Washington, D.C.’s food scene has been collecting a number of accolades lately: it recently became the fourth American city to warrant a Michelin Guide and Zagat has named it the third best food city in the U.S. Here are several guides to help you find your perfect meal during your time in Washington, D.C.
For those who would like to explore the dining scene without blowing their budget, the Washingtonian puts out a guide to “ cheap eats, ” or places where you can eat for less than $25 per person. If you’re more in the mood for a splurge, the Washingtonian also features a list of the “ 100 Very Best Restaurants ” in D.C. and the Washington Post has also put together a roundup of top restaurants in their Spring Dining Guide for 2016 . Note that some of the top-rated restaurants are more expensive than others (both publications list price estimates), and also that the restaurants listed are in the larger Washington, D.C. area. This means that reaching some of these restaurants might require a car or a long Metro ride.
If you would prefer to stay closer to the Capitol Hill neighborhood (the neighborhood in which the Library of Congress is located), the Washingtonian has a guide to restaurants around the Capitol Hill area and Eater has this website rounding up their news on restaurants in the Capitol Hill area.
Many international visitors to America would like to eat “American food” while they are here, but given the melting-pot nature of the country, “American food” can be a hard concept to define. Time Out for Washington D.C. has this article on “ The Very Best American Restaurants in D.C .,” but note that several of the restaurants on the list are fusions of American style or techniques with ingredients from other countries or regions, such India, France, or the Mediterranean. (The Time Out list was written in 2014, and at least one of these restaurants has closed since publication; contact the restaurant you would like to visit before traveling to avoid disappointment.)
To find a taste of home, you may want to consult this “ethnic food” blog from local George Mason University professor, Tyler Cowen . The tag line of the blog is “all food is ethnic food.”
Wherever you go, remember that tipping is customary in all American restaurants except fast food restaurants. You may want to consult this guide from Emily Post or this guide from U.S. News and World Report for more information on tipping.
Washington D.C. locals, do you have any favorites in the Capitol Hill area (or beyond) that you would particularly recommend? For those who are travelling here, please do return to this page and let us know which restaurants you are enjoying during the conference (and which ones you might not recommend).
Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments below!