If you like jazz and don’t mind being youngest person in the room by 20 years, you'll enjoy the live music at Tabard Inn on most evenings. As for the food, dinner changes seasonally, but you can always count on variations of crowd-favorites like gnocchi and burgers. The Inn is also known for its brunch, when it has excellent cinnamon and sugar doughnuts and draws a much younger crowd. We’re fans at all times of the day, but just know the am and pm vibes are very different.
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Iron Gate in Dupont is known for its prix-fixe dinner, but we like it best for drinks and a light bite.
Surfside Taco Stand
Surfside Taco is a 24-hour, hole-in-the-wall with tacos, burritos, and quesadillas in Dupont. You'll probably find yourself here at 2pm and 2am.
Attached to the Carlyle Hotel in DuPont, The Riggsby does everything “classic” extremely well.
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Declaration is right near Nats Park and has a wide-ranging menu and a daily Happy Hour so it’s perfect for a group dinner or brunch before a game.
The Liberty Tavern
Liberty Tavern is Clarendon’s utility restaurant - use the American spot for dates, dinner with the parents, or a meal at the bar.
Try Black Jack for a casual pre-going out group dinner on 14th Street. We endorse the bucket of fried chicken.
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Bad Saint DC is a twenty seat Filipino restaurant that you’ll have to wait in line for. You should absolutely wait in line for it.
Little Serow’s Northern Thai tasting menu is not only one of the best deals in DC - it’s one of the best meals in DC. Just prepare for some heat.
Part trendy clothing store, part Cambodian/Thai restaurant, Maketto might just be the coolest spot in DC right now.
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