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Lisa D. Shapiro, Photo by Lawrence Cheng Photography

Hi! My name is Lisa Shapiro, the Editor and Founder of Dining in DC, a blog about the DC Metropolitan area restaurant scene. In addition to dining reviews, Dining in DC also includes everything from dining guides, tips, food & restaurant news and trends, event coverage and happenings, and more! If you look forward to DC Restaurant Week as much as I do, then you’ll not want to miss our helpful features and menu roundups. If you ever have a question or need a personal recommendation, go ahead andAsk Lisa!” Since 2009, “Ask Lisa” has answered dozens of questions to help visitors and locals find the perfect restaurant for their needs.

As a native Washingtonian, I have a great deal of knowledge of the DC area and I work diligently to keep the site informative for you – my readers. I started the blog in June 2007 as a vehicle to chronicle my experiences dining out in the area, not realizing what a huge part of my life that it would soon become. In addition to my blog, since March 2009, I have been writing a column on Examiner.com, serving as the DC Restaurant Examiner. I am also the Dining Editor for DC Metro Magazine, a local tourism publication. Previously, I served as a contributing writer to Capitol B, an online magazine, and as the Editor-in-Chief for a local travel publication, The NOW Guide.

Over the last 7 years, blogging has truly become a labor of love, and I have been afforded many incredible opportunities, such as getting to be a food judge on the Travel Channel’s show Food Wars. I consider myself truly fortunate to be a part of such a very passionate and talented community.

This site is dedicated to those who live to eat and believe that dining out is an experience, like me. This Blog is for You!

Dining in DC Contributors



Sean O’Brien, Men’s Interest Editor

Sean is Dining in DC’s only (and therefore strongest and most intelligent) male contributor. Before he became a Daywalker, Sean was a bartender and bar manager for longer than his parents care to admit. A Marylander born and raised, Sean has spent the better part of his twenties exploring and tasting DC from every corner. Sean is the author of failed legislation mandating that every week involve crabs, bacon, beer, bourbon or Old Bay. A student of the Anthony Bourdain School of Thought, Sean believes that the body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

When he is not working or eating, Sean is likely to be found biking or hiking around DC. Follow him on Twitter at @sotweets, but be prepared for sarcasm and comments about people who say “YOLO” or “totes.”