Restaurants for Nightlife Lovers in Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 

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  • 1

    Busboys and Poets

    27 reviews

    This place has grown quickly, in no small part because the food is fantastic, the art and events are inspiring, and the relaxed vibe is a perfect antidote to the chaos of the nation's capital. There is now usually a wait to be seated, but this is one of the best places in the city to have to wait around ...

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  • 2

    Cafe Citron

    5 reviews

    Focuses on latin food. Cafe Citron is quite large with areas on the ground floor and the second floor where you can sit down and eat. The basement has a nice dive bar feel where you can get some good mojitos.

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  • 3

    El Centro DF

    7 reviews

    El Centro is fairly new but they've already established themselves as one of DC's best Mexican restaurants. I ate downstairs in their underground tequileria section, which also serves food but has a long bar as well with a number of talented mixologists mixing up tequila cocktails (there are other drinks available as well, but it's hard not to go for ...

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  • 4

    Blues Alley Club

    3 reviews

    Blues Alley is the quintessential jazz club. It's dark and brooding and the perfect venue to enjoy old school, straight ahead, and smooth jazz and vocals. The club pays homage to the jazz and supper clubs of the 20s with some of today's jazz performers.

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  • 5

    BLT Steak

    3 reviews

    very good restaurant, one of the best steaks in Washington. Blt is one of those places you will always go back.

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  • 6

    The Pig

    2 reviews

    **FOR BOURBON AND BACON LOVERS** My first meal in DC did not disappoint. Came here for Happy Hour (4-7PM) and sat at the bar. PARKING ======== Colonial Parking on P St. between 14th and 15th St. next to Lululemon & Pitango. Washington Plaza Hotel at 14th St. and Thomas Circle. AMBIANCE ========= Farmer's tavern. Rustic, not chic. FOOD ===== HICKORY ...

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  • 7

    Le Diplomate

    3 reviews

    **TRENDY FRENCH BRASSERIE ON 14TH STREET** Sat at the bar on a Wednesday evening with no reservation and no problem. PARKING ======== Valet parking is available for $12, and is available daily after 5:00pm. Public Lots are available at Colonial Parking - 1515 P St. Between 14th & 15th on P, across from Whole Foods. AMBIANCE ========= Trendy, upscale French. ...

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  • 8

    Julia's Empanadas

    3 reviews

    See my review for the Dupont Circle location, this one offers the same in after drinking food goodness. Large cheap empanadas.

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  • 9

    Ben's Chili Bowl

    Where the President visit every now and then. Ride the metro to this Washington original

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  • 10

    Capitol City Brewing Co

    11 reviews

    DC based brewery with Great Kolsch beer, a large U shaped bar with attentive bartenders, and incredible happy hour prices on appetizers like hummus and pita bread plate that includes fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and carrots. Relaxed atmosphere with cyclists and runners sharing the bar with people just off work. Located near Metro Center stop and about a mile from ...

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  • 11

    Hard Rock Cafe

    10 reviews

    This location gets a plus for having 2 gift shops. If 1 is super crowded just make your way through the restaurant to the 2nd one that's not right off the street. There is also a 2nd story where you don't feel completely cut off from the rest of the place as you can look down into the bar. It's ...

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  • 12

    El Rey

    2 reviews

    Welcome to U Street's newest hot spot. This restaurant/bar serves up no frills Mexican fare and solid drinks between two shipping containers covered by a retractable roof. Tasty, in house, reasonably priced Mexican food that you can wash down with $8 margaritas or sangria, set to great vibes, amidst an unusual space that is vibrant and just plain, flat out ...

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  • 13

    Blue Duck Tavern

    13 reviews

    This was one of my last stops here on my DC Trip and by far was one of the more satisfying dining experiences. We had a reservation at 11 am but overslept and had to set a very late brunch/lunch at 1:45. Located in the heart of Georgetown, what a great place to open up an upscale restaurant. I ordered ...

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  • 14


    13 reviews

    Super yummy Spanish tapas! Kinda on the expensive side tho

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  • 15

    Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

    7 reviews

    Jose Andres' Oyamel serves up small plates of Mexican deliciousness. Not Tex-Mex. from tortilla styled tacos to cactus salads and ceviche, washed down with margaritas with a flare, this place is big on bold, fresh ingredients served with a twist and a flare. Ambiance is vibrant, bright colors explode with mobiles of butterflies. A ceviche bar as well as a ...

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  • 16

    Belga Cafe

    8 reviews

    One of the best places i've been to in DC. An outstanding selection of beers, and great food. Highly recommended.

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  • 17


    3 reviews

    I would definitely go back. This is fusion cuisine as it should be. It's Latin-Asian. The dishes seemed to have strange combinations but in the end it worked and the portions were very decent as well. I felt satisfied at the end of the meal - and at the end of the day isn't that what everyone wants out of ...

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  • 18

    Eighteenth Street Lounge

    2 reviews

    ESL is my favorite lounge in DC, in part because it is so tricky to find the first time that the lounge seems like a prize when you finally do. It's slim door is right next to a mattress store, and during the day there is no indication that any kind of club or bar is in the area. The ...

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  • 19

    Toki Underground

    6 reviews

    One of the smallest restaurants on H St. if not in all of DC, Toki Underground and their ramen noodle focused menus was a badly needed addition to the DC food scene. We love their veggie and chicken soup bowls. Their sake selection is also fantastic - we ended up sampling three or four sakes over the course of the ...

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  • 20

    Rosa Mexicano - DC

    Pomegranate margaritas = blended, icy, alcoholic goodness. Lively atmosphere that isn't at all stuffy. Tequila shots in trios. Large vats of fresh guacamole (ok, I gist. They aren't vats, but they are massive bowls). Good for dates, after-work happy hours, or large groups alike.

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