The summer's most talked about restaurants: Washington D.C

In the nation's capital, tourists and locals alike love independent eateries. A bakery grabbed the top spot in Washington D.C.!

In the nation's capital, tourists and locals alike love independent eateries. A bakery grabbed the top spot in Washington D.C.!

Welcome back to our series on most talked about eateries! We're closing out the summer with a mini-series on the most popular restaurants in major U.S. cities, as measured by how many people post online reviews about them. You can read our quick primer about the series here. As a recap:

  • Consumers overwhelmingly use online reviews to decide which restaurants they'll patronize
  • They mostly care about recent reviews
  • Restaurants with lots of reviews tend to have positive ratings and attract more customers

We analyzed millions of online reviews during June and July to make our list. The top restaurants are the ones that were talked about the most on Yelp, Google, TripAdvisor, and other business review sites during the first two months of summer. (So, "recent reviews" means in June and July of this year.)

Diners, bars, and bakeries dominate in D.C. Read the whole list below.

 

1. Baked & Wired

Baked & Wired offers small-batched baked good and hand-crafted espressos to patrons in Washington D.C.'s trendy Georgetown neighborhood. 

Baked & Wired offers small-batched baked good and hand-crafted espressos to patrons in Washington D.C.'s trendy Georgetown neighborhood. 

  • Fare: Bakery
  • Recent reviews: 223
  • Yelp score: 4.5 stars
  • 1 dish to try: The Honey Badger fudge brownie
  • Extra credit: Check out their sweet merchandise

 

2. Open City

Open City prides itself on being "a space outside of typical Washington political partisanship and the battle of tourist vs. local on the metro escalators."

Open City prides itself on being "a space outside of typical Washington political partisanship and the battle of tourist vs. local on the metro escalators."

 

3. Agora

Agora, which means "a gathering place" in the Aegean region, brings the flavors of Turkey, Lebanon, and Greece to Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Agora, which means "a gathering place" in the Aegean region, brings the flavors of Turkey, Lebanon, and Greece to Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood.

  • Fare: Mediterranean
  • Recent reviews: 132
  • Yelp score: 4
  • 1 dish to try: Grilled octopus
  • Extra credit: Get to know Lebanese chef Ghassan Jarrouj, who's been preparing Mediterranean cuisine for nearly five decades.

 

4. Masa 14

Masa 14 offers unique Latin-Asian small plate pairings designed for sampling and sharing. 

Masa 14 offers unique Latin-Asian small plate pairings designed for sampling and sharing. 

 

5. District Commons

District Commons takes a modern approach to the traditional tavern in D.C.'s Washington Circle area, right next to the Foggy Bottom Metro station. 

District Commons takes a modern approach to the traditional tavern in D.C.'s Washington Circle area, right next to the Foggy Bottom Metro station. 

 

6. Nellie's Sport Bar

Nellie's Sports Bar prides itself on being a quirky tribute to the rich heritage of Washington D.C.'s U Street corridor. 

Nellie's Sports Bar prides itself on being a quirky tribute to the rich heritage of Washington D.C.'s U Street corridor. 

  • Fare: American, bar
  • Recent reviews: 113
  • Yelp score: 4
  • 1 dish to try: Nellie's Arepa
  • Extra credit: Get tickets to the bar's famous "drag brunch"

 

7. Hot N Juicy Crawfish

Hot N Juicy Crawfish started in Las Vegas and has turned its penchant for spicy seafood into a national chain with a dozen restaurants coast to coast.

Hot N Juicy Crawfish started in Las Vegas and has turned its penchant for spicy seafood into a national chain with a dozen restaurants coast to coast.

  • Fare: Seafood, cajun, creole
  • Recent reviews: 112
  • Yelp score: 4
  • 1 dish to try: The Drool
  • Extra credit: Check out their photo gallery of celebs at the restaurant

 

8. The Diner

The Diner in Washington's D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood offers classic comfort food 24 hours a day, seven day a week.

The Diner in Washington's D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood offers classic comfort food 24 hours a day, seven day a week.

 

9. Ping Pong Dim Sum

Ping Pong Dim Sum is reinventing the ancient tradition of Chinese tea houses, complete with a full cocktail menu. 

Ping Pong Dim Sum is reinventing the ancient tradition of Chinese tea houses, complete with a full cocktail menu. 

 

10. MXDC

MXDC Cocina Mexicana was inspired by celebrity chef Todd English's travels to Mexico and time working in a Mexican eatery in high school.

MXDC Cocina Mexicana was inspired by celebrity chef Todd English's travels to Mexico and time working in a Mexican eatery in high school.

 

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