Why Dupont Circle?
Whether you’re a new resident of the neighborhood or just stopping by for a visit, Dupont Circle is so full of fantastic restaurants and cafes it can be difficult to choose where to eat. We want to list some of our favorite local restaurants to help guide your decision and introduce you to some of the local flavors.
We’re going to make it easy for you. 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) you really can’t go wrong with any of them.
Here are our favorite restaurants 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, filet’s, 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.
If you’re looking for a spot to grab some fresh, delicious sushi you’ll find what you’re seeking to the East on 17th St. 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 for some of the best sushi in DC at an unbeatable price!
Authentic Ethnic Options
DC is unmatched in local ethnic cuisine. If you’re craving some international flavors, be sure to swing by these popular spots.
This tiny cafe in an old townhouse just off Connecticut Avenue quickly became a local favorite for delicious Greek cuisine. Enjoy dishes like Gyros, Shish Kebab, 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 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.
South of the Circle you’ll found Nando’s PERI-PERI offering authentic Portuguese cuisine. With the option to choose how spicy you want your dish, it’s a great 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’d be doing yourself a disservice by not swinging by this modest location on P St. 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.
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.
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 begin an evening out – and finish it, too.
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.
James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant
If you’re feeling Irish pub food, James Hoban’s right on the circle is your best bet. You’ll find Irish classics like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash as well as other European influenced dishes.
Stop in for a bite and watch a game, listen to live music, play some darts, or 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.
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.
If you visit, be sure to save room for dessert!
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
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.
We hope this guide helps you and your companions find the perfect spot to enjoy a flavorful and delicious meal here in Dupont Circle!
For more information about the neighborhood and the many businesses nearby, check out the Dupont Circle Neighborhood Guide!