot fin with yuzu vinaigrette—or with a regional American feel, such as pastrami-cured sweetbreads.

Rasika is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

7. Rasika

9.4
633 D St NW (at 7th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Indian Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 165 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Easily the area’s best Indian restaurant and unlike any other in the crowded field. What to get: Ragda patties, potato cakes with tamarind-date-and-mint chutney; avocado and banana with date chutney.

Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

8. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

8.9
678 Indiana Avenue NW (entrance on Indiana Ave NW), Washington, D.C.
Italian Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 66 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Tuna-topped crostini; burrata with heirloom tomatoes and basil; meatballs with a sunny-side-up egg; pappardelle with ragu of Scottish hare; lasagna with morels and truffles.

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

9. Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

8.9
2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 24th St NW), Washington, D.C.
French Restaurant · West End · 32 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Chestnut-and-foie-gras soup; shrimp with corn blinis; boudin blanc with truffle sauce and truffled potato purée; melted Montboissie cheese over toasted pecan-raisin bread.

Vidalia is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

10. Vidalia

7.8
1990 M St NW (at 20th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 40 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Whether you’re enjoying a killer mint julep in the lounge or biting into buttery cornbread in the relaxed dining room, this subterranean eatery is all about comfort, both in mood and cuisine.

Ardeo + Bardeo is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

11. Ardeo + Bardeo

7.1
3311 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · Cleveland Park · 44 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: With its high-gloss redesign, joining of the main dining room and bar, and hiring of a new chef, Ardeo has become one of DC’s most exciting mid-level destinations.

The Ashby Inn & Restaurant is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

12. The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

8.3
692 Federal St, Paris, VA
Restaurant · 19 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The patio is the place to sit in nicer months, but the dining room with dark wainscoting and burnt-orange walls is wonderfully cozy.

Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

13. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

7.4
1100 New York Ave NW (at 12th & H St NW), Washington, D.C.
Italian Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 40 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: There are other places to go to seal a deal, but we haven’t met one that better blends sophistication with culinary finesse. A great spot for people-watching and celeb-spotting.

Eola is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

14. Eola

2020 P St NW (Hopkins), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Dupont Circle · 6 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Two years after opening, the softly lit rowhouse remains something of a secret. You don’t come here to impress the boss—but you might come to woo someone with an appetite for adventure.

Estadio is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

15. Estadio

9.2
1520 14th St NW (at Church St NW), Washington, D.C.
Spanish Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 149 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Chef Karoum’s Spanish-influenced cooking doesn’t flaunt whiz-bang techniques or trendy ingredients—it’s made for everyday eating. Still, he’s making some of the most exciting food we’ve had this year.

Ethiopic is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

16. Ethiopic

8.8
401 H St NE, Washington, D.C.
Ethiopian Restaurant · Near Northeast · 43 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Ethiopian restaurants aren’t unusual in DC, but this is the place to experience spicy, long-cooked stews and the sizzling theatrics of the meat-and-onion stir-fries called tibs.

Proof is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

17. Proof

8.9
775 G St NW (at 8th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Wine Bar · Chinatown · 102 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: One of the area’s most interesting places to eat. The impressive wine program includes big-ticket Champagnes and Cali Cabs but also good choices for the value-minded.

Ripple is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

18. Ripple

7.8
3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Cleveland Park · 55 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get:Pickled vegetables with cardamom-spiked yogurt; pistachio agnolotti; quinoa risotto with lobster mushrooms; rabbit two ways (rack and leg-meat confit); duck with crab-apple sabayon.

Trummer's on Main is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

19. Trummer's on Main

8.6
7134 Main St, Clifton, VA
American Restaurant · 41 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Silk-paddle fans and miles of French doors give the dining room a breezy West Coast feel. The tavern-like lower level—a scene most nights—has a more vintage look with its onyx-and-stacked-stone bar.

Vermilion is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

20. Vermilion

8.4
1120 King St, Alexandria, VA
New American Restaurant · Old Town · 61 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Polenta-filled agnolotti; potato-leek soup with smoked cod; beet salad; rib eye with salsa verde; garlic-crusted cod with ham and potato; peanut-butter/chocolate tart.

The Atlas Room is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

21. The Atlas Room

1015 H St NE, Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · Capitol Hill · 30 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Think of this DC restaurant as a supper club on the cheap—a retreat where it’s hard not to indulge in one of the well-made cocktails and where the staff seems to be taking care of you and you only.

Graffiato is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

22. Graffiato

8.8
707 6th St NW (btwn G & H St. NW), Washington, D.C.
Italian Restaurant · Chinatown · 182 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What keeps us coming back is the zip of Mike Isabella’s small plates and pizzas, which seem tossed off but involve layers of work and detail. The cooking pulses with a big heart.

Little Serow is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

23. Little Serow

9.0
1511 17th St NW (at Church St NW), Washington, D.C.
Thai Restaurant · Dupont Circle · 51 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The menu changes almost weekly, but standouts have included pork rinds served with duck-liver dip and sausage flavored with lemongrass and kaffir-lime leaves.

Mala Tang is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

24. Mala Tang

8.7
3434 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA
Chinese Restaurant · Ballston - Virginia Square · 36 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Hot pot with pork, prawns, green-bean leaves, and wood-ear mushrooms; wood-ear mushrooms with chili oil and cilantro; pork dumplings; dan-dan noodles; scallion pancake.

Newton's Table is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

25. Newton's Table

4917 Elm St, Bethesda, MD
American Restaurant · 8 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Sweet-smoky duck-confit nachos; grass-fed sirloin burger at lunch; bison rib eye rubbed with cocoa nibs; sea bass over udon noodles; surf and turf featuring an outstanding filet mignon.

Nostos is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

26. Nostos

8.8
8100 Boone Blvd, Vienna, VA
Greek Restaurant · Old Courthouse · 24 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The vibe at this Greek newcomer, a spinoff of Rockville’s Mykonos Grill, may be lounge chic, but the food is as soulful as you’ll find on an Aegean isle.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

27. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

9.1
1612 14th St NW (at Corcoran Street), Washington, D.C.
Seafood Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 110 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Dishes are upscale enough to be worthy of leaving home for but not so much that they become precious. What to get: Oysters on the half shell; seafood-studded salsa; grilled bacon-wrapped oysters.

Red Pearl is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

28. Red Pearl

10215 Wincopin Cir, Columbia, MD
Chinese Restaurant · Downtown Columbia · 15 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: If the prospect of driving to Columbia for Chinese food doesn’t appeal to you, focus on the specifics: the best tea-smoked duck we’ve found and superlative dim sum that’s cooked to order.

Seasonal Pantry is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

29. Seasonal Pantry

1314 9th St NW (at N St NW), Washington, D.C.
Food & Drink Shop · Logan Circle - Shaw · 15 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Chef O’Brien turns out one four-course menu each weekend—no substitutions—and announces it two weeks in advance. Hits have included slow-roasted salmon with parsnips & a “fig newton” with foie gras.

Sichuan Jin River is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

30. Sichuan Jin River

7.1
410 Hungerford Dr (at Beall Ave), Rockville, MD
Chinese Restaurant · Central Rockville · 21 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Any number of restaurants offer Kung Pao chicken and beef with broccoli, but to be reminded of the depth and variety that even a single subset of Chinese cooking contains, this is the place we turn.

Café du Parc is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

31. Café du Parc

8.2
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (at 14th St), Washington, D.C.
Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 45 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: No matter where you sit, you’ll find well-executed pâtés and terrines, exquisite salads and soups, and main courses that are models of elegant simplicity. If only the service had the same polish.

Jaleo is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

32. Jaleo

8.8
480 7th St NW (at E St NW), Washington, D.C.
Tapas Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 216 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Tapas we’ve been loving for years include goat-cheese-stuffed red peppers, crusty bread rubbed with tomatoes & layered with thinly sliced Manchego, a textbook gazpacho, & warm dates wrapped in bacon.

Johnny's Half Shell is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

33. Johnny's Half Shell

7.6
400 N Capitol St NW (at E St NW), Washington, D.C.
Seafood Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 34 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: In summer, don’t miss the barbecue crabs served on the patio, accompanied by live jazz.

Makoto Restaurant is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

34. Makoto Restaurant

8.3
4822 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, D.C.
Japanese Restaurant · Foxhall-Palisades · 14 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The element of surprise—there’s no printed menu—can up the adventure factor. Diners also have the option of ordering from an à la carte menu of sushi and Japanese delicacies.

Minh's Restaurant is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

35. Minh's Restaurant

7.7
2500 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Vietnamese Restaurant · Clarendon - Courthouse · 22 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Shrimp-and-yam patties; bun cha, charred pork meatballs in spicy fish sauce; Hanoi-style sizzling catfish with dill and mint; clay pots of pork or catfish; lemongrass-marinated short rib.

Obelisk is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

36. Obelisk

8.5
2029 P St NW (btwn Hopkins & 21st St. NW), Washington, D.C.
Italian Restaurant · Dupont Circle · 16 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The handwritten menu and the array of antipasti change daily, but some gems do reappear. Thrills on a recent menu included meatballs studded with pine nuts; ultralight arancini; chocolate polenta cake

Ray's The Steaks is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

37. Ray's The Steaks

9.1
2300 Wilson Blvd (at Clarendon Blvd & N Wayne St), Arlington, VA
Steakhouse · Clarendon - Courthouse · 115 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: When we crave a thick, bloody steak, this is the place that leaps to mind. We prefer restaurateur Michael Landrum’s for its value, its warmth, and its scale. This is a steakhouse for the common man.

1789 Restaurant is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

38. 1789 Restaurant

7.8
1226 36th St NW (at Prospect), Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · Georgetown · 34 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: With its cobblestone foyer, wood-paneled dining rooms, and formal service, this Georgetown restaurant is a lovely throwback. What to get: Tagliatelle with clams and bacon & rockfish with lobster farro

2 Amys is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

39. 2 Amys

9.2
3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, D.C.
Pizza Place · Cathedral - Wesley Heights - McLean Gardens · 149 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Some of our favorites—deviled eggs topped with piquant green sauce, gorgeously fried prosciutto croquettes—never leave the menu. Look to the specials for interesting spins on seasonal veggies.

Zaytinya is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

40. Zaytinya

9.3
701 9th St NW (at G St. NW), Washington, D.C.
Mediterranean Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 338 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: A mezzanine dining area puts you above the crowds, but sometimes it’s more fun to mix it up below, particularly at the long communal table.

Adour is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

41. Adour

923 16th and K Streets, N.W. (at K St NW), Washington, D.C.
French Restaurant · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 13 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The formidable wine list is among Washington’s best. What to get: Japanese hamachi with green-apple mustard; olive-oil-poached cod with pipérade jus; braised halibut in Arbois wine sauce.

Bar Pilar is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

42. Bar Pilar

8.8
1833 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Bar · U-Street · 90 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: This is the neighborhood bar of our dreams, with marvelous cocktails, a lived-in patina, genial bartenders, and Justin Bittner’s ever-changing seasonal small plates.

Birch & Barley is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

43. Birch & Barley

8.9
1337 14th St NW (at Rhode Island Ave NW), Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 104 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Pork loin with greens and eggplant; cavatelli with roasted chicken and chicken-skin cracklings; hake with beans and corn; grilled skirt steak with puréed potatoes and mustard greens.

Bistro Bis is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

44. Bistro Bis

7.7
15 E St NW (at North Capitol St NW), Washington, D.C.
French Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 45 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: A good onion soup is hard to find—but not if you’re eating here. What to get: Endive salad with blue cheese; steamed mussels in saffron broth; steak frites; steak tartare; apple tart with Calvados.

Bistro Provence is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

45. Bistro Provence

4933 Fairmont Ave (at Old Georgetown Rd), Bethesda, MD
French Restaurant · 5 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Baby squid with wild mushrooms; clams stuffed with spinach, walnuts, and onion confit; bouillabaisse with scallops and sea bass; hanger steak; roasted-pineapple baba au rhum.

Le Zinc is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

46. Le Zinc

(btwn Wisconsin Ave NW & 37th St), Washington, D.C.
French Restaurant · Cathedral - Wesley Heights - McLean Gardens · 14 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Chef David Ashwell, Robert Wiedmaier’s longtime right-hand man, is turning out such straightforward but soulful bistro fare as excellent steak frites, crocks of mussels, and a rich onion soup.

Black Market Bistro is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

47. Black Market Bistro

9.0
4600 Waverly Ave (at Rokeby Ave.), Garrett Park, MD
American Restaurant · 27 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Corn chowder (summer); Thai-style mussels; hanger steak with chimichurri; cheeseburger; roast chicken; apple crisp; potato pancakes with house-made apple sauce (brunch).

BlackSalt is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

48. BlackSalt

9.2
4883 MacArthur Blvd NW (at V St. NW), Washington, D.C.
Seafood Restaurant · Foxhall-Palisades · 65 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Walking by the fish market up front you’ll likely get a sense of what will be on the menu from the ice beds holding super-sweet Nantucket bay scallops or a bountiful array of oysters.

BLT Steak is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

49. BLT Steak

9.1
1625 I Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Steakhouse · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 72 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Midday is especially busy, with lawyers and lobbyists sinking into the pale-suede banquettes, but at night the action shifts to the raw bar, where oysters, shrimp, & lobsters glisten in mounds of ice.

Blue Duck Tavern is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

50. Blue Duck Tavern

9.2
1201 24th St NW (at M St NW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · West End · 160 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: We gravitate to this high-toned farm-to-table destination whenever we’re in the mood for brunch and whenever we’re trying to satisfy a group of disparate personalities. Service is attentive & polished

Bourbon Steak DC is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

51. Bourbon Steak DC

9.1
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
Steakhouse · Georgetown · 91 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The main dining room is bright and noisy, the smaller annex cozier. Tables are covered in leather, and there’s the whiff of money in the crowd of politicos, Georgetown old guard, & singles at the bar.

Brasserie Beck is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

52. Brasserie Beck

8.3
1101 K St NW (at 11th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Belgian Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 117 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: This brasserie and beer hall is a multipurpose space—great for blowing off steam with coworkers, downing platters of oysters and pints of beer, enjoying a hearty meal or a leisurely weekend brunch.

Cashion's Eat Place is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

53. Cashion's Eat Place

1819 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · Adams Morgan · 52 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The bar is a low-key party even on weeknights, service is attentive and warm, and the cooking, under chef/owner John Manolatos, strikes a balance between comfort and polish.

Cava Mezze is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

54. Cava Mezze

8.9
9713 Traville Gateway Dr (at Shady Grove Rd.), Rockville, MD
Greek Restaurant · Traville, Rockville, Maryland · 57 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The kitchen’s handiwork reinforces the something-old/something-new theme, packaging dishes from the Greek isles into stylized miniatures without stinting on the garlic.

Central Michel Richard is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

55. Central Michel Richard

8.8
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 10th St. NW), Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 104 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: During the day, deals are made over bacon cheeseburgers and the best corned-beef sandwiches in town. Ties are loosened at night, and cocktails keep a crowd around the bar.

Circle Bistro is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

56. Circle Bistro

7.1
1 Washington Circle NW, Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · West End · 12 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: In warm tones of cinnamon and apricot, this dining room and lounge, a favorite of Kennedy Center patrons, gives off a pleasing glow.

Corduroy is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

57. Corduroy

9.0
1122 9th St NW, Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Mount Vernon Square · 23 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Surprises reveal themselves slowly. The best examples are the complexly layered soups. If we see one on the menu, we order it. The $65 five-course tasting menu is an excellent value.

Cork is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

58. Cork

8.9
1720 14th St NW (btw R & S), Washington, D.C.
Wine Bar · Logan Circle - Shaw · 62 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Chicken-liver pâté with shallot marmalade; oil-cured tomatoes on toast; fried calamari and shrimp with zingy rémoulade; grilled flatiron steak with anchovy vinaigrette.

8407 Kitchen & Bar is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

59. 8407 Kitchen & Bar

8.7
8407 Ramsey Ave (btwn Wayne Ave & Bonifant St), Silver Spring, MD
New American Restaurant · 59 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Deviled eggs with pastrami bacon; bowl of pickles, tomatoes, and cucumbers; steamed mussels with lomo; Cuban-style pressed-pork sandwich; grilled quail; grilled rib eye; lamb Bolognese.

Equinox is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

60. Equinox

7.9
818 Connecticut Ave NW (at 17th St NW), Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 28 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Oysters on the half shell; poached-pear salad with a quail egg; shrimp and grits; any soup; rosemary-roasted bison with sweetbreads; the signature crabcake.

Et Voila! is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

61. Et Voila!

8.3
5120 MacArthur Blvd NW (btwn Arizona Ave & Dana Pl NW), Washington, D.C.
Belgian Restaurant · Palisades · 27 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Here’s a bistro in the classic sense, with French and Belgian cooking that evokes nostalgia for Europe’s old cafes.

Food Wine & Co. is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

62. Food Wine & Co.

7272 Wisconsin Ave (at Elm St), Bethesda, MD
American Restaurant · Downtown Bethesda, Bethesda, Maryland · 51 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The dining room hints at a '20s train station, complete with a large clock, an opulent bar, and glowing lamps. We loved the raspberry-rhubarb shortcake & the blueberry-lemon crostada on our 1st visit.

Four Sisters is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

63. Four Sisters

9.1
8190 Strawberry Ln (at Lee Hwy), Falls Church, VA
Vietnamese Restaurant · 83 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Salads, such as a platter of shredded green papaya, explode with limey tang and chili-fueled heat, while bowls of pho are eminently soothing. Nibbles from the fryer make excellent shares.

Grapeseed is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

64. Grapeseed

7.6
4865 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD
Wine Bar · 21 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The blond-wood dining room has the air of a downtown DC hangout. The filet mignon is the only entrée that stays on the menu, but seafood is often more rewarding.

Indique is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

65. Indique

8.3
3512 Connecticut Ave NW (at Ordway St. NW), Washington, D.C.
Indian Restaurant · Cleveland Park · 30 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: The tangy potato-and-chickpea salad called papri chaat; salmon sliders on miniature pancakes; lemony tandoori mackerel; Malabar shrimp curry; tandoori chicken; orange-scented gulab jamun.

Jackie's Restaurant is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

66. Jackie's Restaurant

8081 Georgia Ave (at Sligo Ave.), Silver Spring, MD
American Restaurant · 21 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Miniature Elvis burgers with pimiento cheese; mixed greens with goat cheese, flaxseed cracker, and cider vinaigrette; Scottish salmon in foie gras sauce; Amish chicken with mole.

J&G Steakhouse is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

67. J&G Steakhouse

515 15th St NW (at Pennsylvania Ave NW), Washington, D.C.
Steakhouse · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 36 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Don’t be put off by the Lewis Carroll–on-acid hotel lounge that fronts the restaurant. With cream-painted walls, soaring windows, and velvet banquettes, J&G is one of the most elegant rooms in town.

Kinkead's is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

68. Kinkead's

2000 Pennsylvania Ave Nw (21st St.), Washington, D.C.
Seafood Restaurant · George Washington University · 21 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: After a long day, we sometimes pine for the downstairs bar. The barmen exude old-school charm & can whip up any drink in the book. The oysters are well sourced and cleanly shucked.

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

69. Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

465 K St NW (at 5th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Japanese Restaurant · Mount Vernon Square · 110 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The charcoal fire pit and surrounding U-shaped bar dominate the room. But don’t ignore the raw items—sushi and sashimi are almost always pristine. What to get: Braised pork-belly rolls; duck sausage.

La Limeña is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

70. La Limeña

8.4
765 Rockville Pike Ste B, Rockville, MD
Peruvian Restaurant · Central Rockville · 29 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: This modest storefront is a soulful spot with vibrant, generous cooking and a familial feeling. What to get: Anticuchos, skewered, marinated beef hearts; ceviche garnished with soft sweet potatoes.

L'Auberge Chez Francois is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

71. L'Auberge Chez Francois

9.6
332 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, VA
French Restaurant · 29 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Formal old-world service, antique-filled dining rooms, and a prix fixe menu with amuse-bouches and other extras make dinners here special.

Liberty Tavern is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

72. Liberty Tavern

8.9
3195 Wilson Blvd (Washington Blvd), Arlington, VA
American Restaurant · Lyon Village · 121 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The menu might seem all over the map, but the common denominator is LaCivita’s emphasis on the rustic. Even his most artful plates bear hefty portions.

Lyon Hall is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

73. Lyon Hall

8.9
3100 Washington Blvd (at N Highland St.), Arlington, VA
French Restaurant · Clarendon - Courthouse · 87 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The bustling cafe and bar is a place you can bring the family or come for a casually sophisticated couple’s night out. Plates are huge—you’ll likely take home a doggy bag.

The Majestic is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

74. The Majestic

8.5
911 King St, Alexandria, VA
American Restaurant · Old Town · 57 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: This eclectic American cafe, part of Cathal Armstrong’s growing empire, features the same farm-to-table dedication as its higher-end sibling, Restaurant Eve, along with cocktails from Todd Thrasher.

MICHEL by Michel Richard is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

75. MICHEL by Michel Richard

The Ritz-Carlton, 1700 Tysons Blvd, 4th Floor, McLean, VA
French Restaurant · 12 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Gougères, light-as-air cheese puffs; salmon tartare; rich chestnut soup; 72-hour braised short ribs; fried chicken with mustard sauce; roast salmon with lentils and shallot dressing.

Montmartre is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

76. Montmartre

8.6
327 7th St SE (at Pennsylvania Ave. SE), Washington, D.C.
French Restaurant · Capitol Hill · 33 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: More than any other French bistro in the area, this chatty room on Capitol Hill makes us feel like we’re in Paris. What to get: Mussels with pastis; country pâté; veal tongue with sauce gribiche.

Nava Thai is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

77. Nava Thai

9.0
11301 Fern St, Silver Spring, MD
Thai Restaurant · Wheaton-Glenmont · 32 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: There are moments in nearly every meal here—a soup that activates every taste sensor, a salad of Technicolor intensity—that make you think you’ve never really eaten Thai food before.

New Heights Restaurant is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

78. New Heights Restaurant

5.8
2317 Calvert St NW (Shoreham Dr NW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Woodley Park · 19 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The Babinga Bar—named for the West African rosewood it’s made of—remains one of the best places to experience DC’s craft-cocktail culture, particularly concoctions built from the bar’s gin collection.

The Oval Room is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

79. The Oval Room

7.5
800 Connecticut Ave NW (at H St NW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 23 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Dishes at Ashok Bajaj’s dining room are always elegant, but there’s also a playful side to chef Tony Conte’s food. Take the butternut-squash soup with olives and banana? In Conte’s hands, it works.

PassionFish is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

80. PassionFish

8.6
11960 Democracy Dr (in Reston Town Center), Reston, VA
Seafood Restaurant · 70 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The best restaurant in Reston Town Center is also one of Washington’s best seafood palaces. The kitchen does well with raw-bar towers, sushi rolls, and an atlas’s worth of appetizers and entrées.

The Jefferson Hotel is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

81. The Jefferson Hotel

8.7
1200 16th St NW (at M St NW), Washington, D.C.
Hotel · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 32 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Ornate crown molding and glossy black wood-herringbone floors add luxe notes—there are even velvet footstools for your handbag, while the firelit rear chamber feels like a cocoon of privacy.

Poste Moderne Brasserie is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

82. Poste Moderne Brasserie

7.9
555 8th St NW (btwn F St NW & E St Nw), Washington, D.C.
French Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 100 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: An easygoing mix of fun and sophistication, of trendiness and simplicity. There might be better places to impress a client, but few will make you more comfortable.

Present Vietnamese Restaurant is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

83. Present Vietnamese Restaurant

6.1
6678 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA
Vietnamese Restaurant · Jefferson · 14 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Few family-run ethnic restaurants possess this degree of style. With lacquered tables, ceramic floors, and a tinkling fish pond, it’s ideal for a special occasion or a night of catching up w/ friends.

PS 7's is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

84. PS 7's

777 I St NW (at 8th St NW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Chinatown · 37 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Peter Smith has packed his restaurant with personality. On the plate, there are such whimsies as a deconstructed cheesesteak. The walk-in lounge offers terrific bar food, such as bánh mì.

The Classics is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

85. The Classics

8.4
8606 Colesville Rd (at Georgia Ave.), Silver Spring, MD
Steakhouse · 38 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Steaks are of very good quality, from the $19.99 hanger to the $35.99 rib eye called a cowboy cut. They no longer come with free sides, but in steakhouse land, $5 for mashed potatoes is a steal.

Ray’s Hell Burger is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

86. Ray’s Hell Burger

8.2
1650 Wilson Blvd (at N Quinn St), Arlington, VA
Burger Joint · 93 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The thick, charred steaks, platters mounded with great fried food, and creamy milkshakes are powerful enticements in a time of tightening wallets.

Restaurant Eve is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

87. Restaurant Eve

8.7
110 S Pitt St (King St), Alexandria, VA
New American Restaurant · Old Town · 53 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Chef/owner Cathal Armstrong likes to keep things fresh, so this tasting room/bistro/lounge is a constantly evolving mash-up of his Dublin upbringing, French technique, and New World sensibility.

Ris is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

88. Ris

8.2
2275 L St NW, Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · West End · 49 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: You can count on good burgers and soups but the standout dish is the most out-there: a salt-rimmed margarita glass filled with lime-marinated bay scallops, tequila ice, and sour cream.

Rogue 24 is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

89. Rogue 24

922 N St NW, REAR, Washington, D.C.
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 11 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Chef R.J. Cooper’s all-tasting-menu venture—parceled out in 16 or 24 quick-bite dishes—is a wild ride of a night, especially if you don’t burden it w/ too many expectations of what dinner should be.

Ruan Thai is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

90. Ruan Thai

8.9
11407 Amherst Ave (at University Blvd), Silver Spring, MD
Thai Restaurant · Wheaton-Glenmont · 41 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The dishes explode with flavor, the kitchen is remarkably consistent, and the setting is comfortable and calming.

701 Restaurant is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

91. 701 Restaurant

7.6
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 7th St NW), Washington, D.C.
American Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 16 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The bar, which stirs a mean dried-fruit Manhattan, attracts a crowd of off-the-clock thirtysomethings, Verizon Center–goers, and tourists. Chef Ed Witt's pastas and well-prepared meats are big draws.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

92. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

8.7
575 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 6th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Asian Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 82 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The downstairs lounge offers one of the area’s best happy hours for eating: From 4 to 6 you can enjoy three dishes for $20.11.

Sushiko is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

93. Sushiko

8.6
5455 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD
Sushi Restaurant · 38 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: What to get: Pan-fried dumplings stuffed with chicken and shiso; salmon ceviche with ikura (salmon roe) and yuzu vinaigrette; vegetable and shrimp tempura.

Sushiko is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

94. Sushiko

8.6
5455 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD
Sushi Restaurant · 38 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The winding, soaring space in Chevy Chase is dazzlingly modish, but we prefer the original, a tiny two-story dining room that’s an exercise in cool minimalism.

Sushi Sono is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

95. Sushi Sono

8.7
10215 Wincopin Cir, Columbia, MD
Sushi Restaurant · Downtown Columbia · 47 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: When diners aren’t gazing out at Lake Kittamaqundi, they’re studying the sushi bar, where chef/owner King Lin and his team of cooks assemble the area’s most inventive rolls.

Sushi Taro is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

96. Sushi Taro

8.8
1503 17th St NW (P st NW), Washington, D.C.
Sushi Restaurant · Dupont Circle · 68 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Sitting at the sushi bar and watching the chefs do their deft blade work on hulking slabs of fish, making edible art with Zen-like calm, provides some insight into what makes Sushi Taro special.

Tallula is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

97. Tallula

2761 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA
American Restaurant · Lyon Park · 17 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: An open kitchen and a stone waterfall are the focal points of the room; terra-cotta walls and dim lighting lend a cozy feel. Service has been spot-on—attentive and friendly but not hovering.

Ristorante Tosca is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

98. Ristorante Tosca

7.6
1112 F St Nw (at 12th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Italian Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 33 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The high-end boardroom decor and hefty price tags signal an expense-account spot, but the house-made pastas and hearty ragus infuse the place with some soul.

Volt is one of 100 Very Best Restaurants - 2012.

99. Volt

8.4
228 N Market St (Between 2nd And 3rd), Frederick, MD
American Restaurant · Downtown Frederick · 62 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The ultimate indulgence is Table 21 in the kitchen, where Voltaggio crafts a 21-course meal as up to eight diners watch.