Though the typical tourist might envision Capitol Hill as a sea of government buildings, it’s also home to a strong constituency of reliable restaurants. The charming neighborhood, which includes hyperlocal pockets of Barracks Row, Eastern Market, and Hill East, is a top destination for stellar diners, homemade pastas, tasting menus, and everything in between.Read More
17 Essential Capitol Hill Restaurants for Dining Out
Where to eat and drink near Congress
This mom-and-pop shop is a hidden gem in Kingman Park. The menu features affordable Korean dishes available for takeout or delivery, including mandu (Korean dumplings) and bulgogi bowls.
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.
Also featured in:
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. It’s a destination for diners during Saturday and Sunday brunch, who say the secret words (“cheers to the weekend”) to get a free mimosa as an on-again and off-again promotion.
If you’re a local you go here to eat — especially if it’s a weekend for a reliable, no-frills brunch menu that includes a standout bloody mary and seafood dishes, like a salmon BLT, crab cakes, and tuna melt sandwich.
Located inside historic Eastern Market, Market Lunch is known for serving hearty breakfast and lunch platters. The blueberry buckwheat pancakes alone are worth the trip.
Inventive patties and mouthwatering milkshakes make this an excellent destination when a burger craving hits. Eat Brgz creates each patty to-order with toppings grilled into the bun. Try the Mexico City — a chorizo patty stuffed with red onions, bell peppers, jalapenos, Oaxaca cheese, and taco seasoning. A second D.C. location opens in Penn Quarter next month.
The Duck & The Peach
This restaurant evokes California’s farm-to-table spirit, alongside wines sourced from around the world. The roast chicken would make Ina Garten cry. And definitely save room for dessert. The latest addition from pastry chef Rochelle Cooper is a chocolate milk pie that looks like artwork and tastes simply divine. Consider its sleek, next-door sibling La Collina for standout Italian dishes like cacio e pepe, dry-aged beef carpaccio, and arancini bambini, along with grapefruit-accented negronis by the pitcher.
Home to an impressive collection of whiskeys, Barrel serves hearty dishes like smoked andouille sausage and spicy peri peri wings.
Joselito Casa de Comidas
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.
This bar and restaurant offers seasonal and decadent dishes with flair, including an oversized bone marrow dish and a foie gras ice cream pie with graham cracker crust, rhubarb jam and metallic sprinkles. The bar serves satisfying whiskey and bourbon cocktails at the watch of two bison heads mounted to the backbar. Chef Andrew Markert just expanded his neighborhood reach with the opening of Newland, an elegant, prix fixe ode to his Maryland upbringing.
Belga Cafe/The Betsy
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.
Ambar (Multiple locations)
Restaurateur Ivan Iricanin’s flagship Balkan restaurant is newly renovated to the tune of a $3 million upgrade. Go for kebabs, brunch, and rakia. Ambar crowds swell on weekends for the all-you-can-eat brunch menu.
Mangialardo & Sons
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.
The Michelin-rated mainstay plays to its strengths with dishes so popular they’ve been on the menu since day one — like the pork lychee salad. Rose’s pokes fun at this fact with a “NOT the pork and lychee salad” — a Brussels and prosciutto salad topped with Campari hollandaise sauce. This is an excellent spot to book for shared plates, with a rooftop garden to boot. Each diner picks a “choose your own adventure” approach with two dishes to share for the table. Its popular “Rose’s at Home” pandemic offshoot delivers three-course dinners.
This culinary clubhouse is home to some amazing vendors including Cameo Coffee, Hi-Fi Taco, and Shelter — a craft beer bar featuring brews from the Navy Yard’s Bluejacket Brewery. It’s also a food hall where you can order from your phone and dishes are delivered directly to your table — making for a seamless, no-wait-in-line experience.
Even though this sit-down restaurant opened within The Roost food hall in 2021, everything — from the chicken Parmigiana to the slightly-faded red booths — is meant to feel like an old-school “red sauce joint.” Don’t miss the mozzarella in carrozza, featuring stringy cheese layered with sliced bread and a roasted garlic, lemon, and herb puree, which is battered, fried, and smothered with tomato-basil sauce.
Taco City DC
This house that tacos built offers takeout and delivery options. Customers eating at the restaurant must try its queso fundido, which is served bubbling hot.
Also featured in: