Restaurants in Washington DC

Crab cakes - restaurants in Washington DCWashington DC has restaurants for every style and budget, reflecting the affluent and multi-national make-up of the city. Seafood, oysters and rock fish are big on many restaurant menus, though crab is the most popular food stuff by far.

Expats will likely develop a taste for crabcakes, blue crabs, crab legs, crab soup and even Crab Chips, a brand of potato chip unique to Washington DC. A lot of seafood is seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning, a locally made taste enhancer applied to everything from popcorn to steak to ice cream.

Most restaurants in Washington DC are found in the Midtown area, as well as Downtown and in the Penn Quarter. Fine dining is found closer to Capitol Hill. Dupont Circle and the West End are also great areas for restaurants inspired by international cuisine.
Here are some of the most popular restaurants in Washington DC:

701 Restaurant
Address: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
701 Restaurant is a trendy eatery right on the doorstep of Capitol Hill. It offers contemporary American cuisine, with favourites including the caramelised Bay Scallops and Roasted Lamb Saddle Medallions.

1789 Restaurant
Address: 1226 36th Street, NW
An intimate setting across five themed dining rooms with fireplaces and period furniture, 1789 offers a premiere dining experience with a price to match; there are also good-value pre- and post-theatre menus.

Address: 1990 M Street, NW
A modern American dining experience and Southern hospitality. Expats can enjoy delicious homemade corn bread served with every meal.

Belga Café
Address: 514 8th Street, SE 
This stylish eatery is liable to prove those wrong who still believe Belgian cuisine is an oxymoron. Great selection of Belgian beers and wines to compliment a meal.

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