The online restaurant-reservation service company OpenTable announced its 2019 list of 100 best restaurants in America. Four eateries from Washington, D.C. and one in Virginia made the list.
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw at 1341 L Street, NW that features organic and plant-based dishes is one of the D.C. businesses that grabbed a spot on OpenTable top 100 list. Yelp score of the restaurant is 4.5.
“Without a doubt the most upscale and unique pick on this list, Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is a culinary gift to the world (veghead or not) opened by Elizabeth Petty, who was introduced to the benefits of vegan and raw foods when she was fighting breast cancer,” Thrillist said in a comment.
“Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is a formal, five-course experience complete with sommelier and price tag to match,” The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema wrote in a 2014 article.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab at 750 15th Street, NW, which also has locations in other cities like Chicago and Las Vegas, was another favorite of OpenTable foodies. The place has 4.5 stars on Yelp.
“You should feel like a king when you’re paying through the nose for a steakhouse experience, and you will here. Start with the sweet, cool stone crabs, the sugar prawns (Madagascar shrimp) and a delicious chopped salad that could easily feed two,” Time Out said in 2016 about the business’ Chicago branch.
“Go straight to the top with the bone-in New York strip, perfect when ordered charred medium-rare, or the Alaskan king crab legs served chilled. Key lime pie is puckeringly sweet for those who like a hit-you-over-the-head finish, and brunch-only fried chicken is the best secret in town.”
Le Diplomate at 1601 14th Street, NW, highly acclaimed for serving the best of French cuisine, was on the top 100 list of OpenTable, as well.
“Le Diplomate pays sincere homage to French cafe culture, providing a comfortable, versatile gathering place that’s become an anchor for Washington, D.C.’s resurgent 14th Street corridor,” the restaurant owners say on their website. You can read extensively about the restaurant in our Best of French Cuisine in Washington article.
St. Anselm at 1250 5th Street, NE, was the last D.C. eatery on OpenTable’s list.
“St. Anselm is an American tavern devoted to the pleasures of grilled meats and great ingredients simply cooked,” its website says. “While steak is a specialty, Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s creativity doesn’t stop there. Delicious food, eclectic wines, and classic cocktails set the tone for a great experience. Paired with friendly service in an unpretentious setting adorned with offbeat décor, dining at St. Anselm is the total package.”
Virginia’s only restaurant that landed the list was L’Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, which is another French restaurant. The place was also named by the Washingtonian Magazine one of readers’ favorite restaurants in 2019, and the best French restaurant in the area.
The list is prepared based on verified reviews submitted by diners around the United States.