RSS Feeds

D.C.'s top restaurants: As picked by tourists

Friday - 6/29/2012, 4:31pm  ET

Marcel's is highly acclaimed for its French-Belgian dishes. (Courtesy Patrick G. Ryan)
  • Gallery: (3 images)

Claire Yan, special for WTOP

WASHINGTON - The nation's capital is a diner's paradise for gourmet foodies, carnivores, seafood enthusiasts and artistic pancake lovers alike.

TripAdvisor, a free online research and travel guide for tourists, has compiled a list of Top 25 restaurants in D.C. that includes French-Belgian fine dining at Marcel's and Greek restaurants like Komi and Zaytinya. The winners were awarded "by millions of real travelers," according to the website.

French and Belgian restaurant Marcel's claims the list's number one spot. Located at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, it has been acclaimed for its gourmet cuisine by the Washington Post and Zagat. The fine dining establishment is run by chef Robert Wiedmaier, who is known for his attention to detail and whole animal butchery.

At Michel Richard Citronelle, chef Michel Richard's realm of fine dining, French cuisine fuses with American food. Located in the Latham Hotel at 3000 M Street, the restaurant scored number two on the TripAdvisor list. The restaurant was dubbed "one of the world's most exciting restaurants" by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, and Richard was also awarded Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Wine Service by the James Beard Foundation in 2007.

These top two restaurants may seem too pricey for some, but most of the Travelers' Choice list is comprised of places that serve equally delicious food with great fixed deals and lower prices in more laid-back atmosphere.

Specializing in modern Indian cuisine, Rasika is suited for those with an adventurous palate and a kick of spice. Ranked in third place, the restaurant offers Tawa (open griddle) and Sigri (open barbecue) methods of cooking, along with multiple regional dishes like tandoori and chutneys. This restaurant, appropriately named "Rasika" after the Sanskrit word which means "flavors", is ideal for lovers of ethnic foods.

Number 17 is for all the meat lovers out there. Fogo de Chao is undoubtedly the place to go for a night of carnal indulgence. At the authentic Brazilian steakhouse, located in the Evening Star building at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, gaucho chefs serve 15 different cuts of grilled meats tableside. The meat is prepared in the gaucho fashion, a grilling method traditional to Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Some of the freshest seafood in the capital can be found at number 21. At Hank's Oyster Bar & Lounge, in Dupont Circle at 1624 Q. Street, oysters and clams can be ordered on the half shell, and peel n' eat shrimp is served either hot or cold.

For those looking for a cozy and casual café for brunch or a quick bite between meals, Busboys and Poets at number 23 has everything from hummus, classic burgers, hot panini sandwiches, and soups. The restaurant prides itself on being a community gathering place for "artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers", where patrons can come to feed their "mind, body and soul". It is also an avid supporter of local businesses and uses clean power from renewable energy sources such as wind. Busboys & Poets also holds occasional open mic nights and discussions by authors.

To see the full list of top 25 D.C. restaurants, as voted by Tripadvisor travelers, follow this link.

Follow WTOP on Twitter.

(Copyright 2012 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)