Georgetown is a part of Washington, DC that is effortlessly glamorous from cobblestone streets that Jackie O once strolled to the leafy quads of its namesake university.
Food In Georgetown
And whether you’re a tourist visiting the neighborhood for shopping on M Street or a local passing through, chances are you’ll find yourself in Georgetown looking for a bite to eat.
Luckily, it just so happens to be home to one of the most underrated food scenes in The District. You’ve probably already heard about the iconic cupcakes, but there’s so much more to the neighborhood beyond the confections. Georgetown has some of the city’s top Ethiopian restaurants, tasting menu spots that are among the best restaurants in the city, and fast-casual bites to cure your post-shopping hunger, so there’s something for everyone on our list of the best places to eat in Georgetown.
This converted warehouse space on Water Street is an ideal indoor-outdoor venue with a German beer hall vibe. The comfort food-focused menu hinges on sausage, with six varieties on offer including bratwurst and merguez that are served with your choice of toppings and sauces. The spot also offers schnitzel, homemade pretzels with beer cheese, and much more, but beer is the main draw of this Bavarian-influenced spot. With more than two dozen beers on tap, you’ll find a wide variety of domestic and international beer including several German breweries and some options brewed right in our backyard.
When M Street shopping works up a hearty appetite, there’s no better retreat than Bourbon Steak inside the Georgetown Four Seasons Hotel. At this swanky steakhouse, you can choose to dine in the formal fine dining room, grab a drink and a bite in the casual lounge, or venture outside on the patio, which comes outfitted with firepits. You’ll find steakhouse classics like Handout Duck Fat Fries and Ahi Tuna Tartare, plus chef Robert Curtis offers one of the most extensive selections of steak in The District, including dry-aged, grass-fed, corn-fed, and Japanese wagyu beef.
This cute and charming champagne and caviar bar is the ultimate celebration destination. The menu is guided by sommelier Elli Benchimol, and the vibe inside is dark and moody—it’s meant to be a sanctuary away from the urban hustle and bustle of Georgetown’s nearby M Street. Beyond the vast selection of wines by the glass and bottle, every drink can be paired with caviar or larger format dishes like Vegetable Cassoulet, Seared Trout served with lump crab, and Short Rib Bourguignon.
Follow the trail of candles down an alley to this vibrant Georgetown restaurant serving Belgian dishes that tap into French, German and Dutch fare. That includes a slate of charcuterie and cheese, three types of mussels, Flammkuchen (crispy flatbreads with various toppings), and Rabbit braised in Kreek beer. The draft list here is overwhelming with more than 25 drafts and 350 bottles, so ask your bartender for some help or see if beverage director Greg Egret is in for a top pick. Many beer lovers come here for the harder-to-find Belgian-style ales that are right at home here.
Located down a cobblestone alley with an open kitchen and dimly lit patio, Reverie is designed with special occasions in mind. Award-winning chef Johnny Spero is behind the lauded 14-course tasting menu, which displays local ingredients in playful ways, for $205 per person. The menu is designed to be a reflection of who Spero is—from Maryland crab that represents his Baltimore roots to Spanish Turbot for the time he spent cooking at the Mauritz kitchen in Basque country.
From Sourdough Focaccia to Rabbit Leg and Kaluga Caviar—this nouveau French bistro will make you say “out” to more. Dishes at Lutecia often feel more like art than food, as chef Matt Conroy puts intricate detail into each dish. With a whole slate of French-inspired fare to choose from, you’ll feel lucky you don’t have to choose because the restaurant has a $75 tasting menu that covers four course.
Das Ethiopian Cuisine
DC is a destination for Ethiopian fare, and Georgetown is home to one of the best spots in town. This light, airy dining room serves up classic dishes like Tibbs and Doro Wat, and it’s also an excellent option for vegetarian friendly dishes like Iguala Tibbs (sautéed mushrooms, onions, with a touch of bell peppers) or Shiro Wat, a stew seasoned with chickpea flour and cooked in a mild sauce.
Most people gravitate toward CUT for celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s dining room, which features a selection of steaks and seasonal Mid-Atlantic dishes from chef Andrew Scala. But this summer you’ll want to visit the roof for a meal at the recently reopened and glam rooftop bar and restaurant, CUT Above. It’s an ideal destination for open-air entertainment, outfitted with plush lounge furniture, the rooftop oasis offers a menu of Tamaki sushi and refreshing cocktails like the Up, Up & Away, which pairs vodka with lemon, spiced pear, ginger honey, and aquafaba.
Brasserie Liberty is a particularly buzzy spot on Prospect Street that pulls in diners looking for a dining room with style. Whether visiting for brunch or dinner, you’re sure to find classic French dishes like Country Pate, Trout Amandine, and Cassoulet on chef Matthew Cockrell’s menu. But for larger groups, this spot is also a win because it offers an entire menu of dinner tray versions of the most popular menu items that feed five to seven people.
Chaya is on a mission to change the perception of plant-forward fare with savory tacos packed with vegetables. Chaya’s founders, Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern, crafted tasty and delightful bites that will challenge your palate like Braised Mushroom Tacos and Creamy Kale and Potato Tacos topped with poblano crema—so much so, you’ll never miss the meat.
Georgetown Pizza and Grill
If you need to find the best Georgetown pizza, look no further than Georgetown Pizza and Grill! Our favorites are the Greek pizza (think gyro meat, feta, olives and tzatziki!) and the buffalo chicken pizza (more pizzas should come on a base of blue cheese!) but they also have some great meal deals and their pizza and wings deal is always so tempting!
While the restaurant itself is not super fancy, it does have a dine in option, but is also one of our favorite takeout’s! They’re also open until 2.45am every night which is very random but means if you’ve had a big night out on your vacation you will not go hungry! It is seriously some of the best food in Georgetown!
DAS Ethiopian Cuisine
If you’re keen to try something different to the usual pizza, curry and sushi go-toss, we highly recommend a visit to DAS Ethiopian Cuisine, a stunning, two-story restaurant located in the very heart of Georgetown DC. DAS Ethiopian Cuisine offers fine dining standard food without the usual price tag. It truly is one of the finest restaurants in Georgetown!
Overlooking Georgetown’s bustling M Street, you can even enjoy your meal al fresco on their patio while people watching in central Georgetown. DAS Ethiopian Cuisine offers traditional Ethiopian food presented in a contemporary style. We love their Ethiopian-style short ribs, chicken dobro wat (chicken, Ethiopian red pepper sauce, and spices with a hard boiled egg), and the DAS combination vegetarian entrée sampler. You will not leave here hungry!
DAS Ethiopian Cuisine is definitely one of the most wonderful places to eat in Georgetown. We can’t wait to go back!
Lebow Preserve Hawker Stalls
There’s a variety of eats here, from a cart that does hard-to-find Baba-Nyonya (a mix of indigenous and Chinese cooking styles and ingredients) dishes to a decent oyster omelet vendor. But nearly everybody comes for the hokier me. A decadent bowl combines rice and wheat-and-egg noodles, a rich, red, pork bone- and prawn-based broth, crispy pork belly, and a generous garnish of crispy fried shallots. Evenings only.
Lorong Bar Hawker Stalls
If you only have time to visit one hawker center while in George Town (note: you should make more time), make it Lorong Bar. Both in terms of its spread of dishes and its frenetic, open-air vibe, it’s the epitome of what’s fun and delicious about eating in this city. Standout dishes include otak-otak, fish curry steamed in banana leaf; Smokey skewers of satay; char okay kaki, rice cakes fried with egg, shrimp, bean sprouts, and chili paste; and Chee Choong fun, rice noodle rolls drizzled with a savory shrimp paste-based dressing and sesame seeds. Dinner only.
If you’re looking for where to eat in Georgetown DC that serves Mexican food, you’ll want to swing by Amigo Mio, a delightful restaurant offering the best in Timex food located right in the heart of Georgetown.
Offering everything we know and love from a Mexican restaurant, it can be pretty tough to choose from their menu! But we love their nachos, polo Pachuca (grilled chicken in a white wine and soy sauce reduction, wow!), and their fajitas are next level! They also offer ten different types of margaritas, such as apple, strawberry, and mango, as well as four tequila based cocktails. We love the mango cilantro martini!
Amigo Mio pride themselves on using fresh ingredients wherever possible, and their staff are friendly and inclusive. The restaurant is bright and funky and the food is great… what more could you want, really? For Mexican dining in Georgetown, this is it!!
Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge
If you’re thinking of places to eat in Georgetown DC and you’re thinking of tapas, you must visit Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge! Located centrally in Georgetown, Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge offers authentic Spanish food in a great atmosphere.
It’s so hard to narrow down our favorite tapas, but we always love the sepia a la planchet (grilled cuttlefish with olive oil and sea salt), dateless con nocino (bacon wrapped around crispy dates), and tostada de quest de cakra con mile (toasted bread with goat’s cheese and honey). But really, you cannot go wrong here!
Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge offers indoor and outdoor dining, but if you choose to sit outside you will be able to enjoy their beautiful water fountain! They also offer special events including flamenco dance lessons and Spanish wine tasting so it’s worth checking their website before you visit! We love this place, and we know you will too!
Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place
For an outstanding seafood experience, you’ll want to drop into Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place. We love the location of this place, right on Washington Harbor. You can choose to sit inside or fine al fresco on the riverside patio.
Beyond the location, their food is also outstanding, fresh and delicious. We love the shrimp and grits (it’s spicy!), broiled mahi mahi (served with rice, broccoli and mango butter!) and the Ivy City Smokehouse smoked fish board. They also do an amazing side of fried brussels sprouts with chipotle aioli. But anything you choose here is bound to be a winner. The fish is fresh, often local, and it is always cooked to perfection. As well as seafood they offer a great range of steaks, chicken, even tacos are on the menu!
Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place is waterfront dining at its best and one of the finest places to eat in Georgetown! Established nearly 40 years ago, it’s definitely a Georgetown staple!
Pitt Street Okay Tow Thing
Although not as touted as George Town’s other hawker dishes, okay toed thing, flat rice noodles in a clear duck-based broth studded with fish balls, is a dish deeply beloved by locals. The balls here are made from eel, and are tender and pleasantly fishy – not the tasteless, rubbery orbs you’ve likely encountered elsewhere – and a generous drizzle of pork fat and crispy garlic ties everything together. Breakfast and lunch only, closed Monad.
Wai Kei Café
Even if you’re a casual fan of Chinese food, you’ve probably encountered char siew, fatty slices of just-sweet, oven-roasted pork. But we’re willing to posit that you’ve never really eaten char siew if you haven’t been to Wai Kei. Rich, caramelized, crispy, and Smokey, the pork is served with rice, a side of greens and a bowl of soup. Open for lunch and dinner (the latter only during weekdays), but supplies are limited, so show up early and be prepared to wait.