Celebrity Chef Restaurants

Taste the buzz at these celebrity chef restaurants in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, where chefs create authentically American dining experiences inspired by a variety of locally grown foods.

Patrick O'Connell, Inn at Little Washington
Chef Patrick O'Connell of the acclaimed Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia
VOLT Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland
Contemporary fine dining at Chef Bryan Voltaggio's VOLT Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland. (Photo credit VOLT Restaurant)
Jaleo restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland
Enjoy Spanish-style tapas at Jaleo in Bethesda, Maryland, one of Chef José Andrés' restaurants in the Capital Region.
Newseum exterior
Experience world-class dining at Washington, DC's Newseum, home to The Source by Wolfgang Puck.
Julia Child's Kitchen, National Museum of American History
Visit Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Photo by Rich Strauss, courtesy of the National Museum of American History.
Patrick O'Connell, Inn at Little Washington
VOLT Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland
Jaleo restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland
Newseum exterior
Julia Child's Kitchen, National Museum of American History

The world is taking note of the vibrant culinary scene in America’s Capital Region. Washington, DC, the nation’s capital city, draws talent from all around the globe, creating a melting pot of culinary experiences inspired by the bounty of the countryside and waterways of nearby Maryland and Virginia. 

Celebrated Chefs

Check out these top spots to sample creations from leaders and legends of the culinary world:

  • Famed Spanish chef José Andrés has 14 restaurants across the Capital Region offering a variety of experiences and cuisines. Choose from the intimate and innovative Minibar by José Andrés (a two star Michelin restaurant), where up to six guests get a full-fledged multi-course dining experience, or casual and classic Spanish fare from Pepe the Food Truck, which rolls through the area for lunch every day – plus several options in between.
  • Austrian-born chef Wolfgang Puck has created a culinary empire that includes his first fine dining restaurant in the nation’s capital – The Source. This three-level restaurant is the signature dining experience at the Newseum and offers guests both a traditional Japanese Izakaya menu and contemporary interpretations of Asian dishes. 
  • Patrick O’Connell was one of the first American chefs to be courted by the Relais & Châteaux fellowship and is recognized as one of the program’s “Grand Chefs.” O’Connell’s Inn at Little Washington, which turned 40 in 2018, has won the Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star Award for 25 years and in 2018, was awarded three Michelin stars. The restaurant offers three tasting menus, or diners can choose dishes that most interest them.
  • Experience the cuisine of acclaimed Michelin-rated chefs Daniel Boulud and David Chang in the CityCenterDC development in downtown DC. Boulud's DBGB Kitchen and Bar is a modern take on a French brasserie, while Chang's Momofuku may be best known for its Bo Ssäm, a Korean pork dish.

American Favourites

The U.S. has experienced a boom in food television, creating a new generation of American celebrity chefs that have residents flocking from all over the country to try the hottest new spots from television’s Top Chef contestants. Experience contemporary fine dining at Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s VOLT Restaurant or try the chef’s modern take on the classic diner at Family Meal, both located in Frederick, Maryland. Based in Washington, DC, Spike Mendelsohn is a popular figure of American food television. Enjoy classic American burgers and fries at Good Stuff Eatery or a pie at We, The Pizza.

A Must-See Attraction: Julia Child's Kitchen

No foodie can visit Washington, DC, and the Capital Region without making a trip to the National Museum of American History to see Julia Child’s Kitchen, the centrepiece of the museum’s ongoing exhibit, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000. Tour the legendary cook's kitchen, which was donated to the Smithsonian, and explore videos, cookbooks, gadgets and utensils to gain insight into her passion for food and for life.

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