In an old brick townhouse on 14th Street, Lupo Verde is a solid Italian option for most occasions. The chandeliers and long drapes are romantic enough for date night, and there’s enough space and a few round tables that work for a group dinner. There’s also a bar where you could post up solo. The pastas, pizzas, and charcuterie boards are all reliable, and they do brunch on the weekends as well.
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In an unmarked house on S Street, Left Door is our favorite cocktail bar in DC. Pro-tip: make friends with the bartenders.
Part basement dance floor, part casual bar, Cafe Saint-Ex comes in handy for nights out on 14th Street.
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.
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The Italian Store
The massive subs and pizza by the slice at The Italian Store will make your Arlington lunch breaks a lot better.
Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.
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The phenomenal tapas and fun times here might be the best example of what Jose Andres has done for DC eating.
A casual spot by day, and a proper restaurant by night, hit The Partisan in Penn Quarter if you really enjoy meat.
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