Oysters Rockefeller are topped with aerated bechamel, made a brilliant green with spinach. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Trying to break out of a dining rut? Want the scoop on which new restaurants are worth visiting? Here’s a roundup of your best bets, as vetted by Washington Post staffers.

Voltaggio Brothers Steak House: Brothers and former “Top Chef” rivals Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are collaborators at one of MGM National Harbor’s flagship restaurants. “Not only is the restaurant more imaginative than it sounds, it tastes like the culmination of everywhere the siblings have previously cooked,” Post food critic Tom Sietsema says. Check out the wedge salad, umami cereal and hanger steak. 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill.


Rum baba at Mike Isabella's new Arroz. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)

Arroz: Prolific chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella (Graffiato, Kapnos, etc.) makes a successful foray into Spain, Morocco and Portugal. The food from executive chef Michael Rafidi is “likely to keep tables in demand,” Sietsema says. Highlights include fried sweetbreads, duck bomba rice and rum baba. 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW.


Steamed clams at Ruta del Vino. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Ruta del Vino: This Latin American spot in Petworth is refreshing for its dish sizes that hew to the more traditional appetizer-and-entree format. But its food is also something to celebrate, from the steamed clams and cactus paddle salad to the roast chicken and fried mahi­mahi. 800 Upshur St. NW.


Boudin blanc at Mirabelle. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Mirabelle: This French ­inspired dining room — serving, yes, a $26 ham sandwich — is already reaching great heights thanks to chef Frank Ruta and pastry chef Aggie Chin. Sietsema says the restaurant is “the best thing to happen downtown in seasons.” Try the boudin blanc, veal tongue and crepe cake. 900 16th St. NW.


The Maryland Fry Bar is one of the best parts of Fish by José Andrés. (Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post)

Fish by José Andrés: The seafood spot from man-of-many ­cuisines José Andrés is another of the flagship restaurants at MGM National Harbor. “No matter where you cast your net, you’re likely to pull up a prize,” according to Sietsema. You won’t go wrong with the Maryland Fry Bar, oysters and lobster sandwich. 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill.


Open-faced steak tartare sandwich at Baba. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Baba: Drinks are a big draw at this bar below Ambar in Clarendon. Food-wise, you’ll find a mix of Balkan-inspired small plates (ham croquettes, fried Gouda sticks), open-face sandwiches (steak tartare) and breakfast (tiramisu oatmeal) every day. 2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.


Crispy sour potatoes from Tiger Fork. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Washington Post)

Tiger Fork: Take a journey to Hong Kong in this attractive Blagden Alley restaurant from the team behind Fainting Goat. There’s a strong bar program, not to mention appealing dishes that include crispy sour potatoes, beef chow foon and a dessert bubble waffle922 N St. NW.


Sfoglina makes a variety of pastas in-house, including rigatoni. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Sfoglina: You wouldn’t expect anything less than refined food and service from Fabio and Maria Trabocchi (Fiola, Casa Luca, etc.). House-made pasta is the name of the game here, but such entrees as the branzino and desserts including the soft-serve ice cream are prime attractions, too. 4445 Connecticut Ave. NW. 


Chicken croquetas at Colada Shop. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Colada Shop: Proof that casual doesn’t have to mean lower expectations. At this colorful cafe inspired by Cuba, go for such fried snacks as the ham cro­quetas, vegetarian Cuban sandwich and affordable cocktails. 1405 T St. NW.


Butterscotch panna cotta is among the thoughtful desserts at Honeysuckle. (Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post)

Honeysuckle: Hamilton Johnson opened his first restaurant in the old Vidalia space where he used to be chef de cuisine, and the results are pretty good, if somewhat rich. Consider ordering the skate wing, and save room for dessert. 1990 M St. NW.

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