36 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in Washington DC.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
Part trendy clothing store, part Cambodian/Thai restaurant, Maketto might just be the coolest spot in DC right now.
The Ferris Bueller of DC restaurants, The Royal is cool without trying too hard. Come for great Colombian food and cocktails.
All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
Sushi Taro in DC can be as casual or as fancy as you need it to be. Have a low-key dinner at the bar, or do the omakase for a special occasion.
You’re going to wait in line at Toki Underground, and it’s going to be worth it.
A casual and cheap Mexican spot with excellent tacos, corn, and drinks.
There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you're in Shaw.
Timber is a casual pizza spot in Shaw that's great for a low-key dinner or a group-hang outside.
A no-fuss Mexican joint where you can wash down great food with impressive drinks.
There are plenty of ramen options in the District nowadays. Head to Daikaya in Chinatown when you're craving lighter, more traditional noodles.
It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
Bistro 1521 does casual Filipino food in Ballston. Add it to your lunch or weeknight dinner rotation.
If you're looking for a place to start or end a big night in Shaw, the Hong Kong-style food at Tiger Fork is an excellent option.
Zenebech in Adams Morgan is a DC classic, and the Ethiopian is some of the best in town.
Hill Country is a DC barbecue VIP, and it’s conveniently located in Penn Quarter.