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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

A photo of the sprawling Page restaurant at DCA.
Celebrity chef Carla Hall’s tablet-enabled Page restaurant at DCA.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]

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

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 and has since welcomed Wolfgang Puck Bar + Bites, Peet’s Coffee, and fast-casual Mezeh Mediterranean Grill, with local favorites Timber Pizza and Elevation Burger still on the horizon.

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

A photo of Wolfgang Puck Bar + Bites at DCA.
Wolfgang Puck’s sleek setup at DCA’s new American Airlines gate.
J. David Buerk Photography/DCA

Best Bets

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

Reservoir: This sit-down spot from restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier is inspired by French bistros. Find Provençal-style cuisine with locally sourced ingredients (Post-security, Gates 1-9).

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

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, Gates 1-9).

&pizza: D.C.’s burgeoning cooked-to-order pizza maker is fast and consistent. (Post-security, Gates 35-45).

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, Gates 23-34).

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, Gates 10-22).

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).

Taylor Gourmet: The Reagan airport version is a licensed business and independent from the revived chain. There are breakfast hoagies for early travelers. (Post-security, Gates 23-34)

Cava Mezze Grill: This homegrown Mediterranean chain offers build-your-own breakfast and lunch bowls, pitas, and Compass Coffees. (Post-security, Gates 10-22).

Legal Sea Foods: This two-story outpost of the Boston-based chain features 1960s designs with a nod to modern convenience (aka power outlets placed everywhere). While charging up your phone, hit the raw bar or order New England clam chowder, a lobster roll, or a tuna burger. (Pre-security).

Wow Bao: Dumpling fans can head to this steamed buns stand. Wow also serves soup and fields vegetarian options. (Post-security, Terminal C).

Lebanese Taverna: This local Mediterranean restaurant is known for its hummus, kebabs, and similar fare. (Post security, Terminal B-C).

Matsutake Sushi: This Japanese restaurant specializes in made-to-order sushi rolls and Japanese cuisine like teriyaki dishes, tempura, fried rice, and noodles. (Pre-security).

American Tap Room: Diners can start out the day with a beer and fried chicken waffles, followed by Bavarian pretzels, Maryland crab soup, wings, and steak sandwiches. (Post-security, Terminal C).

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

Post-security (now National Hall)

A photo of Qdoba’s signage at DCA.
Qdoba at DCA.
J. David Buerk Photography/DCA
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Chick-fil-A (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts (6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday – Friday; 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday - Sunday)
  • Legal Sea Foods (11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday – Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday)
  • Matsutake Sushi (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Qdoba (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Starbucks (4 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Terminal A (now Gate 1-9)

  • Boar’s Head Delicatessen (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • (2) Cibo Walk-Through Markets (4 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Cibo Express (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Custom Burger (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • District Bar (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts (4:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
  • Page (4 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Reservoir (4 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Tagliare (12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Tuesdays and Saturdays)

Terminal B (Now Gates 10-22)

  • Bracket Room (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Cava Mezze Grill (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Great American Bagel Bakery (5 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Grille District (5 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Lickety Split (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Starbucks (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Sip, Munch N More (5 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Terminal B/C (now Gates 23 – 34)

A bowl of rice and meat at Big Bowl.
Big Bowl offers all-day Chinese and Thai dishes like customizable rice or lo mein bowls, dumplings, and eggrolls.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [Official photo]
  • Big Bowl (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts (5 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Dunkin’ Express (6 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
  • El Centro, D.F. (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Lebanese Taverna (10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
  • Magic Pan (5 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
  • Say Si Bon (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Smashburger (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Taylor Gourmet (6 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • U Street Pub (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Terminal C (now Gates 35 – 45)

  • &pizza (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • American Tap Room ( 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday – Friday; 5am – 8 p.m., Saturdays)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts (5 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Express (6 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
  • Five Guys (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Georgetown Gourmet Market (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday – Friday; 5 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays)
  • Kapnos Taverna (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Say Si Bon (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Washington Pour Bar (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Wow Bao (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

New Concourse (Gates 46-59)

Signage of Mezeh at DCA.
Fast-casual chain Mezeh is known for its halal dishes made with 100-percent olive oil.
J. David Buerk Photography/DCA
  • Mezeh Mediterranean Grill (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Peet’s Coffee (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Bites (7 a.m. to 10 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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