Curious where Washington's insiders are eating and drinking? It's easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which eateries have been getting a notable uptick in attention this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Washington businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are sizzling hot, right now.

Open since April 2019, this cocktail bar and Caribbean and breakfast and brunch spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as 'Breakfast & Brunch' on Yelp.

Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 2.1 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille saw an 83.3% increase, with a slight upward trend from a 2.5-star rating a month ago to three stars today.

It's not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: Catch 22 has seen a 19% increase in reviews, and Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. has seen a 13.5% bump.

Located at 514 Eighth St. SE (between South E and South G streets) in Capitol Hill, Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille offers tuna poke tacos, whole fried snapper and Caribbean baby back ribs.


Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Catholic University-Brookland's Cinder BBQ, the bar, which offers barbecue and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as 'Bars' on Yelp saw a median 2.3% increase in new reviews over the past month, Cinder BBQ bagged a 76.9% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a sound four-star rating.

Open at 800 Upshur St. NW (between North Ninth and North Eighth streets) since April 2019, Cinder BBQ offers half smokes, Texas-style brisket and smoked salmon cakes. 


Capitol Hill's Taco City DC is also making waves. Open since October 2018 at 1102 Eighth St. SE (between South Potomac Avenue and South L Street), the Mexican spot has seen a 13.8% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.9% for all businesses tagged 'Mexican' on Yelp.

Taco City DC offers chorizo tacos and churros. Over the past month, it's maintained a sound 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.


Downtown Washington's Mazi is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.

The New American spot, which opened at 1518 K St. NW in December 2018, increased its new review count by 47.7% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.1% for the Yelp category 'American (New).' It outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.8 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Brick Lane has seen a 16.9% increase in reviews, and Rooster & Owl has seen a 28.6% bump.

Mazi offers seafood pasta, pappardelle with mushrooms and lamb chops.


Columbia Heights' Queen's English is currently on the upswing in the cocktail bar category on Yelp.

While businesses categorized as 'Cocktail Bars' on Yelp saw a median 3.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, this Hong Kong-style cafe and cocktail bar increased its new reviews by 85.7% — and kept its rating consistent at four stars.

There's more abuzz in the world of Washington cocktail bars: Whiskey Charlie has seen a 10.9% increase in reviews.

Open for business at 3410 11th St. NW (between North Park Road and North Monroe Street) since April 2019, the eatery offers daikon fritters, sweet and sour branzino and hand-cut noodles.


Open since 2016, this popular wine bar and Italian spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as 'Italian' on Yelp.

Citywide, businesses tagged 'Italian' saw a median 1.9% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Flavio Restaurant saw a 2.7% increase, maintaining a solid four-star rating throughout. It gained 0.7 times more reviews than expected based on past performance, significantly outperforming the previous month.

Located at 1073 31st St. NW (between North Canal Street and Blues Alley) in Georgetown, Flavio Restaurant offers charcuterie, veal chops and pizza.


Is Southwest's popular La Vie on your radar? According to Yelp review data, the cocktail bar, which offers seafood and more, is seeing plenty of action.

While businesses categorized as 'Seafood' on Yelp increased their media new review count by 2.1% over the past month, La Vie nabbed a 14.1% increase in reviews within that time frame, maintaining a four-star rating.

Located at 88 District Square SW, Floor 5, La Vie offers truffle gnocchi, shrimp risotto and lobster fra diavolo.

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.