8 best Black-Owned restaurants in DC

by grace ashi
black-owned restaurants in dc

Best Black-owned restaurants in DC?

.Here you will find the best black-owned restaurants in Washington DC that will have you crave soul food at all times of the day. DC is one of the hallmarks to get some of the best soul food ever. While you visit the nation’s capital, you must try some of the best black-owned restaurants in DC. The district is known to have a strong African American history and many popular and world-renowned chefs all pay homage to the thriving black-owned restaurants. It’s difficult to find restaurants that provide similar food quality similar to the quality of our grandma’s food that we all love. However, in DC, you will find just that. The food you will try if you go to a popular black-owned restaurant will transport your pallet to another dimension..

10 Top DC black-Owned restaurants to try.


1. Half Smoke

Half Smoke is located at 651 Florida Ave NW and is directly located in one of the most popular historical black neighborhoods of Shaw. Before COVID struck the world, many people would come to Half Smoke to have an amazing time and have some pre-game drinks in before they head to the club.  However, people still go to Half Smoke and enjoy a wonderful midday lunch and bottomless brunch. We love it so so much, it our of best DC bottomless brunch spots. One of the must-have dishes that everyone should try when they go is the gourmet sausage. 

You can also try very classic breakfast foods, they are inspired by the late 90s and early 2000s which are Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and other assortments of cereal. If you’re not a fan of cereal, then you can still eat and enjoy other types of food here. One of the famous dishes in this blacked-owned restaurant is the Half smoke, half beef, and half pork smoky sausage.  You may also enjoy the “Too Lit to Quit” meal which is a dish comprised of scrambled eggs with sausage served with home fries, steak, and a fried egg. This meal will leave you content to your stomach desire. 



Trying to find a vegan black-owned restaurant near me on your phone can be difficult especially because we know soul food to not be vegan. However, in Nuvegan Café you will not taste the difference between how they make it and how your grandma makes it.  Their food is simply to die for and will have you drooling through the mouth once you take a bite. This restaurant is the best place to take someone out for lunch.  Some of their popular vegan food dishes include vegan fried fish and vegan crab cakes.  This black-owned restaurant is located at 2928 Georgia Ave NW. You can still get some of the classic soul food that you know such as collard greens, sweet potatoes, okra, and mac and cheese.

3. Kith/Kin

Kith/Kin deserves a spot to be one of the best black-owned restaurants in Washington Dc.  The owner of this fine dining establishment is Kwame Onwuachi and he is a James beard rising star winner and top chef alum.  His dishes are like nothing that you ever tried. The dishes are influenced by his Jamaican and Nigerian roots, he also takes other influences from New York and New Orleans.  Kith/Kin is located on 801 Wharf St SW and is perfect to take a date for dinner. The décor of the establishment screams intimate and classy.  They also have amazing drinks. One of the dishes that people go crazy about is the chili honey and lime brussels sprouts, and the crab jollof rice.

4. Ben’s chili Bowl

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Bens Chili Bowl is a small restaurant that serves such amazing soul food. Ben opened up the location back in 1958. since the opening of the black-owned restaurant, many people still go there.  Even former President Barack Obama and other celebrities visited the restaurant to taste its food.  The restaurant has stood its ground throughout time and has truly become a historic restaurant.  After the assignation of Martin Luther King Jr, the restaurant stayed open even after hours to serve both sides. 

5. Oohh’s & Aahh’s

    Located at 5933 Georgia Ave NW, Oohh’s & Aahh’s have amazing dishes that will make you feel like you stepped into your grandma’s kitchen. The main dish that has everyone excited is the whiting fish and the wings. You can choose BBQ, buffalo, lemon pepper, and even teriyaki for the wings.  While the menu may seem simple, simple is never bad, you can get those dishes with a side of tasty mac and cheese and cornbread.

    6.  Dukem Ethiopian

      Dukem Ethiopian is one of the oldest restaurants in the group of DC black-owned restaurants but still leaves a smile on your face after you eat the food. The restaurant is located at 1114 U St NW. You will be able to try classic foods such as Kitfo which is minced raw beef marinated in chili powder and tibs. 

       7. Florida Ave Grill

        Florida Ave Grill is possible one of the oldest soul food restaurants in the world. It’s located at 1100 Florida Ave. This black-owned restaurant opened back in 1944 and has continued to treat its customers with respect and kindness. You will be able to get breakfast at any time you want here at this restaurant or sit and enjoy a dinner that is served with two corn muffins. 

        8. Horace & Dickie’s Seafood Carryout

          Horace &Dickie’s have been opened for more than 20 years and serves one of the best seafood in the state.  Although this is a carryout restaurant it is still considered to be one of the best black-owned restaurants in Washington DC. Located on H street you will be able to find many other fan-favorite restaurants. You can try fried fish, the crab cakes, the mac and cheese, the hush puppies, the bean pie no matter which option you choose you won’t regret it. 

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