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A trio of snacks from Chiko including generously-sized spring rolls
A trio of snacks from Chiko including generously-sized spring rolls.
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Where to Eat and Drink in Dupont Circle

The Northwest neighborhood is home to options for lobster rolls, sushi, hummus, and everything in between

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A trio of snacks from Chiko including generously-sized spring rolls.
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Dupont Circle is both a destination for tourists and a home for many of the city’s well-to-do residents. Some of D.C.’s top tables can be found here, like Thai stalwart Little Serow and omakase favorite Sushi Taro. But the popular dining nexus is also stacked with plenty of lunchtime staples, convivial bars, and international options from which to choose.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bistrot Du Coin

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1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6969
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This bustling and affordable French bistro has always been a loud, festive mainstay for moules frites, escargots, and more. Its annual Bastille Day party is legendary, as is its Beaujolais Nouveau release event every fall.

A salad topped with radishes, anchovies, and hardboiled eggs at Dupont Circle’s Bistrot du Coin.
Salad from Bistrot du Coin
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2. Lyle's

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1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 964-6790
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London-based Lore Group’s sophisticated new D.C. hotel includes Lyle’s, a restaurant outfitted a standout (and wine-proof) white couch and a menu with dressed-up standbys like white cheddar cheeseburgers and chicken noodle soup.

3. La Tomate

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1701 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-5505
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La Tomate’s been in Dupont for more than 30 years, and recently the bistro and cafe underwent a modernization effort to cook more authentic Italian fare.

4. Floriana

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1602 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-5937
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This under-the-radar restaurant is a go-to for Italian classics like lasagna and pastas. Vice President Kamala Harris famously gave the 41-year-old stalwart a visit shortly before Inauguration.

5. Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple locations)

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1624 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 462-4265
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Hank’s is a neighborhood go-to for oysters on the half shell and other “ice bar” selections like peel ‘n eat shrimp or ceviche. From there, move on to a crabcake or its best-selling lobster roll.

Hank’s Oyster Bar’s blue signage with golden lettering
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Hank’s [official site]

6. All Day by Kramers

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1530 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 387-3825
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Beloved bookstore Kramerbooks launched a new eatery last summer called All Day by Kramers, serving buttermilk waffles for breakfast and steak frites with poblano butter or veggie lasagna for lunch and dinner.

7. Astoria DC

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1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 754-0065
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A tight Sichuan menu pairs with creative and well-made cocktails at this outpost from the Copycat Co. team.

8. Doyle

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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-4301
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Dupont Circle Hotel’s midcentury-chic bar recently returned under the close watch of talented D.C. chef Taylor Burlingame.

Doyle’s chic Suntory lounge is live through the summer.
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9. Duke's Grocery

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1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 733-5623
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Hungry diners file into this British-style pub for fancy sandwiches and snack plates. The Proper Burger is one of the best in D.C., with gooey melted gouda, dill pickles, charred onions, Thai sweet chili sauce, and arugula. If the weather is nice, stake out some real estate at one of the outdoor picnic tables and do some people watching. — Travis Mitchell

10. Little Serow

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1511 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

James Beard award-winning chef Johnny Monis offers spice-packed Thai dishes at Little Serow, which remains carryout only after making that switch in 2020. Whiskey-marinated pork short ribs and crispy rice salad make the takeout menu.

A pile of colorfully-garnished pork ribs on a china plate with a teal wall background at Little Serow
Pork ribs from Little Serow
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11. Happy Gyro

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1509 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 332-2265
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Johnny Monis’s takeout pop-up Happy Gyro replaces his fine dining spot Komi: order sourdough pizza and vegetrian-friendly dishes like black walnut tacos or freeman cheeseburgers. Fancy ice cream in flavors like Basque cheesecake is also for sale.

12. Sushi Taro

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1503 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 462-8999
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The famed omakase counter at Michelin-starred restaurant Sushi Taro is back in business as of June 15, for an elaborate meal chosen by a sushi chef. A la carte sushi and Japanese dishes are available for dinner as well, and there are takeout options too.

13. CHIKO

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2029 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-3040
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This Chinese/Korean restaurant is an excellent option for pickup and delivery of everything from fast-casual dumplings to an affordable tasting counter. The Dupont offshoot in the original in Capitol Hill is open for lunch and dinner, serving up favorites like “orange-ish” chicken and chopped brisket and rice with soy-brined egg, furikake butter.

A crispy fried piece of chicken being dipped into a spicy sauce using metal chopsticks, with another cluster of chicken and vegetables on the side.
Chicken dish from Chiko
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14. Swingers

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1330 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 968-1080
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Swingers moved into a gigantic two-level space this summer, setting up an adults-only mini golf course, four bars, and a food hall led by Knead Hospitality + Design serving everything from pizza to Southern fare.

15. ala

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1320 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 717-1166
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Turkish restaurant Ankara went through a revamp this spring, reopening as Ala to focus on serving dishes from Syria, Lebanon, and Israel along with rare Palestinian wines.

16. Nero

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1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 964-6201
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This sleek date night destination serves Indian-Italian fare and theatrical cocktails prepared behind a copper bar. Its Dupont sister spot Sign of the Whale is also a prime place to people watch and dance.

17. Residents Cafe & Bar

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1306 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 733-7143
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Espresso martinis and a stellar sound system are a draw at Residents Cafe & Bar, a stylish day-to-night cafe with a Mediterranean-leaning lineup and leafy new “cocktail garden” that’s frequently full.

18. Tokyo Pearl

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1301 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 817-3187
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Check out a $5 happy hour with shrimp tempura rolls, Tokyo Pearl punch, and Japanese tater tots, or swing by after 10 p.m. for DJ nights like Neon Saturdays.

19. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 524-5202
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This historic carriage house-turned-Neighborhood Restaurant Group property features Mediterranean cooking in an elegant, romantic atmosphere. The enclosed garden is a welcoming spot to indulge in pastas, grilled meats, and vegetable dishes with seasonal ingredients. Takeout and delivery is available too. —Travis Mitchell

Rainbow carrots (orange, purple, yellow) garnished with an orange sauce and bright green microgreens
A carrot dish from Iron Gate
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20. Bub and Pop's

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1815 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 457-1111
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Family-owned Bub and Pop’s has the answer to just about any imaginable sandwich craving — whether that’s chicken and eggplant Parmesan, a classic Italian cold cut hoagie, or Pop’s beefy brisket sandwich. There are more offbeat choices, too, such as the Bulgarian feta, which features sheep’s milk feta and a slew of roasted and grilled vegetables. Sandwiches are available in half and whole portions — the latter is a serious meal. — Travis Mitchell

21. Boqueria

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1837 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 558-9545
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The first location of this New York outpost in D.C., Boqueria is a favorite for tapas, daily happy hour, and sangria. Its Penn Quarter location returned to D.C.’s dining scene this week.

A large pan of paella for sharing, stuffed with rice, mussels, and shrimp in a cast iron pan.
Paella at Boqueria
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22. Greek Deli & Catering

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1120 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-2111
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Lines used to snake down the street during busy weekday lunch hours at this favorite, known for its lemony avgolemono soup, meatballs, spanakopita, and more. Today, Greek Deli & Catering is on DoorDash to cater to those working from home.

Greek deli owner Kostas Fostieris ladleing food into to-go containers.
Greek deli owner Kostas Fostieris
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23. Little Sesame

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1828 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 975-1971
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Little Sesame is mostly known for its bowls of creamy hummus served with various toppings. Diners can also get salads, pita sandwiches, various mezze, and tahini soft serve. Open weekdays for pickup and delivery from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The inside of Little Sesame, with pale wooden accents and plenty of green plants on the wall
Little Sesame
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1. Bistrot Du Coin

1738 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
A salad topped with radishes, anchovies, and hardboiled eggs at Dupont Circle’s Bistrot du Coin.
Salad from Bistrot du Coin
Bistrot du Coin [official site]

This bustling and affordable French bistro has always been a loud, festive mainstay for moules frites, escargots, and more. Its annual Bastille Day party is legendary, as is its Beaujolais Nouveau release event every fall.

1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Lyle's

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

London-based Lore Group’s sophisticated new D.C. hotel includes Lyle’s, a restaurant outfitted a standout (and wine-proof) white couch and a menu with dressed-up standbys like white cheddar cheeseburgers and chicken noodle soup.

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. La Tomate

1701 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

La Tomate’s been in Dupont for more than 30 years, and recently the bistro and cafe underwent a modernization effort to cook more authentic Italian fare.

1701 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Floriana

1602 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This under-the-radar restaurant is a go-to for Italian classics like lasagna and pastas. Vice President Kamala Harris famously gave the 41-year-old stalwart a visit shortly before Inauguration.

1602 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple locations)

1624 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Hank’s Oyster Bar’s blue signage with golden lettering
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Hank’s [official site]

Hank’s is a neighborhood go-to for oysters on the half shell and other “ice bar” selections like peel ‘n eat shrimp or ceviche. From there, move on to a crabcake or its best-selling lobster roll.

1624 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. All Day by Kramers

1530 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Beloved bookstore Kramerbooks launched a new eatery last summer called All Day by Kramers, serving buttermilk waffles for breakfast and steak frites with poblano butter or veggie lasagna for lunch and dinner.

1530 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. Astoria DC

1521 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

A tight Sichuan menu pairs with creative and well-made cocktails at this outpost from the Copycat Co. team.

1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

8. Doyle

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Doyle’s chic Suntory lounge is live through the summer.
Doyle/official photo

Dupont Circle Hotel’s midcentury-chic bar recently returned under the close watch of talented D.C. chef Taylor Burlingame.

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. Duke's Grocery

1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Hungry diners file into this British-style pub for fancy sandwiches and snack plates. The Proper Burger is one of the best in D.C., with gooey melted gouda, dill pickles, charred onions, Thai sweet chili sauce, and arugula. If the weather is nice, stake out some real estate at one of the outdoor picnic tables and do some people watching. — Travis Mitchell

1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

10. Little Serow

1511 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
A pile of colorfully-garnished pork ribs on a china plate with a teal wall background at Little Serow
Pork ribs from Little Serow
Bill Addison/Eater

James Beard award-winning chef Johnny Monis offers spice-packed Thai dishes at Little Serow, which remains carryout only after making that switch in 2020. Whiskey-marinated pork short ribs and crispy rice salad make the takeout menu.

1511 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Happy Gyro

1509 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Johnny Monis’s takeout pop-up Happy Gyro replaces his fine dining spot Komi: order sourdough pizza and vegetrian-friendly dishes like black walnut tacos or freeman cheeseburgers. Fancy ice cream in flavors like Basque cheesecake is also for sale.

1509 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

12. Sushi Taro

1503 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The famed omakase counter at Michelin-starred restaurant Sushi Taro is back in business as of June 15, for an elaborate meal chosen by a sushi chef. A la carte sushi and Japanese dishes are available for dinner as well, and there are takeout options too.

1503 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

13. CHIKO

2029 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
A crispy fried piece of chicken being dipped into a spicy sauce using metal chopsticks, with another cluster of chicken and vegetables on the side.
Chicken dish from Chiko
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This Chinese/Korean restaurant is an excellent option for pickup and delivery of everything from fast-casual dumplings to an affordable tasting counter. The Dupont offshoot in the original in Capitol Hill is open for lunch and dinner, serving up favorites like “orange-ish” chicken and chopped brisket and rice with soy-brined egg, furikake butter.

2029 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

14. Swingers

1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Swingers moved into a gigantic two-level space this summer, setting up an adults-only mini golf course, four bars, and a food hall led by Knead Hospitality + Design serving everything from pizza to Southern fare.

1330 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

15. ala

1320 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Turkish restaurant Ankara went through a revamp this spring, reopening as Ala to focus on serving dishes from Syria, Lebanon, and Israel along with rare Palestinian wines.

1320 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

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16. Nero

1323 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

This sleek date night destination serves Indian-Italian fare and theatrical cocktails prepared behind a copper bar. Its Dupont sister spot Sign of the Whale is also a prime place to people watch and dance.

1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

17. Residents Cafe & Bar

1306 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Espresso martinis and a stellar sound system are a draw at Residents Cafe & Bar, a stylish day-to-night cafe with a Mediterranean-leaning lineup and leafy new “cocktail garden” that’s frequently full.

1306 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

18. Tokyo Pearl

1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Check out a $5 happy hour with shrimp tempura rolls, Tokyo Pearl punch, and Japanese tater tots, or swing by after 10 p.m. for DJ nights like Neon Saturdays.

1301 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

19. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Rainbow carrots (orange, purple, yellow) garnished with an orange sauce and bright green microgreens
A carrot dish from Iron Gate
Iron Gate [official photo]

This historic carriage house-turned-Neighborhood Restaurant Group property features Mediterranean cooking in an elegant, romantic atmosphere. The enclosed garden is a welcoming spot to indulge in pastas, grilled meats, and vegetable dishes with seasonal ingredients. Takeout and delivery is available too. —Travis Mitchell

1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036

20. Bub and Pop's

1815 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Family-owned Bub and Pop’s has the answer to just about any imaginable sandwich craving — whether that’s chicken and eggplant Parmesan, a classic Italian cold cut hoagie, or Pop’s beefy brisket sandwich. There are more offbeat choices, too, such as the Bulgarian feta, which features sheep’s milk feta and a slew of roasted and grilled vegetables. Sandwiches are available in half and whole portions — the latter is a serious meal. — Travis Mitchell

1815 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

21. Boqueria

1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
A large pan of paella for sharing, stuffed with rice, mussels, and shrimp in a cast iron pan.
Paella at Boqueria
Rey Lopez/Boqueria

The first location of this New York outpost in D.C., Boqueria is a favorite for tapas, daily happy hour, and sangria. Its Penn Quarter location returned to D.C.’s dining scene this week.

1837 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

22. Greek Deli & Catering

1120 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Greek deli owner Kostas Fostieris ladleing food into to-go containers.
Greek deli owner Kostas Fostieris
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Lines used to snake down the street during busy weekday lunch hours at this favorite, known for its lemony avgolemono soup, meatballs, spanakopita, and more. Today, Greek Deli & Catering is on DoorDash to cater to those working from home.

1120 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

23. Little Sesame

1828 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036
The inside of Little Sesame, with pale wooden accents and plenty of green plants on the wall
Little Sesame
James Jackson/Eater DC

Little Sesame is mostly known for its bowls of creamy hummus served with various toppings. Diners can also get salads, pita sandwiches, various mezze, and tahini soft serve. Open weekdays for pickup and delivery from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1828 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036

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