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.

August 17, 2022

Vermilion is back in Alexandria, with a new chef and captivating menu

Approaching its 20th anniversary, Vermilion in Old Town Alexandria features Ben Pflaumer in the kitchen and rave-worthy snacks and pastas on the menu.

August 12, 2022

Dining Q&A: What have been D.C.’s most influential restaurants?

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

August 10, 2022

Rania delights with some of the most inspired Indian cooking in D.C.

Rania is serving up some of the most original Indian food in D.C., thanks to chef Chetan Shetty.

August 5, 2022

Q&A: What are the 10 best cities for food in Europe?

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

August 3, 2022

Some restaurants are charging diners for paying with a credit card

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

July 27, 2022

Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat right now

Seafood, tropical flavors and other ways to combat the extreme heat of summer.

July 25, 2022

Sura serves Thai food, drinks — and plenty of kicks

The new Dupont Circle basement restaurant showcases the cooking and drink-making talents of two brothers.

July 22, 2022

Is the World’s 50 Best restaurant list to be trusted?

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

July 20, 2022

Pineapple & Pearls reopens — and is hauter than ever

The reopened Pineapple & Pearls represents Aaron Silverman's attempt to "smash to the ground" the concept of fine dining.

July 15, 2022