Washington DC boasts a rich culinary scene where you can find almost any type of food you are craving on every corner. If you’re craving a one of a kind experience though, you might need to look a little harder. These 10 unique restaurants in Washington DC will not only give you a delicious meal, but also an unforgettable experience.
1. Thai X-Ing
Intimate and hard to reach, the original Thai X-ing is a DC staple known for its incredible Thai food and unique atmosphere. You will feel as if you stepped into a family or friend’s home for dinner. You’ll enjoy delicious unique Thai dishes in a cozy environment!
Not everyone craves Balkan food but for those who do or want to enjoy a unique experience, Ambar is the place to go in DC. Their menu is influenced by Greece, Turkey, Austria and Hungary and will give you the feeling of the Old Country right on Capitol Hill with its rustic ambiance and charm.
3. H Street Country Club
It’s not your grandmother’s country club! Mexican food, skeeball, a mini golf course, shuffleboard and margaritas? You get everything you need for a fun and memorable night out at H Street Country Club!
4. Daikaya's Ramen Shop
The cool kids ramen shop, Daikaya helped make ramen cool again. The first floor is a fast-paced ramen shop and the second floor offers a full menu of Japanese comfort food.
5. The Hamilton
Hamilton may be all the rage now but DC knows that The Hamilton has been a staple since 2011. One part late-night eatery and one part entertainment venue. The Hamilton showcases music from every genre in their downstairs venue, and upstairs resembles a hunt lodge and offers a huge menu that everyone can enjoy.
6. CoCo Sala
CoCo Sala in Penn Quarter is a chocolate lovers dream. A combination restaurant, bakery and lounge, CoCo Sala is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Their menu is known for its sweet desserts but also has twists on savory meals and offers a great happy hour.
7. Minibar by Jose Andres
Imaginative cuisine including edible rubber duckies, black garlic leaves served in an actual section of rain gutter and a delightfully entertaining experience. Described as one part science demonstration and called by the Washington Post as one of the most original dinners staged in the country.
8. Rose's Luxury
You might not notice Rose’s Luxury, the converted townhouse in Eastern Market, if it wasn’t for the long line that stretches around the corner almost every night. Designed to be a cozy and happy dining atmosphere, Rose’s Luxury specializes in tapas style plates in a “hip farmhouse atmosphere.” Plan ahead though, Rose’s Luxury does not accept reservations!
9. Busboys and Poets
More than a restuarant, Busboys and Poets is described as a community designed to combine art, culture, politics and strengthen cultural and racial connections. It is a restaurant, a theater, a bookstore and lounge in one. Busboys and Poets hosts events, live music and is focused on creating an environment of discussion, along with a huge menu featuring American and international dishes.
10. Ben’s Chili Bowl
Ben’s Chili Bowl is a Washington, DC landmark. Since 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl has served chili dogs, half-smokes, milkshakes, and more comfort food design to satisfy and delight. Grab a spot at the counter or squeeze into one of the booth and take in the landmark that has survived the 1968 riots, hosted presidents and celebrities alike.
There’s plenty of restaurants and dining experiences to choose from in Washington DC. Did your favorite unique restaurant make the list?