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A Visitors Weekend Food Guide to D.C.

Food Guide, Ice Cream, Jenni's Ice Cream

For those planning a weekend trip to Washington, D.C., I have put together a list of my favorite places to eat depending on the occasion; brunch, dinner, drinks, speakeasy, and dessert!  If you have any questions or want more suggestions within one of the specific categories, please message me and I can give you further recommendations.  


Le Diplomate D.C., Washington D.C., Brunch
Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate

Rating: 4/5 Highly Recommend for those wanting to splurge!

Vibe: Famous Authentic French bistro that is always packed with well dressed patrons, government types, and romantic first dates. This place is a DC staple and should be on your “must try” list.

My Order: Frose, Escargots (garlic and parsley butter), Steak Frites

Lupo Verde

Rating: 4/5 Perfect for brunch, girls dinner, or impressing your parents when they come into town.

Vibe: Neighborhood gem with darling outdoor seating, and a rustic two-story restaurant and bar serving Southern Italian dishes.

My Order:

Appetizer:Cheese & Meat Plate (Pecorino Toscano, Burrata, Proscuitto di Parma, Coppa, Sopressata) Brush up on your Salumeria knowledge.

Pasta: Agnolotti del Plin (pasta filled with braised short ribs, brown butter, sage sauce, and natural braising jus)

Brunch: Social Brunch- Pancakes, Caico e Pepe, Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Rucola Fritters

Hanks Oyster Bar at the Wharf

Rating: 3/5- Not a lot of health-conscious options if you do not like seafood.

Vibe: Bright and cheery, casual, seafood restaurant.

My Order:

Ice Bar: Oysters on the half shell (always ask for the most delicate oysters for a less fishy taste).

Small Plates: Popcorn shrimp & calamari, spicy marinated beets.

Drinks: Hank’s Bloody, You’re my Butter Half

Trendy Dinner

Hazel, Washington DC Restaurants, Patio


Rating: 3.5/5- A little bit on the pricey side.

Vibe: Upscale, chef driven, New American restaurant with dim lighting and popular outdoor seating. The restaurant is filled with young professionals, date nights, and celebrations of all sorts.

My Order:

Steak Tartare (tater tots, egg yolk, watercress, caramelized onion dip)

Fava Bean Falafel (fennel jam, jalapeno, black sesame yogurt)

*Apparently Grandma’s Zucchini Bread is one of their most popular dishes.


Rating: 4/5-

Vibe: Spanish Tapas, colorful decor, lively upbeat environment.

My Order:

Tapas: Ahi Tuna, Shishito Peppers, Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic Prawns


W Hotel, POV, Drinks
POV W Hotel


Rating: 3.5/5 

Vibe: Super crowded late night, but Happy Hour is more manageable. The crowd tends to be younger than I would like.

My Order: Wine by the glass

POV the W

Rating: 4/5- I always have a good time, even on POVs most crowded nights.

Vibe: A DC Classic. Gorgeous rooftop views. Mix of professionals, visitors, and people looking to party.

My Order:Espresso Martini

Bardo River Brewery

Rating: 3/5- I’m sure beer lovers would give this a higher rating, but I love the vibe.

Vibe: Hipster Brewery and beer garden with a wonderful view.

My Order: Chuck Brown Ale


The Gibson, Speakeasy
The Gibson

The Gibson

Rating: 4/5

Vibe: Sexy, dark leathers, 1920’s feeling, dim lighting.

My Order: The Dunbar Hotel (Allspice Dram, Demerara, Salt)

Chicken and Whiskey

Rating: 3/5

Vibe: Located behind a fake freezer door, 50 person bar.

My Order: Wine by the glass


Birthday Cake, Milk Bar DC, CCDC MilkBar
Birthday Cake, Milk Bar DC

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

Rating: 3.5/5

Vibe: Line out the door on a regular basis. Fun and friendly neighborhood spot located in a buzzing part of town.

My Order: Pistachio & Honey, Salty Caramel

Jubilee Ice Cream

Rating: 3.5/5

Vibe: High quality, fresh flavors, creative flavors in a modern little shop.

My Order: Carmel Popcorn or Cookies & Cookie Dough Ice Cream!

Milk Bar

Rating: 4/5

Vibe: Carefree and creative. All of the calories.

My Order: Birthday Cake, Crack Cake, Cereal Milk Soft Serve


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