Washington, DC Area is one sizzling foodie city: 1. Woo Lae Oak's impeccable Korean Barbecue Galbi; 2. Fiola's dreamy desserts of Bomboloni and Trio of Granitas; 3. Sushi Sono's Pristine Ko-Tai; 4. Fiola's subime seasonal special Spiny Lobster; 5. Indique's unmatched Baby Eggplant Curry; 6. J&G Steakhouse's signature Fried Calamari with Pickled Chilies and Yuzu Aioli.

Despite its relatively small size in population and land area, the Washington, DC area is the vibrant (foodie) capital of the U.S. with a diversity of cuisines deliciously represented.  Whether you are visiting or a native wanting to try a new place, there are many restaurants definitely worth trying.  Click on each link below for detailed review from Martial Foodie‘s “Joy of Fine Dining Guide”:

Cost ranges of a reasonable meal (pre-tax/tip)
$ = ≤$20/person
$$ = $20-40/person
$$$ = $41-65/person
$$$$ = $65+/person

L = Lunch (Monday-Friday by default)
B = Weekend Brunch
D = Dinner

M Denotes Metro Accessible

Italics Denotes Restaurant Reservable by Savored.com (30% off regular menu; not applicable for special promotions)

Sybaritic pleasures from many corners of the world: 1. Passage to India's festive Goat Biryani; 2. J&G Steakhouse's eye-opening House Made Herbal Sodas; 3. Peking Gourmet Inn's Sublime Peking Duck; 4. Vidalia's dazzling Fried Frog Legs with Grits; 5. Indique's titanic Tandoori King Prawns; 6. Tosca's Lush Seafood Linguini.

National Mall & Museums/Downtown/Penn Quarter, DC
Fiola (Italian: L, $$; D, $$$-$$$$) M
J&G Steakhouse (Asian-influenced New American: Breakfast/L, $-$$; D, $$-$$$) M
Tosca (Northern Italian: L, $$; D, $$-$$$) M
Morton’s Steakhouse in Downtown (Bar: L/D, $) M

Dupont Circle/Adams Morgan/Foggy Bottom/Georgetown, DC
Vidalia (New American/Southern: L, $$; D, $$-$$$) M
Marcel’s (French/Belgian: D, $$$-$$$$) M
The Grill from Ipanema (Brazilian: B, $-$$; D, $$)
Morton’s Steakhouse in Georgetown (Bar: D, $)

Cleveland Park, DC
Indique (Indian: L*/D, $-$$; *lunch consists of dinner menu on Fridays-Sundays) M
2Amys (Italian/Pizzeria: $-$$)
Dino (Northern Italian/Steak: B/D, $$) M

The DC area is home to exquisite casual comfort food: 1. Kraze Burger's Matiz Burger with Extra Patty and Bulgogi Burger; 2. 2Amys' Signature Margarita Extra with Arugula; 3. China Bistro's Pork-Chive Dumplings; 4. The Grill from Ipanema's Passaro Preto (The Best Fried Chicken).

Arlington/Falls Church/Tysons Corner, VA
Woo Lae Oak (Corean: Breakfast/L/D, $-$$)
Peking Gourmet Inn (Chinese: L/D, $-$$)
Ravi’s Kabob House II (Pakistani: $)
Morton’s Steakhouse in Arlington (Bar: D, $) M

VA Suburbs to Southwest of DC
The Inn at Little Washington (New American: $$$$)
Honey Pig in Centreville (Corean: $)

Bethesda/Rockville, MD
Passage to India (Indian: L/B/D, $-$$) M
Morton’s Steakhouse in Bethesda (Bar: D, $) M
Kraze Burger (Burgers: $) M
China Bistro (Taiwanese: $)
Persimmon (New American: L/B/D, $-$$) Closes for remodeling from last week of July for ~2.5 months

MD Suburbs Northeast of DC
Sushi Sono (Japanese/Sushi: L/D, $-$$$)
Honey Pig in Ellicott City (Corean: $)
Samantha’s (Pan-Latin: L/D, $-$$)

National Harbor, MD
Elevation Burger (Burgers: $)

Food Martial Foodie's DC Area Dining Guide 2012