The nation’s capital has rapidly become a hot spot for “Top Chef” action, especially after the season that took place in Washington, D.C. Chefs from past seasons have traveled to D.C. to set up shop and give the District a taste of celeb cuisine. The best Top Chef restaurants in Washington, D.C., are well worth a visit for any foodie visiting our nation’s capital. – Allie Moore

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Good Stuff Eatery

303 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-8222

Top Chef Chicago’s Spike Mendelsohn opened his first D.C. restaurant in 2008 and has enjoyed success ever since. Spike has become the burger man around town. Even First Lady Michelle Obama has stopped in for a bite. Try the toasted marshmallow milkshake or Spike’s village fries, with sprinkles of rosemary, thyme and sea salt.

We, The Pizza

305 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-4008

At Spike Mendelsohn’s second restaurant, right next door to Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill, he serves not only standard pies, but also innovative cast iron pies like “For The Greeks In Us Pie” with Spike’s Kefalonian oil. Pasta, subs, salads, and unique soda flavors like “Jupina Pineapple” and “Good Morning Vietnam Coffee” are also on the menu.


228 North Market St.
Frederick, Md. 21701
(301) 696-8658

About 30 miles northwest of the District in Frederick, Md., is Volt, where fresh, local and seasonal ingredients are served in the classic Houck Mansion. Owned by Top Chef Las Vegas runner-up Bryan Voltaggio, brother of Top Chef Las Vegas winner Michael Voltaggio, Volt also features Table 21, where you and your friends can sit in the kitchen and witness Bryan and his fellow chefs cook right before your eyes.


701 9th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 638-0800

Mediterranean small plates (“mezze”) at this chic downtown venue make Zaytinya one of the most distinct and refreshing Top Chef restaurants in Washington, D.C., representing cuisines of Greece, Turkey and Lebanon. Part of Jose Andreas’ restaurant group, Top Chef Las Vegas “cheftestant” Mike Isabella spent many years as a chef here before opening his own restaurant.