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19 Essential Capitol Hill Restaurants for Takeout and Delivery

Where to eat and drink near Congress

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Though the typical tourist might envision Capitol Hill to be a sea of government buildings, it’s a thriving neighborhood community in its own right. The neighborhood, which includes pockets such as Barracks Row, Eastern Market, and Hill East, is a destination for everything from stellar diners to tasting menu-centric restaurants.

New openings include Moorenko’s, a Maryland-based ice cream parlor with a devoted following; Fight Club, a sandwich pop-up shop occupying Beuchert’s Saloon; and Cameo, a buzz-worthy coffee bar located inside the Roost — a 12,500-square-foot food hall that will also bring pizza, tacos, sushi, and a craft beer bar. Capitol Hill has seen its share of heartaches recently. Trusty bar Capitol Lounge and French bistro Montmartre have both called it quits after more than two decades of service. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to add to the uncertainty of restaurants and bars industry, which means right now is the time to support one of these landmark spots.

A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Dubliner Restaurant

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4 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-3773
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Enjoy a black-and-tan with brunch, or order-in for dinner with a Guinness Burger and shepherd’s pie. The Dubliner is one of the oldest Irish pubs on Capitol Hill and it has an expansive outdoor patio, perfect for social distancing. The beloved bar is also offering take-home flights of Irish whiskeys in 1-ounce pours.

The Dubliner
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2. Manna Dosirak

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409 15th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 921-9456
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This mom-and-pop shop is a hidden gem on Hill East. The menu features affordable Korean dishes available for takeout or delivery, including mandu (Korean dumplings) and bulgogi bowls.

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3. Buffalo & Bergen

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240 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 525-3350
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Conveniently pick up or dine outside at Buffalo & Bergen on the northeast side of Capitol Hill. This bagel bar wins for its brunch cocktails and “the Bandito” — a bagel sandwich with carnitas-style pulled pork, pickled peppers, avocado, and manchego cheese.

4. Nostra Cucina

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320 D St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-4522
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This is a proper red sauce joint serving up calamari, beef lasagna, eggplant Parm, and house-made pastas. Nostra Cucina is available for online pickup or delivery via Clover.

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5. Bistro Cacao

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316 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-4737
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After a decade in its cozy, historic Capitol Hill location, this modern French restaurant took over the space next door and expanded its patio two-fold. During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s offering curbside pickup and socially distanced outdoor dining. At weekend brunch, say “cheers to the weekend” to get a free mimosa.

6. The Capital Candy Jar

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201 15th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(571) 293-0719
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This unassuming corner store serves some of the sweetest treats in the neighborhood. Capitol Hill Candy Jar is where neighbors meet for two scoops or a box of chocolate covered cookies. The shop has patio seating, and a park across the street is perfect for a picnic.

7. Jimmy T's Place

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501 E Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 709-3557
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This is the best diner on Capitol Hill. Bring cash and come hungry for breakfast staples, like French Toast and waffles that won’t cost more than a few dollars. Jimmy T’s has made some adjustments during COVID-19 too. For starters there is outdoor dining, and more recently a dinner menu, including a meatloaf special that puts Mom’s to shame. Call in takeout orders Wednesday through Sunday.

8. We, The Pizza (Multiple locations)

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305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4008
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Spike Mendelsohn’s pizza joint is still serving up the perfect slice after more than a decade of service on the Southeast side of Capitol Hill. The Buffalo chicken slice is a top draw. Order delivery or curbside pickup here.

9. Market Lunch

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225 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 547-8444

Located inside historic Eastern Market, Market Lunch is serving hearty breakfast and lunch platters to-go. The blueberry buckwheat pancakes alone are worth the trip.

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Market lunch
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10. Bullfrog Bagels (Multiple locations)

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317 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Jeremiah Cohen’s follow-up to his popular H Street shop specializes in bagels, bialys, and sandwiches. These are bagels hand rolled and boiled and served warm and fresh. Order takeout here and delivery through Doordash.

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Bullfrog Bagels
Bullfrog Bagels [official photo]

11. Barrel

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613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-3622
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Home to an impressive collection of whiskeys, Barrel serves hearty dishes like smoked Andouille sausage and taco platters. During COVID-19, the restaurant has patio service and indoor service up to half-capacity. A limited menu of to-go items includes sausages, condiments like jerk sauce or peri peri, and 36-ounce cocktails.

12. Mr. Henry's Restaurant

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601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-8412
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With expanded patio service, a takeout window, and a new brunch menu, this legendary bar remains a gathering place for neighbors to enjoy salads, sandwiches, burgers, and nightly specials.

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13. Joselito Casa de Comidas

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660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 930-6955
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This restaurant from the owners of SER in Ballston specializes in Spanish cuisine, including salt cod, Iberian ham, and fried anchovies. Sidewalk dining has since been added and orders and available for pickup and takeout. Order takeout here and delivery through Uber Eats.

14. Chiko

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423 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 558-9934
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This exciting fast-casual spin on Chinese and Korean food recently spun off a breakfast sandwich concept called I Egg You, available for all your hangover needs on weekends. Order takeout here and delivery through Caviar.

A crispy fried piece of chicken being dipped into a spicy sauce using metal chopsticks, with another cluster of chicken and vegetables on the side.
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15. Belga Cafe/The Betsy

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514 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-0100
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A Barracks Row pioneer, Belga Cafe attracts crowds for pots of mussels and frites. During warmer months, head to the rooftop and hit up the Betsy. Named after chef Bart Vandaele’s favorite pet chicken, the bar specializes in gin drinks. Place pickup or delivery orders here.

Waffle at Belga Cafe
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16. Ambar (Multiple locations)

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523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 813-3039
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Restaurateur Ivan Iricanin’s flagship Balkan restaurant is newly renovated. Go for kebabs, brunch, and rakia. Ambar has its own site for reserving two-person takeout feasts. Use Uber Eats or Grubhub for delivery.

Flatbread from Ambar
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17. Mangialardo & Sons

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1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-6212
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This family-owned Italian deli has acquired a serious local following for its meaty subs. Its most famous sandwich, the “G” Man, comes with ham, salami, mortadella, pepperoni, fontina cheese, provolone cheese, and oregano.

18. Valor Brewpub

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723 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-8459
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This veteran-owned brewpub recently announced the launch of a crab shack, open through the end of the fall season on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It’s also a great spot for wings and football on weekends. Customers can order heaping servings of bar food to go from a game day carryout menu.

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19. Taco City DC

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1102 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 629-4012
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This house that tacos built offers an outdoor patio for dining, as well as takeout and delivery options. Customers eating at the restaurant must order a queso fundido that’s served bubbling hot.

1. The Dubliner Restaurant

4 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Dubliner
Photo: The Dubliner

Enjoy a black-and-tan with brunch, or order-in for dinner with a Guinness Burger and shepherd’s pie. The Dubliner is one of the oldest Irish pubs on Capitol Hill and it has an expansive outdoor patio, perfect for social distancing. The beloved bar is also offering take-home flights of Irish whiskeys in 1-ounce pours.

4 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001

2. Manna Dosirak

409 15th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Photo: Manna Dosirak

This mom-and-pop shop is a hidden gem on Hill East. The menu features affordable Korean dishes available for takeout or delivery, including mandu (Korean dumplings) and bulgogi bowls.

409 15th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

3. Buffalo & Bergen

240 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Conveniently pick up or dine outside at Buffalo & Bergen on the northeast side of Capitol Hill. This bagel bar wins for its brunch cocktails and “the Bandito” — a bagel sandwich with carnitas-style pulled pork, pickled peppers, avocado, and manchego cheese.

240 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. Nostra Cucina

320 D St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Photo: Nostra Cucina

This is a proper red sauce joint serving up calamari, beef lasagna, eggplant Parm, and house-made pastas. Nostra Cucina is available for online pickup or delivery via Clover.

320 D St NE
Washington, DC 20002

5. Bistro Cacao

316 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

After a decade in its cozy, historic Capitol Hill location, this modern French restaurant took over the space next door and expanded its patio two-fold. During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s offering curbside pickup and socially distanced outdoor dining. At weekend brunch, say “cheers to the weekend” to get a free mimosa.

316 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

6. The Capital Candy Jar

201 15th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

This unassuming corner store serves some of the sweetest treats in the neighborhood. Capitol Hill Candy Jar is where neighbors meet for two scoops or a box of chocolate covered cookies. The shop has patio seating, and a park across the street is perfect for a picnic.

201 15th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Jimmy T's Place

501 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

This is the best diner on Capitol Hill. Bring cash and come hungry for breakfast staples, like French Toast and waffles that won’t cost more than a few dollars. Jimmy T’s has made some adjustments during COVID-19 too. For starters there is outdoor dining, and more recently a dinner menu, including a meatloaf special that puts Mom’s to shame. Call in takeout orders Wednesday through Sunday.

501 E Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003

8. We, The Pizza (Multiple locations)

305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Spike Mendelsohn’s pizza joint is still serving up the perfect slice after more than a decade of service on the Southeast side of Capitol Hill. The Buffalo chicken slice is a top draw. Order delivery or curbside pickup here.

305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

9. Market Lunch

225 7th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Market lunch
Market lunch
R. Lopez/Eater D.C.

Located inside historic Eastern Market, Market Lunch is serving hearty breakfast and lunch platters to-go. The blueberry buckwheat pancakes alone are worth the trip.

225 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

10. Bullfrog Bagels (Multiple locations)

317 7th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Bullfrog Bagels [Photo: Official]
Bullfrog Bagels
Bullfrog Bagels [official photo]

Jeremiah Cohen’s follow-up to his popular H Street shop specializes in bagels, bialys, and sandwiches. These are bagels hand rolled and boiled and served warm and fresh. Order takeout here and delivery through Doordash.

317 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

11. Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Home to an impressive collection of whiskeys, Barrel serves hearty dishes like smoked Andouille sausage and taco platters. During COVID-19, the restaurant has patio service and indoor service up to half-capacity. A limited menu of to-go items includes sausages, condiments like jerk sauce or peri peri, and 36-ounce cocktails.

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

12. Mr. Henry's Restaurant

601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

With expanded patio service, a takeout window, and a new brunch menu, this legendary bar remains a gathering place for neighbors to enjoy salads, sandwiches, burgers, and nightly specials.

601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

13. Joselito Casa de Comidas

660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

This restaurant from the owners of SER in Ballston specializes in Spanish cuisine, including salt cod, Iberian ham, and fried anchovies. Sidewalk dining has since been added and orders and available for pickup and takeout. Order takeout here and delivery through Uber Eats.

660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

14. Chiko

423 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20004
A crispy fried piece of chicken being dipped into a spicy sauce using metal chopsticks, with another cluster of chicken and vegetables on the side.
Chicken from Chiko
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This exciting fast-casual spin on Chinese and Korean food recently spun off a breakfast sandwich concept called I Egg You, available for all your hangover needs on weekends. Order takeout here and delivery through Caviar.

423 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20004

15. Belga Cafe/The Betsy

514 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Waffle at Belga Cafe
Belga Cafe [official photo]

A Barracks Row pioneer, Belga Cafe attracts crowds for pots of mussels and frites. During warmer months, head to the rooftop and hit up the Betsy. Named after chef Bart Vandaele’s favorite pet chicken, the bar specializes in gin drinks. Place pickup or delivery orders here.

514 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

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16. Ambar (Multiple locations)

523 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Flatbread from Ambar
Ambar [official site]

Restaurateur Ivan Iricanin’s flagship Balkan restaurant is newly renovated. Go for kebabs, brunch, and rakia. Ambar has its own site for reserving two-person takeout feasts. Use Uber Eats or Grubhub for delivery.

523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

17. Mangialardo & Sons

1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

This family-owned Italian deli has acquired a serious local following for its meaty subs. Its most famous sandwich, the “G” Man, comes with ham, salami, mortadella, pepperoni, fontina cheese, provolone cheese, and oregano.

1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

18. Valor Brewpub

723 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Valor Brewpub

This veteran-owned brewpub recently announced the launch of a crab shack, open through the end of the fall season on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It’s also a great spot for wings and football on weekends. Customers can order heaping servings of bar food to go from a game day carryout menu.

723 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

19. Taco City DC

1102 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

This house that tacos built offers an outdoor patio for dining, as well as takeout and delivery options. Customers eating at the restaurant must order a queso fundido that’s served bubbling hot.

1102 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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