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Where to Eat in D.C.’s Historic Georgetown Neighborhood

Find everything from vegetarian tacos to fancy Italian seafood

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Most D.C. tourists find their way to Georgetown eventually. This historic neighborhood is a draw for its beautiful architecture and cobblestone streets, with plentiful shopping options too. Georgetown’s many restaurants are stepping up to the challenge of COVID-19: several outdoor dining areas planted in side streets are open and bustling on M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW. To-go options are part of the equation, too, and as more patrons get vaccinated, customers are gravitating towards other dine-in options as well. Here’s where to order pastrami sandwiches, gourmet burgers, fancy cupcakes, brick-oven pizza, and more in this neighborhood.

A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Jolie Bleue

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1560 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 629-1641
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This relatively new, family-owned bakery and cafe sells savory quiches and puff pastry-wrapped kofta, along with intriguing pastries to try, like North African-inspired almond cookies. Stop in the shop or explore delivery options available online.

2. Lutèce.

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1522 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8830
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Parisian gnocchi and grilled octopus are among the seasonally rotating, “neo-bistro” dishes available at this recent reboot of Cafe Bonaparte. No takeout is listed, though — diners concerned about indoor dining have the option of booking a heated greenhouse for outdoor service.

3. Stachowski’s Market

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1425 28th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 506-3125
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The too-tall sandwiches (from grinders to pastrami) and sausages at this local butcher shop are legendary and available for in-store pickup or delivery. Dinner special options during the pandemic have ranged from eggplant Parmesan to prime rib or herb roasted chicken.

4. Call Your Mother

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3428 O St NW
Washington, DC 20007

After a 13-month saga to open its doors in Georgetown, Call Your Mother is now serving up its bagels, breakfast sandwiches, black and white cookies, and more for pickup only. Even President Joe Biden has taken advantage of the situation.

5. Peacock Café

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3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-2740
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Brothers chef Maziar Farivar and Shahab Farivar own this nearly 30-year-old staple that servers a range of salads, sandwiches, pastas, and vegetarian chili nachos. Chef Maziar draws from his Persian roots with specials like mahi torsh-o shirin, a pistachio-crusted cod with a sweet and sour sauce of dried apricot, figs, sour cherries, and almond. Call 202-625-2740 for pickup orders that include discounted bottles of wine. Order delivery via DoorDash or Uber Eats. Also open for dine-in/patio. — Gabe Hiatt

Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
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6. 1789

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-1789
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In the Clyde’s family of restaurants, 1789 offers up seasonal fine dining. It reopened in the fall with new chef Kyoo Eom at the helm and an a la carte menu that features dishes like brioche-crusted halibut and roasted duck breast with an assortment of grains. Next-door, long-running sibling bar and Georgetown student hangout the Tombs remains closed. Carryout available on UberEats.

7. La Chaumiere

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2813 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-1784
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Old school French cooking is the focus at this longtime Georgetown charmer, which now offers multi-course dinners to-go at $55 per person. Find dishes like saumon en croûte, boudin blanc, and apple tart with caramel sauce. Dine-in and patio now available.

Seared fish with carrots, gree beans, and parsley garnish on a fancy plate
A fish dish from La Chaumerie
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8. Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations)

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3282 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-1245
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Pizzeria Paradiso’s brick-oven pies please all kinds of crowds, and the menu boasts an impressive selection of bottled and draft beers. The restaurant added outdoor dining on M Street, along with pizzas for delivery or carryout. Pizza kits ($12) are available to-go too, as well as beer and wine. Order directly through the website.

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9. Kafè Leopold

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3315 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-6005
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This hidden-away restaurant serves European-style salads, savory tarts, and entrees like schnitzel and grilled salmon. The patio just off M Street is also a draw during nice weather. Call to place an order for pickup or use Postmates for delivery.

10. Kintaro

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1039 33rd St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4649
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Every neighborhood deserves a reliable sushi restaurant, and Georgetown’s is Kintaro. Go there for lunch specials, chirashi, Japanese dishes, and combination plates. Call 202-333-4649 for takeout.

A red bowl of chirashi on a wooden table, filled with salmon, tuna, crab stick, shrimp, and other slices
Chirashi at Kintaro
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11. Church Hall

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1070 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 847-0953
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This spacious underground beer hall from the team behind local hangouts like Penn Social and Franklin Hall recently added biergarten seating overlooking the C&O Canal. Order bar fare for takeout like chicken wings, loaded fries, burgers, and sweet potato tots — as well as the entire craft beer selection to-go. Dine-in customers can check out the affordable happy hour.

12. Chaia

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3207 Grace St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-5222
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Farmers market favorite Chaia sells hearty vegetarian tacos. Options include the mushroom, feta and red sauce, or the creamy kale and potato with cheese, crema and green sauce. Contactless pickup is available for takeout, as is delivery.

13. Baked & Wired

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1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-2500
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Georgetown Cupcake may have the diehard reality TV fans, but Baked & Wired serves some of the best and biggest cupcakes around. There’s also a counter full of other baked goods as well as espresso, tea, and coffee. The bakery is offering its cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, and more for pickup and delivery: choose between same-day takeout or advance ordering.

Four cakes, three of them on cake stands, with one coated in pistachio, two with white icing, and a cut chocolate cake
Cakes from Baked & Wired
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14. Reverie

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3201 Cherry Hill Ln
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 808-2952
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Chef Johnny Spero’s sleek, special-ocassion getaway tucked at the end of a cobblestone walkway comes up with contemporary dishes like turbot with shellfish cream and salted mandarin. Guests can dine on the patio or inside with reservations ($125 per person for the multi-course menu).

15. Chez Billy Sud

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1039 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-2606
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A spin-off of a now-defunct French restaurant in Petworth, this French restaurant from the Hilton brothers offers classic Gallic cooking, from steak tartare to moules frites. The restaurant’s patio is open for outdoor seating (indoor service by reservation), and carryout is available as well.

A seared piece of trout topped with charred cherry tomatoes and watercress
Trout from Chez Billy Sud
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16. Fiola Mare

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3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 628-0065
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Restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi’s waterfront Italian restaurant focuses on seafood, with some of the most expensive Italian cooking in the city (think: caviar and Dover sole) — but the quality and execution are top-notch. In addition to indoor and outdoor dining, Fiola Mare offers contactless takeout and delivery.

1. La Jolie Bleue

1560 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

This relatively new, family-owned bakery and cafe sells savory quiches and puff pastry-wrapped kofta, along with intriguing pastries to try, like North African-inspired almond cookies. Stop in the shop or explore delivery options available online.

1560 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

2. Lutèce.

1522 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Parisian gnocchi and grilled octopus are among the seasonally rotating, “neo-bistro” dishes available at this recent reboot of Cafe Bonaparte. No takeout is listed, though — diners concerned about indoor dining have the option of booking a heated greenhouse for outdoor service.

1522 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

3. Stachowski’s Market

1425 28th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

The too-tall sandwiches (from grinders to pastrami) and sausages at this local butcher shop are legendary and available for in-store pickup or delivery. Dinner special options during the pandemic have ranged from eggplant Parmesan to prime rib or herb roasted chicken.

1425 28th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

4. Call Your Mother

3428 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007

After a 13-month saga to open its doors in Georgetown, Call Your Mother is now serving up its bagels, breakfast sandwiches, black and white cookies, and more for pickup only. Even President Joe Biden has taken advantage of the situation.

3428 O St NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Peacock Café

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Brothers chef Maziar Farivar and Shahab Farivar own this nearly 30-year-old staple that servers a range of salads, sandwiches, pastas, and vegetarian chili nachos. Chef Maziar draws from his Persian roots with specials like mahi torsh-o shirin, a pistachio-crusted cod with a sweet and sour sauce of dried apricot, figs, sour cherries, and almond. Call 202-625-2740 for pickup orders that include discounted bottles of wine. Order delivery via DoorDash or Uber Eats. Also open for dine-in/patio. — Gabe Hiatt

3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. 1789

1226 36th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

In the Clyde’s family of restaurants, 1789 offers up seasonal fine dining. It reopened in the fall with new chef Kyoo Eom at the helm and an a la carte menu that features dishes like brioche-crusted halibut and roasted duck breast with an assortment of grains. Next-door, long-running sibling bar and Georgetown student hangout the Tombs remains closed. Carryout available on UberEats.

1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

7. La Chaumiere

2813 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Seared fish with carrots, gree beans, and parsley garnish on a fancy plate
A fish dish from La Chaumerie
La Chaumerie [official site]

Old school French cooking is the focus at this longtime Georgetown charmer, which now offers multi-course dinners to-go at $55 per person. Find dishes like saumon en croûte, boudin blanc, and apple tart with caramel sauce. Dine-in and patio now available.

2813 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations)

3282 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Pizzeria Paradiso’s brick-oven pies please all kinds of crowds, and the menu boasts an impressive selection of bottled and draft beers. The restaurant added outdoor dining on M Street, along with pizzas for delivery or carryout. Pizza kits ($12) are available to-go too, as well as beer and wine. Order directly through the website.

3282 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

9. Kafè Leopold

3315 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

This hidden-away restaurant serves European-style salads, savory tarts, and entrees like schnitzel and grilled salmon. The patio just off M Street is also a draw during nice weather. Call to place an order for pickup or use Postmates for delivery.

3315 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

10. Kintaro

1039 33rd St NW, Washington, DC 20007
A red bowl of chirashi on a wooden table, filled with salmon, tuna, crab stick, shrimp, and other slices
Chirashi at Kintaro
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Every neighborhood deserves a reliable sushi restaurant, and Georgetown’s is Kintaro. Go there for lunch specials, chirashi, Japanese dishes, and combination plates. Call 202-333-4649 for takeout.

1039 33rd St NW
Washington, DC 20007

11. Church Hall

1070 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

This spacious underground beer hall from the team behind local hangouts like Penn Social and Franklin Hall recently added biergarten seating overlooking the C&O Canal. Order bar fare for takeout like chicken wings, loaded fries, burgers, and sweet potato tots — as well as the entire craft beer selection to-go. Dine-in customers can check out the affordable happy hour.

1070 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

12. Chaia

3207 Grace St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Farmers market favorite Chaia sells hearty vegetarian tacos. Options include the mushroom, feta and red sauce, or the creamy kale and potato with cheese, crema and green sauce. Contactless pickup is available for takeout, as is delivery.

3207 Grace St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

13. Baked & Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Four cakes, three of them on cake stands, with one coated in pistachio, two with white icing, and a cut chocolate cake
Cakes from Baked & Wired
Baked 8 Wired [official site]

Georgetown Cupcake may have the diehard reality TV fans, but Baked & Wired serves some of the best and biggest cupcakes around. There’s also a counter full of other baked goods as well as espresso, tea, and coffee. The bakery is offering its cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, and more for pickup and delivery: choose between same-day takeout or advance ordering.

1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

14. Reverie

3201 Cherry Hill Ln, Washington, DC 20007

Chef Johnny Spero’s sleek, special-ocassion getaway tucked at the end of a cobblestone walkway comes up with contemporary dishes like turbot with shellfish cream and salted mandarin. Guests can dine on the patio or inside with reservations ($125 per person for the multi-course menu).

3201 Cherry Hill Ln
Washington, DC 20007

15. Chez Billy Sud

1039 31st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
A seared piece of trout topped with charred cherry tomatoes and watercress
Trout from Chez Billy Sud
Chez Billy Sud [official site]

A spin-off of a now-defunct French restaurant in Petworth, this French restaurant from the Hilton brothers offers classic Gallic cooking, from steak tartare to moules frites. The restaurant’s patio is open for outdoor seating (indoor service by reservation), and carryout is available as well.

1039 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

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16. Fiola Mare

3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi’s waterfront Italian restaurant focuses on seafood, with some of the most expensive Italian cooking in the city (think: caviar and Dover sole) — but the quality and execution are top-notch. In addition to indoor and outdoor dining, Fiola Mare offers contactless takeout and delivery.

3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

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