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

Best bets include crispy chicken and French bistro fare

The control tower at Dulles airport.
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With vaccinations on the rise and travel ramping back up, Eater has updated its guide to eating and drinking at Dulles International Airport. The full list of open restaurants at Dulles can be found here.

The biggest arrival last year was the airport’s first Chick-fil-A (Concourse D) from D.C. restaurateur Hakan Ilhan, who also runs French-themed Bistro Atelier there. In July, Dulles got its second Chick-fil-A next to a new Pete’s Coffee in Concourse B45. Another recent-ish arrival is Wow Bao, which brought its popular Asian buns and rice bowls to Concourse D.

Note: Face coverings are still required at all U.S. airports when not eating or drinking.

A photo of Bracket Room’s signage and passengers whizzing by.
Arlington’s recently shuttered sports bar Bracket Room maintains a Dulles outpost.
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Dulles Standouts

Bistro Atelier: Hakan Ilhan, the local restaurateur behind Mirabelle and Ottoman Taverna, opened this 135-seat French bistro, offering sweet and savory crepes, burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast and brunch served all day. In D.C., he’s on a fast expansion track with Georgetown’s Brasserie Liberte and a Mediterranean bistro coming to the West End. (Post-security, Concourse D)

&pizza: Homegrown chain &pizza is everywhere lately with its quick-cooking, custom pizzas. (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).

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck: The celebrity chef concept offers waffles and omelettes, crab cakes, burgers, gourmet pizzas, pastas, and more. (Post-security, Concourse A).

Vino Volo Wine Room: this chain wine bar has a compact menu of small bites, sandwiches, charcuterie and more. (Concourse B).

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Main Terminal

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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, which has sandwiches, salads, snacks, and coffee, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Pre-Security, Lower Level). Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Pre-security, Lower Level). Café Americana: bar, coffee, pizza, and other familiar favorites, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m (Pre-Security, Lower Level). Dunkin’: doughnuts and coffee, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Post-security, Z Gates)

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District ChopHouse serves burgers, steaks, and other casual dishes along with a full bar, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Pre-Security, Ticketing Level).

Concourse A

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Dunkin’: coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Post-security, Gate A23). · Smashburger: burgers and fries from the rapidly expanding chain, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Post-security, Gate A4). Jersey Mike’s Subs: Freshly sliced hot and cold sandwiches daily, 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Post-security, Gate A4). Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Post-security, Gate A5)·

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The Firkin & Fox: British-styled pub fare includes shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, salads, and burgers, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Post-security, A3). The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck: Full-service restaurant with recipes from the celebrity chef, Tuesday to Saturday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Post-security, Gate A22).

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Concourse B

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Capitol Grounds Coffee: a local, family-owned coffee shop with coffee, sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B72). Wendy’s: Get cheeseburgers, baked potatoes, chili, and Frosties, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B45). Five Guys: great burgers and fries from a chain that started locally in Alexandria, Virginia, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B71). DC-3 Hot Dogs: Specialty franks inspired by cities around the USA, 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B71). Chick-fil-A opened earlier this year, Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B46). Peet’s Coffee opened recently, 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., (Post-security, Gate B46).

Signage of Chick-fil-A at Dulles.
One of two Chick-fil-A locations at Dulles.
J. David Buerk Photography/IAD

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The Washington Burgundy and Gold Club: the Washington Football League-themed sports bar for NFL-obsessed flyers, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (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, open 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B50).

Vino Volo Wine Room: this chain wine bar has a compact menu of small bites, sandwiches, charcuterie, and more, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B63).

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: serves familiar Italian fare, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B41).

Concourse C

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Auntie Anne’s: gourmet pretzels, hot dogs, dips, and lemonade, 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C9). Au Bon Pain: sandwiches, salads, and baked goods, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C14) · Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Post-security, Gate C7, 4:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and C24, 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) · &pizza, local quick-servie pizza favorite, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C28) · Subway: Gate C2 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.) · Be Right Burger: Eatery with made-to-order burgers, featuring beef, turkey, or veggie patties, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C14) ·

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American Tap Room: cold beers and American classics, Gate C19 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).· Chef Geoff’s: Burgers and American fare from a local favorite, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C14).· The Chef’s Table by Wolfgang Puck: Appetizers, sandwiches, and pizza from a celeb chef, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C3).

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Concourse D

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Chick-fil-A: Gate D7 (Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) ·Dulles Gourmet Market: this food vendor has added seating as well as beer and wine to its catalog, daily 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Post-security, Gate D5). · Dunkin’: coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Post-security, Gates D5 and D23). Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches 4:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (Post-security, Gate D16). Potbelly Sandwich Shop: custom sandwiches and milkshakes, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Post-security, Gate D14). Wow Bao: dumplings, potstickers, bao buns, and rice bowls, Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Gate D18)

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Bistro Atelier: Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan’s 135-seat French bistro offers sweet and savory crepes, burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast and brunch served 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Post-security, Gate D14). ·Pizza Hut: Classic offering from chain including pizza, pasta, wings, and a full bar, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Post-security, Gate D19). DC Craft Brews: Local bears and bar fare, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Post-Security, Gate D23).

Pizza Hut at Dulles airport.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]

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