A Guide To Washington D.C.’s International Food Scene

Washington D.C. is one of the most diverse and international cities in the United States.

Not only is it home to 175 embassies, it is also the center of American politics which explains the constant influx of globetrotters visiting from around the world. To reflect upon D.C.’s international nature, here’s an eating guide with ten restaurants that draws cuisines from various countries and cultures. You don’t always have to leave America to try new foods and experience foreign cultures. I hope that you broaden your worldview and palette while exploring these vibrant and delicious eateries.

Le  Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Le Diplomate
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Bon appetit! Le Diplomate is D.C’s go-to French restaurant, especially if you are longing for a Parisian-style brasserie or classic escargot…Le Diplomate has you covered. One meal here will inspire you to book a flight to France or dust off that old French novel. At the moment, it is open for outdoor dining and takeout at its 14th St NW location.

Maydan

1346 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Maydan
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Once you enter Maydan you will immediately immerse yourself into a unique culinary experience that brings Middle Eastern cuisine to the forefront of D.C.’s dining scene. The interior space is absolutely gorgeous and inviting. From the menu, you can enjoy an exquisite family-style cuisine with iconic Middle Eastern and North African dishes, including: kebabs, hummus, and baklava.

Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Old Ebbitt Grill
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Old Ebbitt Grill is a D.C. classic located right by the White House and Treasury Department. If you are looking for local cuisine specialities, such as: Maryland Crab Cakes, Old Ebbitt Grill is the place to be. During lunch hours on weekdays, it is packed with professionals in business attire chatting away with their colleagues. Whenever I am showing someone around D.C., I always try to bring them here so they can truly experience a signature D.C. dining scene.

Indigo

243 K St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Indigo
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Indigo is D.C.’s best family-owned Indian restaurant. It focuses heavily on fresh ingredients and grandma’s secret homey recipes. Indigo’s ambience is laid-back, colorful, and fun with big picnic tables laid out in a courtyard surrounded by string lights. If you want a relaxing environment and a healthy international meal, Indigo is the place for you.

Keren Restaurant

1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

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The D.C. area is home to one of the largest Ethiopian populations in the US, so it would be a big mistake to skip out on Ethiopian food while you’re in the area. Keren is celebrated for its authentic Ethiopian cuisine. For those who are not familiar, Ethiopian food is made up of a special spongy bread called: injera, accompanied by various sauces and curries. My go-to is Doro Wat with some mango juice.

Pho 14

1436 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010