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A Guide to the Best Restaurants in Georgetown, DC

Looking for good eats in Georgetown, DC?  Be excited because I gotchu, fam.  Whether you want to ball out or enjoy something quick on the go, today’s post has got you covered.  To start, let’s kick things off with 7 special occasion spots because you deserve to treat yourself.

Lutece

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This “neo-bistro” is easily one of my favorite restaurants in DC.  They get a 10/10 on all fronts, periodt!  Their food’s so delicious, and they offer a la carte dining in addition to their chef’s table.

If in doubt, I highly recommend going with the latter.  It’s 4-courses – you get way more than that though TBH – for $65 per person, and it’s so worth the splurge.  To be honest, it’s shocking to me that it’s only $65, but hey, I’m not complainin’.

Fiola Mare

This stunning waterfront Italian spot’s known for their exceptional seafood.  They have one of the most amazing towers I’ve ever seen so if you’re looking to ball out, definitely treat yourself.  The food’s pricey, but you get what you pay for!  Expect to enjoy an amazing meal with top notch service and great ambiance. PS.  in addition to dinner, Fiola Mare’s open for brunch AND lunch as well, BOOM!

Reverie

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For those of you looking to enjoy an extravagant tasting menu in Georgetown, Reverie’s a must.  With chef Johnny Spero at the helm, you’ll experience uber creative dishes like crab rice (OMG SO GOOD), sunchoke & caviar (AGAIN, OMG SO GOOD), and more.  He does some truly dope sh*t with shellfish so be excited.  Reverie offers both a short and long tasting menu – I did the latter, and it was filling AF so be prepared to go hard.

Bourbon Steak

This goes without saying, but Bourbon Steak’s known for their steak.  I know!  What a shocker, right?  Ha.  This Michael Mina spot’s known for butter-poached magic that melts in your mouf.  Located in the Four Seasons in Georgetown, they’re currently taking reservations for their amazing Chalet suites.  These custom-made wooden chalets are private, fully enclosed and can accommodate groups of 2-6 guests.

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1789 Restaurant

There’s so much to love about 1789!  In addition to fantastic food, the interior’s super interesting and eclectic; the building’s filled with history, with everything from equestrian prints to antiques.  If you’re looking to impress a date, this would be a prime option due to romantic vibes.  Although pricy, portions are generous, and the quality’s impressive.  Personal favorites include their veal tagliatelle and duo of beef.

Filomena Ristorante

This Georgetown staple’s famous for their fresh pasta!  They’ve been around since 1983, and they’re consistently recognized (by major sites and publications) as one of the best Italian spots in the city.  Treat yourself to a giant bowl of carby noms – just make sure you save room for dessert because they have a huge selection to choose from!

L’Annexe

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Adding L’Annexe to today’s list because it’s a really great option for date night and/or special occasions.  It’s more of a bar than restaurant though, but they have some delicious options available, which is why it made the cut.  Cocktails are a must here.  They’re all beautiful so make sure you get a pic or two before enjoying dishes like seared duck breast, foie gras, a raclette burger and more.

Alright Nomsters, now that we’ve covered a bunch of bougie spots, let’s talk fast casual.  For part 2 of today’s post, here are 8 affordable options for y’all.  We’ll be covering everything from banh mi to $3 falafal sandwiches so be excited because you’re in for a treat.

Green Almond Pantry

Regardless of what you end up getting, you need to supplement said order with their focaccia.  The texture/flavors are out of this world! The bread’s soft as can be, while the edges are nice and crispy.  The epitome of simple perfection.

If you’re looking to dine in, chances are you’ll need to wait for a table.  The cafe’s on the smaller side, but trust me when I say your food will be well worth the wait.  The exposed brick and counter top seating make you feel right at home, so expect to enjoy cozy vibes!  And in addition to bomb Mediterranean food, they have some of the best chocolate cake in the city so make sure you save space to indulge.

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Chaia Tacos

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I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Chaia!  This veggie-forward fast casual taco joint’s great for those of you with dietary restrictions…and for those of you who just like amazing food.

Everything’s nut-free and gluten-free, and there’s zero risk of cross-contamination.  Their creamy kale & potato’s my go-to, but there’s always a ton to choose from.  Get 3 for $13 or opt for a ginormous taco box for $65 (serves 4-6 and comes with black beans and green rice).

Stachowski’s Market

A fantastic neighborhood deli with crazy delicious sandwiches that will leave you completely and utterly satisfied.  If it’s your first time, you NEED to get their pastrami.  Don’t let the price deter you because it’s super tasty, and the size is borderline obscene.  They give you SO much meat, and I can pretty much promise you’ll have at least half leftover by the end of your meal.  In addition to sammies, they also offer sausages, charcuterie, pates and more.

Simply Banh Mi

For those of you looking for hidden gems in DC, you’re welcome in advance.  They no longer offer dine-in, but their food’s available for both pickup and delivery.  Their banh mi’s obviously good, but they also offer pho, rice bowls, wings and more.

Everything’s affordable, and this shop’s the definition of family-owned small business so definitely make sure you support.  The meat’s halal, and they also offer some delicious vegan options.  As for proteins, I’m a sucker for their lemongrass chicken, but I always make sure to add crispy eggplant as well.

Pizzeria Paradiso

Are they my favorite pizza place in DC?  No, but their food’s solid, and they have a great beer list which is a plus.  I usually get their Margherita because simple is best sometimes.  They have a nice crust with a beautiful wood fired char that I like.  In addition to pies, they offer salads, paninis and more.

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 Call Your Mother

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If you’re in the mood for bagels, make sure to stop by CYM.  It’s a huge pink building – you can’t miss it!  They have a slew of brekkie sammies available in addition to hearty lunch options, chocolate babka muffins, stuffed doughnuts and more.

My favorite’s their Royal Palm (plain cream cheese, smokes salmon, cukes, tomatoes, red onion and capers on an everything bagel), but there’s a ton to choose from so go wild.

Good Stuff Eatery

Craving a solid burger?  Good Stuff’s the move for sure.  They’re known for their craft farm raised burgers and milk shakes – their cookies & cream’s low key life changing.  I recommend their ‘shroom burger, but their Prez and Big Stuff Bacon Meltdown’s a tie for a (very) close second.

Spike’s village fries are a must, and pro tip, if you go during 11-2:30 Monday-Friday, you can get a “Lunch Bag” for $13.95.  That combo includes a farmhouse cheeseburger, fries and a fountain soda!

Falafel Inc

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Falafel Inc’s insanity.  I mean, who in DC offers a sammie for $3?  I honestly still can’t believe the price, and the food’s really good which only adds to the disbelief.  They have this crazy efficient falafel maker that cranks out food, and their restaurant’s tiny so I guess they save money of rent.  No dine in’s available, and there’s almost always a line, but it’s very much worth the wait.

Prefer greens?  Get a salad bowl for $4, and add a side of za’atar friends (SO GOOD) for an additional $3.  As if that wasn’t incentive enough, they’re also passionate about giving back to the community so for every meal sold, they feed a refugee in need.  Yep, it’s a win-win in every way so get there ASAP if you haven’t experienced their noms yet.

Alright everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading all about my favorite restaurants in Georgetown, DC.  Let me know what you thought of my picks by leaving a comment below, and make sure to browse this tab for more on district eats.  Until next time – happy eating!

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