Food & Drink

Get a taste of the DC food scene and discover the best places to eat, drink and more in the nation's capital.

Bites on a Budget: The Best Affordable, Cheap Eats in Washington, DC

You don’t have to spend an entire paycheck in order to eat an unforgettable meal in Washington, DC. The nation’s capital has spawned a host of successful fast-casual eateries from sweetgreen to CAVA, and is also home to affordable restaurants that have practically become institutions in the city...

Couple dining in DC's Brookland neighborhood - Fast casual and affordable places to eat in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Foggy Bottom

DC’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood (named for the fog that clings to it in the morning) features culture vultures, history buffs and discerning diners, and is also home to the prestigious George Washington University. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts looms large on the banks of the...

District Commons - Where to Eat in Foggy Bottom - Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Petworth

The Lincoln Memorial may loom large on the National Mall, but it was the neighborhood of Petworth where the 16th president used to sojourn in the summer. Petworth is home to President Lincoln’s Cottage , his summer home-turned-historical attraction, and the up-and-coming area is also home to a...

Diners at Petworth Citizen & Reading Room - Places to eat in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Downtown DC

Downtown DC buzzes with activity all day long and well into the evening with its mix of sophisticated shopping, dining and cultural offerings. The neighborhood’s proximity to the White House has also made it a prime destination for politicos and tourists alike. For foodies, you’ll find everything...

Momofuku at CityCenterDC - Where to Eat in Downtown Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat on the Southwest Waterfront

The Southwest Waterfront has long been a place where local seafood lovers visited on weekends to snap up fresh fish and other seafood at the neighborhood’s open-air seafood market. While that tradition continues, the neighborhood has become a whole new destination with the opening of The Wharf , a...

@mishaonfoot - Diners at Cathal Armstrong's Kaliwa - Asian restaurant at The Wharf in Washington, DC
Everything You Need to Know About DC’s Signature Dish: The Half-Smoke

What is a half-smoke? Paris has croissants, Baltimore has crab cakes, and Washington, DC has something called a half-smoke. The town’s signature dish is a sausage, generally smoked before it’s grilled. They’re often a bit spicier and made of meat that’s more coarsely ground than a hot dog. Sources...

Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street - Where to get a half-smoke in Washington, DC
Where to Eat on 11th Street in Columbia Heights

Perhaps the homiest restaurant neighborhood in the city, Columbia Heights ’ 11th Street serves up indie bars and eateries on the blocks between residential Kenyon and Monroe streets. If you plan well, you could chow down on three meals a day here – and still have spots to go to for a nightcap. A.M...

Maple restaurant Washington, DC
Where to Eat, Drink & Shop at DC's Union Market

It’s a Sunday afternoon at NoMa’s Union Market , and a couple is slurping bivalves at Rappahannock Oyster Bar while, nearby, a mini-skirt wearing tween struggles to eat a taco while walking. Just across the way, there’s a line forming for either the beer, the bratwursts or both at Red Apron...

Union Market in NoMa - Food hall and shopping center in Washington, DC
20+ Places to Eat, Shop & Play on DC's 14th Street

Bars, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, coffee shops, music venues, vintage stores: the 14th Street scene has an experience for everyone. Locals and visitors throng to this exceptional streetscape for its endless allure and ceaseless excitement. Read up on the spots that make 14th Street buzz.

Outdoor Patio of the Pearl Dive on 14th Street in DC
Neighborhood Guide to Summer Restaurant Week in Washington, DC

Summer in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs from Aug. 13-19, 2018. Throughout the promotion, over 100 restaurants across the DC area offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for brunch, lunch and dinner, with brunch and lunch priced at $22 and...

Outdoor patio dining in Washington, DC - Fig and Olive restaurant in CityCenterDC