Whether you’re new to D.C. or moving to a new part of town, the best experiences come from living like a local and the ideal place to begin is the food scene. D.C. is quickly becoming a foodie town, so we compiled a list of go-to restaurants, from beloved institutions to new eateries that will quickly make their way to the top of your favorites list.
MILLIE’S | SPRING VALLEY
Bringing a taste of Nantucket to D.C.’s Spring Valley, Millie’s is a new addition to the neighborhood that has residents flocking for delicious New England-inspired dishes. The bright indoor dining room features high ceilings, adorned with Nantucket decor, and a lively bar, while the outdoor patio picnic tables and pet-friendly status inspire a neighborly feeling. Signature dishes like the popular yellowfin tuna poke, chowder and lobster quesadillas will bring the beach home.
4866 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
2AMYS NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA IN | CLEVELAND PARK
Since 2001, 2Amys has been serving D.C. residents the finest authentic Neapolitan-style pizza this side of the Atlantic. Nestled in the Northwest neighborhood of Cleveland Park, 2Amys is a family-friendly spot offering unbeatable wood-fired pizza, small plates and the best selection of Italian wines. The restaurant draws big crowds on the weekends, making it a great weeknight option for locals. Artwork by artists in the community adorn the walls and contribute to the inviting ambiance.
3715 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC
1789 | GEORGETOWN
This Georgetown institution, housed in a charming two-story Federal townhome, is reminiscent of a country inn with innovative cuisine. Established in 1960 by Georgetown University alumnus Richard J. McCooey, the six formal dining rooms pay homage to the city’s rich history with stately antique décor. 1789 is a local favorite for celebrations and romantic dinners with a taste of the chef’s latest, seasonally-changing creations.
1226 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC
LE DIPLOMATE | LOGAN CIRCLE
Find a slice of Paris in the heart of D.C. at Le Diplomate. This welcoming brasserie is a neighborhood favorite for a leisurely kir royale-fueled brunch, a celebratory dinner, or simply enjoying a coffee and croissant on a fall morning. The menu boasts French classics such as steak frites, escargots, and onion soup gratinée. It’s Logan Circle location makes Le Diplomate the perfect place to kick off an afternoon exploring the area and the numerous shops that line nearby 14th Street.
1601 14th St. NW, Washington DC
OPEN CITY | WOODLEY PARK
After a long week, Woodley Park locals rise and shine dreaming of Open City’s fluffy French toast and fried-egg sandwiches for brunch. The perfect marriage between hip coffeehouse and classic American diner, Open City is a family-owned spot known for its comfort food-laden menu. It’s even ranked one of the best breakfasts in D.C. by Washingtonian magazine readers.
2331 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC
COMET PING PONG | CHEVY CHASE
It doesn’t get any better than gourmet pizza and a rousing game of ping pong. Comet Ping Pong, a family-friendly pizzeria in the D.C. suburb of Chevy Chase, boasts an industrial warehouse vibe and ping pong tables in the back room. With names like The Smoky and The Dream, the pizzas are as cleverly-named as they are delicious. Indulge in other menu standouts, like the wings, meatballs, creative cocktails—and leave room for a slice of chocolate birthday cake and their selection of local, organic ice cream.
5037 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
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