Some restaurants in DC make a bigger splash than others. We know that some places end up being hot trends that fade out quickly while others have a longer lasting legacy and are so worth the hype. These are the 10 best famous restaurants in DC that are worth the hullabaloo.
1. Founding Farmers
You have definitely heard of Founding Farmers, the original farm-to-table restaurant in DC. This downtown restaurant does a booming business and for good reason! The food is fantastic, the service great and the ambiance is beautiful. 675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
2. Pineapple and Pearls
Pineapple and Pearls is a new restaurant that has made a big impression. Business Insider named Pineapple and Pearls as one of the best restaurants in the country in 2017 and reviewers and diners alike agree! 715 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
3. Rose’s Luxury
Rose's Luxury is from the same chef who brought us Pineapple and Pearls. Rose's is best known for not taking reservations. There is quite often a line wrapped around the block waiting to dine on delicious family style meals.
717 8th St SE Washington, District of Columbia 20003
4. minibar by José Andrés
The 12 seat restaurant is one part kitchen, one part entertainment. They serve creative and inventive concoctions from a prix fixe menu. 855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004
5. Ben’s Chili Bowl
It's a classic and it's almost always crowded but everyone should eat at Ben's. It's one of the best known restaurants in the entire district! And their half smokes are very good. 1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 Washington, DC 20009
Himitsu is another new restaurant making a huge name for itself. They were named one of the best new eateries in the country by USA Today and one of Bon Appétit's 50 Best New Restaurants in the country.
828 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Rasika has one of the best chefs in DC at tis helm: Vikram Sunderam. He helms the kitchen at Rasika and it's little sister, Rasika West End. It's some of the best Indian food in the city. 633 D St NW, Washington DC, 20004
If you're a fan of Top Chef, you will certainly know of Graffiato. It's the flagship restaurant of the Top Chef Star. It's an Italian inspired eatery that serves fantastic small plates. 707 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
9. Bad Saint
Bad Saint only has 24 seats and they can be difficult to come by since they don't take reservations. But you should wait in line for this one. The restaurant was named the second best restaurant in the country by Bon Appétit in 2016 and one of the 38 essential restaurants in the country by Eater this year. 3226 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
10. Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt is an iconic DC restaurant. It's the oldest restaurant in the city and one of the best. Make a reservation and enjoy one of their hearty meals in the sleek wood paneled restaurant. 675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005