Best Hearty Soups In Washington DC

January 1, 2014 8:00 AM

A warm, luscious bowl of soup is just what the doctor ordered this winter, so read on to find out where you can get the best soups in towns. These soups are on this list because they are some of the heartiest, soul-warming options available during this icy season. Each one features ingredients that are bound to warm you up, as well as satisfy your taste buds.

701 Restaurant
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-0701

701’s cauliflower soup is a bowl of velvety goodness and must be on your list of dishes to try this winter. The soup is made with pureed cauliflower, sharp cheddar cheese and sweet raisins. Cauliflowers are currently in season, making the soup especially flavorful. The raisins provide the perfect element of sweetness to the savory dish, and a drizzle of cumin oil adds spice and depth of flavor. A bowl is available for $10, and you better hurry because 701 changes its menu seasonally, so this soup is only available for a limited time.

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Daikaya (Credit, Priya Konings)

705 6th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 589-1600

Ramen, which is Asian noodle soup, has become is a fast-growing trend in D.C., with several new ramen shops opening up in the last year alone. Daikaya is one of these restaurants and its vegetable ramen is one of the best bowls of ramen available in the District. Steaming and made to order, a bowl of Daikaya’s ramen is perfect for a winter lunch or dinner. The silky broth is a shio, or salt broth, which is served with heaps of house-made noodles and fresh veggies. The hearty vegetables, which include Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, carrots and bean sprouts, give the dish texture, color and flavor and serve as the perfect addition to the broth and noodles. Enjoy a bowl of this heavenly ramen for $13.75.

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Rose’s Luxury (Credit, Priya Konings)

Rose’s Luxury
717 8th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 580-8889

For a delightfully unique bowl of soup this winter, head to Capitol Hill’s newest venue, Rose’s Luxury. This hotspot serves popcorn soup, made with a creamy, succulent base and topped with a smattering of freshly popped corn kernels. Mop it up with some of the potato bread Rose’s serves on the side. You can order a bowl, with or without lobster, for $13.

Bombay Club
815 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 659-3727

This popular Indian restaurant offers a perfect, exotic bowl of mulligatawny soup to warm you up this winter. Mulligatawny soup is a traditional Indian soup, made with lentils and coconut. The one Bombay Club serves is bursting with flavor, a result of the curry leaves and spices it is made with. The dish also features apple, adding an additional layer of flavor as well as a seasonal element. A bowl of this thick, hearty soup is available for $8.

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3417 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-7995

Ripple is known for its delicious seasonal soups, and it will not be disappointing its fans this winter. The restaurant is featuring a lovely sunchoke soup, complete with tapenade and raisins. Sunchokes are an earthy root vegetable, and for this soup they are roasted to bring out their naturally sweet and nutty flavor before they are pureed. The addition of raisins further enhances the sweetness of the vegetable, while the olive tapenade adds a contrasting bitter and savory flavor to the dish. Enjoy a bowl of this soup with a grilled cheese from Ripple’s grilled cheese bar for the perfect winter meal. The soup is sold for $8 a bowl.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at