Washington D.C. Top 25 Restaurants: July 2016

The DC dining scene is made up of established restaurants with a loyal following. That’s why it’s not common for new names to show up on the Foodable’s top 25 DC restaurants list. This ranking is entirely made of veteran restaurants, meaning they have already appeared on Foodable’s list– some more so than others.

The top three restaurants all have made their appearance on the list several times. But they all made a major climb to the top.

Bad Saint, the no.1 restaurant is known for its Filipino dishes and cocktails and it opened in 2015. Since then it’s been well-received. The only negative–“bad news about Bad Saint: The Columbia Heights restaurant doesn’t take reservations for its 24 seats, meaning diners have to get in line early for the chance to explore the Filipino menu by chef Tom Cunanan,” wrote The Washington Post. Although the space is small, chef Cunanan’s flavors are big and bold.

The no. 2 restaurant is Proof, known for New American small plates and a massive wine list, jumps from no. 10 in the last ranking. Iron Gate makes a major climb from no. 12 and rounds out the top three. This Mediterranean restaurant offers Italian and Greek small plates and a tasting menu.

Even though no newbies made their way on the list, three restaurants return on the list after a brief hiatus. Foodable welcomes back Volt at no. 22, Cork Wine Bar at no. 23 and Estadio at no. 24.

Check out the full list below!

ENSALADANG PALAPA with coconut, purple cabbage, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, bird’s eye chilies...

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Our delicious, lightly smoked mackerel with confit potato salad, parsley, dill and egg.

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RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Bad Saint 175.66  
2 Proof 175.64  
3 Iron Gate 175.52 Play Video
4 The Dabney 173.67  
5 Momofuku Milk Bar 173.56  
6 Graffiato 173.55 Play Video
7 Convivial 173.12  
8 Jack Rose Dining Saloon 172.69 Play Video
9 Garrison 170.73  
10 Birch & Barley 170.56  
11 Masseria 169.21  
12 Little Serow 168.45  
13 Daikaya 166.93  
14 Range 165.45  
15 Room 11 165.41  
16 Mintwood Place 165.37 Play Video
17 Corduroy 165.29  
18 DGS Delicatessen 165.21  
19 Blue Duck Tavern 165.13  
20 Kapnos 165.05  
21 Del Campo 164.97  
22 Volt 164.89 Play Video
23 Cork Wine Bar 164.81  
24 Estadio 164.73  
25 Compass Rose 164.65