Photo courtesy of Convivial
Photo courtesy of Convivial

Best of The Hit ListWashington D.C.

The 10 Restaurants That Defined D.C. Dining in 2021


It was a long and winding path back to a thriving restaurant scene this year in the District. We bundled up for a night out dining in mini greenhouses, rustic chalets and luxury yurts; and bulked up on to-go cocktails, pasta bowls and cheffy sandwiches. We welcomed long awaited new-commers like Daru, and the resurrection of Beuchert’s Saloon, while the kitchens of Anju and Convivial sustained us throughout.

Looking ahead, we’ll be keen to see how chefs can push the envelope with their wood-fired ovens, and currently it seems we’re in the midst of a tuna crudo and roast duck sweepstakes (and we’re not mad at it). We wanted to highlight our absolute favorites from 2021 as we close out the year. So please, welcome our Best of The Hit List for DC.