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The Best Places to Eat in Upper Northwest DC
Your guide to dining in DC’s tree-lined, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods
As you explore DC’s Upper Northwest neighborhoods, you’ll discover tree-lined streets and family homes as the city’s urban vibe turns suburban. Friendship Heights, Glover Park and Tenleytown can all be found in Upper Northwest, and attractions like Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens and the Washington National Cathedral dot the landscape. And of course, there are plenty of enticing dining options in the area. Hillwood, the former home of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, houses a lush collection of Russian Imperial art and boasts expansive, gorgeous gardens. The Hillwood Café serves up a lunch menu inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, as well as tea on Sunday afternoons.
Nestled on the border of DC and Maryland, Friendship Heights is home to high-end and independent retailers along with great restaurant options. Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s Range features nearby farm-sourced meats, seasonal vegetables, seafood and even creative sweets in an open-kitchen setting.
Sushiko is one of the area’s most popular Japanese restaurants, serving fresh sushi in sleek environs. Brothers and sushi chefs Handry and Piter Tjan are in charge, coming up with new sushi roll creations on a regular basis. For a culinary adventure, try the tasting menu at Kobo, the highly regarded restaurant-within-a-restaurant. If you’re in the mood for family-style Italian fare, grab a table at Maggiano’s Little Italy.
Glover Park, which sits adjacent to Georgetown, is home to cozy restaurant options like Slate Wine Bar, a homey spot featuring sustainably produced wines and new American cuisine. Kimpton’s Glover Park Hotel is home to Casolare Ristorante + Bar, an Italian restaurant from celeb chef Michael Schlow.
Visitors will find the wondrous Washington National Cathedral, American University and a host of satisfying restaurants in Tenleytown. Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza is a Friday night fave for families, churning out Neapolitan-style pizzas and pasta dishes made only from fresh, local ingredients. Le Chat Noir serves French classics in a Parisian-style bistro.Taking your DC exploration to Georgetown? Read our neighborhood dining guide.
Upper Northwest Dining Map
Where to eat as the city's urban vibe turns suburban