Locate the BEST eats during The inaugural DMV Black Restaurant Week


Join local foodies, Nov 4-11th, as we show our support for Black-owned Restaurants in and around the nation’s capital.  DMV Black Restaurant Week (DMVBRW) aims to be an epic celebration of food and culture.

The restaurant business in D.C. continues to explode. The National Restaurant Association reports that D.C. restaurants rang up $3.8 billion in sales last year and that there were nearly 2,300 places to eat and drink in the District in 2016. RankTribe™ intends to help black business owners take advantage of that growth.  We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Black-owned Restaurants (vegan, bars, coffee/tea, soul food, bakeries, etc.) in the DMV.  You can also download our free GPS-enabled iOS and Android APP to help you locate THOUSANDS of Black-owned Businesses in nearly every city, including D.C.


12 Twelve Restaurant & Lounge

in American/General, Hookah Bars, Sports Bar & Grill, Lounge

AN UPSCALE SPORTS BAR/LOUNGE/HOOKAH/resturant in Washington The 12 Twelve in Washington , an American Fusion sports bar and lounge owned by Scott D. Greene & Michele A. Cameron Greene Fletcher.

Coffy Cafe

in Coffee/Tea Shops, Coffee & Tea, Cafe

Coffy Cafe is a chic coffee shop with a ’60s theme providing sweet & savory crepes alongside specialty beverages.


in American/General, Breakfast & Brunch, Caribbean

Kith and Kin, a modern Afro-Caribbean restaurant by Chef Kwame Onwuachi has officially opened at The Wharf DC.

Evolve Vegan Restaurant

Cafeteria-style eatery offering vegan versions of soul food standards, plus desserts & a full bar.

Oohh’s & Aahh’s

in Soul Food, Seafood, Southern

Oohh’s & Aahh’s offers hearty down-home soul food such as fried chicken & collard greens presented in a no-frills setting.

Calabash Tea Bar & Cafe

in Vegan, Coffee/Tea Shops, Cafe

Award-winning teas & vegan vittles from 5th generation Jamaican Maroon & Ayurvedic master herbalists. Best of DC Winner 6x. Wash Post & Zagat.

Soul Kuisine Cafe

in Soul Food, Sandwiches, Cafe, Burgers

Chef Keme Jones-Evans and Chef Alan Blue collaborated to bring some of the finest food to East Baltimore

Home Maid

in American/General, Breakfast & Brunch

Home Maid is a boutique breakfast and brunch eatery that was created in December 2014 by brothers Derrick and Justin Faulcon as a way to breathe new life into and share recipes that have been passed down through their family for generations.

DC Conscious Cafe

in American/General, Coffee/Tea Shops, Cafe

This simple formula, FP +Np²/Cb, defines the essence of DC Conscious & Cafe (DC CC). It’s a for-profit (Fp) venue woven with twice as much compassion and soul of a non-profit ( Np² ). Its mission is to encourage community building.

Cocoa and Nuts Pastries

in Caterers, Bakeries, Desserts

Cocoa and Nuts Pastries is a speciality bake shop. Offering a variety of sweet treats created by Executive Pastry Chef Yassmeen Haskins-Jackson.

Jojo Restaurant And Bar

in American/General, Bars, Clubs

On the historic U Street Corridor, JoJo blends a hip 1920s vibe with a contemporary flair. Featuring live music nightly and a menu of classics sure to delight. Join us for dinner or happy hour.

DCity Smokehouse

in BBQ

Hip BBQ spot serving sandwiches & combo platters plus veggie sides, beer, wine & bourbon drinks.

Tara’s Tastee Treats

in Bakeries, Desserts

Tara’s Tastee Treats (T3) is a family oriented business that specializes in after dinner desserts and treats for any occasion. See our flavors and different tastee treats in the bakery section.

Southern Blues Soul Food

in Soul Food, Seafood, Southern

Southern Blues is an award winning soul food restaurant that opened in February 2000 and is located in the heart of Baltimore County. Since then, the restaurant has been serving classic southern dishes with a modern and contemporary flare.

Cafe Mocha

in Caribbean, Cafe, Mediterranean

Serving Baltimore, MD. breakfast and lunch Monday thru Friday, Kader’s Cafe Mocha has been in operation for the past 10 years with a partial relocation from Howard Street.


Nailah’s Kitchen

in Food Trucks, African

We are Senegalese! We aren’t trying to imitate Senegalese cuisine. We are bringing authentic, traditional & modern Senegalese dishes to your neighborhood.

Milk & Honey Cafe

in Soul Food, Coffee/Tea Shops, Breakfast & Brunch, Southern

From the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll immediately feel at home. Every detail was purposeful & carefully planned with you in mind.

Florida Avenue Grill

in Soul Food, Restaurant, Southern

Florida Avenue Grill is another DC landmark. They offer cheap southern comfort food like grits, half-smokes, cornbread, hash browns and down home breakfast with a lot of flavor.

The Spice Suite

in Coffee & Tea, Convenience Stores, Herbs & Spices

The SpiceSuite is the culminating vision of owner Angel Anderson’s love of good food and people. The SpiceSuite is an interactive spice bar which features house made infused cooking oils and spice blends. Guests can also create their own custom spices…

Dope Slices & Donuts

in Cannabis Clinics, Bakeries, Desserts, Donuts

Southern Women serving DOPE Desserts & Gourmet Donuts ~ I71 compliant Infused Bakery ~ 21+

Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

in Vegan, Ethiopian, Vegetarian, African

Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant is the most enduring Ethiopian music entertainment landmark in the district. Our newly expanded VIP BAR can serve you with full bar for your private use for a number of Celebrations

Kuramo Restaurant

in African

The Kuramo represents an amalgamation of diverse food culture, designed to appeal to the taste and palates of any people regardless of creed, tribe and tongue. A place where the taste lingers on your taste buds, and the aroma in your nostrils

Sunset Raw Juice Bar

in Juice Bars & Smoothies, Live/Raw Food

Our aim is to promote individual health and wellness through our 100% raw cold pressed, No HPP juice blends, along with Acai bowls, fruit smoothies & more!


in Ethiopian

Snug spot with modern decor executing traditional Ethiopian dishes with lots of vegetarian options.

Blue’s Alley

in American/General, Southern, Lounge

Jazz & blues junkies get up close & personal with headline acts at this intimate club with food.


in American/General, Coffee & Tea, Cafe

Mellow tearoom & cafe with free WiFi, plus coffee, cocktails & breakfast-to-dinner American eats.

Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar

in Vegan, Restaurant, Juice Bars & Smoothies, Live/Raw Food

As a devoted Raw Foodist, Khepra Anu has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge of the power that the Live Food lifestyle combined with systematic fasting has on the body. Over the past 15 years he has hosted numerous health retreats in the U.S.

THE Land of Kush

in Vegan, Soul Food, Vegetarian

Vegetarian & vegan soul food, including desserts & smoothies, is on offer at this laid-back hangout.

Senbeb Cafe

in Vegan, Soul Food, Vegetarian, Southern

Senbeb Cafe has been providing vegan/vegetarian “soul food” to the DC metropolitan community for over 15 years. Currently, we are located in the Manor Park District of Northwest DC near Coolidge High School and walking distance from the Takoma Park Metro

Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets

in Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

Premium small batch ice creams, sorbets, & baked goods. Based in Washington,DC. All sweets created with local & seasonal ingredients.

Cheers At The Big Chair

in Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, Burgers

Local hangout serving coffee, tea, breakfast items, burgers & sandwiches in a dinerlike space.

Island Quizine

in Soul Food, American/General, Caribbean

NOT YOUR TYPICAL JAMAICAN RESTAURANT At Island Quizine we pride ourselves on defying every negative Jamaican restaurant stereotype in one undeniably incredible dining experience — whether eating in or carrying out.

Icedgems Baking

in Food Trucks, Caterers, Bakeries, Bakeries & Desserts

From the artisanal recipes executed with the finest ingredients, including organic and local, farm-sourced items wherever possible, Icedgems are designed from the inside out to pack delicious flavor in every bite.

Hitching Post

in Soul Food, American/General, Bars, Southern

Friendly, upbeat institution with a bar for homestyle, traditional Southern soul food.

Tabba Tabba

in Soul Food, Cafe

Wonderful, eclectic environment with an amazing outdoor venue. Great people creating a wonderful new business in a cool neighborhood on Baltimore�s West side. Good coffee, pastries and sandwiches. Rent the outdoors space for meeting and parties.


Zed’s Cafe

in Bakeries & Desserts, Cafe

We are a family friendly coffee shop located in downtown Silver Spring. Our shop features cozy rustic furniture and familiar feelings. We welcome artists and musicians to showcase their talent and display their work.

Culture Coffee Too

in Coffee/Tea Shops, Cafe

We wish to provide a diverse and exceptional cultural experience to all who step foot through our doors. We also provide our space for rental for private parties and events, so reach out to us to learn more!

Royal Maroon Caribbean

in Caribbean, Carry-Out

Originally from the district of Moore Town in the parish of Portland, Jamaica; Chef Mike began cooking at an early age. Mike comes from a long line of cooks and his family recipes and traditions have been passed down from generation to generation.

Calabash Teahouse & Cafe

in Coffee & Tea, Juice Bars & Smoothies, Cafe

The seed for Calabash was planted 2 doors from the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY in 1976. Serving at her parent’s herbal shop & juice bar, owner Sunyatta trained alongside master herbalists learning the medicinal value of teas & spices.

Danielle’s Desserts

in Bakeries, Desserts, Bakeries & Desserts

Danielle’s Desserts offers mouth-watering cakes, pies, cookies, and other specialty desserts that leave those who sample them wanting more. Our desserts are moist, buttery, and made from the freshest ingredients.

Terra Cafe

in American/General, Restaurant

Terra Cafe’ believes that dining should be an experience. From our mouth-watering meals, to our service, we want you to enjoy your visit from the very moment you enter our cafe’.


in Bakeries, Chocolatiers & Shops, Gourmet Snacks, Cafe

Premium handcrafted chocolates; boutique includes hot cafe drinks, pastries & gelato.

Ida B’s Table

in Soul Food

Modern Soul Food — local ingredients, honest flavors — in downtown Baltimore. At our table, there’s a seat for everyone!

Turning Natural

in Vegan, Juice Bars & Smoothies, Vegetarian

Turning Natural is D.C.’s #1 Juice Bar! Specializing juice cleansing & Detox’s!

Flight American Fusion

in American/General

Flight American Fusion exists to provide excellent food and service in a relaxing atmosphere. We are located in a neighborhood that is rich and diverse in culture, which we respect and embrace. As a part of our community commitment we provide exhibit

Roger Miller Restaurant

in Vegetarian, African

Roger Miller Restaurant Laid-back kitchen for classic African cooking, such as curry goat, yassa chicken & grilled meat.


in American/General, Southern, Lounge

Creative Southern fare served in a funky-chic space with down-home touches & occasional live music.

Grind House Juice Bar

in Vegan, Juice Bars & Smoothies, Vegetarian

The Grind House is Baltimore’s premiere provider of natural products. We are driven by our mission: “giving life to the community thru juice and music”. Even if you are not a health food junkie, there is something for you at The Grind House.

Langston Bar & Grille

in American/General, Bars, Sports Bar & Grill

Casual bar & restaurant providing chicken & waffles, cheesy grits & other soul-food staples

Askale Cafe

in Coffee/Tea Shops, Coffee & Tea, Ethiopian, Cafe

Askale Cafe offers Ethiopian staples & coffee doled out in a snug, homey space with a covered patio.

Chuck & Billy’s Bar & Carryout

in American/General, Carry-Out

Narrow, no-nonsense hangout with a roomy bar offering cocktails & American grub.



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Story

Top 7 Gentrified Cities; From “Negro Removal” to Gentrification.

Next Story

Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

Latest from Baltimore Black Business City Guide