16 "Small Plates" restaurants in Washington DC.
The phenomenal tapas and fun times here might be the best example of what Jose Andres has done for DC eating.
Hit Oyamel in Penn Quarter for delicious Mexican food in a fun space.
Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.
Himitsu is a small Japanese spot in Petworth serving some of the best food in DC. Expect a wait, but it will be worth it.
A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
Estadio’s tapas will be familiar if you’re used to eating Spanish food, but it will be better. Use Estadio to woo sources, dates, or anyone else.
Fainting Goat isn’t great, but you’ll end up here at some point. When the time comes, go heavy on the drinks and light on the food.
Fancy Radish is an upscale vegan place on H Street that’ll make you think, “If vegetables always tasted this good, I’d eat them way more often.”
The next time you want to eat homestyle-Spanish food inside an actual house, check out Mola in Mount Pleasant.
Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.
Denson Liquor is a 1920’s-style lounge that’s perfect for a quality cocktail before or after a show at Capital One Arena.
In the middle of Clarendon, Cava Mezze is a solid spot for a Mediterranean group dinner or brunch.
For a fun group dinner in Arlington, go to Ambar and do the unlimited small plates option for $35.
Not sure what you want? Compass Rose is the move. The Logan Circle spot serves small plates inspired by street food from all over the world.
Anxo is a “cider” garden/bar/restaurant in Shaw. Come on a date and split a few small plates, or for a group hang when it’s nice out.