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Parking's a Breeze at These D.C. Area Restaurants

Car-free is easy. These places are for the car-saddled.

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Finding open parking spaces in D.C. can feel like a futile task. Any available spots often require coughing up cash for expensive garages or fumbling for spare change to feed a meter. To make matters worse, the city recently announced a pilot program to surge parking prices in some of the most in-demand neighborhoods this coming spring.

Thankfully, even in the busy city, some restaurants have made a point to offer free parking for customers. It's a nice touch in a busy city and certainly makes dinner outings more enjoyable for those going the vehicle route.

Here are several area restaurants that offer free parking options for their customers, either in dedicated lots or through validation. Finding a spot in a lot might still be a matter of luck during peak hours, but it's still better than circling around the block in search of a space on the street.

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1789 Restaurant

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This elegant Georgetown restaurant serves up classic American food and provides free valet parking.

2941 Restaurant

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The restaurant may be hidden away in an office building in Falls Church. But once the diner arrives, free valet parking awaits at the picturesque restaurant.

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American City Diner

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Opened in 1988, this diner serves classics like burgers, sandwiches and all-day breakfast. It also shows classic movies on occasion. There's a parking lot on the side of the building.

Bistro Bis

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Dinner patrons at this French restaurant can take advantage of free validated parking after 5:30 p.m. by using the garage across the street.

Buck's Fishing & Camping

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This cozy, seasonally-focused neighborhood restaurant has a free customer parking lot around the back.

Comet Ping Pong

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A hip atmosphere makes Comet a great place to grab a pizza, wings, and even take in some live music. The parking lot out back makes things a lot easier.

Convivial

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One of Shaw's newest restaurants, Convivial comes from from Mintwood Place chef Cedric Maupillier. It offers two hours of free parking for diners who park in the building's garage.

Panda Gourmet

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Some of the best Chinese cooking in the area is tucked away in a hotel off New York Avenue. The spacious lot makes it easy to plan a trip.

Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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Hit this New York-style deli in a strip mall for standards like sandwiches, smoked fish, bagels, and cheap dinner plates.

Peter Chang

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This fiery Chinese restaurant, located in Rockville Town Center, offers free parking garage validation.

Republic

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This bistro from Black's Restaurant Group offers free parking in the lot at the intersection of Carroll and Laurel Avenues.

Rosemary's Thyme Bistro

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Customers heading to this Mediterranean mezze cafe should target the free parking available from 5 p.m. to midnight. It's in the lot on the corner of Florida Avenue and 20th Street.

Surfside

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Surfside is popular for its island-inspired fare like tacos, burritos, and margaritas. There's a dedicated customer lot across 37th Street towards the back of the restaurant.

Taco Bamba

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Parking can get tight at this busy strip mall, but it's worth a shot to enjoy chef Victor Albisu's creative tacos.

Union Market

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Free parking options are plentiful at this market, which is home to a growing number of restaurants and local specialty vendors.

1789 Restaurant

This elegant Georgetown restaurant serves up classic American food and provides free valet parking.

2941 Restaurant

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The restaurant may be hidden away in an office building in Falls Church. But once the diner arrives, free valet parking awaits at the picturesque restaurant.

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American City Diner

Opened in 1988, this diner serves classics like burgers, sandwiches and all-day breakfast. It also shows classic movies on occasion. There's a parking lot on the side of the building.

Bistro Bis

Dinner patrons at this French restaurant can take advantage of free validated parking after 5:30 p.m. by using the garage across the street.

Buck's Fishing & Camping

This cozy, seasonally-focused neighborhood restaurant has a free customer parking lot around the back.

Comet Ping Pong

A hip atmosphere makes Comet a great place to grab a pizza, wings, and even take in some live music. The parking lot out back makes things a lot easier.

Convivial

One of Shaw's newest restaurants, Convivial comes from from Mintwood Place chef Cedric Maupillier. It offers two hours of free parking for diners who park in the building's garage.

Panda Gourmet

Some of the best Chinese cooking in the area is tucked away in a hotel off New York Avenue. The spacious lot makes it easy to plan a trip.

Parkway Deli & Restaurant

Hit this New York-style deli in a strip mall for standards like sandwiches, smoked fish, bagels, and cheap dinner plates.

Peter Chang

This fiery Chinese restaurant, located in Rockville Town Center, offers free parking garage validation.

Republic

This bistro from Black's Restaurant Group offers free parking in the lot at the intersection of Carroll and Laurel Avenues.

Rosemary's Thyme Bistro

Customers heading to this Mediterranean mezze cafe should target the free parking available from 5 p.m. to midnight. It's in the lot on the corner of Florida Avenue and 20th Street.

Surfside

Surfside is popular for its island-inspired fare like tacos, burritos, and margaritas. There's a dedicated customer lot across 37th Street towards the back of the restaurant.

Taco Bamba

Parking can get tight at this busy strip mall, but it's worth a shot to enjoy chef Victor Albisu's creative tacos.

Union Market

Free parking options are plentiful at this market, which is home to a growing number of restaurants and local specialty vendors.

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