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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

French Restaurant
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“Le Diplomate pays homage to French café culture by providing a comfortable place for enjoying classics such as Onion Soup Gratinée, Steak Frites, and Escargots. Towering plateaus of oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail and lobster are the perfect start to a meal, and the crusty made-in-house baguettes are the ideal accompaniment to a selection of regional French cheeses.”
  • 260 locals recommend
Café
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“Great local coffee shop. Beautiful outdoor terrace. Be on the lookout for special evening events and pop ups. Walkable - 7 minutes”
  • 179 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Italian-influenced American restaurant. Food and atmosphere is phenomenal - great date spot. ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Noodle House
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“Toki Underground (1234 H St NE) is the best place in the city to get ramen. The wait is usually long, as the place is small and doesn’t accept reservations, so put your name down and go downstairs to The Pug for a beer while you wait. ”
  • 138 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is a bar, bookstore and fun restaurant all in one. They also feature live talks and shows of various kinds on some nights. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“A very crowded and popular wine bar on 14th Street in the middle of nightlife in DC ”
  • 160 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
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“A must for any celebrity visiting the city, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been a DC staple since it opened on U Street in 1958. The half-smoke toting restaurant’s storefront is plenty Instagrammable on its own, but the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl mural – featuring distinguished African American trailblazers and celebrities – is iconic. The colorful wall honors the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama, Dave Chappelle, Prince and Harriet Tubman.”
  • 136 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Located just down Monroe Street, I’m at The Coupe at least once a week! They do coffee and pastries to-go ($3-$5), as well as sit down breakfast ($15pp), lunch, and dinner. It’s pretty big so there isn’t usually a wait (Sometimes for brunch), and very reasonably priced. Definitely worth checking out! ”
  • 171 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Recently given a Michelin star and named many years running as a top restaurant in the country - they used to not accept reservations so you would have to line up in the afternoon to get a dinner slot. They do same day reservations now though starting at 9am, which you can access through their website. Definitely a splurge date night place!”
  • 181 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Maketto (1351 H St NE) is our favorite place. It has everything – delicious gourmet coffee, a wonderful Happy Hour, and excellent Asian fusion dishes. The chef is one of the most acclaimed in DC. This funky establishment also has shopping. ”
  • 144 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Reliably great food and great for families - try their homemade pop tarts or adult milkshakes!”
  • 136 locals recommend
Pub
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“Local pub. Can get crowded with the late-night crowd, but a good place for a meal in the early evening.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A large space that houses a coffee shop with indoor & outdoor seating, as well as a full-service bar upstairs (which serves brunch on weekends). It serves breakfast sandwiches all day (!), has good coffee (with latte art), and a variety of other sandwiches/salads after 11 am. There is metered parking available.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Bar
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“New beer pub within walking distance! Get variety on tap, and good pub food. ”
  • 140 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Well loved by the locals. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegan/Vegetarian options.”
  • 126 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Excellent food, and I highly recommend the beignets for dessert. They're mouth watering! Definitely reserve a table in advance if you're not eating an early dinner.”
  • 73 locals recommend