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Where To Eat and Drink Near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Hungry at the Convention Center? Find out where to get a bite to eat.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
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Thousands of people traveling to town on business end up at a conference or meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. That number is only growing thanks to the opening of the affiliated Marriott Marquis hotel last May. Meanwhile, even locals might hit up at the convention center for annual events like the Washington Auto Show and other expos.

It wasn't long ago that there were only one or two options for decent food near the Convention Center; the best a person could do was grab a hot dog or sad sandwich from the vendors inside. But the area has become revitalized with many restaurants and bars, the opening of CityCenter, and several more high profile openings planned in the next year or two.

This list is broken out by need — quick bites close to the Convention Center, spots for a sit down lunch or standard dinner, restaurants to host a formal business dinner, places that are good for large gatherings, and, of course, bars to grab a few drinks. Consult the map for more details.

(Note: The Convention Center stretches over 0.2 miles. All distances are calculated from the Mount Vernon Place entrance of the Convention Center.)

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A Quick Bite

*Azi's Cafe

*Dangerously Delicious Pies

*Nando's Peri Peri

*Saints Paradise Cafeteria



*Taylor Gourmet


In the Convention Center

*The Dignitary

*High Velocity


A Sit-Down Lunch

*Busboys & Poets

*Casa Luca

*Del Campo

A Casual Dinner

*Baby Wale



A Business Dinner


*Double Eagle Steakhouse

*DBGB Kitchen and Bar


Good for Groups


*City Tap House

*Hill Country

Plan Ahead





*Capitol City Brewing Company


*Salon at Rogue 24