CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

1. CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

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

Washington PostWashington Post: If you want to see what separates the good from the great, book a table at this coolly elegant restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and get a master class in the good life.

Komi is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

2. Komi

9.0
Greek Restaurant · Northwest Washington · 1509 17th St NW (btwn P & Q St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: What links the many courses at this modern Greek restaurant is a reverence for great ingredients and superb taste.

Rasika is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

3. Rasika

9.3
Indian Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 633 D St NW (at 7th St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Rasika in Penn Quarter could easily rest on its considerable laurels, but instead improves on what it does by every year adding fresh reasons to drop in.

Little Serow is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

4. Little Serow

9.2
Thai Restaurant · Northwest Washington · 1511 17th St NW (at Church St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: This underground, 28-seat restaurant specializes in the hot, sour and herby notes of northeastern Thailand, doesn't take reservations and offers only a seven-course, family-style menu.

barmini by José Andrés is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

5. barmini by José Andrés

8.9
Cocktail Bar · Penn Quarter · 855 E St NW (E St btwn 8th and 9th), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: If you want a taste of tomorrow today, reserve a seat at this futuristic lounge adjoining Minibar, the daring dinner theater from Spanish ambassador Jose Andres.

Blue Duck Tavern is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

6. Blue Duck Tavern

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

Washington PostWashington Post: Handsome quilts create a restful backdrop to the assured, farm-to-table cooking of the Texas-born, French-trained Sebastien Archambault.

BOURBON STEAK DC is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

7. BOURBON STEAK DC

8.9
Steakhouse · Georgetown · 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: You don't have to like meat to warm up to the city's best steakhouse. While grilled beef is the centerpiece, chef John Critchley stocks his menu with all sorts of temptations from field and stream.

Etto is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

8. Etto

8.3
Italian Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 1541 14th St NW (On the corner of 14th and Q Streets), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: The big talent at tiny Etto in Logan Circle is Cagla Onal-Urel, a Turkish native whose Italian small plates underscore the idea that simple can be sublime.

Jaleo is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

9. Jaleo

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

Washington PostWashington Post: The best tapas restaurant in D.C.

Le Diplomate is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

10. Le Diplomate

9.3
French Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 1601 14th St NW (at Q St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Le Diplomate, under the care of executive chef Adam Schop, executes a perfect omelet, an expert steak au poivre, a divine apple tart, everything delivered by some of the best servers in the city.

Mintwood Place is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

11. Mintwood Place

8.6
New American Restaurant · Adams Morgan · 1813 Columbia Rd NW (at Biltmore St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Cedric Maupillier is a master of turning familiar recipes into quiet sensations. His menu is French but also American, which means he incorporates ideas from around the world.

Palena is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

12. Palena

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

Washington PostWashington Post: "Tastes of the Season," an enticing four-course sonnet from chef-owner Frank Ruta, deserves a big audience.

Vidalia is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

13. Vidalia

8.1
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 1990 M St NW (at 20th St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: No restaurant in the city does a more convincing shrimp and grits or pecan pie than this place, a salute to Southern cooking.

Bangkok Golden is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

14. Bangkok Golden

8.7
Thai Restaurant · 6395 Seven Corners Ctr (Leesburg Pike near 7 corners), Falls Church, VA

Washington PostWashington Post: Visitors to this cramped but cheery storefront are handed two menus: one lists Thai dishes and the second offers Laotian fare.

Casa Luca is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

15. Casa Luca

8.5
Italian Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 1099 New York Avenue NW (11th Street NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Chef Fabio Trabocchi comes from a four-star background -- the late, great Maestro in Tysons Corner -- evinced here by the way he approaches even basic food.

Daikaya is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

16. Daikaya

9.1
Noodle House · Chinatown · 705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: There are two ways to experience this restaurant: Stay on the ground floor to sip the broth and slurp the noodles of Sapporo-style ramen or go upstairs to order from a menu small plates.

Del Campo is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

17. Del Campo

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

Washington PostWashington Post: Chef Victor Albisu leaves seemingly no dish untorched as he evokes the asados, or barbecues, of South America.

DGS Delicatessen is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

18. DGS Delicatessen

7.8
Jewish Restaurant · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: DGS is no standard-issue deli. For starters, the Dupont Circle outpost comes with a bar. Further, the kitchen is more respectful than reverential regarding tradition.

Doi Moi is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

19. Doi Moi

8.9
Asian Restaurant · U-Street · 1800 14th St NW (at S St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Part Thai, part Vietnamese, Doi Moi is pleasure. Mark Kuller (Proof, Estadio) and chef Haidar Karoum returned from Southeast Asia to create flavors that some foodists compare to Little Serow.

Estadio is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

20. Estadio

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

Washington PostWashington Post: True to its name, this Spanish retreat in Logan Circle can be noisy as a "stadium" at full tilt. But good small plates and sherry cocktails are worth any ruckus.

Et Voila! is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

21. Et Voila!

8.7
French Restaurant · Palisades · 5120 MacArthur Blvd NW (btwn Arizona Ave & Dana Pl NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Every neighborhood deserves an Et Voila!, a source of Belgian steamed mussels and beer-based beef stew that is priced for regular workdays.

Garden District is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

22. Garden District

9.1
Beer Garden · U-Street · 1801 14th St NW (btwn S St & T St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Every day feels like Oktoberfest at everyone's favorite beer garden. The fence-enclosed picnic tables on 14th Street NW are some of the most prized seats in the city.

GBD (Golden Brown Delicious) is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

23. GBD (Golden Brown Delicious)

8.4
Fried Chicken Joint · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 1323 Connecticut Ave NW (btwn N St. & Dupont Cir. NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: The letters stand for Golden Brown Delicious, three words that apply to two hot dishes here: fried chicken and doughnuts.

Izakaya Seki is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

24. Izakaya Seki

9.1
Japanese Restaurant · U-Street · 1117 V St NW, Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: With its small plates and fresh fish, this serene Japanese restaurant, just 40 seats on two floors, attracts Japanese speakers in droves.

Kapnos is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

25. Kapnos

8.8
Greek Restaurant · U-Street · 2201 14th St NW (at W St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: The latest and perhaps greatest idea (yet) from "Top Chef" veteran Mike Isabella. At this Greek restaurant, the familiar flavors are all accounted for, but the presentations are up to the minute.

Kogiya Korean BBQ is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

26. Kogiya Korean BBQ

8.8
Korean Restaurant · 4220-A Annandale Rd, Annandale, VA

Washington PostWashington Post: The trendiest Korean barbecue around is a group-friendly and thoughtful place to feast on meat that's grilled at your table and comes with a swarm of tasty side dishes.

Malgudi is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

27. Malgudi

6.8
Indian Restaurant · Glover Park · 2400 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Introduced in February by the owners of the steady Heritage India above it, the offshoot makes a great compromise for diners who eschew meat and those who embrace it.

Meaza Restaurant & Market is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

28. Meaza Restaurant & Market

8.1
Ethiopian Restaurant · 5700 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA

Washington PostWashington Post: The area's biggest Ethiopian restaurant also ranks as one of its best.

The Oval Room is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

29. The Oval Room

7.6
New American Restaurant · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 800 Connecticut Ave NW (at H St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: The second-most-famous oval room in Washington is the one owned by Ashok Bajaj. Top gun Tony Conte delights in slipping surprises into his cooking.

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

30. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

8.9
Mexican Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 401 7th St NW (at D St NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: This Mexican playground from creator Jose Andres is a trailblazer. Thanks to recent expansion next door, it's also more comfortable than ever.

Range is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

31. Range

7.7
New American Restaurant · Friendship Heights · 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW (in Chevy Chase Pavillion), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: The kitchen is the restaurant's best asset.

The Red Hen is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

32. The Red Hen

9.5
Italian Restaurant · LeDroit Park - Bloomingdale · 1822 1st St NW (at Seaton Pl NW), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Intriguing wines at user-friendly prices make this bustling newcomer in Bloomingdale worth crossing town for, but so, too, does the relaxed Italian cooking from Michael Friedman.

Ripple is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

33. Ripple

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

Washington PostWashington Post: It would be easy just to drink dinner at this dashing attraction in Cleveland Park, where the sophisticated cocktails and carefully curated wine list elevate Ripple.

Trummer's on Main is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

34. Trummer's on Main

8.5
American Restaurant · 7134 Main St, Clifton, VA

Washington PostWashington Post: Austin Fausett came here in May from the venerated Inn at Little Washington, and the practice shows in much of the food he's serving.

Woodberry Kitchen is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

35. Woodberry Kitchen

9.5
New American Restaurant · Woodberry · 2010 Clipper Park Rd (btwn Clipper & Parkdale), Baltimore, MD

Washington PostWashington Post: The best restaurant in Baltimore gets to that lofty place by not just meeting, but exceeding, expectations from year to year.

Ghibellina is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

36. Ghibellina

8.7
Italian Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 1610 14th St NW (Q St / Logan Circle), Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: The pizza, with its raised lip, perfect char and yeasty character, is marvelous.

Ambar Balkan Cuisine is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

37. Ambar Balkan Cuisine

8.6
Eastern European Restaurant · Capitol Hill · 523 8th St SE, Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: The rustic, two-floor room is no mere novelty act. Influenced by Greece, Turkey, Austria and Hungary, the robust food is good anytime, fall and winter best of all.

Vermilion is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

38. Vermilion

8.3
New American Restaurant · Old Town · 1120 King St, Alexandria, VA

Washington PostWashington Post: Longtime chef Tony Chittum is missed, but his successor, William Morris, is a rising star.

Inn at Little Washington is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

39. Inn at Little Washington

8.5
American Restaurant · 309 Middle St (at Main St), Washington, VA

Washington PostWashington Post: How does chef-owner Patrick O'Connell do it after all these decades at one of the most famous addresses in the food world? I believe in magic.

Al Dente is one of Fall Dining Guide 2013.

40. Al Dente

7.2
Italian Restaurant · Cathedral Heights · 3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Ste E, Washington, D.C.

Washington PostWashington Post: Roberto Donna cooks dinner for a mere four diners at a kitchen counter at Roberto’s 4, a restaurant-within-a-restaurant inside Al Dente.