DC & Northern Virginia Restaurants

These are some restaurants that I have been to around the DC and Northern Virginia areas.


$$$$BalkanDine-inSmall PlatesA+

A Michelin-recognized, all-you-can-eat-in-two-hours Balkan restaurant serving incredibly delicious and diverse small-plates delivered along with amazing service. It's well-worth the prices, for special occasions. My favorites plates were the stuffed pepper, salmon, and Goulash.

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Banh Mi DC Sandwich


A Vietnamese shop specializing in verious Banh Mi. The bread was fresh, the sandwich was tasty, and the prices were extremely cheap.

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$KoreanFast CasualB

A counter-serve Korean restaurant serving Bibimbap, other rice & noodle bowls, and Korean fried chicken, with a small variety of sauces and some fun bottled drinks.

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Bronson Bierhall


A bustling (noisy) bar with beer on tap and German-ish food. The pretzels are impressive.

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Cava Mezze

$$$MediterraneanDine-inSmall PlatesC

Overpriced, mediocre, Mediterranean small-plates. While the food is technically better than fast-casual CAVA restaurants, this is generally a very underwhelming restaurant for the prices. The service wasn't great either.

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$MediterraneanFast CasualB

A counter-serve regional chain serving mediterranean-inspired salad and grain bowls, a "Mediterranean Chipotle" as they say.

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This tiny, Michelin-recommended Ethiopian Restaurant was a mixed bag for me. The vegan combo was largely excellent. However, the service was relatively slow, the building itself was definitely not well-kept up, and the "medium" beef I got was quite rare and chewy.

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Courthouse Kabob


A pretty great, straightforward Afghan restaurant serving various kebabs and other specialties. The bread was very good and the meat was moist and flavorful.

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$$$JapaneseSmall PlatesA

A Japanese restaurant near the arena. The downstairs is a Ramen shop, and is always busy - I haven't tried it yet. But the upstairs takes reservations and serves tasty small plates. I particularly loved the confit garlic with miso-kimchi sauces and the fried Karaage chicken thighs. The plates are fairly generous, though you should expect to order abotu 3-4 per person.

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Dogwood Tavern


A pretty standard tavern, with reasonable prices and nearby parking.

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Don Taco


A hole-in-the-wall bar in Alexandria serving an exciting range of delicious, non-traditional tacos. Be warned, the tacos are fairly small.

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A Michelin-recommended Oaxacan (regional Mexican) restaurant serving a pretty delicious 3 course brunch for a reasonable price.

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$Chicken BowlsCounter ServeB+

A great spot for lunch, this is a counter-serve restaurant serving chicken bowls and chicken salads. The food is surprisingly flavorful and fresh.

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Green Pig Bistro

$$$American - FrenchDine-inB

I had the brunch here, and it was pretty good. The stuffed waffles were great, and the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict was quite good. Overall, though, I don't think this was anything special.

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A small, dine-in Mexican restaurant with great mole and fajitas. The free salsa is good, though slightly spicier than what most Mexican restaurants put on every table.

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Hen Quarter


This relaxed, upscale Southern restaurant serves large portions to match their high prices. The menu, while limited, was full of food that was quite good.

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Hot Lola's

$$Hot Fried Chicken SandwichesCounter-ServeB

A stall in the Ballston Quarter Food Hall serving tasty, spicy chicken sandwhiches. There's not much to it, but the food is tasty.

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Hunan Gate


A very average American Chinese restaurant, saved by its large portions and cheap prices.

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Inca Social


A very pretty Peruvian restaurant and bar, with locations in Arlington and Vienna (conveniently right next to the Dunn-Loring metro stop, and much less crowded than the Arlington location). The food was quite good - watch out for the spicy red sauce that comes on the side!

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Kabob House Food Corner

$AfghanFast CasualD

A counter-server Afghan restaurant with plenty of Kebab to go around. Unfortunately the meat was quite dry and underseasoned.

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The Liberty Tavern

$$AmericanBrunchSmall PlatesB

A decent spot for all-you-can-eat small-plate brunch. The menu was good, though the execution wasn't particularly impressive.

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Northside Social


A cute little Coffee, Wine, and Pastry bar open all day and usually busy. I haven't tried much yet other than a White Chocolate Orange Biscotti (which was delicious).

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$$Laotian / ThaiDine-inA

Everything I had here was incredibly delicious. If you like Thai food or want to give Laotian food a try, definitely try this place!

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Pupuseria Dona Azucena


A simple, sit-down eatery serving authentic, cheap Salvadoran food. Try the papusas, or the enchiladas (which are nothing like Mexican Enchiladas).

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Punchbowl Social


It would be a mistake to go to this bar for decent food, even if you think the menu looks like that of a restaurant...

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Ristorante Piccolo


A charming little restaurant in the heart of Georgetown, serving traditional Italian Pastas and Entrees. It's nothing new, but it does the classics well.

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Rus Uz

$$Russian / UzbekDine-inA

Just try the Plov. Wow.

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Ruthie's All Day


A cute, bustling, and straightforward American restaurant serving a pretty large range of classics, deliciously prepared and reasonably priced. I've enjoyed all of the dishes I have gotten there, but the cornbread holds a special place in my heart. Make sure to get a reservation if you want to go on the weekend.

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Silver Diner

$$American DinerDine-inB

A traditional, but slightly upscale take on American diner foods and decor. The food was good, but nothing groundbreaking.

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Super Pollo

$$PeruvianFast CasualB

A counter-serve Peruvian chain serving tender grilled chicken. The dark meat was excellent, the white meat left a little to be desired. The green sauce and plantains were delicious though.

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Supreme Hot Pot

$$$$ChineseHot PotA

An upscale hot pot restaurant. It was absolutely delicious and the selection of ingredients was great. I thought it was a little on the pricy side.

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Thai Treasure Restaurant and Bar


A quiet, stylish Thai restaurant along Fairfax Drive in the Virginia Square neighborhood of Arlington. The menu is fairly standard for Thai restaurants, offering the traditional noodles, rice, and curry dishes, along with some "signature" protein dishes. The food was good, but slightly towards the greasy side.

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Tortuga Bar and Grill


A solid option for Caribbean food in the Capitol Hill area.

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A restaurant serving authentic Korean food. I had the Bibimbap and it was delicious.

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Tupelo Honey


A sit-down Southern-comfort restaurant serving deliciously-elevated fried chicken, salad, sandwiches, and incredible "Farm Fresh Sides." Like Bob Evans, if Mr. Evans could cook well.

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Zorba's Cafe


A cute little greek place near Dupont Circle. The food is good and reasonably priced. I enjoyed the sampler. Heads up, you order and the counter then they bring you the food, otherwise there is no service.

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