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User-based sites like Yelp list nearly every restaurant, but it’s often hard to tell the good from the bad because their reviews aren’t always reliable. Sources like The Washington Post and Washingtonian publish dining guides highlighting the “best” restaurants in the DC area, but these yearly lists become frozen in time and don’t account for updated reviews or restaurants that open or close between guides. Also, these “best of” lists are limited to 50 or 100 places at a time, so there are a lot of good places out there that don’t make the cut.

That’s how is different. We provide you with a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the local dining scene. This guide lists over 500 restaurants, so you see reviews for everything from the “big-deal” restaurants downtown to the small “mom and pop” places outside of the city. More importantly, unlike most sites, our ratings are not based on user reviews. Instead, this guide lists each restaurant based on reviews by our friend (and well-known local critic) Don Rockwell, coupled with the most recent ratings of DC’s other top critics.

The guide includes all of the top rated restaurants, plus a number of unrated places that are good to know about if you’re in the neighborhood. Each listing includes a star rating, a rough estimate of cost, and links to reviews, maps, reservations, and a discussion on, the premier forum for restaurants and dining in the Washington, DC area. We hope it gives you everything you need to find a great place to dine wherever you find yourself in DC.

Ratings Guide:

Among the best restaurants anywhere.

One of the best restaurants in the DC area.

Recommended by

All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood. These may not be on the critics’ radar, but each is a consistent performer that we think you’ll enjoy.

Price Guide:

Entrees average $45 or more.

Very Expensive
Entrees average between $35 and $45.

Entrees average between $25 and $35.

Entrees average between $15 and $25.

Entrees average $15 or less.

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Please visit Don Rockwell’s extensive guide to discussions, reviews, and websites for nearly every restaurant in the Washington, DC area and beyond:


Note: Access to Don Rockwell’s DC dining guide is currently limited to members only.

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