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A Traveler’s Guide to Restaurants at Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Grab a half-smoke, French fare, or tacos before a flight

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Carla Hall’s Page restaurant at DCA
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]

With more vaccinated travelers navigating the skies, Reagan National Airport has opened up some more places to fuel up before a flight. The full list of open restaurants at Reagan can be found here.

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

The airports authority is now referring to areas of DCA by gates (not terminals). A new 14-gate, 230,000-square-foot concourse that serves American Airlines flights debuted this spring, promising to bring on Wolfgang Puck Bar + Bites, Peet’s Coffee, and Mediterranean Grill this July, followed by an outpost of local favorite Timber Pizza, Elevation Burger, and P.F. Changs.

The Ben’s Chili Bowl at Reagan airport.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]

Best Bets

Ben’s Chili Bowl: Now tourists don’t even need to leave the airport to try D.C.’s iconic half-smokes. (Pre-security).

Reservoir: This sit-down spot from restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier is inspired by French bistros. Find Provençal-style cuisine with locally sourced ingredients (Post-security, Terminal A).

Page: Celebrity chef Carla Hall lends her expertise in Southern cooking to this airport restaurant. Find items like biscuits, pimiento cheese, crab soup, and more. (Post-security, Terminal A).

&pizza: D.C.’s burgeoning cooked-to-order pizza maker is fast and consistent. (Post-security, Terminal C).

EL Centro D.F.: Restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s extension of his Mexican brand, which recently called it quits on 14th Street NW, imports margaritas, guacamole, tacos, salads, and desserts, as well as breakfast, into the airport. (Post-security, Terminal B/C).

EL Centro D.F. at DCA.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]

Grille District: This grill sells American staples like salads, burgers — along with the Impossible Burger patties taking the country by storm — local spirits, and beers. (Post-security, Terminal B).

Bracket Room: Billing itself as a classy sports bar and lounge, expect substantial eats (huevos rancheros tacos, chicken and waffles) while scanning highlights from the big game. (Post-security, Terminal B).

The Bracket Room at Reagan airport.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]

Here’s a full list of dining options, and subject-to-change hours, at DCA:

Pre-security (now National Hall)

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (6 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Chick-fil-A (6 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Matsutake Sushi (11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
  • Q’doba (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Starbucks (4 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Terminal A (now Gate 1-9)

  • Boar’s Head Delicatessen (6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Cibo Walk-Through Market (5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Custom Burger (6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Page (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Reservoir (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Cibo Walk-Through Market (5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Terminal B (Now Gates 10-22)

  • Bracket Room (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Great American Bagel (5 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Grille District (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Starbucks (4 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Sip, Munch N More (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Terminal B/C (now Gates 23 – 34)

  • Dunkin’ Donuts (5 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • El Centro, D.F. (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Say Si Bon (5 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • U Street Pub (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Terminal C (now Gates 35 – 45)

  • &pizza (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • American Tap Room
  • Dunkin’ Donuts (5 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Express (5 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
  • Five Guys (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Georgetown Gourmet Market (5 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Kapnos Taverna (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Washington Pour Bar (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Wow Bao (12 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

ALSO IN CRYSTAL CITY: Determined to leave the airport? Find barbecue at Epic Smokehouse, salads at Sweetgreen, and more.

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