Katie And Renzo's Guidebook

Katie And Renzo
Katie And Renzo
Katie And Renzo's Guidebook

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This is our favorite Vietnamese food in DC and we are lucky that we can walk here from our place! It is extremely casual - in the first floor of a row house with only a handful of tables inside (no alcohol sales here) - and service is efficient. They have fantastic/as-good-as-in-Hanoi bun cha (pork meatballs in garlicky broth with a side of noodles and fresh herbs and sprouts for dipping), which we have not found anywhere else in DC. The soursop smoothie with boba is also a nice treat. Bun DC just started serving pho (woo hoo!) and it also has bun bo hue, another type of Vietnamese noodle soup (its sister restaurant, Pho Viet, is also in our guidebook and is great for pho). Call for carry out (you can find their menu online) and it’ll be ready in about the 10 minutes it takes to walk there.
10 locals recommend
Bun DC
2905 Sherman Ave NW
10 locals recommend
This is our favorite Vietnamese food in DC and we are lucky that we can walk here from our place! It is extremely casual - in the first floor of a row house with only a handful of tables inside (no alcohol sales here) - and service is efficient. They have fantastic/as-good-as-in-Hanoi bun cha (pork meatballs in garlicky broth with a side of noodles and fresh herbs and sprouts for dipping), which we have not found anywhere else in DC. The soursop smoothie with boba is also a nice treat. Bun DC just started serving pho (woo hoo!) and it also has bun bo hue, another type of Vietnamese noodle soup (its sister restaurant, Pho Viet, is also in our guidebook and is great for pho). Call for carry out (you can find their menu online) and it’ll be ready in about the 10 minutes it takes to walk there.
Really great Indian food, particularly the appetizers and the thali meals. We really like the bhel puri, keema pav, chicken saag, malai kofta, and any of the biryanis. There are several good restaurants on the same block!
34 locals recommend
Bombay Street Food
1413 Park Rd NW
34 locals recommend
Really great Indian food, particularly the appetizers and the thali meals. We really like the bhel puri, keema pav, chicken saag, malai kofta, and any of the biryanis. There are several good restaurants on the same block!
Nice, casual Oaxacan restaurant with creative (not-just-margaritas) cocktails and great mole. The owners also own Taqueria Habanero up the street. Favorite dish when it’s on the menu is the pork ribs with mole negro. They serve everything with fresh-made tortillas!
6 locals recommend
Tequila & Mezcal
3475 14th St NW
6 locals recommend
Nice, casual Oaxacan restaurant with creative (not-just-margaritas) cocktails and great mole. The owners also own Taqueria Habanero up the street. Favorite dish when it’s on the menu is the pork ribs with mole negro. They serve everything with fresh-made tortillas!
Small Cuban restaurant with excellent lechon and tamarind shakes. It gets crowded so it’s better for small parties (we usually get in with just two) - you can also reserve (the old-fashioned way, by phone!).
48 locals recommend
Mi Cuba Cafe
1424 Park Rd NW
48 locals recommend
Small Cuban restaurant with excellent lechon and tamarind shakes. It gets crowded so it’s better for small parties (we usually get in with just two) - you can also reserve (the old-fashioned way, by phone!).
Delicious Detroit-style pizza - go when the weather is nice and enjoy the pizza garden! Sonny’s is part of a three-shop row, along with Doubles (coffee and cafe by day, bar by night) and No Kisses (cocktail bar) - you can mix and match orders from all and the patio is shared.
26 locals recommend
Sonny’s Pizza
3120 Georgia Ave NW
26 locals recommend
Delicious Detroit-style pizza - go when the weather is nice and enjoy the pizza garden! Sonny’s is part of a three-shop row, along with Doubles (coffee and cafe by day, bar by night) and No Kisses (cocktail bar) - you can mix and match orders from all and the patio is shared.
Perpetually packed but the line moves fast and the bagels are awesome. Good for takeaway but if you don’t mind rubbing elbows with your neighbor, a spot usually opens up to dine in (*currently only online orders for pickup with limited seating on the patio, 8am-2pm daily*). They now have locations in Capitol Hill and Georgetown as well.
91 locals recommend
Call Your Mother
3301 Georgia Ave NW
91 locals recommend
Perpetually packed but the line moves fast and the bagels are awesome. Good for takeaway but if you don’t mind rubbing elbows with your neighbor, a spot usually opens up to dine in (*currently only online orders for pickup with limited seating on the patio, 8am-2pm daily*). They now have locations in Capitol Hill and Georgetown as well.
Feels like Japan when you step inside - we prefer happy hour and snacks at the bar (the hand-drawn menu is hyper-seasonal, but anything with fresh tuna is great and the kalbi is fantastic). Don’t sleep on the potato salad - it’s an izakaya staple and they do it very well when it’s on the menu. You can make reservations online for indoor dining (Tuesday-Saturday 5-9pm) or do same-day online ordering for take-out (3-8pm, also available for lunch 11am-2pm).
41 locals recommend
Izakaya Seki
1117 V St NW
41 locals recommend
Feels like Japan when you step inside - we prefer happy hour and snacks at the bar (the hand-drawn menu is hyper-seasonal, but anything with fresh tuna is great and the kalbi is fantastic). Don’t sleep on the potato salad - it’s an izakaya staple and they do it very well when it’s on the menu. You can make reservations online for indoor dining (Tuesday-Saturday 5-9pm) or do same-day online ordering for take-out (3-8pm, also available for lunch 11am-2pm).
**EDIT: currently closed - we hope they open up again but there hasn’t been activity in a while. New York vibe with DC friendly service. Excellent and reasonably priced cocktails and a small but well-curated list of shared plates. This place gets a lot of local hype as a first date spot (which is a bonus for people watching if you’re not on a first date...).
215 locals recommend
Room 11
3234 11th St NW
215 locals recommend
**EDIT: currently closed - we hope they open up again but there hasn’t been activity in a while. New York vibe with DC friendly service. Excellent and reasonably priced cocktails and a small but well-curated list of shared plates. This place gets a lot of local hype as a first date spot (which is a bonus for people watching if you’re not on a first date...).
Best burger in the District! Truffle mac and cheese and elote locos are also highly recommended - as is the Vietnamese fried rice available only on the late-night menu (Wednesday-Saturday starting at 10:30pm). One of the few really good all-day bar/restaurants in town - bonus is that happy hour runs from 12-7 weekdays. Great patio for good-weather days.
72 locals recommend
Duke's Grocery
1513 17th St NW
72 locals recommend
Best burger in the District! Truffle mac and cheese and elote locos are also highly recommended - as is the Vietnamese fried rice available only on the late-night menu (Wednesday-Saturday starting at 10:30pm). One of the few really good all-day bar/restaurants in town - bonus is that happy hour runs from 12-7 weekdays. Great patio for good-weather days.
The sister restaurant to Bun DC, farther up 14th in an area with lots of local bars and restaurants (up the street from Tequila & Mezcal). Great pho! Note that this restaurant is not to be confused with the Pho Viet on 11th and Fairmont, which is very close to us and unfortunately not nearly as good :(
65 locals recommend
Pho Viet Restaurant
3513 14th St NW
65 locals recommend
The sister restaurant to Bun DC, farther up 14th in an area with lots of local bars and restaurants (up the street from Tequila & Mezcal). Great pho! Note that this restaurant is not to be confused with the Pho Viet on 11th and Fairmont, which is very close to us and unfortunately not nearly as good :(
A DC institution that’s been around since the 1940s (Martin Luther King, Jr. even ate here!). Reasonably priced diner and soul food just down 11th St. from the Airbnb. Pork chops, mac and cheese, and French toast are always solid. They currently have limited hours mostly on weekends, and outdoor seating with ordering at a to-go window.
27 locals recommend
Florida Avenue Grill
1100 Florida Ave NW
27 locals recommend
A DC institution that’s been around since the 1940s (Martin Luther King, Jr. even ate here!). Reasonably priced diner and soul food just down 11th St. from the Airbnb. Pork chops, mac and cheese, and French toast are always solid. They currently have limited hours mostly on weekends, and outdoor seating with ordering at a to-go window.
Our favorite DC ramen. In true Tokyo style, you line up here to wait for a table, which will likely be the large communal table that takes up most of the small basement space. Try the tonkotsu red or mild with black garlic oil - great depth of flavor in the broth. They have a limited selection of decent Japanese beers. From Memorial Day to Labor Day they serve absolutely delicious cold/no-broth ramen.
54 locals recommend
Sakuramen Ramen Bar
2441 18th St NW
54 locals recommend
Our favorite DC ramen. In true Tokyo style, you line up here to wait for a table, which will likely be the large communal table that takes up most of the small basement space. Try the tonkotsu red or mild with black garlic oil - great depth of flavor in the broth. They have a limited selection of decent Japanese beers. From Memorial Day to Labor Day they serve absolutely delicious cold/no-broth ramen.
A new pho restaurant that’s close to the Airbnb, great for dine-in or takeout. The pho is quite good (we recommend the pho tai chin with eye round and well done brisket) and the bbq pork vermicelli or rice plates are even better. Portions are large and the prices are reasonable. The restaurant is casual and very clean and the service is top-notch - friendly and efficient!
Pho 54 Noodle Bar
2424 14th St NW
A new pho restaurant that’s close to the Airbnb, great for dine-in or takeout. The pho is quite good (we recommend the pho tai chin with eye round and well done brisket) and the bbq pork vermicelli or rice plates are even better. Portions are large and the prices are reasonable. The restaurant is casual and very clean and the service is top-notch - friendly and efficient!
Our favorite pasta in the District. Great neighborhood spot in Adams Morgan with attentive service and delicious food (go-tos are the a la vodka with chicken and the boar ragu, which is usually on special). They also have a stand at Union Market if you are in that part of town!
15 locals recommend
Al Volo Osteria
1790 Columbia Rd NW
15 locals recommend
Our favorite pasta in the District. Great neighborhood spot in Adams Morgan with attentive service and delicious food (go-tos are the a la vodka with chicken and the boar ragu, which is usually on special). They also have a stand at Union Market if you are in that part of town!
Best pizza in town. Requires an uber trip but very much worth it. Tiny restaurant with one room pretty much consumed by a giant pizza oven (they also have a front patio). Nice local beer selection. Calzones are also delicious. Exceptional service! The margherita pizza is our favorite - a basic that highlights the quality of the pizza!
131 locals recommend
Menomale
2711 12th St NE
131 locals recommend
Best pizza in town. Requires an uber trip but very much worth it. Tiny restaurant with one room pretty much consumed by a giant pizza oven (they also have a front patio). Nice local beer selection. Calzones are also delicious. Exceptional service! The margherita pizza is our favorite - a basic that highlights the quality of the pizza!
Our kind of dive - hot dogs and cheese puffs, pinball, and a large selection of local beer. They even have vegan-friendly bar food, and one of the frozen cocktail selections is usually dairy free.
59 locals recommend
Lyman's Tavern
3720 14th Street Northwest
59 locals recommend
Our kind of dive - hot dogs and cheese puffs, pinball, and a large selection of local beer. They even have vegan-friendly bar food, and one of the frozen cocktail selections is usually dairy free.
A family-run neighborhood staple for Mexican and Salvadoran food. Great pupusas, passion fruit margaritas, and steak burrito Azteca. On 14th just south of Florida Ave., about a 7 minute walk from the Airbnb.
14 locals recommend
Judy Restaurant
2212 14th St NW
14 locals recommend
A family-run neighborhood staple for Mexican and Salvadoran food. Great pupusas, passion fruit margaritas, and steak burrito Azteca. On 14th just south of Florida Ave., about a 7 minute walk from the Airbnb.
Another place we frequent for Mexican (mostly take-out). Our favorite thing on the menu is the chorizo quesadilla. Often crowded at lunch as it is a popular spot for 14th St. construction workers (just another signal that it’s good!).
32 locals recommend
Pica Taco
1406 Florida Ave NW
32 locals recommend
Another place we frequent for Mexican (mostly take-out). Our favorite thing on the menu is the chorizo quesadilla. Often crowded at lunch as it is a popular spot for 14th St. construction workers (just another signal that it’s good!).
A food critic darling in north Dupont. Great upscale Korean food (Korean fried chicken is delicious and always on the menu, but the menu changes often). Reservations are highly recommended.
9 locals recommend
Anju
1805 18th St NW
9 locals recommend
A food critic darling in north Dupont. Great upscale Korean food (Korean fried chicken is delicious and always on the menu, but the menu changes often). Reservations are highly recommended.
A critically acclaimed newcomer to the DC dining scene, just a 7-minute walk from the Airbnb. If they have the guanabana dessert on the menu, you should get it. They are offering dine-in service with reservations, and also have a special cocktail tasting experience at the bar (book online with advance payment).
13 locals recommend
Seven Reasons
2208 14th St NW
13 locals recommend
A critically acclaimed newcomer to the DC dining scene, just a 7-minute walk from the Airbnb. If they have the guanabana dessert on the menu, you should get it. They are offering dine-in service with reservations, and also have a special cocktail tasting experience at the bar (book online with advance payment).
A bar-only Japanese rice bowl spot on busy 18th St. in Adams Morgan. Quick and delicious. Currently take-out only, but we often get bowls to go and take them to nearby Kalorama Park if it’s nice out.
46 locals recommend
Donburi
2438 18th St NW
46 locals recommend
A bar-only Japanese rice bowl spot on busy 18th St. in Adams Morgan. Quick and delicious. Currently take-out only, but we often get bowls to go and take them to nearby Kalorama Park if it’s nice out.
A nearby spot for Thai, takeout or dine-in. The khao soi and noodle dishes are quite good.
19 locals recommend
DC Noodles
1412 U St NW
19 locals recommend
A nearby spot for Thai, takeout or dine-in. The khao soi and noodle dishes are quite good.
A whimsical and more laid-back tasting menu restaurant, just 5 minutes walking from the Airbnb. The menu is small enough that two or three diners can choose different course options and taste most of the menu. The carrots with cornbread (ice cream!) are a mainstay on the menu and should not be missed.
9 locals recommend
Rooster & Owl
2436 14th St NW
9 locals recommend
A whimsical and more laid-back tasting menu restaurant, just 5 minutes walking from the Airbnb. The menu is small enough that two or three diners can choose different course options and taste most of the menu. The carrots with cornbread (ice cream!) are a mainstay on the menu and should not be missed.
Our favorite Eritrean/Ethiopian in DC, less than a 20-minute walk from the Airbnb. The Keren Special serves two as a meal and is one of the best deals for lunch or dinner, particularly in the north Dupont area. Breakfast and lunch/dinner menu served all day. There will be a line at peak times.
46 locals recommend
Keren Cafe & Restaurant
1780 Florida Ave NW
46 locals recommend
Our favorite Eritrean/Ethiopian in DC, less than a 20-minute walk from the Airbnb. The Keren Special serves two as a meal and is one of the best deals for lunch or dinner, particularly in the north Dupont area. Breakfast and lunch/dinner menu served all day. There will be a line at peak times.
A special occasion restaurant and cocktail bar on 14th. Exceptionally presented duck a la presse dish has moved to the menu at the new upstairs chef’s table experience, called Jont. Reservations essential for both Bresca and Jont.
15 locals recommend
BRESCA
1906 14th St NW
15 locals recommend
A special occasion restaurant and cocktail bar on 14th. Exceptionally presented duck a la presse dish has moved to the menu at the new upstairs chef’s table experience, called Jont. Reservations essential for both Bresca and Jont.
One of the best nice/date-night restaurants in town. Creative and seasonal wine selection, small plates and pastas, and larger format meals. If the lamb ribs for two are on the menu, we highly recommend that you order them! Any iteration of their stracciatella is also a good bet if it’s one of the night’s offerings. Reservations highly recommended.
62 locals recommend
Tail Up Goat
1827 Adams Mill Rd NW
62 locals recommend
One of the best nice/date-night restaurants in town. Creative and seasonal wine selection, small plates and pastas, and larger format meals. If the lamb ribs for two are on the menu, we highly recommend that you order them! Any iteration of their stracciatella is also a good bet if it’s one of the night’s offerings. Reservations highly recommended.
Warm weather patio spot for piña coladas and Cuban sandwiches. On 14th and T, open all day. They have more space on their rooftop (but both the patio and rooftop seating are usually in high demand - there might be a wait).
19 locals recommend
Colada Shop
1405 T St NW
19 locals recommend
Warm weather patio spot for piña coladas and Cuban sandwiches. On 14th and T, open all day. They have more space on their rooftop (but both the patio and rooftop seating are usually in high demand - there might be a wait).
Fast casual roast chicken and sides restaurant with a back bar behind what appears to be the service door. Happy hour 5-7 on weekdays (half off bar food plus drink specials) and Whiskey Wednesdays (BOGO whiskey cocktails 5-close). The borracho wrap is our go-to for takeout. They have outdoor seating as well on 14th on a streatery in front of the restaurant.
28 locals recommend
Chicken + Whiskey
1738 14th St NW
28 locals recommend
Fast casual roast chicken and sides restaurant with a back bar behind what appears to be the service door. Happy hour 5-7 on weekdays (half off bar food plus drink specials) and Whiskey Wednesdays (BOGO whiskey cocktails 5-close). The borracho wrap is our go-to for takeout. They have outdoor seating as well on 14th on a streatery in front of the restaurant.
Burgers and chicken, sandwich or salad style - highly recommend the mumbo bun on salad (mumbo sauce is DC’s condiment of choice!). The salad option comes with a green goddess dressing - delicious and not just a burger on a sad lettuce bun. Well-located at the cusp of Adams Morgan and Dupont, with a corner patio. Once in a while they do Thai pop-ups. Great cocktails as well.
20 locals recommend
Lucky Buns
2000 18th St NW
20 locals recommend
Burgers and chicken, sandwich or salad style - highly recommend the mumbo bun on salad (mumbo sauce is DC’s condiment of choice!). The salad option comes with a green goddess dressing - delicious and not just a burger on a sad lettuce bun. Well-located at the cusp of Adams Morgan and Dupont, with a corner patio. Once in a while they do Thai pop-ups. Great cocktails as well.
All-day cafe and bar with a Latin-leaning menu (arepas!). The second Monday of every month (sometimes the third, check their Instagram) starting at 9pm they do Royal Knights, a guest bartender event with special $8 cocktail menu. *Royal Nights is on hiatus due to COVID, but cocktails, coffee, and food are still great and can be enjoyed inside or on the outside streatery.
92 locals recommend
The Royal
501 Florida Ave NW
92 locals recommend
All-day cafe and bar with a Latin-leaning menu (arepas!). The second Monday of every month (sometimes the third, check their Instagram) starting at 9pm they do Royal Knights, a guest bartender event with special $8 cocktail menu. *Royal Nights is on hiatus due to COVID, but cocktails, coffee, and food are still great and can be enjoyed inside or on the outside streatery.
Excellent Afghan food and cocktails in one of the most beautiful restaurant spaces in town. Vegetarian and vegan friendly. They have a small patio and a nice weekend brunch. Try the aushak (leek dumplings topped with veggies or beef, split peas, and garlic yogurt)! They also have a separate-entrance basement coffee, lunch and cocktail shop, Lapop, open Wednesday-Sunday.
53 locals recommend
Lapis
1847 Columbia Rd NW
53 locals recommend
Excellent Afghan food and cocktails in one of the most beautiful restaurant spaces in town. Vegetarian and vegan friendly. They have a small patio and a nice weekend brunch. Try the aushak (leek dumplings topped with veggies or beef, split peas, and garlic yogurt)! They also have a separate-entrance basement coffee, lunch and cocktail shop, Lapop, open Wednesday-Sunday.
Archipelago (Lost Island is the upstairs space but we recommend the main bar/restaurant) is a fun tiki bar with really great Hawaiian-Sichuan food (ham and cheese sliders are addictive, Dan Dan noodles and Sichuan eggplant are larger, delicious shareables, and the literal tower of nachos is highly recommended for a group). Drinks are great - not just about presentation (although tiki cocktails have a lot of flare!). They have large-format drinks, happy hour food and drink specials, and a small patio great for hot summer nights (it gets afternoon shade). Reservations for the patio are available and recommended, particularly with COVID spacing requirements.
6 locals recommend
Archipelago
1201 U St NW
6 locals recommend
Archipelago (Lost Island is the upstairs space but we recommend the main bar/restaurant) is a fun tiki bar with really great Hawaiian-Sichuan food (ham and cheese sliders are addictive, Dan Dan noodles and Sichuan eggplant are larger, delicious shareables, and the literal tower of nachos is highly recommended for a group). Drinks are great - not just about presentation (although tiki cocktails have a lot of flare!). They have large-format drinks, happy hour food and drink specials, and a small patio great for hot summer nights (it gets afternoon shade). Reservations for the patio are available and recommended, particularly with COVID spacing requirements.
One of our go-tos for Thai - great for takeout or dine-in. Drunken noodles (spicy) or Pad See Ew (mild) with tofu and any curry (Panang, Massaman and green) are favorites. They have another location in Shaw.
106 locals recommend
Beau Thai Mount Pleasant
3162 Mt Pleasant St NW
106 locals recommend
One of our go-tos for Thai - great for takeout or dine-in. Drunken noodles (spicy) or Pad See Ew (mild) with tofu and any curry (Panang, Massaman and green) are favorites. They have another location in Shaw.
A sister restaurant to Beau Thai, BKK stands out for its noodle bowls - you can’t find these dishes elsewhere in DC. The boat noodles and suki noodles (dry stir fry and noodle bowl) are fantastic. For drunken noodle lovers, stick with Beau Thai - BKK’s version uses non-traditional soybean noodles that aren’t for everyone. The frozen lychee cocktail is refreshing on a hot day. They have two separate patio spaces with well-spaced tables.
43 locals recommend
BKK Cookshop
1700 New Jersey Ave NW
43 locals recommend
A sister restaurant to Beau Thai, BKK stands out for its noodle bowls - you can’t find these dishes elsewhere in DC. The boat noodles and suki noodles (dry stir fry and noodle bowl) are fantastic. For drunken noodle lovers, stick with Beau Thai - BKK’s version uses non-traditional soybean noodles that aren’t for everyone. The frozen lychee cocktail is refreshing on a hot day. They have two separate patio spaces with well-spaced tables.
A new, family-owned, farm-to-table restaurant in the Logan Circle neighborhood. The Chef’s Choice Dinner is a total deal - for dine-in they will pretty much bring dishes until you tap out. The menu is hyper-seasonal and always changing, but there are usually great fresh pasta options. Everything is delicious! We had our quarantine anniversary delivery from Nina May - they sent us candles for the dessert, and the owner delivered the food. They have outdoor seating on the patio as well as a pretty fancy streatery.
11 locals recommend
Nina May
1337 11th St NW
11 locals recommend
A new, family-owned, farm-to-table restaurant in the Logan Circle neighborhood. The Chef’s Choice Dinner is a total deal - for dine-in they will pretty much bring dishes until you tap out. The menu is hyper-seasonal and always changing, but there are usually great fresh pasta options. Everything is delicious! We had our quarantine anniversary delivery from Nina May - they sent us candles for the dessert, and the owner delivered the food. They have outdoor seating on the patio as well as a pretty fancy streatery.
Beautiful French pastries in a small space just off Dupont Circle. Slight preference for the afternoon selections as they do religieuse pastries and their specialty merveilleux merengue desserts (for the latter, the Speculoos flavor is the best!). For mornings, the pistachio croissant is great.
11 locals recommend
Un je ne sais Quoi...
1361 Connecticut Ave NW
11 locals recommend
Beautiful French pastries in a small space just off Dupont Circle. Slight preference for the afternoon selections as they do religieuse pastries and their specialty merveilleux merengue desserts (for the latter, the Speculoos flavor is the best!). For mornings, the pistachio croissant is great.
A popular deli in the quiet part (East Village) of Georgetown. Famous for their pastrami sandwiches (each one has to have two pounds of meat on it), the rare roast beef, four-meat grinder, and beef dip sandwiches are also delicious. Great for some post-Dumbarton Oaks fuel!
25 locals recommend
Stachowski's Market
1425 28th St NW
25 locals recommend
A popular deli in the quiet part (East Village) of Georgetown. Famous for their pastrami sandwiches (each one has to have two pounds of meat on it), the rare roast beef, four-meat grinder, and beef dip sandwiches are also delicious. Great for some post-Dumbarton Oaks fuel!
An excellent pastry shop downtown - great for a fuel-up pre-sightseeing! They have delicious and unique croissants (we think they are the best in DC), like passion fruit and black sesame (they also do more traditional flavors and seasonal items like pumpkin!) and Italian cookies. Currently only open mornings Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-12:30pm. Order in advance online, particularly for the popular seasonal items (they also have delivery options).
Nino's Bakery
1310 L St NW
An excellent pastry shop downtown - great for a fuel-up pre-sightseeing! They have delicious and unique croissants (we think they are the best in DC), like passion fruit and black sesame (they also do more traditional flavors and seasonal items like pumpkin!) and Italian cookies. Currently only open mornings Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-12:30pm. Order in advance online, particularly for the popular seasonal items (they also have delivery options).
Sister restaurant to Tail Up Goat, Reveler’s Hour is a lovely local spot for pasta and small plates. Online reservations are recommended.
7 locals recommend
Reveler's Hour
1775 Columbia Rd NW
7 locals recommend
Sister restaurant to Tail Up Goat, Reveler’s Hour is a lovely local spot for pasta and small plates. Online reservations are recommended.
A new neighborhood gem on the north end of the 11th St. restaurant strip. Awesome Malaysian food and cocktails. We recommend reserving for outdoor brunch on a nice day (Saturdays and Sundays only) - great people watching, plus a chance to get their brunch-only, to-die-for biscuits and kaya (don’t worry, they also have roti and kaya - a delicious coconut jam/custard - for dessert on the dinner menu if you’re not around for brunch!). The basement sports bar The Thirsty Crow is below Makan, with TVs and a selection of Malaysian snacks.
24 locals recommend
Makan
3400 11th St NW
24 locals recommend
A new neighborhood gem on the north end of the 11th St. restaurant strip. Awesome Malaysian food and cocktails. We recommend reserving for outdoor brunch on a nice day (Saturdays and Sundays only) - great people watching, plus a chance to get their brunch-only, to-die-for biscuits and kaya (don’t worry, they also have roti and kaya - a delicious coconut jam/custard - for dessert on the dinner menu if you’re not around for brunch!). The basement sports bar The Thirsty Crow is below Makan, with TVs and a selection of Malaysian snacks.
Great Filipino restaurant in Mt. Pleasant (from a former Philippines ex-pat, their food is an excellent mix of traditional Filipino and Americanized fusion dishes, and unlike in the Philippines there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options). They do brunch every day starting at 10am, with outdoor “streatery” seating available. Anything with their longanisa (sweet garlic sausage) is delicious - the longanisa breakfast sandwich is up there with the best breakfast sandwiches in DC. Sisig and pancit are great for dinner. They have a surprisingly good cocktail menu, and absolutely fantastic ube “bread pudding” for dessert - this is not your traditional bread pudding, but more like an awesome fusion of two Filipino desserts: ube halaya (purple sweet potato jam with crunchy topping) and biko (sweet rice flour cakes).
46 locals recommend
Purple Patch
3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
46 locals recommend
Great Filipino restaurant in Mt. Pleasant (from a former Philippines ex-pat, their food is an excellent mix of traditional Filipino and Americanized fusion dishes, and unlike in the Philippines there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options). They do brunch every day starting at 10am, with outdoor “streatery” seating available. Anything with their longanisa (sweet garlic sausage) is delicious - the longanisa breakfast sandwich is up there with the best breakfast sandwiches in DC. Sisig and pancit are great for dinner. They have a surprisingly good cocktail menu, and absolutely fantastic ube “bread pudding” for dessert - this is not your traditional bread pudding, but more like an awesome fusion of two Filipino desserts: ube halaya (purple sweet potato jam with crunchy topping) and biko (sweet rice flour cakes).
Delicious BBQ and creative (and huge) sandwiches. When it’s available, the Gordon Bombay (with smoked duck confit and pork belly) is highly recommended! We also like the Burly Texican sandwich (brisket, pork belly, melted cheese and smashed avocado), mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts sides. Available for curbside pickup and delivery.
28 locals recommend
Federalist Pig
1654 Columbia Rd NW
28 locals recommend
Delicious BBQ and creative (and huge) sandwiches. When it’s available, the Gordon Bombay (with smoked duck confit and pork belly) is highly recommended! We also like the Burly Texican sandwich (brisket, pork belly, melted cheese and smashed avocado), mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts sides. Available for curbside pickup and delivery.
Great chintan (clear broth, Sapporo-style) ramen plus cocktails and small plates, a short walk from the Airbnb. Next door to the 9:30 Club and in the same building as the Landmark Theater.
31 locals recommend
Haikan
805 V St NW
31 locals recommend
Great chintan (clear broth, Sapporo-style) ramen plus cocktails and small plates, a short walk from the Airbnb. Next door to the 9:30 Club and in the same building as the Landmark Theater.

Sightseeing

A large park just a few blocks from the Airbnb. Now a local hangout for dog walks and warm-weather picnics, the park used to be an army camp during the Civil War and has a rich history. On good-weather Sundays there is a drum circle in the upper park - starts around 3pm. Earlier on Sundays there are occasional pop-up jazz shows.
445 locals recommend
Meridian Hill Park
W Street Northwest
445 locals recommend
A large park just a few blocks from the Airbnb. Now a local hangout for dog walks and warm-weather picnics, the park used to be an army camp during the Civil War and has a rich history. On good-weather Sundays there is a drum circle in the upper park - starts around 3pm. Earlier on Sundays there are occasional pop-up jazz shows.
From mid-May to late August, locals walk down to the Mall on Fridays after work to enjoy live outdoor jazz in the sculpture garden. Arrive early (jazz is from 5:00-8:30pm), grab a spot on the ledge of the fountain so you can dip your feet in, and get a pitcher of sangria. Larger groups can bring blankets and set up picnics in the grass (BYO food is allowed but the guards will check bags for alcohol). The sculpture garden (and this part of the Mall in general) are easily accessible by metro - take green or yellow downtown to the Archives stop.
55 locals recommend
National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden
7th Street Northwest
55 locals recommend
From mid-May to late August, locals walk down to the Mall on Fridays after work to enjoy live outdoor jazz in the sculpture garden. Arrive early (jazz is from 5:00-8:30pm), grab a spot on the ledge of the fountain so you can dip your feet in, and get a pitcher of sangria. Larger groups can bring blankets and set up picnics in the grass (BYO food is allowed but the guards will check bags for alcohol). The sculpture garden (and this part of the Mall in general) are easily accessible by metro - take green or yellow downtown to the Archives stop.
An off-the-Mall Smithsonian museum across from the White House. Small but well-curated exhibits, usually featuring a large installation in the main hall.
160 locals recommend
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
160 locals recommend
An off-the-Mall Smithsonian museum across from the White House. Small but well-curated exhibits, usually featuring a large installation in the main hall.
One of the most popular museums on the Mall, and for good reason! After a long hiatus, the new-and-improved dinosaur hall has reopened and is a must-visit.
647 locals recommend
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
647 locals recommend
One of the most popular museums on the Mall, and for good reason! After a long hiatus, the new-and-improved dinosaur hall has reopened and is a must-visit.
The recently built modern art side of the National Art Gallery has a terrace with wonderful Capitol views. Don’t miss the light installation in basement pass-through between the east and west wings of the museum.
17 locals recommend
National Gallery of Art - East Building
4th Street Northwest
17 locals recommend
The recently built modern art side of the National Art Gallery has a terrace with wonderful Capitol views. Don’t miss the light installation in basement pass-through between the east and west wings of the museum.
Famous for its presidential portraits (particularly of the Obamas). Has a beautiful enclosed courtyard that makes a great resting spot after long hours of touristing.
365 locals recommend
National Portrait Gallery
365 locals recommend
Famous for its presidential portraits (particularly of the Obamas). Has a beautiful enclosed courtyard that makes a great resting spot after long hours of touristing.
Information center (and restrooms!) in a central place on the Mall. Don’t miss the back gardens, which are particularly beautiful when the tulips are blooming.
92 locals recommend
Smithsonian Castle Information Center
1000 Jefferson Dr SW
92 locals recommend
Information center (and restrooms!) in a central place on the Mall. Don’t miss the back gardens, which are particularly beautiful when the tulips are blooming.
A “village in the city,” this is one of DC’s most diverse neighborhoods and is a great place to walk and dine - particularly for those who have been to DC and have already seen most of the more-frequented tourist spots. Just up 16th from Meridian Hill Park, make a diagonal left on Mt. Pleasant St., the main drag. Our favorites on the street: Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream for dessert (blueberry sour cream crumble and lemon curd coriander streusel are our favorites!), Martha Dear for pizza, OKPB for speakeasy cocktails (if you’re going in what looks like a dentist’s office you’re in the right place - just ring the bell), Elle for coffee and pastries by day and dinner at night, Raven Grill for beers (this is a total dive), Suns Cinema for an indie theater experience, and Sabydee for hole-in-the-wall Laotian food (the Nam Kao/crispy rice salad is the way to go). At the top of the street, turn left on Park St. to see historic homes (this will also lead to Rock Creek Park if you are looking to hike).
27 locals recommend
Mount Pleasant
27 locals recommend
A “village in the city,” this is one of DC’s most diverse neighborhoods and is a great place to walk and dine - particularly for those who have been to DC and have already seen most of the more-frequented tourist spots. Just up 16th from Meridian Hill Park, make a diagonal left on Mt. Pleasant St., the main drag. Our favorites on the street: Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream for dessert (blueberry sour cream crumble and lemon curd coriander streusel are our favorites!), Martha Dear for pizza, OKPB for speakeasy cocktails (if you’re going in what looks like a dentist’s office you’re in the right place - just ring the bell), Elle for coffee and pastries by day and dinner at night, Raven Grill for beers (this is a total dive), Suns Cinema for an indie theater experience, and Sabydee for hole-in-the-wall Laotian food (the Nam Kao/crispy rice salad is the way to go). At the top of the street, turn left on Park St. to see historic homes (this will also lead to Rock Creek Park if you are looking to hike).
Great for socially distant walks from the zoo up to Tregaron Conservancy, a small nature reserve with trails and a pond full of loud bullfrogs.
Klingle Valley Trail
Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Great for socially distant walks from the zoo up to Tregaron Conservancy, a small nature reserve with trails and a pond full of loud bullfrogs.
Great for nature walks in the heart of Georgetown. Accessible walking from Georgetown (where free, two-hour street parking is accessible for non-permit holders - and all day on Sundays), Kalorama, and the Rock Creek Trail.
39 locals recommend
Dumbarton Oaks Park
R Street Northwest
39 locals recommend
Great for nature walks in the heart of Georgetown. Accessible walking from Georgetown (where free, two-hour street parking is accessible for non-permit holders - and all day on Sundays), Kalorama, and the Rock Creek Trail.

Cocktails, Beer, and Wine

A very cool, unmarked bar in the basement of a townhome near Howard Theater. Cocktails are creative and well-balanced! They are open during COVID - reservations must be made online for seating on their new back patio.
7 locals recommend
600t
600 T St NW
7 locals recommend
A very cool, unmarked bar in the basement of a townhome near Howard Theater. Cocktails are creative and well-balanced! They are open during COVID - reservations must be made online for seating on their new back patio.
This place gets a lot of hype, and for good reason. Named Best American Cocktail Bar in 2017, Columbia Room offers three distinct experiences for guests: the punch garden/outdoor deck, the Spirits Library inside with a la carte drink options, and the ticketed/reservations-only cocktail tasting menu in the private bar room. The cocktail tasting experience changes seasonally and is a real treat for visitors and locals alike. Columbia Room is accessible from Blagden Alley, where there are several bars and restaurants as well as graffiti art.
65 locals recommend
Columbia Room
124 Blagden Alley NW
65 locals recommend
This place gets a lot of hype, and for good reason. Named Best American Cocktail Bar in 2017, Columbia Room offers three distinct experiences for guests: the punch garden/outdoor deck, the Spirits Library inside with a la carte drink options, and the ticketed/reservations-only cocktail tasting menu in the private bar room. The cocktail tasting experience changes seasonally and is a real treat for visitors and locals alike. Columbia Room is accessible from Blagden Alley, where there are several bars and restaurants as well as graffiti art.
Fantastic cocktail bar frequented by locals for an after-work drink. The menu changes monthly and there is usually a tiki option. Food is extremely limited here, but there are great dinner options nearby on Connecticut (like Bistrot du Coin just down the street for authentic French).
12 locals recommend
McClellan's Retreat
2031 Florida Ave NW
12 locals recommend
Fantastic cocktail bar frequented by locals for an after-work drink. The menu changes monthly and there is usually a tiki option. Food is extremely limited here, but there are great dinner options nearby on Connecticut (like Bistrot du Coin just down the street for authentic French).
Rather than visiting the restaurant in this charming Dupont hotel (although brunch is very popular here), we highly recommend a cocktail in their bar/parlor - particularly on cold days so you can enjoy the fireplace. It’s like sitting in your living room, but fancier. They have live music on occasion.
48 locals recommend
Tabard Inn
1739 N St NW
48 locals recommend
Rather than visiting the restaurant in this charming Dupont hotel (although brunch is very popular here), we highly recommend a cocktail in their bar/parlor - particularly on cold days so you can enjoy the fireplace. It’s like sitting in your living room, but fancier. They have live music on occasion.
Fun rum bar and distillery across from Union Market in NoMa. Nice for a casual drink after shopping or eating in or around the market (there is a lot of great casual food in the market, plus restaurant options if you want something more formal). They currently have outdoor patio seating and a “winter patio” that’s covered but open-air, and serve seasonal hot drinks in addition to their regular and frozen cocktails. For rum and allspice dram lovers, they have bottles for take-away that make great DC souvenirs and gifts.
26 locals recommend
Cotton & Reed
1330 5th St NE
26 locals recommend
Fun rum bar and distillery across from Union Market in NoMa. Nice for a casual drink after shopping or eating in or around the market (there is a lot of great casual food in the market, plus restaurant options if you want something more formal). They currently have outdoor patio seating and a “winter patio” that’s covered but open-air, and serve seasonal hot drinks in addition to their regular and frozen cocktails. For rum and allspice dram lovers, they have bottles for take-away that make great DC souvenirs and gifts.
Small (and usually busy!) newish cocktail and Szechuan small plates bar on the lively 17th St. strip in Dupont. A sister bar of Copycat Co. in the Atlas District (H St. NE neighborhood), it has a similar cool decor and creative cocktail list.
Astoria DC
1521 17th St NW
Small (and usually busy!) newish cocktail and Szechuan small plates bar on the lively 17th St. strip in Dupont. A sister bar of Copycat Co. in the Atlas District (H St. NE neighborhood), it has a similar cool decor and creative cocktail list.
While most people flock to Iron Gate for their high-end dinner or for small, Greek-inspired plates in the garden, we LOVE the carriage house bar for cocktails and a snack. Right across from Tabard Inn for a mini-cocktail crawl. *Currently only outdoor dining is offered at Iron Gate, plus takeout and delivery.*
33 locals recommend
Iron Gate Restaurant
1734 N St NW
33 locals recommend
While most people flock to Iron Gate for their high-end dinner or for small, Greek-inspired plates in the garden, we LOVE the carriage house bar for cocktails and a snack. Right across from Tabard Inn for a mini-cocktail crawl. *Currently only outdoor dining is offered at Iron Gate, plus takeout and delivery.*
Excellent for food as well, Bar Charley is a local favorite on the 18th street strip in north Dupont. They have tiki cocktails (some on tap), as well as other creative and traditional cocktails. Even during COVID, they are doing daily happy hour (until 6:30) and all-night happy hour on Mondays. They have recently expanded their outdoor dining area (limited indoor and bar seating with proof of vaccination required). Their sweet corn and jalapeño fritters are a wonderful snack to accompany your cocktails.
43 locals recommend
Bar Charley
1825 18th St NW
43 locals recommend
Excellent for food as well, Bar Charley is a local favorite on the 18th street strip in north Dupont. They have tiki cocktails (some on tap), as well as other creative and traditional cocktails. Even during COVID, they are doing daily happy hour (until 6:30) and all-night happy hour on Mondays. They have recently expanded their outdoor dining area (limited indoor and bar seating with proof of vaccination required). Their sweet corn and jalapeño fritters are a wonderful snack to accompany your cocktails.
A nearby dive bar on the 11th St. bar and restaurant strip with plenty of outdoor seating and an underrated weekend brunch - first place we have seen macaroni and cheese pancakes! Decent bar food (fried chicken wrap is great), no-frills drinks (including a decent frozen margarita and frosé and a nice draft beer selection). Easiest to get one of the good seats on their well-spaced outdoor patio if you go close to opening time (11am for weekend brunch and 5pm the rest of the week, open every day), as this is a popular local hangout. Probably the place we most frequent - we love the staff and the neighborhood feel.
217 locals recommend
The Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
217 locals recommend
A nearby dive bar on the 11th St. bar and restaurant strip with plenty of outdoor seating and an underrated weekend brunch - first place we have seen macaroni and cheese pancakes! Decent bar food (fried chicken wrap is great), no-frills drinks (including a decent frozen margarita and frosé and a nice draft beer selection). Easiest to get one of the good seats on their well-spaced outdoor patio if you go close to opening time (11am for weekend brunch and 5pm the rest of the week, open every day), as this is a popular local hangout. Probably the place we most frequent - we love the staff and the neighborhood feel.
A local favorite known for a well-curated cocktail list. They have a nice patio and reservations are available/highly recommended. They have a very small snacks menu (they source “chillitos” from Meats and Foods), but outside food is allowed. Proof of vaccination required to enter.
57 locals recommend
All Souls Bar
725 T St NW
57 locals recommend
A local favorite known for a well-curated cocktail list. They have a nice patio and reservations are available/highly recommended. They have a very small snacks menu (they source “chillitos” from Meats and Foods), but outside food is allowed. Proof of vaccination required to enter.
Modeled off of the popular Bacchanal live music wine garden in New Orleans, St. Vincent is a new addition to the Georgia Ave. strip. Great atmosphere and charcuterie platters - they’ve recently expanded their menu to include small plates, pasta, and entrees, as well as weekend brunch.
27 locals recommend
St. Vincent Wine
3212 Georgia Ave NW
27 locals recommend
Modeled off of the popular Bacchanal live music wine garden in New Orleans, St. Vincent is a new addition to the Georgia Ave. strip. Great atmosphere and charcuterie platters - they’ve recently expanded their menu to include small plates, pasta, and entrees, as well as weekend brunch.
Large indoor-outdoor beer garden with decent bar food and plenty of TVs for NFL and college football games.
86 locals recommend
The Midlands Beer Garden
3333 Georgia Ave NW
86 locals recommend
Large indoor-outdoor beer garden with decent bar food and plenty of TVs for NFL and college football games.