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A Traveler’s Guide to Restaurants at Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Fuel up on pies, burgers, and French fare before a flight

Dulles International Airport is filled with food and drink options.
Dulles International Airport
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

With a record-setting surge of flyers hitting the skies this holiday season, Eater has updated its guide to eating and drinking at Dulles International Airport. Travelers now have easy access to the airport via Metro’s shiny Silver Line expansion. The full list of open restaurants at Dulles can be found here.

Rusty Taco recently joined the mix at IAD.
J. David Buerk - Photography

A set of fresh fast-casual options recently joined the roster at IAD: Rusty Taco in Concourse D, which marks the nationwide tortilla chain’s first D.C. area location, Extreme Pita in Concourse A, and Cava in Concourse B (in the former Chipotle). Potbelly will pop in Concourse D this winter. Meanwhile, IAD lost a few dining and drinking options over the past few months. Closures include American Tap Room, Bar Symon, British pub Firkin & Fox, and the Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck.

In September, IAD welcomed a shiny new Capital One Lounge (with unlimited access for Venture X cardholders, and the public can enter for $65 per visit). Located past the airport’s pre-check area (between the East and West security checkpoints), all-day plates include shakshuka, goat cheese and spicy peach crostini, truffle corn pudding, and Thai shrimp curry bao, along with grab-and-go jarred salads, granola bowls, and fresh juices. A full-service coffee bar has La Colombe cold brew on tap, and espresso drinks and drip rely on beans from Virginia-based Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Company. Pre-Flight Helles Lager is brewed specially for the Capital One Lounge by Ashburn-based Lost Rhino Brewing Co.

A full-service bar features Michelin-starred Bresca’s popular Bee’s Knees cocktail as part of its partnership with Will Patton.
Capital One
The 8,500-square-foot Capital One Lounge opens on Thursday, September 7.
Capital One

Familiar D.C. favorites making their way to the Loudoun County airport starting in 2024 include full-service editions of chef Fabio Trabocchi’s classy pasta parlor Sfoglina, Knead Hospitality + Design’s upscale American diner Gatsby, gourmet grocer Union Kitchen, and the Wharf’s Rappahannock Oyster Co.

To prepare for peak travel time, flyers can skip the line and order from airport restaurants via mobile phone and pick up their food and drink at the counter.

Dulles debuted a new pickup service this fall called Order Now.

Dulles Standouts

Devils Backbone Tap Room: The beloved brewery out of Roseland, Virginia added a Dulles destination for pulled pork sandwiches, local beef burgers, and a fried chicken schnitzel sandwich, plus its popular brews on tap and by the can. (Gate C3)

burgers and beer
Burgers and beer at Devils Backbone’s new tap room.
Dulles International Airport

Bistro Atelier: This 135-seat French bistro comes from Hakan Ilhan, the local restaurateur behind the forthcoming Il Piatto (formerly Mirabelle), Georgetown’s Brasserie Liberte, and Ottoman Taverna. Find fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast and brunch served all day. (Post-security, Concourse D)

&pizza: Homegrown favorite &pizza maintains a Dulles destination for quick-serve, custom pizzas with gluten-free dough and vegan cheese options. (Post-security, Concourse C)

Chef Geoff’s: Restaurateur Geoff Tracy has made a name for himself in D.C. with gourmet burgers, lots of bacon, and well-executed American food. This is his first airport venture. (Post-security, Concourse C)

Vino Volo Wine Room: Staff is well versed in helping customers pick pre-flight flights from local Virginia wineries. The chain wine bar also offers a compact menu of small bites and charcuterie. (Concourse B)

A flight trio
Vino Volo pours Virginia-made wines and flights.
Dulles International Airport
eggs and mimosas
Eggs Benedict and mimosas at Bistro Atelier.
Dulles International Airport

Main Terminal

A Quick Meal

Main Terminal/Baggage Claim

  • Dulles Gourmet Market: 24/7 operation serving snacks, sandwiches, salads to go, and candy (Pre-security, Lower Level)
  • Capitol Grounds Coffee: sandwiches, salads, snacks, and coffee (Pre-Security, Lower Level).
  • Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Pre-security, Lower Level).
  • Café Americana: bar, coffee, pizza, and other familiar favorites (Pre-Security, Lower Level).
  • Dunkin’: doughnuts and coffee (Post-security, Z Gates)

Main Terminal: A Leisurely Meal

Burgers and fries by Smashburger.
Dulles International Airport
  • District ChopHouse serves burgers, steaks, and other casual dishes along with a full bar (Pre-Security, Ticketing Level)

Concourse A

A Quick Meal

  • Dunkin’: coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches (Post-security, Gate A23)
  • Extreme Pita: healthy handhelds served until 10 p.m. (Post-security, Gate A14)
  • Smashburger: burgers and fries from the rapidly expanding chain (Post-security, Gate A4).
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs: Freshly sliced hot and cold sandwiches daily (Post-security, Gate A4).
  • Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Post-security, Gate A5)
  • Subway: sandwiches and wraps (post-security, Z Gates)
Extreme Pita specializes in quick-serve salads and wraps.
J. David Buerk - Photography

A Leisurely Meal

Concourse B

A Quick Meal

Signage of Chick-fil-A at Dulles.
One of two Chick-fil-A locations at Dulles.
J. David Buerk Photography/IAD
  • Capitol Grounds Coffee: a local, family-owned coffee shop with coffee, sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items. (Post-security, Gate B72)
  • Cava: Mediterranean bowls, salads, and pita sandwiches from the DMV-born chain. (Post-security, Gate B62)
  • Wendy’s: Get cheeseburgers, baked potatoes, chili, and Frosties (Post-security, Gate B45)
  • Five Guys: great burgers and fries from a chain that started locally in Alexandria, Virginia. (Post-security, Gate B71)
  • DC-3 Hot Dogs: Specialty franks inspired by cities around the U.S. (Post-security, Gate B71)
  • Chick-fil-A: Chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. (Post-security, Gate B46)
  • Peet’s Coffee: coffee, tea, pastries, and more. (Post-security, Gate B46)
  • Potbelly: Come for the sandwich, leave with the famous chocolate chip cookies. (Post-security, Gate B46)
  • &pizza (Gate B71)

A Leisurely Meal

  • The Washington Burgundy and Gold Club: The Washington Commanders-themed sports bar for NFL-obsessed flyers. (Post-security, Gate B73)
A photo of The Washington Burgundy and Gold Club.
The Washington Burgundy and Gold Club got a rebrand to reflect the NFL team’s new identity.
J. David Buerk Photography/IAD
  • Bracket Room: Arlington’s quasi-celebrity-owned sports bar from Bachelorette contestant Chris Bukowski, which closed during the pandemic, maintains its outpost at the airport with dishes like lamb lollies and a watermelon caprese salad (Post-security, Gate B50)
A photo of Bracket Room’s signage and passengers whizzing by.
Arlington’s recently shuttered sports bar Bracket Room maintains a Dulles outpost.
J. David Buerk Photography/IAD
  • Vino Volo Wine Room: small bites, sandwiches, charcuterie, and local wine flights (Post-security, Gate B63)
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill: familiar Italian fare (Post-security, Gate B41)

Concourse C

A Quick Meal

  • Auntie Anne’s: gourmet pretzels, hot dogs, dips, and lemonade (Post-security, Gate C9)
  • Au Bon Pain: sandwiches, salads, and baked goods (Post-security, Gate C14)
  • Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Post-security, Gate C7; Post-security, Gate C24)
  • &pizza: local quick-serve pizza favorite (Post-security, Gate C28)
  • Subway: sandwiches and wraps (Gate C2)
  • Be Right Burger: eatery with made-to-order burgers, featuring beef, turkey, or veggie patties (Post-security, Gate C14)
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]

A Leisurely Meal

  • Chef Geoff’s: burgers and American fare from a local favorite (Post-security, Gate C14)
  • Devils Backbone Tap Room: pulled pork sandwiches, a fried chicken schnitzel sandwich, and local brews on tap (Post-security, Gate C3)
A tap room’s facade
The new Devils Backbone tap room.
J. David Buerk Photography/IAD

Concourse D

A Quick Meal

  • Chick-fil-A: chicken sandwiches (Post-security, Gate D7)
  • Rusty Taco
  • Dulles Gourmet Market: This food vendor has added seating as well as beer and wine to its catalog. (Post-security, Gate D5)
  • Dunkin’: coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches (Post-security, Gates D5 and D23)
  • Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Post-security, Gate D16)
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop: custom sandwiches and milkshakes (Post-security, Gate D14)
  • Wow Bao: dumplings, potstickers, bao buns, and rice bowls (Gate D18)
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]