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It’s been nearly twenty years since chef José Andrés opened up his first Washington, DC restaurant, a Spanish tapas eatery called Jaleo. Today, his ThinkFoodGroup empire has grown to fourteen different places and extends beyond DC to include Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico.

He is the host of the television series “Made in Spain,” author of several cookbooks and sells his own line of cookware and premium Spanish foods, called JoséAndrésFoods, which features olive oils, vinegar, potato chips, breads and canned seafood from Galicia.

As you can imagine, chef José Andrés is a busy guy and a great unofficial ambassador for Spain. Beyond his own properties, he shares his favorite restaurants in Spain, Grand Cayman and Washington, DC in the Find. Eat. Drink. iPhone app.

Here are five restaurants in the District that José Andrés thinks are worth a visit, a few being his own proteges.

The pizza oven at 2 Amys Pizza

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2 Amys Pizza

“This is great for pizza. They do an excellent job. There aren't many places that have received the D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) from the Italian government,” compliments Andrés. This certification means that their pizzas have to abide by strict requirements and are made in the traditional Neapolitan way in a wood-burning oven.

3715 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC 20016

T: 202.885.5700 |

The chefs at Komi

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Andrés calls Komi “one of the top restaurants in the country. It is very nice modern cooking, very solid.” He also respects chef Johnny Monis’ commitment to cooking what he likes and serving food from his own Greek heritage. “It is run by a young chef who sticks to what he thinks and has great touches for where he comes from.” Expect a set multi-course tasting dinner for $135 per person that will dazzle your senses.

1509 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

T: 202.332.9200 |


Photograph courtesy of Daikaya


“It’s a really fun ramen place opened by Katsuya Fukushima, who used to work with me. It is both Japanese tapas and ramen. I like the shio ramen. It's great to see a young guy going out on his own. I’m so happy for him.”

705 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

T: 202.589.1600 (Book a Table) |


Photograph courtesy of Kapnos | Photo Credit: Greg Powers


“This is a very good Greek place from Mike Isabella, who worked with me at Zaytinya,” Andrés says of this new restaurant with spit-roasted meats like lamb, goat, duck, chicken and suckling pig, as well as spreads, mezze and classic Greek fare like moussaka, spanakopita and souvlaki. “He was on Top Chef and then opened an Italian place and he is doing a great job. It's very good food.”

2201 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

T: 202.234.5000 (Book a Table) |

Blue Crabs at Bethesda Crab House

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Bethesda Crab House

Opened in 1961, Andrés loves this classic crab house that serves blue crabs on paper-covered tables. “It’s a shack, it’s not fancy.” You may want to opt to wear one of their plastic bibs, since once the mallet hits the crab there is a high splatter quotient.

4958 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

T: 301.652.3382 |

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Photographs courtesy of José Andrés