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Where to Eat and Drink 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.

Georgetown’s food scene is having a renaissance too, with many new bar and restaurant openings in the past few years as well. Newer arrivals include Sandlot’s outdoor shipping container bar, classy cocktail lounge Donahue, and retooled subterranean hangout Clubhouse. The neighborhood will soon welcome chef Michael Rafidi’s Levantine cafe Yellow and French brasserie L’Avant-Garde.

A year from now, restaurant magnate Stephen Starr will debut a “mega Italian” outpost on M Street with LA chef Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza). For now, Officina’s Georgetown market is the place to grab packaged pastas and other imported essentials. On the baked goods front, consider delightfully gooey cookies from NYC’s Levain, Parisian pastries from Boulangerie Christophe, and Call Your Mother’s beloved, President Joe Biden-approved bagels. For a luxe hotel meal, Georgetown is home to Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons and Wolfgang Puck’s Cut in the Rosewood. Georgetown’s sole Michelin-rated restaurant Reverie remains closed after suffering fire damage this summer.

To map out an ultimate Georgetown staycation, go here. And check out Georgetown’s 8th annual Glow light show through January 22.

Here’s where to order pastrami sandwiches, fancy cupcakes, brick-oven pizza, and more in Georgetown.

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The Fountain Inn DC

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A Georgetown landmark where Thomas Jefferson once drank is now the home of a bar reviving forgotten cocktails from the late 18th century. Try the 500-year-old Syllabub (a mix of German wheat ale with Cognac) at the Fountain Inn’s atmospheric, dimly-lit bar, or order from over 250 unique spirits. Chef and Olympic runner Micheal Stember regularly hosts omakase pop-up dinners on-site.

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Parisian gnocchi and grilled octopus are among the seasonally rotating, “neo-bistro” dishes available at this hip reboot of Georgetown classic Cafe Bonaparte. Reservations for chef Matt Conroy’s tasting menu ($90 per person) include four courses and a view of the kitchen; the menu is also now available restaurant-wide ($85 per person).

Stachowski’s Market

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The too-tall sandwiches (from grinders to pastrami) and sausages at this local butcher shop are legendary. Dinner special options range from paella to burgers to stuffed quail.

Apéro serves pastries and espresso drinks by day and bubbles and French fare by night. Designed for celebrations, this Champagne and caviar bar is located in a historic Georgetown townhouse.

1310 Kitchen & Bar

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Chef Jenn Crovato’s welcoming Georgetown restaurant splashed with inspirational quotes serves every meal of the day. A catch-all comfort foods menu includes buttermilk pancakes, vegan lasagna, dry-aged burgers and fries, chicken pot pies, and a large number of salads and gluten-free options. Stock up the freezer with heat-and-eat versions of its dishes.

Peacock Café

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Brothers chef Maziar Farivar and Shahab Farivar own this more than 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. Dine inside or on the patio, or order delivery via DoorDash or Uber Eats. Scene-y staple Cafe Milano is also worth a stop on the same secluded strip.

Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
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In the Clyde’s family of restaurants, 1789 offers up seasonal fine dining. An a la carte menu that features dishes like brioche-crusted halibut and roasted duck breast with wild ramps and pickled kumquats. Next-door, find long-running sibling bar and Georgetown student hangout the Tombs, as well as an additional neighboring bar from Clyde’s Restaurant Group. Fitzgerald’s is much fancier than the Tombs, serving up cocktails and Peking duck burgers in a very preppy lounge.

L'Annexe

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This library-like lair serves cocktails to Georgetown’s stylish set at a zinc-topped bar, with vats of colorful, glowing infusions showcased in the back. An acclaimed French chef will man the kitchen at its anticipated next-door sibling L’Avant-Garde.

Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations)

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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. Relax in the dining room, or order directly through the website for pickup or delivery (with pizza kits to build your own pie at home too).

Kafè Leopold

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This hidden-away restaurant serves European-style salads, savory tarts, and entrees like schnitzel and grilled salmon. The patio with fountain just off M Street is also a draw during nice weather. Call to place an order for pickup or use Postmates for delivery. Cady’s Alley will welcome Yume Sushi sibling Kyojin in the old home of club L2 next spring.

Kintaro

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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.

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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Reren Lamen n Bar (Georgetown)

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This Chinese standby serves hand-pulled noodle bowls, smashed cucumbers, Hong Kong-style sausage with fried rice, and steamed pork dumplings. A late-night weekend menu runs until 3 a.m. to cater to college students. Order online for takeout and delivery.

Filomena Ristorante

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This decades-old underground stalwart is known for its homemade pastas, hearty entrees, and over-the-top decor for each holiday. Other prime Italian picks nearby include Neapolitan pies at Il Canale and ricotta gnocchi at Flavio.

Farmers market favorite-turned-storefront 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. Carryout and delivery is available.

Baked & Wired

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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. Pickup and delivery is available through online 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
Baked & Wired [official site]

Green Almond Pantry

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Shaw’s hit Mediterranean lunch counter run by Cagla Onal-Urel made the jump to Georgetown in 2021, bringing along excellent focaccia, salads, eggplant confit sandwiches, and heat-at-home dinners like beef bolognese or stuffed peppers. Online ordering is available.

Chez Billy Sud

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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. There’s a charming dining room and outdoor patio and wine bar.

A seared piece of trout topped with charred cherry tomatoes and watercress
Trout from Chez Billy Sud
Chez Billy Sud [official site]

Fiola Mare

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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. Pickup is available in addition to in-person dining.

The Fountain Inn DC

A Georgetown landmark where Thomas Jefferson once drank is now the home of a bar reviving forgotten cocktails from the late 18th century. Try the 500-year-old Syllabub (a mix of German wheat ale with Cognac) at the Fountain Inn’s atmospheric, dimly-lit bar, or order from over 250 unique spirits. Chef and Olympic runner Micheal Stember regularly hosts omakase pop-up dinners on-site.

Lutèce.

Parisian gnocchi and grilled octopus are among the seasonally rotating, “neo-bistro” dishes available at this hip reboot of Georgetown classic Cafe Bonaparte. Reservations for chef Matt Conroy’s tasting menu ($90 per person) include four courses and a view of the kitchen; the menu is also now available restaurant-wide ($85 per person).

Stachowski’s Market

The too-tall sandwiches (from grinders to pastrami) and sausages at this local butcher shop are legendary. Dinner special options range from paella to burgers to stuffed quail.

Apéro

Apéro serves pastries and espresso drinks by day and bubbles and French fare by night. Designed for celebrations, this Champagne and caviar bar is located in a historic Georgetown townhouse.

1310 Kitchen & Bar

Chef Jenn Crovato’s welcoming Georgetown restaurant splashed with inspirational quotes serves every meal of the day. A catch-all comfort foods menu includes buttermilk pancakes, vegan lasagna, dry-aged burgers and fries, chicken pot pies, and a large number of salads and gluten-free options. Stock up the freezer with heat-and-eat versions of its dishes.

Peacock Café

Brothers chef Maziar Farivar and Shahab Farivar own this more than 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. Dine inside or on the patio, or order delivery via DoorDash or Uber Eats. Scene-y staple Cafe Milano is also worth a stop on the same secluded strip.

Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
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1789

In the Clyde’s family of restaurants, 1789 offers up seasonal fine dining. An a la carte menu that features dishes like brioche-crusted halibut and roasted duck breast with wild ramps and pickled kumquats. Next-door, find long-running sibling bar and Georgetown student hangout the Tombs, as well as an additional neighboring bar from Clyde’s Restaurant Group. Fitzgerald’s is much fancier than the Tombs, serving up cocktails and Peking duck burgers in a very preppy lounge.

L'Annexe

This library-like lair serves cocktails to Georgetown’s stylish set at a zinc-topped bar, with vats of colorful, glowing infusions showcased in the back. An acclaimed French chef will man the kitchen at its anticipated next-door sibling L’Avant-Garde.

Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations)

Pizzeria Paradiso’s brick-oven pies please all kinds of crowds, and the menu boasts an impressive selection of bottled and draft beers. Relax in the dining room, or order directly through the website for pickup or delivery (with pizza kits to build your own pie at home too).

Kafè Leopold

This hidden-away restaurant serves European-style salads, savory tarts, and entrees like schnitzel and grilled salmon. The patio with fountain just off M Street is also a draw during nice weather. Call to place an order for pickup or use Postmates for delivery. Cady’s Alley will welcome Yume Sushi sibling Kyojin in the old home of club L2 next spring.

Kintaro

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

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

Reren Lamen n Bar (Georgetown)

This Chinese standby serves hand-pulled noodle bowls, smashed cucumbers, Hong Kong-style sausage with fried rice, and steamed pork dumplings. A late-night weekend menu runs until 3 a.m. to cater to college students. Order online for takeout and delivery.

Filomena Ristorante

This decades-old underground stalwart is known for its homemade pastas, hearty entrees, and over-the-top decor for each holiday. Other prime Italian picks nearby include Neapolitan pies at Il Canale and ricotta gnocchi at Flavio.

Chaia

Farmers market favorite-turned-storefront 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. Carryout and delivery is available.

Baked & Wired

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. Pickup and delivery is available through online 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
Baked & Wired [official site]

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Green Almond Pantry

Shaw’s hit Mediterranean lunch counter run by Cagla Onal-Urel made the jump to Georgetown in 2021, bringing along excellent focaccia, salads, eggplant confit sandwiches, and heat-at-home dinners like beef bolognese or stuffed peppers. Online ordering is available.

Chez Billy Sud

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. There’s a charming dining room and outdoor patio and wine bar.

A seared piece of trout topped with charred cherry tomatoes and watercress
Trout from Chez Billy Sud
Chez Billy Sud [official site]

Fiola Mare

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. Pickup is available in addition to in-person dining.

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