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.

May 25, 2022

New Heights, a longtime favorite, undergoes a delicious reinvention

New Heights reopens with new owners, a new look and some fantastic new dishes.

May 20, 2022

“I’m always getting the ‘bad’ table in restaurants. Help, please?”

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

May 18, 2022

2022 Spring Dining Guide

Post Food critic Tom Sietsema highlights 25 of the best new restaurants in the Washington region.

May 18, 2022

Tom Sietsema’s spring dining guide countdown: Mariscos 1133 is No. 1

The best new restaurants in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding suburbs.

May 17, 2022

How to be a better diner

Be empathetic, communicate and other tips for being more respectful restaurant customer.

May 17, 2022

Himalayan Wild Yak aims high — and scores — with Nepalese delights

The Nepalese restaurant in Ashburn, Va., features distinctive cooking and design.

May 13, 2022

Despite the pandemic, a reader wants to see star ratings return

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

May 4, 2022

After almost six decades, Parkway Deli still nails the comfort

The Silver Spring mainstay, opened in 1963, is the place to go for chicken soup that tastes like a hug.

April 29, 2022

Who gets how much of a 20 % service fee? A restaurateur responds.

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

April 27, 2022