1. Diego2100 14th St NW, Washington
2. Belga Cafe514 8th St SE, Washington
3. Rustik Tavern84 T St NW , Washington, DC
4. Tortilla Coast400 1st St SE, Washington
5. Bayou Bakery1515 North Courthouse Rd, Arlington
6. Grillfish1200 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington
7. Bar Charley1825 18th St, NW, Washington
8. District Commons2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
9. El Centro Georgetown1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington
10. Boundary Road414 H St. NE, , Washington, DC
11. The Pig1320 14th St NW , Washington
12. Silo919 5th St , Washington
13. Agua 301301 Water St SE, Washington DC
14. Shaw's Tavern520 Florida Ave NW, Washington
15. Vinoteca1940 11th St NW, Washington
This casual U Street Tex-Mex joint has amazing fajitas and $5 prickly pear margaritas, and is equally good for brunch and dinner.
Inspired by cafes in Brussels, this Capitol Hill spot is known for its brunch offerings, including lobster omelets and salmon waffles. The cafe's extensive Belgian beer list is also definitely worth sampling.
Bloomingdale's 30-seat pizza/beer joint's rocking graffiti'd up walls and a giant last-call bell, plus delivering Neapolitan joints like the watercress/mozzarella/roasted garlic sauce Going Green from their brick oven.
This Capitol Hill Tex-Mex spot is beloved by both politicians and regular Joes, and offers up awesome burritos and combo plates, as well as delicious margaritas.
Stop by this inventive bakery for the likes of Southern-inflected vittles (biscuits, candied pecans, muffalettas) and inventive treats like boozy popsicles.
Grillfish serves up great seafood and steak dishes and has a substantial happy hour menu, with a variety of food and drink options. The restaurant is decked out with chandeliers and offers lots of outdoor seating.
This innovative cocktail joint serves up smoked-out cocktails and ones laced with wasabi.
Upscale dining with an American tavern inspiration, District Commons elevates comfort food with a fresh raw bar, hearth-fired flatbreads, and a carving board slicing local and sustainable meats. Come in for the rotating pre-fixe family meal served nightly at 10p or just sample one of the 99 beers on the wall.
Richard Sandoval's El Centro takes over the old Third Edition space and amps things up with house-infused tequilas, a back patio, and Greek influences.
Futilely trying to live up to the ingenuity of the building's former tenant, Hair Force One, Boundary Road's mod'ing up American bistro fare in a steampunk-y tavern with lights welded to exposed I-beams, and a giant wire mattress chandelier, which'll serve as a solid reminder for your dinner date that you're just trying to Sealy the dealy.
From the folks behind Logan Tavern and The Heights, The Pig's got a pork-focused sharing menu and a rustic, general store feel: Frederick-sourced barn wood walls, and an entire bar made from a huge butcher's block, so -- chop chop! -- get to drinking on it.
This modern Mt. Vernon Triangle bistro offers up Swiss- and French-inspired New American fare in an ultra-casual atmosphere. Go for $2 happy hour drinks and $7 burgers.
This modern resto crafts authentic Mexican cuisine and then spices it up with modern flair by using experimental ingredients and out-of-the-box techniques.
A massive neighborhood watering hole where lanterns light exposed brick walls and an outdoor patio, Shaw's wood-burning oven cooks up fare like roasted branzino (with clams in a warm shellfish vinaigrette), and Granny Smith-topped Vermont pizza. The cocktails are highlighted by an amped-up Bloody garnished with a house-pickled carrot, called the "Pickle Mary" -- good enough to produce a "Jesus!".
U Street's favorite wine hideaway comes with a back "plaza" featuring an old-world fountain-clad, brick-enclosed bocce court, plus a bar pouring their extensive wine list and taps like Kronenbourg 1664 and Allagash White.