Tom Sietsema

Washington, D.C.

Food critic

Education: Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

Tom Sietsema has been The Washington Post's food critic since 2000. In leaner years, he worked for the Microsoft Corp., where he launched sidewalk.com; the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; the San Francisco Chronicle; and the Milwaukee Journal. A graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, he has also written for Food & Wine, Gourmet, GQ, Travel & Leisure and other national publications. In 2016, he received an award from the James Beard Foundation for his series identifying and rating the "10 Best Food Cities in America" the previous year.
Latest from Tom Sietsema

Dining Out Q&A: What should a diner expect when a restaurant cancels on them?

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

January 26, 2022

Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat right now

Diners reluctant to eat indoors, take note: All but one of these restaurants offers its food to go.

January 24, 2022

The Japanese-inspired Wren restaurant flies high in Tysons

In the new Watermark Hotel, Wren soars above the nearby competition.

January 21, 2022

Dining Out Q & A: What D.C. restaurants do you miss most?

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

January 19, 2022

Convivial mines the past to assure its future with sublime renditions of classic French dishes

Owner Cedric Maupillier is serving up labor-intensive French classics at Shaw's Convivial, where diners are in for a treat.

January 14, 2022

Dining Out Q & A: Are $60 crab cakes the new norm in restaurants?

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

January 12, 2022

The new Dolce Vita looks like a blast from the past. Its owner just wants diners to be happy again.

Dolce Vita is a big, flashy fusion of Mediterranean coastal cuisine that aims to please.

January 7, 2022

Dining out Q&A: Do single women have it worse in restaurants?

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

January 5, 2022

Kismet Modern Indian adds an artful touch to Alexandria

At Kismet Modern Indian, the chef realizes that you eat first with your eyes. The food tastes great, too.

December 24, 2021

What makes a diner tip $10,000? Servers spill their secrets.

As one server who has earned large tips says, some customers "give back financially what they've been given emotionally."

December 23, 2021