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Where to Eat and Drink in Dupont Circle

The Northwest neighborhood is home to options for lobster rolls, spicy dan dan noodles, and French bistro fare

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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. The popular dining nexus is also stacked with plenty of lunchtime staples, fast casual standards like Chinese/Korean favorite Chiko, vegan eatery Bubbie’s Plant Burgers, pie pioneer Pizzeria Paradiso, convivial bars, and international options from which to choose. Newcomers to watch include Greek showstopper Balos and modern Mexican restaurant Amparo.

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Bistrot Du Coin

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This bustling and affordable French bistro has been a loud, festive mainstay for moules frites, escargot, and more for over 20 years. Its annual Bastille Day party is legendary, as is its Beaujolais Nouveau release event every fall.

Moules marinières at Bistrot du Coin.
Moules marinières at Bistrot du Coin.
Bistrot du Coin/Official Site

London-based Lore Group’s sophisticated D.C. hotel includes Lyle’s, a restaurant outfitted with a standout (and wine-proof) white couch and a menu with dressed-up standbys like white cheddar cheeseburgers and chicken noodle soup. Plus, Lyle’s bottomless brunch pours mimosas laced with orange juice or exciting combos like pear elderflower liqueur or lavender lemon; as well as an umami-rich bloody Mary with miso.

La Tomate

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This over 30-year old neighborhood bistro, named for the owner’s late husband’s love for the circular fruit, sits in one of the most desirable locations of the city, wedged at the corner where Connecticut Avenue meets R Street. It dishes authentic Italian fare like fresh pastas like squid ink-infused caserecce; plus smart starters like beef fillet tartar with quail egg, La Tur cheese, and caviar as well as pan-seared octopus with confit potatoes, black olives, leek puree, and pepper coulis.

MI CASA

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This boho-chic Tex Mex restaurant from Knead Hospitality is a cactus-filled respite serving margaritas, fajitas, and Tex Mex favorites. For after-dinner entertainment, head to Swingers from the same restaurant group for adults-only mini golf.

A bar flanked with muted tiles puts 100 types of tequila and mezcals on display.
Rey Lopez for Mi Casa

Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple locations)

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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 crab cake or its best-selling lobster roll.

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

Kramers

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Beloved bookstore Kramers (formerly Kramerbooks) added a 26-seat bar with 18 beers on tap, wines, and cocktails, as well as optimized lighting (for simultaneously reading and imbibing) and a dedicated bar snacks menu with carrot chickpea tartine, sliders, and French onion dip. Meanwhile, All Day by Kramers offers seating in a bright, solarium dining or on the covered patio as it serves breakfast all day, plus entrees such as lobster ravioli, sandwiches, salads, and starters like deviled eggs.

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A tight Sichuan menu pairs with creative and well-made cocktails at this outpost from the Copycat Co. team. Try chili wontons, fried rice with lump crab, and mapo tofu alongside classic cocktails like daiquiris or creative drinks like a Chartreuse swizzle with tarragon, lime, green chartreuse, pineapple, and cacao.

This handsome, mid-century-chic bar offers panoramic views of Dupont Circle. All-day dining options include, meatballs, truffle fries, crab cakes, and rigatoni. Its frothy espresso martini is not to miss.

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The pandemic-born sandwich slinger left Logan Circle and took over Dupont’s Sorellina deli space last spring. Best sellers on a 10-inch Italian roll include the Teamster with ham, capicola, and Genoa salami, along with hot and sweet peppers, onions, oil and vinegar, and shredded lettuce. The playful neighborhood addition offers a daily Diet Coke happy hour, mini cannoli dipped in bright Fruity Pebbles, and picnic kits. Order takeout or delivery.

SURA Restaurant

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A family-run underground lounge landed in Dupont last spring with an assortment of delights like quail egg wontons, spicy crudo, fiery papaya salads, and spicy beef or pork skewers. Andy Thammasathiti of Baltimore’s Mayuree Thai Tavern whips up passion fruit daiquiris and Sichuan baijiu cocktails behind a glowing red bar. The 50-seat, subterranean space swings open at 4 p.m., with walk-ins welcome but reservations encouraged.

Turkish restaurant Ankara went through a revamp in 2021, reopening as Ala to focus on serving dishes from Syria, Lebanon, and Israel along with rare Palestinian wines. Find $9 dishes like fried halloumi and $8 infused wines weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m. The bottomless brunch is also not to miss, complete with a build-your-own mimosa bar.

Residents Cafe & Bar

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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 “cocktail garden” that’s frequently full.

Iron Gate

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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 from Maryland native Anthony Chittum.

Rainbow carrots (orange, purple, yellow) garnished with an orange sauce and bright green microgreens
A carrot dish from Iron Gate
Iron Gate [official photo]

Chang Chang

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Peter Chang, the acclaimed Chinese chef behind a restaurant empire across Maryland, Virginia, and Connecticut, brought D.C. a long-awaited taste of his bold Sichuan cooking a year ago. Chang, a 2022 James Beard Award finalist for outstanding chef, puts his signature stamp on a traditional Peking duck from his home province of Hubei. China’s beloved clear spirit baijiu plays a starring role behind the 12-seat bar. The retooled menu now offers more of his beloved classics.

Offerings at Chang Chang.
Melissa Hom

Boqueria

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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 corner location also means loads of natural light.

A large pan of paella for sharing, stuffed with rice, mussels, and shrimp in a cast iron pan.
Paella at Boqueria
Rey Lopez/Boqueria

Ellington Park Bistro

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The St. Gregory Hotel houses an elegant European bistro honoring D.C. music legend Duke Ellington, whose namesake park sits across the street. The 90-seat dining room serves French onion soup, oven-roasted escargot swimming in absinthe butter, beef tartare mixed with caper berries and piccalilli, Maine lobster or bacon tartes, charcuterie and cheese boards, rotating crudo with grapefruit and shiso, and oil-cured tuna Niçoise salad.

A garlic aioli-doused wagyu smash burger with Cabot cheddar, French pickles, and duck fat fries. 
Ellington Park Bistro

Le DeSales

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During its 12-year run in the heart of Chinatown, Sei was widely considered one of the top sushi and sashimi spots in town. The beloved brand now lives on inside French-themed Le DeSales, where Japanese sushi master “Noriaki” Yasutake sends out his greatest raw fish hits to go along with a solid list of sakes and Japanese whiskeys.

Greek Deli & Catering

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Lines used to snake down the street during busy weekday lunch hours at this 32-year old 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
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Bistrot Du Coin

This bustling and affordable French bistro has been a loud, festive mainstay for moules frites, escargot, and more for over 20 years. Its annual Bastille Day party is legendary, as is its Beaujolais Nouveau release event every fall.

Moules marinières at Bistrot du Coin.
Moules marinières at Bistrot du Coin.
Bistrot du Coin/Official Site

Lyle's

London-based Lore Group’s sophisticated D.C. hotel includes Lyle’s, a restaurant outfitted with a standout (and wine-proof) white couch and a menu with dressed-up standbys like white cheddar cheeseburgers and chicken noodle soup. Plus, Lyle’s bottomless brunch pours mimosas laced with orange juice or exciting combos like pear elderflower liqueur or lavender lemon; as well as an umami-rich bloody Mary with miso.

La Tomate

This over 30-year old neighborhood bistro, named for the owner’s late husband’s love for the circular fruit, sits in one of the most desirable locations of the city, wedged at the corner where Connecticut Avenue meets R Street. It dishes authentic Italian fare like fresh pastas like squid ink-infused caserecce; plus smart starters like beef fillet tartar with quail egg, La Tur cheese, and caviar as well as pan-seared octopus with confit potatoes, black olives, leek puree, and pepper coulis.

MI CASA

This boho-chic Tex Mex restaurant from Knead Hospitality is a cactus-filled respite serving margaritas, fajitas, and Tex Mex favorites. For after-dinner entertainment, head to Swingers from the same restaurant group for adults-only mini golf.

A bar flanked with muted tiles puts 100 types of tequila and mezcals on display.
Rey Lopez for Mi Casa

Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple locations)

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 crab cake or its best-selling lobster roll.

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

Kramers

Beloved bookstore Kramers (formerly Kramerbooks) added a 26-seat bar with 18 beers on tap, wines, and cocktails, as well as optimized lighting (for simultaneously reading and imbibing) and a dedicated bar snacks menu with carrot chickpea tartine, sliders, and French onion dip. Meanwhile, All Day by Kramers offers seating in a bright, solarium dining or on the covered patio as it serves breakfast all day, plus entrees such as lobster ravioli, sandwiches, salads, and starters like deviled eggs.

Astoria DC

A tight Sichuan menu pairs with creative and well-made cocktails at this outpost from the Copycat Co. team. Try chili wontons, fried rice with lump crab, and mapo tofu alongside classic cocktails like daiquiris or creative drinks like a Chartreuse swizzle with tarragon, lime, green chartreuse, pineapple, and cacao.

Doyle

This handsome, mid-century-chic bar offers panoramic views of Dupont Circle. All-day dining options include, meatballs, truffle fries, crab cakes, and rigatoni. Its frothy espresso martini is not to miss.

Compliments Only

The pandemic-born sandwich slinger left Logan Circle and took over Dupont’s Sorellina deli space last spring. Best sellers on a 10-inch Italian roll include the Teamster with ham, capicola, and Genoa salami, along with hot and sweet peppers, onions, oil and vinegar, and shredded lettuce. The playful neighborhood addition offers a daily Diet Coke happy hour, mini cannoli dipped in bright Fruity Pebbles, and picnic kits. Order takeout or delivery.

SURA Restaurant

A family-run underground lounge landed in Dupont last spring with an assortment of delights like quail egg wontons, spicy crudo, fiery papaya salads, and spicy beef or pork skewers. Andy Thammasathiti of Baltimore’s Mayuree Thai Tavern whips up passion fruit daiquiris and Sichuan baijiu cocktails behind a glowing red bar. The 50-seat, subterranean space swings open at 4 p.m., with walk-ins welcome but reservations encouraged.

ala

Turkish restaurant Ankara went through a revamp in 2021, reopening as Ala to focus on serving dishes from Syria, Lebanon, and Israel along with rare Palestinian wines. Find $9 dishes like fried halloumi and $8 infused wines weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m. The bottomless brunch is also not to miss, complete with a build-your-own mimosa bar.

Residents Cafe & Bar

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 “cocktail garden” that’s frequently full.

Iron Gate

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 from Maryland native Anthony Chittum.

Rainbow carrots (orange, purple, yellow) garnished with an orange sauce and bright green microgreens
A carrot dish from Iron Gate
Iron Gate [official photo]

Chang Chang

Peter Chang, the acclaimed Chinese chef behind a restaurant empire across Maryland, Virginia, and Connecticut, brought D.C. a long-awaited taste of his bold Sichuan cooking a year ago. Chang, a 2022 James Beard Award finalist for outstanding chef, puts his signature stamp on a traditional Peking duck from his home province of Hubei. China’s beloved clear spirit baijiu plays a starring role behind the 12-seat bar. The retooled menu now offers more of his beloved classics.

Offerings at Chang Chang.
Melissa Hom

Boqueria

The first location of this New York outpost in D.C., Boqueria is a favorite for tapas, daily happy hour, and sangria. Its corner location also means loads of natural light.

A large pan of paella for sharing, stuffed with rice, mussels, and shrimp in a cast iron pan.
Paella at Boqueria
Rey Lopez/Boqueria

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Ellington Park Bistro

The St. Gregory Hotel houses an elegant European bistro honoring D.C. music legend Duke Ellington, whose namesake park sits across the street. The 90-seat dining room serves French onion soup, oven-roasted escargot swimming in absinthe butter, beef tartare mixed with caper berries and piccalilli, Maine lobster or bacon tartes, charcuterie and cheese boards, rotating crudo with grapefruit and shiso, and oil-cured tuna Niçoise salad.

A garlic aioli-doused wagyu smash burger with Cabot cheddar, French pickles, and duck fat fries. 
Ellington Park Bistro

Le DeSales

During its 12-year run in the heart of Chinatown, Sei was widely considered one of the top sushi and sashimi spots in town. The beloved brand now lives on inside French-themed Le DeSales, where Japanese sushi master “Noriaki” Yasutake sends out his greatest raw fish hits to go along with a solid list of sakes and Japanese whiskeys.

Greek Deli & Catering

Lines used to snake down the street during busy weekday lunch hours at this 32-year old 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
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

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