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.

February 16, 2022

At Celebration by Rupa Vira, the food is worth reveling in

The chef's new restaurant in Virginia plays up the vivacious colors of modern Indian cooking, without sacrificing flavor.

February 11, 2022

At Michele’s, all roads lead to something that tastes good

Michele's, Matt Baker's new restaurant in the Eaton hotel, spotlights the chef's eclectic background.

February 4, 2022

Dining Out Q&A: How is the vaccine mandate affecting restaurants?

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

February 2, 2022

Bas Rouge revels in Old World charm on the Eastern Shore

Bas Rouge in Easton, Md., is the crown jewel of energy mogul Paul Prager's properties.

January 28, 2022

Dining Out Q&A: Is it worth reading Yelp reviews of restaurants?

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