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Downtown

 

Price Key to restaurants is based on average cost per person that includes one appetizer, entree, dessert, one non- alcoholic beverage and 10% sales tax. Tip not included.

$           under $25
$$        $26 - $35
$$$      over $35

Downtown

 

American

Often crowded for lunch and dinner, Sam & Harry’s is a haven for cigar smokers. The menu offers a wide variety of delicious steaks, chops and seafood. Save room for the deserts.  Closed Sundays & no lunch on Saturday.
1200 19th Street NW, Downtown (202) 296-4333 AE,D,DC,MC,V $$$$

Old Ebbitt Grill is one of the busiest restaurants in town, but the capacious booths never make you feel cramped. The huge bars draw lots of people as does the fact that dinner is served until 1 AM. 
675 15th Street NW, Downtown (202) 347-4800 AE,D,DC,MC,V $$$

Sholl’s Colonial Cafeteria is a real Washington institution that draws a variety of clientele. It’s no wonder with so many dishes under $5 and the renowned fruit pies for about $1.  No dinner on Sunday.
1990 K Street NW, Downtown  (202)296-3065    Cash Only. $

Capitol City Brewing Co. has two locations in downtown Washington. The only micro-brewing restaurant in town, Capitol City Brewing Co. has a variety of beers to compliment good sandwiches and entrees. 
1100 New York Ave  NW, Downtown  (202) 628-2222 or
2 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Downtown   (202) 842-2337          AE,DC,MC,V  $

Georgia Brown’s - Award winning architect Adam Tihany designed the dining room of Georgia Brown’s, a popular restaurant featuring the cooking of South Carolina. The fantastic food and unusual dining room create a worthwhile dining experience.
950 15th  Street NW, Downtown  (202) 393-4499  AE,D,DC,MC,V  $$

Legal Seafoods - The Boston seafood legend opened yet another winner in Washington D.C. Seafood lovers should give it a try if they’ve never had Legal’s. The fresh seafood dishes are all good, but the clam chowder is sublime.
2020 K Street,  Downtown  (202) 496-1116  AE,D,DC,MC,V  $$$

Morton’s of Chicago - Steak eaters everywhere know what to expect from Morton’s; fabulous steaks, an extensive wine list and excellent service. If you don’t like steak (?), you’ll be happy with Morton’s selection of fresh fish and seafood entrees.
1050 Connecticut Ave. NW #1210, Downtown (202) 955-5997 AE,DC,MC,V  $$$

Occidental Grill - The Washington landmark located in the Willard hotel complex has served grilled specialties since 1906. The service is excellent and the menu is consistently innovative. 
1475 Pennsylvania Ave.  NW,  Downtown (202) 783-1475  AE,DC,MC,V   $$

 

Asian

Haad Thai Restaurant offers absolutely great Thai food. Grilled and vegetarian dishes are available, and the spiciness of meals can be modified to taste. In the dining room, patrons are surrounded by a pretty mural of a sunset. 
1100 New York Ave. NW, Downtown (202) 682-1111   AE,DC,MC,V  $

Café Asia has an eclectic variety of Asian cuisine. One can get traditional dishes from Japan, China, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. The food is tasty and inexpensive enough to give unusual dishes a try.   No lunch on Sunday.
1134 19th Street NW, Downtown  (202) 659-2696  AE,DC,MC,V 

Full Kee is a local favorite that is known for its Cantonese-style cooking. The roasted meats are the specialty, but most dishes are above average. Twice as good as Half Kee. 
509 H Street NW, Downtown (202) 371-2233 $

LiHo is a couple of doors away from Full Kee. Hungry diners flock to Li Ho for large portions of good food at reasonable prices. The specialty is the curry-flavored Singapore noodles made with meat, vegetables and thin cellophane noodles. 
501 H Street NW, Downtown (202) 289-2059  MC,V    $

 

French

Le Lion D’Or is the epitome of French Cuisine. Classic French dishes like soufflés and crepes are prepared to perfection. Absolutely fabulous, but be prepared to pay.  Closed Sunday, no lunch. 
1150 Connecticut Ave. NW, Downtown  (202) 296-7972 AE,DC,MC,V   $$$$
Jacket and tie required.

Les Halles Restaurant is a French-American restaurant that prepares delicious meats and chops. Besides the good food, the bistro atmosphere adds to the evening.
1201 Pennsylvania Ave. , Downtown  (202) 347-6848  AE,D, DC,MC,V   $$

Maison Blanche is an exceptional French seafood restaurant that blends classic and modern items on its menu. Popular with Washington’s power brokers, many a deal has been closed on Maison Blanche’s tables.
1725 F Street NW, Downtown  (202) 842-2994 AE,D,DC,MC,V  $$$

Indian

Bombay Club serves perhaps the best Indian cuisine in Washington. The na’ans and seafood appetizers are superb, but half the reason to go is the terrific atmosphere.  No lunch on Saturdays.
815 Connecticut Ave. NW, Downtown  (202) 659-3727  AE,DC,MC,V  $$$

Italian

Bertolini’s Authentic Trattoria is just that, with its authentic Italian brick oven and classic Northern Italian Dishes. Save room for the homemade gelato.
801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Downtown  (202) 638-2140 AE,DC,MC,V  $$

Galileo is a popular Italian restaurant with a cavernous and airy dining room. The homemade bread, pasta and mozzarella are featured in a seasonal menu. No Lunch on weekends.
1110 21st Street NW, Downtown  (202) 293-7191 AE,D,DC,MC,V  $$$$

I Ricchi offers a seasonal menu of Tuscan cuisine. Popular with the Washington movers and shakers, I Ricchi perennially receives the acclaim of critics. Eating in the elegant dining room is half the experience. Closed on Sundays & no lunch on Saturday. 
1220 19th Street NW, Downtown  (202) 835-0459 AE,DC,MC,V  $$$$

Tuscana West is a terrific Italian restaurant featuring Northern Italian cuisine. The rich sauces are most satisfying and are served in a quaint dining room.  
1350 I Street NW, Downtown (202) 289-7300 AE,DC,MC,V 

 

Other

Café Mozart is a combination deli and restaurant that serves excellent German meats and sausages like schnitzels and sauerbraten. It can get crowded, so reservations are recommended. 
1331 H Street NW, Downtown  (202) 347-4958 AE,D,DC,MC,V  $$

Jaleo has a wide selection of hot and cold tapas. The paella is very good, but don’t leave without trying the chocolate hazelnut tart. ( Spanish)
480 7th Street NW, Downtown  (202) 628-7949  AE,DC,MC,V  $$$

Coco Loco offers Brazilian-style churrasqueria, where waiters walk around with a variety of meats on skewers. Portions are sliced right on to your plate. The meats are all tasty, as are the tapas. Wednesday through Saturday nights, half the restaurant becomes a popular nightclub.  Closed Sunday & no lunch on Saturday. 
810 7th  Street NW, Downtown  (202) 289-2626 AE,MC,V  $$$



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