This summer, as increasing vaccinations lead customers back to indoor dining en masse, restaurants are readying for a roaring comeback. The Eater 38 offers a selection of defining culinary destinations that showcase the diversity of D.C. (and its many suburbs). While recent versions of this map recognized the limits of dining out during a pandemic with a focus on comfort, takeout, and outdoor dining, the latest edition eases those restrictions. Restaurants on this map must be open for at least six months. For the most exciting new restaurants in town, check out the heatmap.
For the summer 2021 refresh, new additions to the 38 include French “neo-bistro” Lutece, high-end Vietnamese restaurant Moon Rabbit, and vegetable-centric prix fixe place Oyster Oyster. Mid-Atlantic destination the Dabney and Spanish-Japanese Cranes rejoin the list, too. The following restaurants, while definitely still worth a trip, are leaving the 38: Convivial, Clarity, Happy Gyro, the Salt Line, and Taqueria Xochi.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More