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Top 10 Washington D.C. Restaurants

They serve more than just crab-cakes in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area! The entire region is full of good eats and great atmosphere at several nationally recognized and world-renowned restaurants. When you're visiting “The District,” you want to make sure to take your appetite and a desire to try an impressive variety of restaurant choices. And if you do enjoy crab-cakes, you'll have no problem finding the best in the world on your Washington D.C. travel, or in the surrounding areas.

Because everyone seems to enjoy something different, the following a Top 10 Washington D.C. restaurant list focuses on variety, offering a little something for everyone.

Top 10 Washington D.C. Restaurants

Sake Club

For the lover of Japanese cuisine and popular sakes, the Sake Club offers a laid-back atmosphere to its patrons who can enjoy an extensive array of sushi choices, traditional Japanese entrees and unique appetizers. If you happen to love sushi, the Sake Club is a must. The French Saba roll comes highly recommended.

Market Inn

Known especially for their seafood, the Market Inn has become one of the most popular restaurant destinations in the Washington D.C. area. This is same Market Inn that was featured on the Food Network in 2003. If you're looking for a good cut of meat, you can also find it here;, but the meat options are sometimes over-shadowed by the world-famous lobster bisque and seafood entrees.

City Zen

Housed within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the incredibly trendy City Zen has become one of “the” places to eat in Washington D.C. A mix of contemporary American cuisine, the establishment was recently considered one of the “Hottest restaurants in the world” by Food & Wine.

Cafe Milano

For the Italian food connoisseur, Cafe Milano will have you rubbing shoulders with some of Washington D.C.'s most prominent citizens. The only thing that rivals the food is the energetic atmosphere. Enjoy fine wine perfectly combined with an array of pastas, seafood and delicious cuts of meat.

Madam Organ's Blues Bar and Soul Food Restaurant

If you love live music and comfort food, there are few places on the east coast that rival this mix. Live nightly music is accompanied by an incredibly hip atmosphere and the best-quality “bar food” your taste buds will ever encounter. At Madam Organ's, the music isn't the only thing delivered with soul!


IndeBleu offers traditional French cuisine “mish-mashed” with the full flavor of Indian cuisine to create one of the most unique eating experiences in Washington D.C. Specialty drinks are offered at the bar, and if you're in the mood for a night-cap, the IndeBleu lounge is open late. If you're looking for something unique, consider the Quail served with pistachio chicken stuffing and sauteed mushrooms.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

It's not just another Washington D.C. restaurant serving seafood! The Oceanaire Seafood Room is a place for the seafood lover to revel in atmosphere, and fresh seafood that comes daily from world-wide originations. Whet your appetite with an order of crab cakes, and move on to any number of entrees including grilled salmon or market price lobster.


Located in Georgetown's Latham Hotel, Cintronelle offers one of the finest dining experiences in the United States. Named by Conde Nast's Traveler Magazine as "One of the World's Most Exciting Restaurants," Cintronelle is famous for not only their exquisite french food and extensive list of wines, but also for the ability to turn any evening into an experience.

Bistro Lepic & Wine Bar

A selection of fine wine and French cuisine has made this intimate bistro one of Washington D.C.'s most popular eateries. When dining at Bistro Lepic, you can expect top-quality food service to accompany the relaxed atmosphere. You can trust the fine servers at Bistro Lepic to help suggest a complementing combination of food and wine so you may simply relax and enjoy your dining experience during your Washington D.C. vacation.

15 ria

A trendy D.C. restaurant that won't bust any budget, the 15 ria menu offers a little bit of everything for even the pickiest palate. It's right downtown and easily accessible to the visitor out seeing the sights. For the seafood lover, consider trying one of the most popular menu items -- Honey Truffle Seabass.

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