Tourists and locals both flock to the National Mall every year to take in the cherry blossom blooms in the spring, visit the monuments, explore Smithsonian museums, or admire art at the Sculpture Garden.
Tourist traffic is looking a little different this year, though D.C. is still receiving some visitors. But it’s not exactly business as usual for all nearby restaurants — well-regarded museum dining rooms such as Sweet Home Cafe are temporarily closed, as well as some destinations that are usually good for big groups like Italian favorite Carmine’s. Here are the best dining options within walking distance of the Mall, all less than a 10 minute stroll from the monuments.
A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. 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.Read More