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Heavily spiced, grilled nyama choma is one of the highlights at Swahili Village.
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15 Outstanding D.C. Restaurants That Open on Mondays

Where to find Afghan dumplings, Spanish tapas, and all-day happy hours when many restaurants stay closed

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Heavily spiced, grilled nyama choma is one of the highlights at Swahili Village.
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Restaurant industry hours don’t follow a typical 9-to-5 schedule. The busiest days are weekends, when white collar workers take off, so many eating and drinking establishments shut down on Mondays to allow employees to recover from Saturday and Sunday shifts. There are always exceptions to the rule, of course. These 15 places welcome Monday diners in for a taste of Kenyan grilled beef, martini flights, tapas, modern diner fare, and more.

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1. Brookland Pint

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716 Monroe St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 758-2757
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Brookland’s casual American eatery, known for its terrific burgers and domestic brews, has Monday hours from 5 p.m. to midnight, with food until 10 p.m. Owner John Andrade’s beloved barbecue spot Smoke & Barrel is also open on Mondays in Adams Morgan starting at 5 p.m. It’s got a surprisingly solid list of smoked vegan options, like a pork roll and smoked, soy-based wings.

2. Lapis

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1847 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-9630
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This modern Afghan bistro located in the heart of Adams Morgan opens for lunch and dinner on Mondays. Lapis’s menu offers plenty of grilled meat, but it’s also a vegan and vegetarian-friendly spot, offering dishes like baked eggplant and gulpee, a cauliflower dish cooked in spiced tomato sauce and finished with fresh cilantro. Lapis opens daily at 11 a.m.

Tim’s review of Lapis for Dining column for Feb. 21
Lamb chops from Lapis
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3. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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This bustling 14th Street brasserie is known as a power dining destination for Washington’s political set. But it’s also an everyday stop where vistors can walk in and grab a baguette to go. Le Diplomate’s doors open promptly at noon and stay open until 11 p.m. for French onion soup, foie gras, cheeseburgers, and steak frites.

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4. Commissary

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1443 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 299-0018
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This casual, all-day spot feels a little like Logan Circle’s living room with seating that includes indoor and outdoor tables, comfortable couches, and workstation-style desks. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are a reflection of this anytime approach. From breakfast sandwiches to wedge salads, hearty pizzas, and pasta dishes, there’s something for everyone (including a kids’ menu). Commissary is open daily from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

5. Chiko (Multiple locations)

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2029 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-3040
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Chinese and Korean cuisine fill up the menu at one of D.C.’s favorite counter-service spots, with Chiko locations in Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, and Bethesda. Each one is open on Mondays, but opening times vary by location. One must-order dish is the soy-glazed brisket with a poached egg. It’s been on the menu since day one.

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Chiko’s soy-glazed brisket is a must-order.
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6. Chaplin's Restaurant

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1501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 644-8806
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Shaw’s beloved ramen house and cocktail bar is open on Mondays. The bar is a top pick for industry regulars, and its kitchen closes at 11 p.m. A daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. shaves half off draft cocktails, beer, and wine. Up the street, sister spot Zeppelin Restaurant & Bar is a prime pick for sushi and yakitori. Daily happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

7. Unconventional Diner

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1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-0122
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For brunch on a Mondays, Unconventional Diner offers slightly upscale takes on classic American dishes like buttermilk pancakes and French toast. Dining room hours extend from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with brunch available until 4 p.m. Dishes like avocado toast and everything lox stick around for dinner, too.

8. Swahili Village - The Consulate DC

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1990 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 758-3384
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This basement restaurant focusing on Kenyan food and other African staples is nicknamed “the Consulate” because it attracts embassy staffers from Kenya and West African nations. It’s also open late (until 2 a.m.), making for a reliable Monday night option when many other options are closed. Platters come filled with marinated, grilled beef and chicken, plus sides of collard greens, spinach cooked in coconut milk, and corn-based fufu. Opens daily at 11 a.m. Swahili Village plans to open restaurants in Tyson’s Corner later this year.

Swahili Village chef-owner Kevin Onyona Swahili Village [official]

9. Taberna del Alabardero

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1776 I Street Northwest Entrance on 18th between H and, I St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 429-2200
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This opulent Spanish dining room downtown makes visitors feel as if they’ve been whisked away to Madrid. From tapas to paella, this dining room stays open on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for snacking at the bar, plus lunch or dinner.

Taberna del Alabardero

10. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 838-9972
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Over on H Steet NE, Erik Bruner-Yang’s well-known Taiwanese and Cambodian cafe opens at 7 a.m. on Mondays. The multi-tiered space caters to many needs with different environments, including a cafe, outdoor courtyard, and dining room and bar, making it a reliable place to meet for coffee and pastries, breakfast, lunch, or dinner on a Monday. Try steamed bao, fried dough sticks with soy milk for dipping, a large plate of wok-fried noodles with pork barbecue, or fried chicken served in a five-spice sauce.

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11. Zaytinya

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701 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0800
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When workers return to the office, Chinatown can once again be expected to fill up. Zaytina, the Mediterranean restaurant from chef José Andrés, is a local favorite for a working lunch or after-work dinner to cap the day. There are family-style options for dinner, including whole fish, lamb shoulder, and meze spreads. Open on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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12. Café Riggs

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900 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-1800
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Penn Quarter’s opulent hotel brasserie manned by Eater Young Gun Patrick Curran (‘16) offers full dinner service on Mondays. A new Martini Monday offering includes dirty (olive-infused Ketel One), espresso, and Tanqueray varieties for $12 each, or opt for a tiny trio for $24. Its Champagne-and-oyster Monday special will return in the spring.

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Café Riggs offers a new Martini Monday flight for $24.
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13. Ambar Capitol Hill

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523 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 813-3039
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Balkan cuisine is available at lunch and dinner on Mondays at Ambar on Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row. Lunch runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. and the dinner service starts at 4 p.m. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. That menu includes small bites like kebabs ($7), an Ambar old fashioned with plum rakia ($7) and Balkan wines ($6 per glass). There are also locations in Clarendon (and Belgrade, Serbia).

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14. The Roost

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

This Capitol Hill food hall managed by Neighborhood Restaurant Group is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — all accessible via QR code ordering —on Mondays. Early-in-the-day options include coffee and pastries from Cameo, exceptional New York-style pizza from Slice Joint, and healthy, Euro-themed salads, toasts, and bowls from Leni. Later on, there are Red Apron burgers, sushi from Ako, tacos from Hi/Fi, dumplings from Yoko & Kota, and a beer garden at Shelter. Some vendors open as early as 8 a.m.

Plain cheese slices from Slice Joint at the Roost food hall
Plain cheese slices from Slice Joint at the Roost food hall
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15. GATSBY

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1201 Half St SE Suite #205
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 817-3005
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This updated diner serves blue-plate specials throughout the work week, including fried chicken on Mondays. The dining room is open for lunch and dinner service, and the bar serves a $6 whiskey highball at its all-day happy hour (11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Other options include a vegan Caesar, Greek omelets, fried Monte Cristo sandwiches, and sides of brisket poutine.

A vegan Caesar salad from Gatsby
A vegan Caesar salad is packed with romaine, brussels, kale, corn, avocado, and tortilla strips. 
Rey Lopez/Gatsby

1. Brookland Pint

716 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Brookland’s casual American eatery, known for its terrific burgers and domestic brews, has Monday hours from 5 p.m. to midnight, with food until 10 p.m. Owner John Andrade’s beloved barbecue spot Smoke & Barrel is also open on Mondays in Adams Morgan starting at 5 p.m. It’s got a surprisingly solid list of smoked vegan options, like a pork roll and smoked, soy-based wings.

716 Monroe St NE
Washington, DC 20017

2. Lapis

1847 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
Tim’s review of Lapis for Dining column for Feb. 21
Lamb chops from Lapis
Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

This modern Afghan bistro located in the heart of Adams Morgan opens for lunch and dinner on Mondays. Lapis’s menu offers plenty of grilled meat, but it’s also a vegan and vegetarian-friendly spot, offering dishes like baked eggplant and gulpee, a cauliflower dish cooked in spiced tomato sauce and finished with fresh cilantro. Lapis opens daily at 11 a.m.

1847 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
WASHINGTON, DC-MAY29: The cheeseburger at Le Diplomate in Washi Getty Images

This bustling 14th Street brasserie is known as a power dining destination for Washington’s political set. But it’s also an everyday stop where vistors can walk in and grab a baguette to go. Le Diplomate’s doors open promptly at noon and stay open until 11 p.m. for French onion soup, foie gras, cheeseburgers, and steak frites.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Commissary

1443 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

This casual, all-day spot feels a little like Logan Circle’s living room with seating that includes indoor and outdoor tables, comfortable couches, and workstation-style desks. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are a reflection of this anytime approach. From breakfast sandwiches to wedge salads, hearty pizzas, and pasta dishes, there’s something for everyone (including a kids’ menu). Commissary is open daily from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

1443 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

5. Chiko (Multiple locations)

2029 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Chiko brisket high res
Chiko’s soy-glazed brisket is a must-order.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Chinese and Korean cuisine fill up the menu at one of D.C.’s favorite counter-service spots, with Chiko locations in Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, and Bethesda. Each one is open on Mondays, but opening times vary by location. One must-order dish is the soy-glazed brisket with a poached egg. It’s been on the menu since day one.

2029 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Chaplin's Restaurant

1501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Shaw’s beloved ramen house and cocktail bar is open on Mondays. The bar is a top pick for industry regulars, and its kitchen closes at 11 p.m. A daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. shaves half off draft cocktails, beer, and wine. Up the street, sister spot Zeppelin Restaurant & Bar is a prime pick for sushi and yakitori. Daily happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

1501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Unconventional Diner

1207 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

For brunch on a Mondays, Unconventional Diner offers slightly upscale takes on classic American dishes like buttermilk pancakes and French toast. Dining room hours extend from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with brunch available until 4 p.m. Dishes like avocado toast and everything lox stick around for dinner, too.

1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Swahili Village - The Consulate DC

1990 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Swahili Village chef-owner Kevin Onyona Swahili Village [official]

This basement restaurant focusing on Kenyan food and other African staples is nicknamed “the Consulate” because it attracts embassy staffers from Kenya and West African nations. It’s also open late (until 2 a.m.), making for a reliable Monday night option when many other options are closed. Platters come filled with marinated, grilled beef and chicken, plus sides of collard greens, spinach cooked in coconut milk, and corn-based fufu. Opens daily at 11 a.m. Swahili Village plans to open restaurants in Tyson’s Corner later this year.

1990 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. Taberna del Alabardero

1776 I Street Northwest Entrance on 18th between H and, I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Taberna del Alabardero

This opulent Spanish dining room downtown makes visitors feel as if they’ve been whisked away to Madrid. From tapas to paella, this dining room stays open on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for snacking at the bar, plus lunch or dinner.

1776 I Street Northwest Entrance on 18th between H and, I St NW
Washington, DC 20006

10. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Best American Food Cities: DC Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Over on H Steet NE, Erik Bruner-Yang’s well-known Taiwanese and Cambodian cafe opens at 7 a.m. on Mondays. The multi-tiered space caters to many needs with different environments, including a cafe, outdoor courtyard, and dining room and bar, making it a reliable place to meet for coffee and pastries, breakfast, lunch, or dinner on a Monday. Try steamed bao, fried dough sticks with soy milk for dipping, a large plate of wok-fried noodles with pork barbecue, or fried chicken served in a five-spice sauce.

1351 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Photo: Zaytinya

When workers return to the office, Chinatown can once again be expected to fill up. Zaytina, the Mediterranean restaurant from chef José Andrés, is a local favorite for a working lunch or after-work dinner to cap the day. There are family-style options for dinner, including whole fish, lamb shoulder, and meze spreads. Open on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

701 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Café Riggs

900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Three martini glasses lined up
Café Riggs offers a new Martini Monday flight for $24.
Cafe Riggs/official photo

Penn Quarter’s opulent hotel brasserie manned by Eater Young Gun Patrick Curran (‘16) offers full dinner service on Mondays. A new Martini Monday offering includes dirty (olive-infused Ketel One), espresso, and Tanqueray varieties for $12 each, or opt for a tiny trio for $24. Its Champagne-and-oyster Monday special will return in the spring.

900 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. Ambar Capitol Hill

523 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Photo: Ambar

Balkan cuisine is available at lunch and dinner on Mondays at Ambar on Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row. Lunch runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. and the dinner service starts at 4 p.m. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. That menu includes small bites like kebabs ($7), an Ambar old fashioned with plum rakia ($7) and Balkan wines ($6 per glass). There are also locations in Clarendon (and Belgrade, Serbia).

523 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. The Roost

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Plain cheese slices from Slice Joint at the Roost food hall
Plain cheese slices from Slice Joint at the Roost food hall
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This Capitol Hill food hall managed by Neighborhood Restaurant Group is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — all accessible via QR code ordering —on Mondays. Early-in-the-day options include coffee and pastries from Cameo, exceptional New York-style pizza from Slice Joint, and healthy, Euro-themed salads, toasts, and bowls from Leni. Later on, there are Red Apron burgers, sushi from Ako, tacos from Hi/Fi, dumplings from Yoko & Kota, and a beer garden at Shelter. Some vendors open as early as 8 a.m.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. GATSBY

1201 Half St SE Suite #205, Washington, DC 20003
A vegan Caesar salad from Gatsby
A vegan Caesar salad is packed with romaine, brussels, kale, corn, avocado, and tortilla strips. 
Rey Lopez/Gatsby

This updated diner serves blue-plate specials throughout the work week, including fried chicken on Mondays. The dining room is open for lunch and dinner service, and the bar serves a $6 whiskey highball at its all-day happy hour (11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Other options include a vegan Caesar, Greek omelets, fried Monte Cristo sandwiches, and sides of brisket poutine.

1201 Half St SE Suite #205
Washington, DC 20003

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