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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 a blossoming of very pleasant outdoor dining areas during the pandemic and many new bar and restaurant openings in the past few years as well. Newbies include everything from Sandlot’s outdoor shipping container bar, Southeast Asian hotspot Sticx and upstairs wine bar Stonz, Persian eatery Noosh, and classy cocktail lounge Donahue.

On the horizon, restaurant magnate Stephen Starr is plotting a “mega Italian” outpost for M Street. 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 or Parisian pastries from Boulangerie Christophe. 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.

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.

Lutèce.

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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. Chef Matt Conroy serves seasonally-influenced specials like diver scallops with ramps, peas, and smoked trout roe. 

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 new Champagne and caviar bar is located in a historic Georgetown townhouse.

Call Your Mother

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After a 13-month saga to open its doors in Georgetown, Call Your Mother is serves up its bagels, breakfast sandwiches, black and white cookies, and more for pickup only. Even President Joe Biden has taken advantage of the situation. There’s a location of this growing local chain in nearby West End too.

Petite Soeur

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Before Ashleigh Pearson opened her own chocolate shop in Georgetown, she worked as head chocolatier at Thomas Keller’s famed New York restaurant, Per Se. Petite Soeur sells beautifully-painted bonbons as well as sablés (French butter cookies), brittles, chocolate bars, and more sweets. Veep Kamala Harris is already a fan.

Bonbons from Petite Soeur are covered in a glossy coat of dark pink with flecks of black Petite Soeur

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.

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 new 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.

La Chaumiere

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Old school French cooking is the focus at this longtime Georgetown charmer. Find dishes like saumon en croûte, boudin blanc, and apple tart à la mode with caramel sauce.

Seared fish with carrots, gree beans, and parsley garnish on a fancy plate
A fish dish from La Chaumerie
La Chaumerie [official site]

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.

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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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. 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 8 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.

Reverie

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Acclaimed chef Johnny Spero’s sleek, special-occasion getaway tucked at the end of a cobblestone walkway comes up with contemporary dishes like lobster with rosehip butter. Its 14-course tasting menus starting at $205 per person just helped Reverie receive its first Michelin star.

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 and delivery 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.

Lutèce.

Parisian gnocchi and grilled octopus are among the seasonally rotating, “neo-bistro” dishes available at this hip reboot of Georgetown classic Cafe Bonaparte. Chef Matt Conroy serves seasonally-influenced specials like diver scallops with ramps, peas, and smoked trout roe. 

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 new Champagne and caviar bar is located in a historic Georgetown townhouse.

Call Your Mother

After a 13-month saga to open its doors in Georgetown, Call Your Mother is serves up its bagels, breakfast sandwiches, black and white cookies, and more for pickup only. Even President Joe Biden has taken advantage of the situation. There’s a location of this growing local chain in nearby West End too.

Petite Soeur

Bonbons from Petite Soeur are covered in a glossy coat of dark pink with flecks of black Petite Soeur

Before Ashleigh Pearson opened her own chocolate shop in Georgetown, she worked as head chocolatier at Thomas Keller’s famed New York restaurant, Per Se. Petite Soeur sells beautifully-painted bonbons as well as sablés (French butter cookies), brittles, chocolate bars, and more sweets. Veep Kamala Harris is already a fan.

Bonbons from Petite Soeur are covered in a glossy coat of dark pink with flecks of black Petite Soeur

Peacock Café

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 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.

Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
Peacock cafe chef Maziar Farivar 
Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

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 new 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.

La Chaumiere

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. Find dishes like saumon en croûte, boudin blanc, and apple tart à la mode with caramel sauce.

Seared fish with carrots, gree beans, and parsley garnish on a fancy plate
A fish dish from La Chaumerie
La Chaumerie [official site]

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.

Kintaro

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.

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

Chaia

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. Carryout and delivery is available.

Baked & Wired

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. 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 8 Wired [official site]

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.

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Reverie

Acclaimed chef Johnny Spero’s sleek, special-occasion getaway tucked at the end of a cobblestone walkway comes up with contemporary dishes like lobster with rosehip butter. Its 14-course tasting menus starting at $205 per person just helped Reverie receive its first Michelin star.

Chez Billy Sud

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. 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 and delivery is available in addition to in-person dining.

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