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

Have questions about dining out? Ask our food critic.

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

June 29, 2022

J. Hollinger’s Waterman’s Chophouse serves up accessible luxury

The Silver Spring restaurant has a mile-long name — and approachable hospitality to spare.

June 24, 2022

Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat right now

Food critic Tom Sietsema's favorites include restaurants specializing in Himalayan, Japanese, Caribbean and other cuisines.

June 20, 2022

Q&A: ‘This tipping thing is out of hand,’ rants a restaurant goer

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

June 15, 2022

St. James brings on the Caribbean fun and flavor

The modern Caribbean restaurant on 14th Street is owned by Jeanine Prime.

June 10, 2022

Dining Q&A: Why is it so hard to book a solo reservation?

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

June 8, 2022

After it became a crime, Watergate became a cake

Retro as shag carpet and innocuous as the Carpenters, the Watergate cake is all about ease. Think instant pudding and Cool Whip.

June 7, 2022

In the cooking (but not the decor), Art and Soul lives up to its name

Under chef Danny Chavez, the kitchen is turning out some seriously beautiful food.

June 3, 2022

Sticker shock: “My favorite steak salad is 53 percent costlier.”

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

June 1, 2022

I try 125 restaurants a year. Here’s why I don’t review them all.

There's no point in telling you about a mediocre restaurant you wouldn't have heard about otherwise when there are great ones to recommend.

May 27, 2022