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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. After midnight on Friday, May 28, Virginia will lift capacity and seating restrictions for restaurants at Dulles and Reagan National Airport. Face coverings are still required at both Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority airports when not eating or drinking.

The most exciting 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 June, Dulles will get its second Chick-fil-A next to a new Pete’s Coffee in Concourse B45.

Another recent-ish arrival is a Pizza Hut (Post-security, Concourse D) near Gate D19 that provides carryout service in addition to sit-down dining and a full bar. Other options include Washington Burgundy and Gold Club, a sports bar that opened in September 2017 with local brews, pub fare like wings, bacon-topped burgers, and chicken sausages, and memorabilia-stocked shelves.

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

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 Chef’s Table by Wolfgang Puck: First, there was the Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck with waffles and omelettes, crab cakes, pizzas, and pastas. Now, the celebrity chef's newest venture serves burgers, steak frites, gourmet pizzas and more. 11-7 (Post-security, Concourse C).

Vino Volo Wine Room: this chain wine bar has a compact menu of small bites, sandwiches, charcuterie and more, noon to 7 p.m. (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 and salads to go, candy, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Pre-security, Lower Level). · Capitol Grounds Coffee, which has sandwiches, salads, snacks, and coffee around the clock, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is the only spot to grab bottled beer (Pre-Security, Lower Level). · Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Pre-security, Lower Level).· Dunkin’ Donuts: doughnuts and coffee (Post-security, Z Gate)

Concourse A

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

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· The Firkin & Fox: British-styled pub fare including shepherd's pie, fish and chips, salads and burgers, Thursday through Monday (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Tuesday to Wednesday (noon to 6 p.m.) (Post-security, A3)

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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, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (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).

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Burgundy and Gold Club: a Redskins-themed sports bar for football-obsessed flyers, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B73). And Bracket Room, Arlington’s quasi-celebrity-owned sports bar from Bachelorette contestant Chris Bukowski that closed during the pandemic, maintains its outpost at the airport, open 9 a.m. to 7 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, noon to 7 p.m. (Post-security, Gate B63). · Carrabba’s Italian Grill: serves familiar Italian fare (Post-security, Gate B41).

The Burgundy & Gold Club at Dulles airport.
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Concourse C

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· Auntie Anne's: gourmet pretzels, hot dogs, dips, and lemonade, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C9). Au Bon Pain: sandwiches, salads, and baked goods, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C14) · Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Post-security, Gate C24) · &pizza, local quick-service pizza favorite, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C28) · Subway, Gate C2 (9 a.m. to 7 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, Gate C19 (Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m.) · Chef Geoff's: Burgers and American fare from a local favorite (Post-security, Gate C14). American Tap Room: cold beers and American classics, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Post-security, Gate C22) · The Chef’s Table by Wolfgang Puck: Appetizers, sandwiches, and pizza from a celeb chef (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 7 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 8 p.m. (Post-security, Gate D5). · Dunkin' Donuts: coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Post-security, Gates D5). · Starbucks: coffee, pastries, sandwiches (Post-security, Gate D16). Potbelly Sandwich Works: custom sandwiches and milkshakes, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Post-security, Gate D14). Wow Bao: dumplings, potstickers, bao buns, and rice bowls, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Gate D18)

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]

A Leisurely Meal

· Bistro Atelier: Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan's 135-seat French bistro offers sweet and savory crepes, burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast and brunch served around the clock, 8 a.m. to 8 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).

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