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 at local restaurants that serve great food and drink.  These restaurants are usually on the Washingtonian's list of 100 Very Best Restaurants and/or have 4 or more stars on Yelp!. Most restaurants are in DC, but we occasionally meet in Virginia or Maryland.  We meet on average 3 to 5 times per month.

We keep the size of Meetups small, ranging from 4 to 10 people.  We usually schedule dinners on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays as well as lunches and brunches on Saturdays or Sundays.  We may schedule Meetups during the week for holidays, Restaurant Week, and other special events.  We are open to dining out anytime depending on member interest and organizer availability.

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 (1) members (including their guest(s)) do not show up to Meetups for which they have RSVP’d "Yes" or (2) members cancel 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 two or more no-shows may be removed from the group.  For more information, please see the "Frequently Asked Questions" page.


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Recent Meetups

  • 5 days ago · 6:30 PM

    Blue Duck Tavern

    8 Culinary Explorers | 5.00 | 18 Photos

    Blue Duck Tavern has remained a high-profile destination in DC's evolving dining scene. Now under the direction of Executive chef Ryan LaRoche, Blue Duck Tavern... Learn more
  • April 18 · 6:30 PM

    Dinner at Fiola Mare

    5 Culinary Explorers

    Fiola Mare is an Italian restaurant that serves some of the best seafood in DC.  It is number 4 on the 2015 Washingtonian List of 100 Best Restaurants in the DC area.  I... Learn more
  • April 17 · 6:30 PM

    China Chilcano

    8 Culinary Explorers | 4.00 | 5 Photos

    Update: I increased the party size to 8 people. China Chilcano is the latest restaurant from DC's most celebrated chef, Jose Andres. At China Chilcano, Andres and his... Learn more
  • April 12 · 6:30 PM

    Dinner at Red Hen

    8 Culinary Explorers

    The Red Hen is an Italian-influenced American restaurant located in the historic Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC.  It is number 7 on the 2015 Washingtonian... Learn more
  • April 10 · 7:00 PM


    9 Culinary Explorers

    Lead by Chef de Cuisine Patrick Robinson, Table serves a changing menu of fresh, seasonal dishes inspired by European country cooking. But with a contemporary twist.... Learn more
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