Agora, D.C. 

Indulge in the vibrant and authentic flavors of the Mediterranean at Agora, a hidden gem in the heart of DC. The appetizing sampler spreads and the mouth-watering Mixed Cheese Pideler are absolute must-tries! Every dish is brimming with zesty and savory spices that leave a delightful aftertaste. The best part? The price is just as pleasing as the food itself. Though walk-ins are welcome, reserving a table ahead of time is highly recommended to ensure a spot if going for a special occasion with a large group.

Recommended Dishes:  

Sampler of Spreads 

Gavurdagi Salad 

Dolmades

Mixed Cheese Pideler 

Ottoman Rice 

Bruksel Lahana

Grilled Caulini

Grilled Chicken 

Lavender Créme Brulee 

Tee Scale Rating: 7/10 

Bagels ETC 

Bagels ETC is a hole in the wall that is a must-visit for any breakfast enthusiast in the Dupont area. This family-owned and operated joint is always bustling with a long queue, but the wait is well worth it. The bagels are simply divine and you can taste the passion and dedication that goes into making each one. My go-to order is the Sausage, Egg, and Cheese sandwich with a crispy Hash Brown and creamy avocado, which is simply sublime. Be sure to bring cash as this quaint establishment is cash-only. I have cherished memories of running to Bagels ETC to grab a warm and scrumptious breakfast for my boyfriend and me. Trust me, this place is worth the hype!

Recommended Dish: 

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese with a Hashbrown on a Sesame Seed Bagel   

Tee Scale Rating: 5.2/10 

ROKUYA 

Looking for a laid-back and delicious Japanese dining experience with friends in DC, Rokuya is the place. This restaurant offers an extensive menu with a variety of options to accommodate different dietary preferences, all at an affordable price point. While walk-ins are welcome for smaller groups, I recommend making a reservation in advance for larger parties. For a cozy and refreshing dining experience, opt for their outdoor seating area that stretches from the sidewalk to the side street. While the service may be slow due to the high volume of customers, once ordered, their rolls and other dishes come out quickly and are well worth the wait.

Recommended Dishes:  

Chicken Karage 

Vegetable and Tofu Tokyo Dashi Broth 

Volcano Roll

Wasabi Dynamite Roll 

Red Dragon Roll 

Crunchy Spicy Salmon 

Crunchy Spicy Avo Q 

Tee Scale Rating: 6.5/10 

NARA-YA

Experience this charming restaurant, nestled above the picturesque wharf, for an ideal romantic evening with a special someone. Although the menu may come with a slightly steep price tag, the impeccable attention to detail and the tantalizing flavors of each dish make it a worthwhile indulgence. Opt for shareable portions to start, such as the scrumptious Edamame Hummus, and allow your taste buds to be tantalized by the plethora of flavors. Pair your meal with the restaurant's signature cocktails, recommended by the knowledgeable servers. Be sure to secure a reservation in advance via their online booking system, though walk-ins are welcome as well.

Recommended Dishes:   

Edamame Hummus 

Crispy Cauliflower

Blistered Shishito Peppers 

Gyoza 

Green Tea Soba Noodles 

Tempura Crunch 

District Spice 

DC Diablo

Tuna Truffle 

Tee Scale Rating: 7.9/10 

OKU

O-ku is my absolute favorite restaurant for Asian cuisine, not just in DC, but throughout the country. The ambiance is perfect for special occasions and romantic dinners. While the restaurant can get busy, the downstairs bar offers delicious drinks while you wait for your table. Once seated, start with the Cauliflower Karaage, coated in Korean BBQ sauce, for a scrumptious treat. Their sushi rolls are creative and delicious; I highly recommend trying the Tuna Tataki, Yuzu Fuego, and the O-ku Spider Roll. Due to its popularity, make sure to make reservations well in advance.

Recommended Dishes:   

Cauliflower Karaage 

Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll 

Harvest Roll 

Tuna Tataki Roll 

Yuzu Fuego Roll 

Oku Spider Roll 

Firecracker Roll 

Yakitori Chicken 

Chicken Curry Noodles 

Old Yeller O-Ku Signature Nigiri 

Tee Scale Rating: 9.2/10 

CALL YOUR MOTHER 

Call Your Mother not only has tasty bites but also offers great food photo opportunities. Their No-Meat Sun City bagel is simply divine, but don't sleep on their classic Turkey Sandwich, which makes for a great on-the-go lunch option. You can opt to sit outside and people watch while munching away, or take your goodies to go and enjoy them on a leisurely stroll or picnic in the park. Don't miss the chance to indulge in their Cinn-y Crunch Latte, a perfect beverage to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Recommended Dishes:   

The Bacon Sun City 

The No-Meat Sun City 

The Royal Palm 

Classic Turkey Sandwich

Tee Scale Rating: 6.2/10 

FIOLA MARE 

For an elevated dining experience with an older crowd, Fiola Mare on Georgetown's waterfront is a must-visit spot. Whether you're looking for a brunch or dinner destination, the restaurant offers a sophisticated atmosphere that's perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring. Start with the Burrata, which is beautifully presented with a nitro walnut and sage pesto, or try the creamy and savory Smoked Salmon Scramble. If the weather permits, enjoy the option of indoor and outdoor seating to soak up the stunning waterfront views.

Recommended Dishes:   

Burrata 

Smoked Salmon Scramble 

Ricotta and Lemon Pancakes 

Eggs Benedict 

Tee Scale Rating: 7/10 

ZAYTINYA 

This DC restaurant is an absolute must-visit! José Andrés has truly outdone himself with an exceptional menu that never disappoints. As a huge fan, I've held countless girls nights and birthday dinners at this spot, and have even indulged in their delectable catering. Their warm Pita is freshly baked and pairs perfectly with the creamy Hummus and refreshing Tzatziki. One dish you absolutely must try is the Chicken Youvetsi - it's cooked to perfection and the portion size allows you to indulge in other delicious menu options as well. Be sure to make a reservation in advance to secure your spot at this popular dining spot!

Recommended Dishes:   

Hommus

Tzatziki 

Halloumi Pide 

Cheese Pide 

Fattoush 

Crispy Brussels Afelia 

Cauliflower  Tiganites 

Falafel 

Zaytinya Fries 

Chicken Youvetsi

Tee Scale Rating: 7.6/10 

BLUESTONE LANE 

For a fast and healthy bite, Bluestone Lane is a great spot for Australian cuisine. The wait is minimal, and the service is quick and efficient. The unique concept of ordering on your phone allows for a seamless experience, and dishes arrive at your table in no time. The Banana Bread is a delightful starter, while the Avocado Smash is a must-have as a main course. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Recommended Dishes:  

Avocado Smash 

Athletes Breakfast Burrito 

Warm Chicken with Ancient Grains Bowl 

Banana Bread 

Collective Granola 

Iced Chai Latte 

Tee Scale Rating: 6/10 

Ilili 

Nestled in the heart of the Wharf, Illili boasts a sleek and modern decor complete with a stunning bar and attentive staff. My friend and I indulged in a variety of dishes, and every single one exceeded our expectations. Don't miss the Bone Marrow, as my friend declared it one of her all-time favorites! Be sure to make reservations in advance to secure your table at this popular spot.

Recommended Dishes:   

Hummus 

Labne

Fattoush

Tabbouleh

Falafel

Arnabeet Mekleh 

Ambered Carrots

Bone Marrow

Charred Octopus 

Mixed Baklava 

Tee Scale Rating: 6.9/10 

LA VIE 

La Vie is an exquisite Mediterranean culinary haven that will leave you impressed with its coastal fare. It's an ideal place to bring your loved ones or even a date for a memorable dining experience. If you're a seafood enthusiast, you must try their signature Grilled Octopus and the French Mussel Pot, both of which will transport your taste buds straight to the Mediterranean. The creamy Mushroom Risotto and the delightful Mediterranean Spreads are also highly recommended. Be sure to book your table in advance, especially for special events or to get a seat with a panoramic view of the Potomac river and the sunset.

Recommended Dishes:   

Greek Salad 

French Mussel Pot 

Grilled Octopus 

Mediterranean Spreads

Arancini 

Mushroom Risotto 

Grilled Broccolini 

Roasted Chicken 

Tee Scale Rating: 7.5/10 

BARCELONA 

Nestled in the heart of the city lies a gastronomic haven, perfect for celebrating with a large group of friends. This establishment boasts an array of tantalizing tapas options, perfect for sharing among those with varying palates. Prepare to have your taste buds transported to culinary nirvana with their divine house-baked bread, deemed as nothing short of heavenly. Indulge in the Whipped Goat Cheese, a delectable accompaniment that complements the lush Spinach and Chickpea Cazuela, a vegetarian delight that satisfies the soul. For those who relish in the thrill of flavor, the Patatas Bravas is an absolute must-try. The crispy exterior encapsulating the fluffy potato insides is elevated with the smoky spice of the bravas sauce. To complete your meal, look no further than the Basque Burnt Cheesecake. It boasts a light and airy texture while offering a rich custardy finish. A delightful conclusion to an evening of culinary indulgence.

Recommended Dishes:   

Aged Manchego 

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

House Marinated Olives 

Roasted Cauliflower

Spinach and Chickpea Cazuela 

Whipped Goat Cheese 

Patatas Bravas 

Spiced Beef Empanadas 

Jámon and Manchego Croquetas 

Beef Carpaccio 

Basque Burnt Cheesecake 

Guns and Roses Sangria 

Tee Scale Rating: 8.3/10 

DLEÑA 

Prepare to be transported to a magical wonderland as you step into this stunning restaurant, adorned with rustic-chic décor and an ambiance that will leave you in awe. The food and drinks served here are equally as captivating, with each dish delivering a creative and unique flavor profile that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you yearning for more. The Guacamole, bursting with zest and flavor, is a perfect start to your culinary adventure. The Grilled Avocado, a true masterpiece, elevates the simple fruit to new heights with its smoky and charred essence. The Corn Empanadas, a personal favorite, are a life-changing experience that will redefine your understanding of empanadas. Each bite delivers a perfectly balanced flavor that will have you craving for more. For the taco lovers out there, the Hongos a la Leña is a must-try. These delicacies are prepared with a smoky twist, adding an extra dimension to the already delightful mushroom filling. Each bite is a journey through the earthy and rich flavors of the forest. To secure a reservation for large parties, it's best to book 1.5 - 2 months in advance, while smaller reservations should be made at least 3 weeks prior. Trust me, your taste buds and friends will thank you for the experience.

Recommended Dishes:   

Traditional Guacamole

Corn Empanadas 

Ensalada de Kale  

Pulpo al Pastor Tacos 

Hongos a La Leña Tacos 

Short Rib Tacos 

Zanahorias Rostizados 

Grilled Avocado 

Mil Hojas de Panqueque 

Prickly Pear Margarita 

Tee Scale Rating: 8.75/10 

LE DIPLOMATE 

Indulge in a decadent French culinary experience at Le Diplomate's late Sunday brunch, the perfect way to kick off your week. Savor their exquisite bread basket, featuring the irresistible Cranberry Walnut Boules, served alongside heavenly butter that will leave you craving for more. For a truly delightful main course, look no further than their expertly crafted Avocado Toast. The chefs have mastered the delicate balance of avocado to toast ratio, and the perfectly poached egg, cooked to a runny perfection, elevates the dish to new heights. Get ready to immerse yourself in the heavenly flavors of French cuisine. Le Diplomate's brunch is truly an experience that should not be missed.

Recommended Dishes:   

Burger Américain

Warm Shrimp Salad 

Omelette 

Breakfast Pastries 

Eggs Benedict 

Avocado Toast  

French Toast

Tee Scale Rating: 7/10 

IMPERFECTO 

I have to say, I am absolutely head-over-heels in love with Imperfecto by Enrique Limardo for a luxurious and top-notch weekend brunch experience. It's no wonder this restaurant was awarded a prestigious Michelin star, as every aspect of the service, food, and attention to detail is nothing short of outstanding. From the moment you step into the sleek and chic ambiance, you know you're in for a treat. And if you're looking for a spot to host a special celebration or a business meeting, their spacious separate room is just perfect. If you're a fan of bold and exciting flavors, you absolutely have to try their Spicy Avocado Toast. Grilled Octopus and Jalapeño dressing might sound like an unlikely duo, but trust me, it works like a charm and will leave you craving more. And if you're in the mood for a light and refreshing starter, the Ancient Grains are a fantastic choice. But if you're really hungry and looking for something hearty and satisfying, the Wild Mushroom Omelette is an absolute must-try. It's cooked to creamy perfection, and every bite is bursting with rich, earthy flavors. And let's not forget about dessert! The Chocolate and Brioche is the perfect way to round out your meal, especially if you're not too full from all the other incredible options on the menu. I have to say, even though this restaurant may be called Imperfecto, there's absolutely nothing imperfect about the experience you'll have here. The impeccable standard that they hold themselves to is truly admirable and well worth it. So if you're looking for an unforgettable brunch experience that will leave you feeling pampered and satisfied, make sure to put Imperfecto by Enrique Limardo on your list.

Recommended Dishes:   

Ancient Grains 

Ora King Salmon Carpaccio 

Wild Mushroom Omelette 

Spicy Avocado Toast 

Middle East Benedict 

Huevos Estrellados 

Chocolate and Brioche 

Tee Scale Rating: 7.8/10 

Sakana Japanese Restaurant  

Sakana is a hole in the wall you will not want to miss. In a city where sushi is abundant, reasonable prices along with fast service can be hard to find. Sakana, however, is the best of both worlds. Their exceptional staff goes the extra mile to ensure that your order is not only delectable but also arrives promptly, all at a wallet-friendly price, a particularly welcome perk for college students. The Salmon Sushi is phenomenal, and the Crunchy Shrimp Roll and Udon Noodles are equally remarkable. I personally love eating in house, as the atmosphere is serene, but opting for takeout is a great choice if you are in a rush. 

Recommended Dishes:   

Salmon Sushi

Crunchy Shrimp Roll

Salmon and Avocado Roll

Yellowtail with Scallion Roll

Veggie Noodles 

Veggie Tempura

Yakitori Don 

Tee Scale Rating: 7.5/10 

OYAMEL

Oyamel is a true masterpiece by the legendary chef Jose Andrés. From the adorable setup to the phenomenal menu, every aspect of this restaurant is simply perfect. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to grab a bite with friends, Oyamel is the perfect spot. Make sure to start off with their iconic Guacamole and Chips, the perfect zesty appetizer that will have you ordering seconds. And when it comes to tacos, every single one is a delicious masterpiece in its own right. But be sure to add the Quesadilla Huitlacoche and Col de Bruselas Estilo San Quintín to your order for an extra touch of flavor. With such impeccable food and service, it's no wonder that Oyamel is always packed. Don't forget to make your reservations in advance.

Recommended Dishes: 

Guacamole 

Quesadilla Huitlacoche

Col de Bruselas Estilo San Quintín 

Coliflor Frito 

Pollo a la Parrilla Taco 

Hongos en Molito Taco 

Chilorio De Res Taco

Tee Scale Rating: 7/10 

CAFE MILANO

Cafe Milano is a great option if you're in the mood for a delightful Italian dining experience, complete with cozy blankets and the option to dine either indoors or at their heated outdoor area. This Georgetown restaurant never fails to draw in both locals and foodies alike, and it's not hard to see why. From the first bite of their Insalata Milano to the last twirl of their Tonnarelli Bulgari, you'll be transported to a culinary paradise. The portions here are more than generous, making this spot a great value for the quality of food you receive. But what really sets Cafe Milano apart is the impeccable service that you'll receive from their friendly and knowledgeable staff. I highly recommend making reservations in advance, although Opentable usually offers some flexibility. Trust me, once you experience the magic of Cafe Milano, you'll be planning your next visit before you even finish your meal.

Recommended Dishes:

Fiori Di Zucca 

Insalata Milano 

Spaghetti Kiton 

Tonnarelli Bulgari 

Risotto Semsem 

Tee Scale Rating: 5/10 

Decadent Sweet Pastries

Dleña

Savory Pastry Delights

Dleña

Dleña

Artisanal Handmade Treats

Oku 

Oku 

Fiola Mare 

Ilili 

La Vie 

Le Diplomate 

Imperfecto 

Bluestone Lane 

Cafe Milano 

Zaytinya 

Sakana