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Where to Dine Near Verizon Center Without A Reservation

Didn't plan ahead before the Caps game? No problem.

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| R. Lopez

Tonight is the first Wizards' game, and dining out near Chinatown at the last minute can be a hassle, especially during peak times such as weekends before Verizon Center sporting events, concerts, or the downtown holiday market.

Tables at many of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants, like Rasika or Oyamel, can book up days or even weeks in advance; most of the additions in the new CityCenter development nearby require a reservation or fill up quickly as well. And while fast-casual options, from Taylor Gourmet to Luke's Lobster, are plentiful, they don't always fit the bill for a night out. Thankfully, there are a number of options for savvy diners who know where to look, ranging from quick and cheap to a more substantial meal.

From no reservation spots to more off-the-radar locations, here are some good bets for getting a table in and around this busy neighborhood without too much hassle or waiting around. This map has been updated with some new choices, especially in the ramen department. We've also highlighted a few of the better fast-casual options, from Nando's Peri-Peri (good happy hour) to the newest &pizza (now with booze). Need another strategy? Try the bar and lounge areas at places like Hill Country, Penn Commons, Del CampoThe Source, or the new Dirty Habit (though they fill up quickly during peak happy hour times).

Have a favorite last-minute spot for when the neighborhood gets crowded? Share it in the comments.

—Updated by Missy Frederick and Tierney Plumb

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Daikaya Ramen Shop

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705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Reservations aren’t accepted here, so it’s a viable option for ramen lovers who don’t mind waiting in line for a quick, inexpensive meal. The upstairs izakaya is a possible spot to grab a drink (and even some food) in the meantime.

2. District of Pi

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910 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-5484
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The menu at this lively pizzeria centers around deep dish pies and an extensive list of rotating craft beers on draft. Try the Bucktown – a mix of mozzarella, roasted chicken, artichoke, red peppers, green olive, red onion, feta and sun-dried tomato. There are also thin-crust option for all the deep-dish skeptics. And don’t overlook appetizers, especially the pork and beef meatballs.
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3. Flight Wine Bar

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777 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 864-6445
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This restaurant is the place to go to spend a meal lingering over a wine flight and a menu featuring pastas and dishes from chef Brendan Mahon.

4. High Velocity

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901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
This sleek sports bar inside the Marriott Marquis keeps 48 beers on tap and serves more upscale takes on pub food like sliders, wings, and sandwiches. They also have several varieties of Moscow Mules.
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5. Nando's PERi-PERi

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819 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 898-1225
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Nandos is a reliable and quick option serving up succulent grilled chicken and a variety of tasty sides. The happy hour is an ideal pre-game meet up and includes discounted beers and sangria pitchers.
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6. New Big Wong

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610 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 628-0491
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Finding a solid Chinese restaurant in Chinatown can be a challenge, but this restaurant stays open late and is known for being a favorite hangout of chefs around town.

7. Shake Shack

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800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 800-9930
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The tasty burgers and concretes at this NYC export have amassed quite a following, and this location has enough seating to accommodate the crowds. Beer and wine is available too.

8. Teaism

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400 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 638-6010
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The Penn Quarter location of this local teahouse and restaurant is an ideal place for a light meal. The Asian-inspired dishes include udon noodles, Indian palak paneer and a selection of bento boxes. As a bonus, the restaurant serves beer, wine and cocktails in addition to a large selection of teas.

9. Carmine's

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425 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 737-7770
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Carmine's takes reservations, but given it's one of the largest restaurants in D.C., the likelihood of getting a seat is pretty good. Plus, they've got a large bar area with a solid happy hour. Order some meatballs before the game, and they've even been known to "valet" your leftovers to you afterwards.

10. Wiseguy NY Pizza

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300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-7800
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The seating in Wiseguys is pretty barebones, but it's a great quick option. Plus, they have garlic knots and some of the best pizza by the slice in D.C.
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11. Beef N' Bread

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750 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20091
The team behind pizza experts Wiseguy turned its attention to sandwiches. These are Massachusetts-style beef sandwiches, mostly, and are worth a try for a quick bite.

12. Red Apron Butchery

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 524-5244
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Red Apron has some of the best sandwiches in town. Looking for something more substantial? Peek next door into the Partisan, which is connected to the restaurant, and see if there are seats available at the bar.
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13. &pizza

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1005 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-5056
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The latest joint from the hip pizza parlor team opened recently and has its most extensive bar yet.

14. Bantam King

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501 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 733-2612
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In Eater's experience, this new sister restaurant to Daikaya has proven to have even shorter lines than the neighborhood's original ramen haunt. Find fried chicken and chicken ramen here in a playful atmosphere.
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15. HipCityVeg

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712 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 621-8057
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Vegetarians can try this new Philadelphia-based transplant and get some comfort food before a game.
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16. Reren Lamen & Bar

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817 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 290-3677
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See the Chinese version of ramen at this new addition to Chinatown.
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1. Daikaya Ramen Shop

705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Reservations aren’t accepted here, so it’s a viable option for ramen lovers who don’t mind waiting in line for a quick, inexpensive meal. The upstairs izakaya is a possible spot to grab a drink (and even some food) in the meantime.
705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. District of Pi

910 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Official
The menu at this lively pizzeria centers around deep dish pies and an extensive list of rotating craft beers on draft. Try the Bucktown – a mix of mozzarella, roasted chicken, artichoke, red peppers, green olive, red onion, feta and sun-dried tomato. There are also thin-crust option for all the deep-dish skeptics. And don’t overlook appetizers, especially the pork and beef meatballs.
910 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

3. Flight Wine Bar

777 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
This restaurant is the place to go to spend a meal lingering over a wine flight and a menu featuring pastas and dishes from chef Brendan Mahon.
777 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. High Velocity

901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Official
This sleek sports bar inside the Marriott Marquis keeps 48 beers on tap and serves more upscale takes on pub food like sliders, wings, and sandwiches. They also have several varieties of Moscow Mules.
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Nando's PERi-PERi

819 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Official
Nandos is a reliable and quick option serving up succulent grilled chicken and a variety of tasty sides. The happy hour is an ideal pre-game meet up and includes discounted beers and sangria pitchers.
819 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. New Big Wong

610 H St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Finding a solid Chinese restaurant in Chinatown can be a challenge, but this restaurant stays open late and is known for being a favorite hangout of chefs around town.
610 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. Shake Shack

800 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
The tasty burgers and concretes at this NYC export have amassed quite a following, and this location has enough seating to accommodate the crowds. Beer and wine is available too.
800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8. Teaism

400 8th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
The Penn Quarter location of this local teahouse and restaurant is an ideal place for a light meal. The Asian-inspired dishes include udon noodles, Indian palak paneer and a selection of bento boxes. As a bonus, the restaurant serves beer, wine and cocktails in addition to a large selection of teas.
400 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

9. Carmine's

425 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Carmine's takes reservations, but given it's one of the largest restaurants in D.C., the likelihood of getting a seat is pretty good. Plus, they've got a large bar area with a solid happy hour. Order some meatballs before the game, and they've even been known to "valet" your leftovers to you afterwards.
425 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

10. Wiseguy NY Pizza

300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Official
The seating in Wiseguys is pretty barebones, but it's a great quick option. Plus, they have garlic knots and some of the best pizza by the slice in D.C.
300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Beef N' Bread

750 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20091
The team behind pizza experts Wiseguy turned its attention to sandwiches. These are Massachusetts-style beef sandwiches, mostly, and are worth a try for a quick bite.
750 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20091

12. Red Apron Butchery

709 D St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Official
Red Apron has some of the best sandwiches in town. Looking for something more substantial? Peek next door into the Partisan, which is connected to the restaurant, and see if there are seats available at the bar.
709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

13. &pizza

1005 E St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
The latest joint from the hip pizza parlor team opened recently and has its most extensive bar yet.
1005 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

14. Bantam King

501 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Farrah Skeiky/Official
In Eater's experience, this new sister restaurant to Daikaya has proven to have even shorter lines than the neighborhood's original ramen haunt. Find fried chicken and chicken ramen here in a playful atmosphere.
501 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

15. HipCityVeg

712 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Official
Vegetarians can try this new Philadelphia-based transplant and get some comfort food before a game.
712 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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16. Reren Lamen & Bar

817 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Official
See the Chinese version of ramen at this new addition to Chinatown.
817 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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