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Welcome to DC Culinary Explorers, a Meetup group for people who enjoy dining out at the best restaurants in DC, Virginia, and Maryland.  Please join us if you enjoy socializing while eating great food and drink.

We meet in small groups at local restaurants that serve great food and drink.  These restaurants may be on the Washingtonian's List of 100 Very Best Restaurants and/or have 4 or more stars on Yelp.  Types of restaurants range from fine dining to fast casual (e.g., a burger place).  Most restaurants are in DC, but we occasionally meet in Virginia or Maryland.  We meet on average several times per month.

We keep the size of Meetups small, ranging from 4 to 10 people.  In general, we schedule dinners on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays.  We sometimes schedule lunches on Saturdays or Sundays.

RSVP Policy 

Because of the small size of the Meetups, you must RSVP to attend and abide by our no-show policy.  A “no-show” occurs when a member RSVPs for a Meetup and either does not show up or cancels fewer than 24 hours before a Meetup occurs. 

Members who RSVP “Yes” for a Meetup may cancel anytime up to 24 hours before the Meetup occurs by updating their RSVP.  A member with three or more no-shows will be removed from the group. 

Plus Ones

Because of our RSVP policy, we do not allow our members to bring guests/plus ones. Everyone who wants to RSVP for a Meetup must be a member of DC Culinary Explorers. This will ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to attend our events.

For more information, please see the "Frequently Asked Questions" page.

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