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Washington D.C. Restaurants

Satiate your cravings and appetite with Washington D.C.’s treasure trove of marvelous restaurants! There are many excellent restaurants in the Capital City and no matter what you’re craving, you’re sure to find something enjoyable. Whether they're around the corner from your Washington D.C. hotel or not, you’ll find upscale restaurants that offer the best in fine dining and bargain eateries that deliver great food that sure to fit you budget!

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Citronelle is a favorite of the locals and mixes classic French cooking with a modern California sensibility. Some of the favorites here include the three-cheese soufflé that is served in a cremini-mushroom soup and the thick cuts of to-die-for duck served with a cinnamon and port-wine sauce. The entrees at this restaurant are pricey and the atmosphere is formal, so make sure you dress up for the occasion. And don’t forget to bring your wallet -- you’re going to need it. A three-course dinner costs $95 per person.

The CityZen restaurant located in the grand Mandarin Oriental Hotel serves some of the best modern cuisine in the city. Some of the best dishes here are the lamb’s brain (don’t wince!) served with cranberry beans and pickled green tomatoes, and the veal rib eye that has been roasted with cauliflower.

Affordable Washington D.C. Restaurants

For travelers who cannot afford the high-end luxury of Citronelle and CityZen, no worries; there are plenty of affordable and tasty options in Washington D.C. Vacationers with a craving for good pub food and beer can drop into Eamonn’s. Most dishes are under $8, and the restaurant stays open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The fish and chips (that’s French fries) are quite tasty and cannot be missed. The Taqueria Nacional on 400 N. Capitol Street is perfect for diners who want authentic Mexican dishes at reasonable prices. Some of the favorites here include the ground buffalo tortillas and the freshly made salsa. Reservations are not needed. This fine establishment is perfect for those who want to eat and run!

Romantic Washington D.C. Restaurants

The Capitol City has many fine restaurants where a couple can hide away and enjoy the food, atmosphere and each other’s company. The Iron Gate restaurant is a former stable that has been converted into a restaurant that specializes in American and Mediterranean cuisine. The ambience at this restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner and there is even the opportunity, depending on the weather, to dine outside. The Two Quail restaurant is a favorite of couples who love the private spaces inside of the three Victorian townhouses in which the restaurant is located. Some of the favorites here include the phyllo salmon in champagne sauce and golden trout stuffed with artichokes and spinach. Carriage rides around the city are available after dinner, but remember to book well in advance to reserve your spot!

The restaurants during your Washington D.C. travel are sure to satisfy your needs. Travelers who are planning on dining at some of the city’s choicest spots should call ahead to get reservations. The sooner you know that you want to dine an upscale eatery, the better your chances are of experiencing culinary ecstasy on your Washington D.C. vacation!

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