21 "Impressing Out of Towners" restaurants in Washington DC.
Bad Saint DC is a twenty seat Filipino restaurant that you’ll have to wait in line for. You should absolutely wait in line for it.
Little Serow’s Northern Thai tasting menu is not only one of the best deals in DC - it’s one of the best meals in DC. Just prepare for some heat.
Part trendy clothing store, part Cambodian/Thai restaurant, Maketto might just be the coolest spot in DC right now.
The phenomenal tapas and fun times here might be the best example of what Jose Andres has done for DC eating.
Wear elastic-waisted pants when you go to Tail Up Goat in Adams Morgan, and make sure to get involved with the pastas and lamb ribs.
Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.
This French bistro is the place to see anyone who’s ever been on “Meet the Press". The food is also delicious.
You’re going to wait in line at Toki Underground, and it’s going to be worth it.
Rose’s Luxury is one of DC’s best restaurants, according to pretty much everyone. Get ready to get in line.
A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
Supra is DC’s first Georgian restaurant, and serves things like khachapuri (a traditional cheese-filled bread), kebabs, and plenty of native wines.
Chloe serves European-style small plates and interesting cocktails, all in a Navy Yard space that you’ll wish your apartment looked more like.
Chiko is a fast-casual spot near Eastern Market that serves a mix of Chinese and Korean food, with a $50 reservation-only tasting menu.
Unconventional Diner is the perfect remedy for indecisive friends, with breakfast, brunch, and dinner options ranging from waffles to kale nachos.
Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.