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Reservation platform OpenTable just released its 2016 list of top 100 restaurants in America, only two of the three spots picked from Washington aren’t restaurants at all. They’re bars.
Harold Black is a Capitol Hill cocktail den that serves boozy concoctions and light snacks like cheese and charcuterie, and barmini by José Andrés is a downtown “cocktail lab” that is arguably one of the most premier cocktail bars in the country.
The third selection from D.C.—the restaurant—is Seasons located in Georgetown’s Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C., where Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak is also located. But instead of choosing the fine dining steakhouse, diners picked the daytime-only restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch (usually of the power-breakfast and power-lunch variety).
While the District only had three establishments make the cut, Virginia did well with seven. Locally, Bistro L’Hermitage in Woodbridge; The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant in Middleburg; The Inn at Little Washington in Washington; and L’Auberge Chez Francois were all included. Commonwealth diners clearly love French food.
According to the OpenTable, the list is based off of more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by diners at more than 24,000 restaurants across 50 states and the District. They’re presented in alphabetical order, not best to worst, so it’s impossible to know where each restaurant (or bar) falls in the ranking.