12 Casual Restaurants In Washington DC

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The US capital, Washington DC is defined by impressive neoclassical monuments and buildings, some of which need no introduction like the White House and the Capitol. It’s a city defined by rich culture and history. This has also extended to the hospitality section. Washington boasts of numerous upscale restaurants and hotels for an unmatched dining experience. While in the capital you can savor the city’s gastronomic offerings in its many casual restaurants that are both diverse and unique. Take a few minutes and join the dining experiences offered by these restaurants in the city. We have created a list of the best casual restaurants in Washington DC. Check them out below.

1. Clyde's of Georgetown

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Clyde's of Georgetown on Thursday, March 15, 2012

Located in the heart of Georgetown, Clyde’s of Georgetown has been offering seasonal American saloon food since 1963. The menu is filled with a plethora of entrees, burgers, starters, sandwiches, wines, desserts, and beer. The restaurant has a friendly atmosphere that is aptly demonstrated by the restaurant’s staff, with some of them even recommending dishes if the customer is undecided on what to eat. This friendly environment complements the great food which guarantees every customer an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.

Clyde's of Georgetown

Address: 3236 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Website: Clyde’s of Georgetown

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 1am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 2am

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2. Thunder Burger & Bar

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Posted by Thunder Burger & Bar on Sunday, August 18, 2019

Do you like rock and roll? If the answer is yes, then Thunder Burger & Bar has you covered. This rock and roll-themed burger spot offers a wide variety of burgers and draft beer. Some of these burgers can even be customized to your taste. Vegetarian options are also offered here. As for food quality, you can never go wrong with this restaurant as it holds true to its name and gives a positively electrifying experience to all its customers.

Thunder Burger & Bar

Address: 3056 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Website: Thunder Burger & Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 10pm; Fri: 12pm - 11pm; Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 11am - 10pm

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3. The Pig

The Pig is a cozy and casual joint along 14th street in DC. The setting is warm, relaxing and great for an evening of special treats and meals. The establishment is a celebration for pork dishes. However, you will find the menu quite palatable. Select from a collection of uniquely crafted, seasonal, and local food that goes well with an array of drinks including American cocktails, beer, and wine.

The Pig

Address: 1320 14th St. NW Washington DC

Website: The Pig

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4pm - 10pm; Fri: 11:30am - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 10:30am - 11pm

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4. The Hamilton

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The Hamilton is an elegant restaurant that is meant to attract food enthusiasts. The restaurant delivers a contemporary dining experience that blends pretty well with the music that emanates from the music hall. The meals are moderately priced and the overall experience is what you may discern for an evening meal.

The Hamilton

Address: 600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

Website: The Hamilton

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 2am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 3am

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Washington Tour Guide

Annie Leguennec

Annie Leguennec

My name is Annie. I am a local Tour guide based in Philadelphia enjoying fully what the city has to offer with its deep history, street arts, murals, architecture, traditional food, black history, Farmer Markets, green space, a melting pot of neighborhoods and its great locals. I am looking for to welcome you and show you this incredible city where you will gain a better understanding of the city's rich heritage and its continuing legacy as the birthplace of the United States of America. Book my tour. Explore and learn about this unique city where you will walk on the footsteps of our America's founding Fathers. My tours are conducted in English, French and Italian.

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Washington Tour Guide

Stephanie Eley

Stephanie Eley

I'm a graduate of ITMI, International Tour Management Institute and 17 years as a licensed Tour Director and Program Director. My expertise began in NYC and Washington, DC where I'm a licensed guide and has expanded to Europe, South America, Cuba and the Western / Southwestern National Parks of the US. I'd love to introduce you for a day or a week to Denver, Colorado and the 4 corners region of the US: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona! Let's GO!! stepheley@gmail.com

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5. Maydan

Hearth at Maydan restaurant
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Enjoy excellent and moderately priced food in a relaxed and settling environment at the Maydan restaurant. You will definitely be floored with the experience that you get upon entry into the cozy restaurant which has a polished rustic feel to it. Enjoy the excellent service provided by the friendly staff who are willing to recommend some of Maydan’s best dishes as well as drinks to match the occasion.


Address: 1346 Florida Avenue NW Washington, DC

Website: Maydan

Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 5pm - 2am

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6. The Dabney

The Dabney is an almost hidden establishment set up by co-owners chef Jeremiah Langhorne and beverage director Alex Zink. The restaurant has a romantic vibe to it with candles and stylish decor to set the mood for the evening. The restaurant features a robust wine list with a diverse assortment of alcoholic drinks as well as a selection of beers and cocktails. Fantastic service from the friendly staff with great wine recommendations as well as the romantic ambiance are major highlights.

The Dabney

Address: 122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington DC

Website: The Dabney

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5:30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 11pm; Sun: 5pm - 10pm

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7. Masseria

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Enjoy the warm embrace of Masseria, a restaurant that celebrates Italian owner and chef Nick Stefanelli’s best recipes and dishes. The name Masseria is derived from the agricultural estates of the Puglia region. The delectable menu options, a variety of drinks as well as the setting will definitely make for a memorable dining experience.


Address: 202-608-1330 | 1340 4th Street, NE Washington, DC

Website: Masseria

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 5pm - 10pm

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8. Founding Farmers DC

Founding Farmers
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Coupled with excellent service, the Founding Farmers DC is a fun and inviting restaurant. The unique design of a modern farmhouse featuring a stunning interior design, a vibrant setting, and delicious menu options are some of the reasons why the restaurant is always packed with hungry foodies. The restaurant also features a robust wine list and cocktail drinks to fit any occasion.

Founding Farmers DC

Address: 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC

Website: Founding Farmers DC

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 8:30am - 12am

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9. Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill
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Old Ebbitt Grill is a sought-after joint that really gives you the best food choices. Choose from its extensive food menu and you will be served huge portions at a moderate price. It also features great customer service and Happy Hour drinks. The full bar offers wines and cocktails fit for any occasion. This is a good place to have desserts too.

Old Ebbitt Grill

Address: 675 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 3am; Sat - Sun: 8:30am - 3pm

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10. Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate
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Encounter the best dining experience at Le Diplomate, a classic restaurant with a bit of French influence located on DC’s 14th street. Featuring beautiful interiors and good service, the restaurant’s atmosphere is the best fit for a romantic dine-out. The restaurant also has a larger outdoor seating area. The food is exquisite and flavourful, and there are several drinks including wine to accompany the food.

Le Diplomate

Address: 1601 14th St NW Washington, DC

Website: Le Diplomate

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5pm - 12am; Sun - Sat: 9:30am - 11pm

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11. Rose's Luxury

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Rose’s Luxury in Washington is a top pick for a dine-out joint in the city. Featuring beautiful and elegant interior designs, innovative and savory food, and topped with a welcoming and generous service, patrons will greatly enjoy the signature sizzling plates from highly skilled chefs. Try their famous staple dish the Lychee Salad which is always on the menu. Whatever your choice for a meal at Rose’s Luxury, you will be left craving for more. It’s the perfect place to make your night extra special.

Rose's Luxury

Address: 717 8th St SE Washington, DC

Website: Rose’s Luxury

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5pm - 10pm

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12. The Fainting Goat

The Fainting Goat has a tavern feel to it while still keeping a classy cocktail-bar vibe. Located in the heart of Washington’s historic U Street corridor, this charming restaurant features beautiful interior decor with exposed brick walls, earthy tones, stunning chandeliers, and a friendly service. Choose from the delectable menu options and have a taste of fresh and delicious meals. In addition, they have a complimentary wine selection list for you to choose from.

The Fainting Goat

Address: 1330 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA

Website: The Fainting Goat

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5pm - 2am; Sun: 5pm - 12am

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Dine at the capital's best restaurants

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Washington DC has an array of top casual restaurants providing delicious meals, cocktails and excellent service. Take some time and visit these top restaurants for a truly great dining experience.

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