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Where to Eat at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

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eater-airport-dining-guides.pngIt can be hard to find something good to eat at the airport, especially if you don't have a lot of time to search around. But, if you do some searching, you can find a few gems if you know where to go. In honor of the heavy travel that happens around the holidays, we're re-running our guide to eating and drinking at Dulles International Airport with updated info about all of the restaurants in each terminal, and recommendations for where to go if you have some time to kill, or if you just need a quick bite on the way to the gate.

Dulles' Five Standouts

five-guys-airport-150.jpg1) Five Guys: Sure, Five Guys has been expanding across the country at a rapid pace, but the burger restaurant got its start right here in Northern Virginia. Their customizable burgers and fries cooked in peanut oil have rabid followers in the DC area and beyond and for very good reason — they are delicious (Concourse A, Concourse B).

harrys-tap-room-150.jpg2) Harry's Tap Room: Dulles is home to the only remaining locations of Harry's Tap Room after its Clarendon outlet shuttered. They serve sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food and more (Main Terminal, Concourse B).

capitol-grounds-150.jpg3) Capitol Grounds Coffee: A local family-owned coffee shop that's been around for more than a decade, Capitol Grounds Coffee with sandwiches, salads and breakfast items beyond coffee (Concourse B).


california-tortilla-150.jpg4) California Tortilla: Originally based out of Bethesda, Maryland, this chain is a local favorite for its burritos, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and salads. Cal Tort, as many Washingtonians call it, likes to describe itself as "spunky" and it boasts a Wall of Flame lined with more than 75 kinds of hot sauces from the mild to the super spicy (Concourse C).


vino-volo-150.jpg5) Vino Volo Wine Room: Not bad at all for an airport wine bar, Vino Volo has a small menu of small bites, sandwiches, charcuterie and more (Concourse B, Concourse C).
Bolding denotes Eater's seal of approval

Honorable Mentions: It just opened this week, so it's hard to get a reading on it yet, but Dulles just added a new Starbucks Evenings concept which will feature beer, wine, fondue and flatbreads.


Main Terminal


A Quick Meal

· Cinnabon: best known for their giant-sized cinnamon rolls, they also have coffee (Upper Level).
· Dulles Gourmet Market: snacks, sandwiches and salads to go, candy (Lower Level).
· Guava & Java: sandwiches, coffee, smoothies, baked goods (Lower Level).
· Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Lower Level).
· Subway: sandwiches (Z Gate).

A Leisurely Meal

· Harry's Tap Room: The only place in the main terminal for a sit-down meal, Harry's Tap Room serves sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food and more (Upper Level).

Concourse A


A Quick Meal

· Ben & Jerry's: ice cream (Gate A22).
· Cosi: coffee, sandwiches, salads, soup (Gate A4).
· Dunkin' Donuts: coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches (Gate A22).
· Famous Famiglia: pizza (Gate A1).
· Five Guys: great burgers and fries from a chain that started locally in Alexandria, Virginia* (Gate A3).
· Fuddruckers: burgers, sandwiches (Gate A22).
· Great American Bagel Bakery: bagels, bagel sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, coffee (Gate A32).
· Matsutake: sushi, teriyaki, tempura, fried rice, noodles (Gate A18).
· Mayorga Coffee: locally based coffee roaster (Gate A3).
· Villa Pizza: pizza, pasta, salads (Gate A23).

A Leisurely Meal

· Old Dominion Brewing Company: Your typical brewpub fare including sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, steak and more that, of course, maintains several tap lines of Old Dominion beer (Gate A19).

Concourse B


A Quick Meal

· Auntie Anne's: those famous pretzels (Gate B71).
· Capitol Grounds Coffee: a local family-owned coffee shop with coffee, sandwiches, salads and breakfast items* (Gate B74).
· Chipotle: burritos, tacos, salads (AeroTrain Station).
· City Wok: made-to-order Chinese food (Gate B73).
· Five Guys: great burgers and fries from a chain that started locally in Alexandria, Virginia* (Gate B71).
· Green Leaf's & Bananas: sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, smoothies (Gate B73).
· Potbelly Sandwich Shop: sandwiches, salads, ice cream (Gate B47).
· Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Gate B47).

A Leisurely Meal

· Harry's Tap Room: Serving sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food and more* (Gate B41).
· Max & Erma's Restaurant: A family-friendly restaurant with burgers, sandwiches, traditional American entrées, kids menu (Gate B72).
· Tequileria: Standard Mexican fare from quesadillas to tacos, plus margaritas, Mexican beer and all manner of tequila drinks (Gate B41).
· Vino Volo Wine Room: Not bad at all for an airport wine bar, Vino Volo has a small menu of small bites, sandwiches, charcuterie and more* (AeroTrain Station).
· Starbucks Evenings: This is Starbucks' newest concept with sandwiches, wine and more upscale food offerings (Terminal B).

Concourse C


A Quick Meal

· Auntie Anne's: those famous pretzels (Gate C12).
· California Tortilla: Originally based out of Bethesda, Maryland, this chain is a local favorite for its burritos, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and salads* (Gate C22).
· Maui Wowi: Hawaiian coffees, smoothies (Gates C9 and C28).
· Potbelly Sandwich Shop: sandwiches, salads, ice cream (Gate C2).
· Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Gates C7 and C23).
· Wendy's: fast-food burgers, salads, Frostys (Gate C14).

A Leisurely Meal

· Vino Volo Wine Room: Not bad at all for an airport wine bar, Vino Volo has a small menu of small bites, sandwiches, charcuterie and more* (Gate C3).
· The Firkin & Fox: An English pub with your typical fare like fish 'n chips, bangers and mash, plus burgers, salads, sandwiches and breakfast specials. Decent selection of booze, TVs tuned to sports games (Gate C22).
· Tidewater Landing: A menu influenced by both the Virginia Tidewater region as well as some European influences, meaning crab cakes and shrimp or tomatoes and mozzarella (Gate C12).

Concourse D


A Quick Meal

· Dulles Gourmet To Go: snacks, sandwiches and salads to go, candy (Gate D5).
· Dunkin' Donuts: coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches (Gate D5).
· Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Gate D16).
· Subway: sandwiches (Gate D14).

A Leisurely Meal

· Gordon Biersch: This brewhouse obviously has a selection of beers from its related California-based brewery, but they've also got pastas, steak, sliders, seafood dishes and more (Gate D12).
· Moe's Grille & Bar: A small Canadian chain of restaurants, Moe's serves sandwiches, burgers, pastas, pizzas and more, plus cocktails (Gate D19).

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