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Top Rated Restaurants & Cafes in Washington DC

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Madam's Organ

A popular night spot in the DC neighborhood, the vibe at this jazz and blues club reflects the eclecticism that Adams-Morgan has been known for. It is a great addition to downtown’s social scene. The patrons here would agree that the lively atmosphere at this place is the key to its fame. Savor a drink and a classic grub, play a few games of billiards, and enjoy nightly live performances all under one roof at Madam's Organ. If you wish to spend a night that you will remember for a long time, then this place won't disappoint you for sure.

Teaism - A Tea House

This Asian-style teahouse in the heart of Dupont Circle hosts outdoor Japanese tea ceremonies in summer. The rest of the year, enjoy dozens of exotic teas, breakfast, sandwiches and bento boxes. Teaism also has a small store where you can buy traditional tea settings. Try the ostrich burgers, Japanese bento boxes (rice, sushi, and a hot dish) and rice pudding for dessert. Tea is served in your own pot.

Assaggi Osteria

Assaggi Osteria is for all those who love Italian food and good mozzarella. The menu features a wide array of appealing appetizers, salads, homemade pastas, fresh seafood and veal. You need to keep a careful watch on the road if you are driving as chances are you might miss this hidden gem. Due to the chef-owner's love for seafood, Assaggi specializes in seafood and you can find interesting treasures from the seas all around the world in here all sourced freshly of course. All the other produce is procured from local Amish farms and the desserts are made in the house. The farm to table menu is served as small plates meant to be shared.


Vace, is an Italian Deli, essentially known for its delectable home made pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and specialty items like Dry Italian Lentils, and succulent chicken slices. This well lit shop also has a variety of olive oils, coffees and wines, catering to all kinds of choices and preferences. So if you are looking for a place to buy authentic Italian food items, this hidden gem awaits your arrival.


At Komi, located a few twists and turns from the hustle and bustle of Dupont Circle, simplicity is key. The staff, the space, the cuisine and the wines are all elegant, but none are flashy in the least. Komi is most famous for its fixed-price tasting menus with optional sommelier-managed wine pairings, each one a new five-course symphony of tasty wonder. Whichever route you choose, you'll surely be faced with some luscious salads, top-notch pastas and some of the finest meats and fishes you'll ever lay eyes on.

Duke's Grocery

Chances are you will get duped by the name, for Duke's Grocery is an East London inspired gastropub! This bi-level space has a laid-back vibe to it and you can enjoy their happy hours with craft beers and seasonal cocktails. Their ever changing menu consists of tasty sandwiches, charcuterie, shared plates, salads and soups. Their market-driven fare will definitely keep you guessing what's on for the day. It is a nice spot to hangout with your friends.

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