Guide to Washington, DC

Top Restaurants

Pineapple and Pearls

At last DC has a Michelin Guide, and two-Michelin-starred Pineapple and Pearls stands tall in its pages. Named for the pineapple as a symbol of hospitality and pearls to recall DC’s certain sophistication, this Aaron Silverman hangout takes a playful approach to clean, but well-conjured food. Go for the 13-course tasting menu, a true culinary journey.

Minibar by José Andrés

A fantastical adventure, things aren’t what they seem at two-Michelin starred Minibar, which delights the senses with 20 to 30 astonishing courses, where beets and yogurt mimic stained glass and a watermelon slice tastes like a margarita. Begin in a dreamy, Narnia-white salon with champagne, continue to a progressive dinner in a food laboratory space, then end with dessert at cool Barmini across the street.


Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s Capitol Hill enclave with one Michelin star attracts glitterati aplenty. It draws from seasonal ingredients to create a gourmet experience that borrows crisp formality from Rome, well mannered chic from the District, and soulful cooking from Fabio’s Le Marche homeland in Italy.