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

A night out on the town is made easier with free parking.

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D.C. drivers face enough perils as it is when they get behind the wheel of a car. Between the Beltway traffic, distracted drivers, and vigilante parking enforcement, it can be hard to move through the city on four wheels, which is why some restaurants are extending an olive branch: free parking. And recently, it seems that more and more restaurants are offering free parking as a perk to dinner.

This map chronicles hassle-free restaurants in a variety of neighborhoods, from Georgetown to Chevy Chase to the congested downtown area.

Rather than circle the block, or risk the dreaded "pink slip" from the meter maid, these places put patrons’ parking worries at ease. So stop fumbling for the loose change, and don’t get easily gouged by surge pricing, in some dining hotspots, the parking is free and plentiful.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 1789 Restaurant

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-1789
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Complimentary valet parking makes it easy to sample chef Samuel Kim’s tasting menu options.

2. Bistro Bis

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15 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 661-2700
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Onion Soup Les Halles always tastes better knowing that your car won’t get a ticket while you dine at Bistro Bis. This downtown spot offers free parking at the garage across the street.

3. Comet Ping Pong

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5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 364-0404
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The local community rallied behind Comet Ping Pong after the #Pizzagate fallout, and here’s one more reason to love this cozy pizza parlor — the restaurant has free parking out back.

4. Convivial

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801 O St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 525-2870
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It was one of the hottest restaurants to open last year, and Convivial, which means fondness to feast, also has a fondness for free parking. The garage adjacent to the restaurant validates for two hours.

5. El Tamarindo

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1785 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 328-3660
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No two words conjure up the parking sweats more so than Adams Morgan. But, drivers take note: a free parking lot for El Tamarindo patrons, makes it easy to access Salvadoran staples, like a mouthwatering pupusa.

6. Farmers & Distillers

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600 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 464-3001
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The latest addition from the Founding Farmers crew is an enormous restaurant in downtown D.C. The food and drink harken back to America’s earliest days, and the parking, like our great nation, is free too. Be on the lookout for the PMI- Parking garage, located in the same building.

7. Green Pig Bistro

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1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 888-1920
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Arlington can be a notoriously bad place for parking on a Friday or Saturday night, but the Green Pig Bistro is here to help. The restaurant offers limited free parking on level P1 of the garage inside their building.

8. Hot N Juicy Crawfish

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2651 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 299-9448
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In a parking pinch? Woodley Park’s Hot N Juicy has free parking in the garage, located in the alley behind the restaurant.

9. MGM National Harbor

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7100 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(844) 346-4664
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Feeling lucky? The MGM Grand Casino opened in December, but it's not just the craps table that's pulling in a crowd. Marcus Samuelson, Jose Andres, and Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are the big names behind new restaurants located here. You'll likely need a car to visit MGM but luckily parking won't cost you a dime.

10. Panda Gourmet

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2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 636-3588
Some of the best Chinese food in the city is located in a Days Inn hotel off New York Avenue, just before the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Parking is also free and easy in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.

11. Rural Society

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1177 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 587-2629
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Rural Society is an Argentine steakhouse, tucked inside the Loews Hotel. As an extension of the hotel hospitality, diners get free and validated parking if you self-park in the garage on 15th Street NW.

12. Sfoglina

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4445 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington
D.C., 20008
(202) 450-1312
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Sfoglina is the come-as-you-are option from chef Fabio Trabocchi, and the parking is come-as-you-are too. The garage beneath the restaurant validates for two hours.

13. Surfside

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2444 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 380-9353
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Fresh fish tacos never seem to go out of season here at Surfside. Free parking has always hung around too. Park it at the surface lot located across the street from Surfside on 37th Street NW.

14. Sushiko

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5455 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 961-1644
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Friendship Heights is no stranger to good sushi. Sushiko, and its restaurant within a restaurant, Kōbō, both come with two hours of free parking. After that, it’s just $1 per hour.

1. 1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Complimentary valet parking makes it easy to sample chef Samuel Kim’s tasting menu options.
1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

2. Bistro Bis

15 E St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Onion Soup Les Halles always tastes better knowing that your car won’t get a ticket while you dine at Bistro Bis. This downtown spot offers free parking at the garage across the street.
15 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
The local community rallied behind Comet Ping Pong after the #Pizzagate fallout, and here’s one more reason to love this cozy pizza parlor — the restaurant has free parking out back.
5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

4. Convivial

801 O St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
It was one of the hottest restaurants to open last year, and Convivial, which means fondness to feast, also has a fondness for free parking. The garage adjacent to the restaurant validates for two hours.
801 O St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. El Tamarindo

1785 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
No two words conjure up the parking sweats more so than Adams Morgan. But, drivers take note: a free parking lot for El Tamarindo patrons, makes it easy to access Salvadoran staples, like a mouthwatering pupusa.
1785 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Farmers & Distillers

600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The latest addition from the Founding Farmers crew is an enormous restaurant in downtown D.C. The food and drink harken back to America’s earliest days, and the parking, like our great nation, is free too. Be on the lookout for the PMI- Parking garage, located in the same building.
600 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. Green Pig Bistro

1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201
Arlington can be a notoriously bad place for parking on a Friday or Saturday night, but the Green Pig Bistro is here to help. The restaurant offers limited free parking on level P1 of the garage inside their building.
1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201

8. Hot N Juicy Crawfish

2651 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
In a parking pinch? Woodley Park’s Hot N Juicy has free parking in the garage, located in the alley behind the restaurant.
2651 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

9. MGM National Harbor

7100 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Feeling lucky? The MGM Grand Casino opened in December, but it's not just the craps table that's pulling in a crowd. Marcus Samuelson, Jose Andres, and Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are the big names behind new restaurants located here. You'll likely need a car to visit MGM but luckily parking won't cost you a dime.
7100 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

10. Panda Gourmet

2700 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Some of the best Chinese food in the city is located in a Days Inn hotel off New York Avenue, just before the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Parking is also free and easy in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

11. Rural Society

1177 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Rural Society is an Argentine steakhouse, tucked inside the Loews Hotel. As an extension of the hotel hospitality, diners get free and validated parking if you self-park in the garage on 15th Street NW.
1177 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

12. Sfoglina

4445 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20008
Sfoglina is the come-as-you-are option from chef Fabio Trabocchi, and the parking is come-as-you-are too. The garage beneath the restaurant validates for two hours.
4445 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington
D.C., 20008

13. Surfside

2444 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Fresh fish tacos never seem to go out of season here at Surfside. Free parking has always hung around too. Park it at the surface lot located across the street from Surfside on 37th Street NW.
2444 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

14. Sushiko

5455 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Friendship Heights is no stranger to good sushi. Sushiko, and its restaurant within a restaurant, Kōbō, both come with two hours of free parking. After that, it’s just $1 per hour.
5455 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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