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Where to Eat and Drink Near D.C.’s Convention Center

Grab a bite or enjoy a drink in between/after meetings

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Thousands of people traveling to town on business typically find themselves at the cavernous Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Locals might hit up the convention center for annual events like the Washington Auto Show or Awesome Con.

Whether it's a quick bite close by, a casual spot for a sit-down lunch or dinner, or restaurants to host a formal business gathering, these are the best places to eat and drink in the immediate area. The good news for anyone venturing through the area is that adjacent neighborhood, Shaw, remains one of the hottest places in town for restaurants and bars right now.

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Convivial

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Chef Cedric Maupiller's festive, French-American restaurant serves everything from gourmet cheeseburgers to fried chicken "coq au vin."
Go for: A sit-down dinner
Distance from CC: 0.5 miles

Convivial DC burger A gourmet bacon cheeseburger at Convivial. Convivial/Facebook

Maxwell Park

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First-time restaurateur Brent Kroll is an experienced sommelier who can pick out the perfect pour to try from wine regions all around the world. There's plenty of outdoor patio space, and each month the wine bar changes its menu, focusing on fun themes like wines made by women (March's theme) or grapes grown near the sea (April's theme).
Go for: Drinks
Distance from CC: 0.3 miles

Sommelier Brent Kroll
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Espita Mezcaleria

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This homegrown Mexican restaurant is known for its mole dishes, tacos, and mezcal-fueled drinks, as well as a weekend happy hour.
Go for: A sit-down dinner, happy hour drinks
Distance from CC: 0.2 mile

Whole grain breads and pastries are cooked to perfection inside a giant oven that's hard to miss at D.C.'s debut whole grain bakery, mill, and coffee bar. The financiers, or French almond cakes, are impeccable.
Go for: A quick bite or coffee
Distance from CC: 0.3 miles

Seylou DC food Assorted baked goods at Seylou. Wayne L./Yelp

Tiger Fork

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This sleek addition to Blagden Alley specializes in noodle dishes, Asian barbecue, and Hong Kong-style street food. The latest addition is a dim sum brunch available on Saturdays and Sundays.
Go for: A sit-down dinner, drinks
Distance from CC: 0.2 miles

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All-Purpose

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This homey addition from chef Michael Friedman specializes in gourmet pizzas, seasonal cocktails, and Italian-American brunch offerings. The critically acclaimed Shaw restaurant spawned a Navy Yard expansion in 2018.
Go for: A casual lunch, dinner or brunch
Distance from CC: 0.2 miles

Buttercream Bakeshop

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Tiffany MacIsaac gives herself the title of Owner/Pastry Chef/Dishwasher at Buttercream Bakeshop, but she’s best known for creative and delicious pastries — like cinnascones or unicorn bars — and incredibly beautiful cakes.
Go for: Dessert
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

TallBoy

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This laidback bar from the Tin Shop group in the former Smoked & Stacked space revolves around 16-ounce cans of beer, chicken wings, and grilled cheese. Eat and drink here without dropping a ton of cash, with Schlitz, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Narragansett cans at the bar for just $5.
Go for: Drinks and bar food
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

James Beard award-winning chef Jeremiah Langhorne's fiercely popular, Michelin-starred restaurant focuses on carefully sourced, Mid-Atlantic fare cooked over a wood-fired hearth. If dinner reservations prove elusive, try to land a seat at its first-come, first-serve wine bar, Dabney Cellar, which offers small bites in a cozy basement.
Go for: A sit-down dinner (with advance preparation), drinks
Distance from CC: 0.2 miles

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne
Chef Jeremiah Langhorne
Dabney [official]

This indoor-outdoor bar is tucked into an alley and tough to spot (look for a tall wooden fence). There's a heated patio bar inside, as well as a kitchen that pumps out happy hour snacks including fried eggplant and hoagies.
Go for: A quick bite or happy hour
Distance from CC: 0.2 miles

Calico DC patio The patio at Calico. Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Unconventional Diner

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Central chef David Deshaies raises eyebrows by applying classic French technique to American-style diner food. Think a haute take on meatloaf served in a spicy Sriracha glaze, or mini-pot pie poppers that explode with flavor. Looking for something simpler? The pastry counter opens early each morning and serves breakfast sandwiches to go, along with croissants and coffee.
Go for: A sit-down lunch or dinner, a quick bite at breakfast
Distance from CC: 0.1 miles

Unconventional Diner Gourmet meatloaf at Unconventional Diner. Unconventional Diner/Facebook

Corduroy

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Corduroy is chef Tom Power's flagship restaurant, a long-running fixture in the neighborhood. Seasonal ingredients go into dishes like lobster carpaccio with drawn butter or roast and confit Pennsylvania chicken with maitake mushrooms.

Go for: A business dinner
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

Corduroy DC food Salmon over rice at Corduroy. Cyndy K./Yelp

Cocktail guru David Strauss runs a bar that's airy, bright, and reasonably priced. Most specialty drinks run about $12, and it's a great place to order riffs off classic cocktails, like a mint julep or Negroni. In past years, the Morris has hosted a seasonal patio with boozy snowcones.
Go for: Drinks
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

Morris DC david strauss Morris co-founder David Strauss mixing drinks at his latest bar. Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Compass Coffee (Multiple locations)

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This local chain has a location in the grand lobby of the convention center that’s perfect for a quick breakfast or a caffeine fix. A favorite specialty drink is the hazelnut latte.
Go for: A quick bite or coffee
Distance from CC: In the grand lobby

Compass Coffee DC crowd Customers lined up at a Compass Coffee shop. Compass Coffee/Facebook

@1015 Bar and Lounge

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Blow off some steam after a day of meetings at 1015 Bar and Lounge, which opened in February 2019 as the neighborhood’s hookah destination. The new bar also serves Southern comfort food, including Cajun blackened salmon and lobster mac and cheese.
Go for: Drinks, snacks, and hookah
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

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Kinship

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James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Eric Ziebold works two restaurants into one space: An intimate, Michelin-starred tasting menu spot called Metier on the lower level, and a la carte, Michelin-starred dining room, Kinship, up above.
Go for: A business dinner
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

Kinship DC food A lobster dish at Kinship. Kinship/Facebook

Poca Madre

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Chef Victor Albisu has transformed South American steakhouse Del Campo into Poca Madre, an upscale Mexican restaurant with photos of Frida Kahlo on the walls and greenery everywhere. Start with mezcal cocktails and order a shareable pato al pastor (slow roasted Long Island duck served with pineapple, onions, cilantro, and corn tortillas) for the table.

Go for: A sit-down dinner
Distance from CC: 0.2 miles

Convivial

Convivial DC burger A gourmet bacon cheeseburger at Convivial. Convivial/Facebook

Chef Cedric Maupiller's festive, French-American restaurant serves everything from gourmet cheeseburgers to fried chicken "coq au vin."
Go for: A sit-down dinner
Distance from CC: 0.5 miles

Convivial DC burger A gourmet bacon cheeseburger at Convivial. Convivial/Facebook

Maxwell Park

Sommelier Brent Kroll
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

First-time restaurateur Brent Kroll is an experienced sommelier who can pick out the perfect pour to try from wine regions all around the world. There's plenty of outdoor patio space, and each month the wine bar changes its menu, focusing on fun themes like wines made by women (March's theme) or grapes grown near the sea (April's theme).
Go for: Drinks
Distance from CC: 0.3 miles

Sommelier Brent Kroll
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Espita Mezcaleria

This homegrown Mexican restaurant is known for its mole dishes, tacos, and mezcal-fueled drinks, as well as a weekend happy hour.
Go for: A sit-down dinner, happy hour drinks
Distance from CC: 0.2 mile

Seylou

Seylou DC food Assorted baked goods at Seylou. Wayne L./Yelp

Whole grain breads and pastries are cooked to perfection inside a giant oven that's hard to miss at D.C.'s debut whole grain bakery, mill, and coffee bar. The financiers, or French almond cakes, are impeccable.
Go for: A quick bite or coffee
Distance from CC: 0.3 miles

Seylou DC food Assorted baked goods at Seylou. Wayne L./Yelp

Tiger Fork

Scott Suchman/Courtesy of Tiger Fork

This sleek addition to Blagden Alley specializes in noodle dishes, Asian barbecue, and Hong Kong-style street food. The latest addition is a dim sum brunch available on Saturdays and Sundays.
Go for: A sit-down dinner, drinks
Distance from CC: 0.2 miles

Scott Suchman/Courtesy of Tiger Fork

All-Purpose

This homey addition from chef Michael Friedman specializes in gourmet pizzas, seasonal cocktails, and Italian-American brunch offerings. The critically acclaimed Shaw restaurant spawned a Navy Yard expansion in 2018.
Go for: A casual lunch, dinner or brunch
Distance from CC: 0.2 miles

Buttercream Bakeshop

Tiffany MacIsaac gives herself the title of Owner/Pastry Chef/Dishwasher at Buttercream Bakeshop, but she’s best known for creative and delicious pastries — like cinnascones or unicorn bars — and incredibly beautiful cakes.
Go for: Dessert
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

TallBoy

This laidback bar from the Tin Shop group in the former Smoked & Stacked space revolves around 16-ounce cans of beer, chicken wings, and grilled cheese. Eat and drink here without dropping a ton of cash, with Schlitz, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Narragansett cans at the bar for just $5.
Go for: Drinks and bar food
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

Dabney

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne
Chef Jeremiah Langhorne
Dabney [official]

James Beard award-winning chef Jeremiah Langhorne's fiercely popular, Michelin-starred restaurant focuses on carefully sourced, Mid-Atlantic fare cooked over a wood-fired hearth. If dinner reservations prove elusive, try to land a seat at its first-come, first-serve wine bar, Dabney Cellar, which offers small bites in a cozy basement.
Go for: A sit-down dinner (with advance preparation), drinks
Distance from CC: 0.2 miles

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne
Chef Jeremiah Langhorne
Dabney [official]

Calico

Calico DC patio The patio at Calico. Rey Lopez/Eater DC

This indoor-outdoor bar is tucked into an alley and tough to spot (look for a tall wooden fence). There's a heated patio bar inside, as well as a kitchen that pumps out happy hour snacks including fried eggplant and hoagies.
Go for: A quick bite or happy hour
Distance from CC: 0.2 miles

Calico DC patio The patio at Calico. Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Unconventional Diner

Unconventional Diner Gourmet meatloaf at Unconventional Diner. Unconventional Diner/Facebook

Central chef David Deshaies raises eyebrows by applying classic French technique to American-style diner food. Think a haute take on meatloaf served in a spicy Sriracha glaze, or mini-pot pie poppers that explode with flavor. Looking for something simpler? The pastry counter opens early each morning and serves breakfast sandwiches to go, along with croissants and coffee.
Go for: A sit-down lunch or dinner, a quick bite at breakfast
Distance from CC: 0.1 miles

Unconventional Diner Gourmet meatloaf at Unconventional Diner. Unconventional Diner/Facebook

Corduroy

Corduroy DC food Salmon over rice at Corduroy. Cyndy K./Yelp

Corduroy is chef Tom Power's flagship restaurant, a long-running fixture in the neighborhood. Seasonal ingredients go into dishes like lobster carpaccio with drawn butter or roast and confit Pennsylvania chicken with maitake mushrooms.

Go for: A business dinner
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

Corduroy DC food Salmon over rice at Corduroy. Cyndy K./Yelp

Morris

Morris DC david strauss Morris co-founder David Strauss mixing drinks at his latest bar. Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Cocktail guru David Strauss runs a bar that's airy, bright, and reasonably priced. Most specialty drinks run about $12, and it's a great place to order riffs off classic cocktails, like a mint julep or Negroni. In past years, the Morris has hosted a seasonal patio with boozy snowcones.
Go for: Drinks
Distance from CC: 0.1 mile

Morris DC david strauss Morris co-founder David Strauss mixing drinks at his latest bar. Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Compass Coffee (Multiple locations)

Compass Coffee DC crowd Customers lined up at a Compass Coffee shop. Compass Coffee/Facebook

This local chain has a location in the grand lobby of the convention center that’s perfect for a quick breakfast or a caffeine fix. A favorite specialty drink is the hazelnut latte.
Go for: A quick bite or coffee
Distance from CC: In the grand lobby

Compass Coffee DC crowd Customers lined up at a Compass Coffee shop. Compass Coffee/Facebook

@1015 Bar and Lounge