One of the most compelling and enjoyable parts of living in a bustling restaurant city like Washington, DC, is that the scene is constantly changing and evolving. To keep readers up to date with local spots that are keeping our taste buds excited, these are our favorite restaurants to eat at now.

Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill

Set in an hold, red-brick building along the picturesque C&O Canal in georgetown, Dyllan’s offers an elevated seafood experience. Shoot oysters and sample rare canned-fish in the opulent dining room, and then go shopping on M Street for dessert.

Dyllan’s Raw Bar & Grill. 1054 31st St. NW


Chef Matt Baker garnered a lot of attention with the opening of Gravitas in Ivy City this summer. Come here for customizable four-through-seven course tasting menus. The best of seasonal ingredients are constantly on hand and rotating here, making it one of the more interesting destinations to eat at in DC.

Gravitas. 140 Okie St. NE

San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo can be a stressful place to order at, only because the options are all mouth-wateringly creative and delicious. Entering the colder months, we recommend fried squash blossoms filled with goat cheese. The pasta dishes are also a staple of Lorenzo’s chef, so keep your eyes on those when looking to warm your belly.

San Lorenzo. 1316 9th St. NW

Poca Madre

Poca Madre is a destination for Mexican food in the Penn Quarter. Inventive flavor combinations with ingredient-driven dishes like wagyu beef burritos makes this an unforgettable place to dine. We suggest sampling the ceviche, and taking advantage of an opportunity to try grilled grasshoppers.

Poca Madre. 777 I St. NW

America Eats Tavern by Jose Andres

Jose Andres is a titan of the DC food scene, and critics and diners have been raving about his new America Eats Tavern in Georgetown. Come here for backyard favorites like baby back ribs, and classy indulgent treats like oysters and nice cheeses.

America Eats Tavern by Jose Andres. 3139 M St. NW