Italy, Venice, couple at restaurant table at night, outdoors

Whether you’re paying a visit to the nearby White House or in town for business meetings at City Center, you’re bound to be near Metro Center during your DC trip. To make sure your dining experiences are nothing but delicious, go with our favorite Metro Center restaurants.


Local lifestyle magazine the Washingtonian loves this classy wine-and-cheese destination near the National Gallery of Art so much that they ranked on their best restaurant list three years in a row. We couldn’t agree more. Head to this top-of-the-line spot, headed by chef Austin Fausett, for some San Daniele Prosciutto and Malbec.

775 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-7663


This high-ceilinged, super-popular Mediterranean spot helmed by Chef Jose Andres is one of DC’s top restaurants. Come here for a light tapas dinner of lamb meatballs with feta cheese paired with an elegant Sicilian red. Close your eyes and you’ll be floating off to a dreamy beach vacation on the shores of Europe.

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0800


This chic, upscale Italian spot near Metro Center is the perfect special occasion spot. You’ll be in seventh heaven with dishes like the wild boar ragu strozzapreti (a hand-rolled pasta) and the creamy burrata with matsutake. Make sure to browse the extensive Old World wine list for picks like a minerally white Burgundy Chardonnay or a full-bodied Italian red.

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-2888


Chef Amy Brandwein’s modern Italian spot has earned the attention of the New York Times, which profiled the power players who regularly visit this spot. One bite of the lavish handmade pastas available here, and you’ll see exactly what keeps the crowds coming.

974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 898-2426


In the mood for classy, high-end French food? Go to City Center to check out star chef Daniel Boulud’s DC outpost of his famed bistro DBGB, which serves foie gras terrine with fig and fennel jam, hand-cut steak tartare, and sherry-glazed duck breast.

931 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 695-7660