12 Delicious Dupont Circle Restaurants

Looking for a Bite to Eat in Dupont Circle?

 Are you ready to experience Dupont Circle restaurants? This neighborhood is so full of fantastic restaurants and cafes that it can be difficult to choose where to eat.

To make it easier for you, we have listed some of our favorite restaurants in the area.

If you can at least decide what kind of food you’re in the mood for, scroll down, and you’ll find an option that is sure to please.

While this list isn’t all-encompassing (Dupont Circle has far too many wonderful eateries to give them all credit,) these are some of the absolute best restaurants in DC.

And you have got to give them a try.

Here are our favorite places to grab a bite in Dupont Circle.

Dupont Circle Seafood

If you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, you couldn’t be in a better place. 

Check out these local options for the best shellfish, fillets, and surf and turf the neighborhood has to offer.


Pesce is an upscale seafood restaurant with an intimate atmosphere. They feature a frequently rotating menu with, as they put it, “simply prepared, high-quality seafood.”

They also have a generous selection of wine and cocktails, making it an ideal spot for some late-night dining.


For those looking for a more casual seafood option, Grillfish will satiate your craving for oysters, crab cakes, and more in their laid-back atmosphere.

Known for delicious entrees and five-star service, visitors and locals alike shouldn’t pass this one up.

grilled fish

Sushi Taro

If you’re looking for a spot to grab some fresh, delicious sushi, you’ll find what you’re looking for on 17th Street.

Sushi Taro serves a wide variety of well-prepared and presented sushi options as well as many non-sushi Japanese dishes.

Stop in for their generous lunch specials, and you’ll be eating some of the best sushi in DC at an unbeatable price!

Authentic Ethnic Options

DC is unmatched in local ethnic cuisine.

Whether you’re craving some international flavors, or you just want to try something new, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Dupont Circle.

Be sure to swing by these popular spots.

Zorba’s Cafe

This tiny cafe in an old townhouse just off Connecticut Avenue quickly became a local favorite for its delicious Greek cuisine.

Enjoy dishes like Gyros, Shish Kebabs, and Psaree Plake, as well as authentic Greek coffee.

With outdoor seating available, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite and enjoy a beautiful sunny afternoon.

Le Mirch

Le Mirch is a highly-regarded Indian food restaurant featuring an à la carte menu of traditional dishes.

You can swing by for happy hour between 5 and 7 pm for the select drink and food specials.

The atmosphere is both intimate and casual, making it an ideal spot for all kinds of special occasions or just a satisfying meal.

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Nando’s Peri-Peri

South of the Circle you’ll found Nando’s PERI-PERI offering authentic South African cuisine.

You have the option to choose how spicy you want your dish.

This makes it an excellent choice for those groups who have different ideas about what it means to light a fire in your belly – especially if everyone can unite around the idea of excellent chicken!

Bangkok Thai Dining

If you’re in the mood for Thai Food, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t swing by this modest location on P Street.

Sometimes described as a “hole in the wall” this small location hosts some of the finest Southeast Asian cuisines you can find in the city.

Pub Food

Dupont Circle has some of the cities best pubs. Whether you’re headed out to watch a game, catch up with old friends, or are looking to make some new ones, you can’t go wrong with any of the options below.

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The Big Hunt

The Big Hunt is one of the oldest beer bars in DC!

Featuring three stories, late-night comedy shows, and a vast beer selection, this is a great place to spend an evening.

The kitchen serves up the usual suspects when it comes to pub grub. Burgers, wings, and nachos are the stars of the show in this local nightlife favorite.

Across the Pond

To the North of the Circle on Connecticut Avenue, those seeking an English-style pub will find Across the Pond.

Enjoy fish and chips, chicken pot pie, and other pub fares in a laid-back local bar atmosphere.

Also, happy hour lasts until 8pm making it a great place to have discounted drinks while spending an evening with a group of your close friends.

Lucky Bar

You should be feeling lucky because this bar is for you.

You’ll find the usual fare like chicken wings, cheesesteaks, and burgers. And tacos are only $1 on Tuesdays.

Football and Soccer fans will feel at home here, so stop in, catch a game, and take advantage of their daily drink specials.

Breakfast & Brunch

While many of the restaurants above are great places to grab breakfast or brunch, we want to highlight a few that are renown in the area for outstanding early-morning to early-afternoon dining.

Tabard Inn Restaurant

This popular breakfast and brunch spot features a “homey” and rustic character while serving a wide variety of comfort food.

From fresh-made doughnuts to inspired vegetarian options, it stands a general crowd-pleaser for any group of early-birds.

The Riggsby

Looking for a chic brunch spot with some of the best Mimosas in town? You’ll find just that over at the Riggsby on New Hampshire Ave.

We have it on good authority that the french toast and blueberry pancakes are magnificent.

And if you visit, be sure to save room for dessert!

breakfast with chocolate strawberries

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at Dupont Circle Restaurants

Dupont Circle hosts many of the city’s most popular places to dine. From breakfast to late-night cocktails, there’s no shortage of options for those with even the most particular tastes.

a lovely pink cocktail

We hope this guide helps you and your companions find the perfect spot to enjoy a flavorful and delicious meal here in Dupont Circle! 

If you are wondering how to get around the neighborhood check out this Dupont Circle commuter guide

We hope you enjoy your sunrises and sunsets in Washington DC– eat drink and be merry!

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