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Food Lover’s Guide to Washington DC

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Food Lover’s Guide to Washington DC
A melting pot of acclaimed chefs, food aficionados, and sustainability-minded restaurant owners, Washington DC has developed a diverse array of specialties, many of which are borrowed from or inspired by cultures across the globe. Immerse yourself in the capital city’s rich food scene with our recommendations below.  

Must-Try Dishes
Delve into the multicultural side of Washington DC’s food scene with traditional Ethiopian meat and vegetable dishes and Salvadoran pupusas, staples for many DC locals. For another international favorite, try a Georgian cheese-and-egg-filled pastry boat, known as a Khachapuri. 

While you could dine in a “different country” each day of your stay, your trip wouldn’t be complete without sampling the capital’s personal classics. Start with a chili half-smoke (sausage covered in chili) on U Street, then class things up with Chesapeake oysters at one of the many restaurants along the Potomac waterfront. For dessert, don’t miss an excuse to stop by one of DC’s gourmet cupcake shops. 

Must-Do Experiences
  • Explore the history and culinary culture of Capitol Hill on a food excursion that adds an interesting—and tasty—twist to the run-of-the-mill sightseeing tour. 
  • Dine in the chic Embassy Row–influenced Dupont Circle on a food tour that takes you to the city’s top international eateries. 
  • Get a feel for dynamic U Street on a tour that leads you to hole-in-the-wall Ethiopian establishments overlooked by most tourists. 
  • Take in downtown DC’s wine, spirits, and historic sites on a pedicab tour of Penn Quarter and Chinatown, a fun and carefree way to navigate the busy streets. 
  • Get away from the bustling city and experience a different view of the nation’s capital on a dinner cruise along the Potomac River. 
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Spirit of Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with BuffetDining Experiences

Spirit of Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Take in the city skyline during sunset in Washington DC on an all-you-can-eat buffet cruise. Board a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise on the Potomac River with dinner and dancing while a DJ spins your favorite tunes. Pass by illuminated landmarks such as the Washington Monument and feast on a variety of delicious dishes during the cruise.
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U Street: Food, History, and Street Art TourHalf-day Tours

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U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

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Get a taste of Washington DC's historic U Street neighborhood on this guided culinary walking tour. Discover the history and culture of these streets, formerly known as ‘Black Broadway,’ while stopping at multiple local restaurants to sample the foods that make these neighborhoods unique. A portion of every ticket price goes to feed district residents in need.
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Georgetown Foodie Tour and Neighborhood WalkHalf-day Tours

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Georgetown Foodie Tour and Neighborhood Walk

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Put down your guidebook and skip the stress of navigating on your own when you book a gourmet food and walking tour through historic Georgetown. Your guide takes you off the beaten path to highly-rated establishments, from a deli loved by locals to an Indian restaurant that’s been around for 20 years. Along the way, see hidden landmarks often missed by visitors, including Julia Child’s former home.
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Capitol Hill Walking Food TourFood Tours

Capitol Hill Walking Food Tour

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Get to know Capitol Hill through its food and culinary culture on this guided walking tour. Listen to a guide's commentary on one of the city's oldest and historically diverse neighborhoods, stopping to sample a variety of dishes such as Anglo-Indian food, Salvadorian cuisine, soul food, and others. This small group, limited to just 12 participants, ensures personalized attention and a chance to ask questions.
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Washington DC Food Tour: Italian Cuisine in Dupont CircleHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Food Tour: Italian Cuisine in Dupont Circle

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Follow a passionate foodie guide on foot to several Italian restaurants in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. You’ll visit local establishments and savor four to five food tastings with a wine pairing during this 3.5-hour tour, which offers various departure times. Learn about regional history, architecture and all things Italian while you walk and discover these culinary gems. Numbers are limited to 16 participants to ensure an intimate experience.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: DC Food and History Tour on H Street with a LocalHalf-day Tours

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Lonely Planet Experiences: DC Food and History Tour on H Street with a Local

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Skip the stress of planning and navigating on your own when you book a food and walking tour of historic H Street. As you taste your way through the multicultural neighborhood, listen to little-known and sometimes controversial anecdotes about the construction of the U.S. capital. Your guide eliminates the stress of navigating on your own, which allows you to relax and enjoy views of major landmarks along the way.
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DC Brew Tour with Tastings and MealDay Trips

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DC Brew Tour with Tastings and Meal

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Learn about Washington, DC’s thriving brewpub scene and taste a variety of award-winning beverages on a guided brewery tour. Get an inside look at how beer is made and chat with brewery owners about their operations. Visit four of DC’s top brewpubs and enjoy beer-centric food pairings, substantial enough for a meal. Round-trip transportation by bus is included.
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Old Town Alexandria Historical Walking and Food TourFood Tours

Old Town Alexandria Historical Walking and Food Tour

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Explore Old Town Alexandria, focusing on its food and its history, during this walking tour. Follow your guide to some of the area's historical highlights, learning about the nearly three-century history as you travel. Stop at several family-owned restaurants for regional seafood, Italian fare, fusion cuisine, and hand-crafted desserts. Tastings add up to make a full meal.
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Dupont Circle Food TourFood Tours

Dupont Circle Food Tour

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Immerse yourself in multicultural Dupont Circle on a gourmet food and walking tour to the area’s best eateries. Going with a guide eliminates the hassle of navigating on your own, instead allowing you to relax and enjoy the ambiance of the neighborhood. Over the course of the afternoon, skip lines to sample locally-sourced foods from a range of international cuisines, from Moroccan to Malaysian.
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Adams Morgan Food TourFood Tours

Adams Morgan Food Tour

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Immerse yourself in Adams Morgan’s diverse food scene on an afternoon tour of the area’s best eateries. Over the course of the afternoon, sample dishes from a range of cuisines, from Peruvian to Nepalese. Going with a guide eliminates the stress of choosing where to dine on your own, and ensures you walk away with an inside perspective on the neighborhood.
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Little Ethiopia Food TourFood Tours

Little Ethiopia Food Tour

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Expand your palate on a leisurely food tour through Little Ethiopia in the heart of U Street, Washington DC. Going with a guide allows you to skip the research and head directly to the area’s best restaurants, where you sample a variety of complex flavors—from deep-fried lentils to freshly-baked traditional breads. Throughout the tour, listen to stories oven unheard by visitors about the largest Ethiopian community outside Ethiopia.
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Washington DC BYOB Tour by PedicabWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Washington DC BYOB Tour by Pedicab

Sip a variety of top-notch, international wines or liquors at Central Wines, a classy wine, beer and spirits shop in the lively Penn Quarter District (or take your tastings to go), and then sit back and enjoy your pedicab ride. Your driver-guide pedals you through Chinatown and the Federal Triangle, as well as past key sights such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Friendship Arch and Ford Theatre. This small-group tour is limited to 9 people or fewer.
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Sip of DC TourHalf-day Tours

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Sip of DC Tour

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Get a feel for the DC atmosphere on an evening beer and sightseeing tour. Take the hassle out of navigating and visit three DC breweries and enjoy 12 beer samples, tours of the facilities, and tasting note information. Enjoy a hassle-free journey during this all-inclusive craft beer and cider tasting excursion.
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