The 100 Very Best Restaurants in Washington

The 100 Very Best Restaurants in Washington


Washingtonian | February 15, 2019

From the edge of DC’s Wharf to the streets of Falls Church and Silver Spring, Washington’s dining scene became even more turbocharged this year. We visited 300-plus restaurants to bring you this list of our favorite places to eat. And we ranked every one.

#65 El Sapo Cuban Social Club

The party at this boisterous Cuban restaurant starts at the host stand, which doubles as a stage for live music almost every night. (We spotted chef/owner Raynold Mendizabal, who also runs Urban Butcher, helping out on the maracas.) The show continues at the table, where tropical cocktails, juicy beef empanadas, and tuna-and-jícama ceviche with ponzu sauce warm up for headliner platters such as vaca frita—crispy beef with caramelized onions, lemon slices, and jalapeños—that’s shredded tableside. Also a hit: coconut ice cream sinking into a warm chocolate-coffee soufflé. Moderate.