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The Vox DC Lunch and Happy Hour Map

Where to eat near the office

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Workers in the Vox D.C. office may find themselves thinking, “Where should I go for lunch today that isn’t Chop’t?” or alternately, “Where can I get a quick drink after work that isn’t the Vox kitchen?” Eater editors and Vox staffers have cobbled together some solid lunch choices and fun drinks places near the office, for both employees to remember and visitors to our offices in D.C. to keep in mind. Have another favorite? Email missy@eater.com about getting it added to the map.

Updated March 2018.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bistrot Du Coin

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1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6969
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An option for a glass of French wine during happy hour. Find mussel pots and other French classics.

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2. Mission

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1606 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 525-2010
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Two draws here: a happy hour with a roster of specials (discounted beers, tequila shots, guacamole, margaritas, etc.) and a spacious patio.

3. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1624 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 462-4265
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A favorite for oysters, lobster rolls, and more, this is great for a nice sit-down lunch or a place for happy hour drinks.

4. Beefsteak

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1528 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 986-7597
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Jose Andres’ first fast-casual restaurant is great for vegetarians.

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5. Sweetgreen

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1512 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 387-9338
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The DC-based salad chain that is now taking over the world. Sweetgreen emphasizes local ingredients — expect a fancier and slightly more expensive salad than at nearby Chop’t.

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6. Duke's Grocery

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6230, 1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 733-5623
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This casual, London-influenced restaurant and bar is a place for a sit-down lunch or drink after work. The burger is among the city’s most-praised.

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7. Sushi Taro

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1503 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 462-8999
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Lunch specials, while not dirt-cheap, are a more affordable way to experience this destination sushi restaurant. Happy Hour can draw lines before 5:30 p.m. There’s a reason for that: it’s half priced sushi and drinks until 7, and there are only 11 seats at the bar.

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8. Urbana

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2121 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 956-6650
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This Italian-leaning Kimpton restaurant has a terrific happy hour and a cute, if small, patio.

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9. Nazca Mochica

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1633 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 733-3170
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Where to go for a pisco sour after work. Happy hour runs 5-7 p.m.

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10. Pizzeria Paradiso

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2003 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-1245
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DC’s pizza scene has exploded since, but Pizzeria Paradiso was one of the originals for Neapolitan-style pies. The Atomica remains a great choice. But this location of the restaurant really stands out for its creative beer list.

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11. The Big Hunt

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1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-2333
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Big Hunt is insane on the weekend, but the owners here do take beer seriously so it’s a great place for a weeknight drink. They’ve got a bunch of local beer on tap here, too.

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12. Galley Cafe

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1625 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 939-0263

A holdover favorite for those who worked in the office before the current one, this is a haunt for sandwiches and bibimbap. Ask slackbot about it.

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13. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 861-1310
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Perhaps a little bit of a hike for lunch purposes, but Firefly is a nice spot for a post-work cocktail. Find comfort food bar snacks and discounts at happy hour.

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14. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-1277
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This restaurant isn’t what it used to be in its glory days, but visitors here can still find a classy happy hour, a beautiful patio, and some well-made classic cocktails.

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15. Surfside

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1800 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-1830
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Another regular haunt of the Slack lunch room, this taco stand is open 24-hours (seating is minimal and all outdoors, as a note).

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16. Iron Gate Restaurant

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1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 524-5202
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One of the most beautiful restaurants in the city has classy cocktails, a gorgeous patio, an interesting wine list, and Greek and Italian-influenced dishes during lunch.

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17. CF Folks Restaurant

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1225 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-0162
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This restaurant has been serving up specials and sandwiches downtown for decades, and won a James Beard American Classics award in 2013.

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18. Cava Grill

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1222 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 370-6636
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Those who hover in the Vox DC lunch Slack room will see Cava mentioned perhaps more frequently than any other lunch choice. Find fast-casual, sometimes-healthy Mediterranean options here, courtesy of this rapidly-expanding local concept.

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19. The Lucky Bar

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1221 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-3733
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Lucky Bar is, well, your average bar. But it draws in sports fans and Vox staffers alike, particularly because of its uber-proximity to the office. Soccer fans can find a home here.

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20. St. Arnold's Mussel Bar

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1827 Jefferson Pl NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-1321
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This bar has a great happy hour deal: on weekdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., get $10 mussels and frites, half price wings/onion rings and $1 off drafts.

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21. The Well Dressed Burrito

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1220 19th St NW
Washington, DC 22036
(202) 293-0515

Well Dressed is a hole in the wall, located in a nondescript alley. When it comes to the food, don’t miss their enchiladas, cinnamon chips or their daily specials. The prices are very reasonable, too -- though it’s only open from 11:45 to 2:15 on weekdays, so the lines can be long.

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22. Sauf Haus Bier Hall

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1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-3355
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Sauf Haus is a destination for German beer fans and those who love indoor/outdoor patios (theirs is upstairs).

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23. Shake Shack - Dupont Circle

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1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 683-9921
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It’s Shake Shack. Right across the street. No more details needed.

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24. Nando's Peri-Peri

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1210 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 621-8603
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This South African Peruvian chicken chain chose DC as its point of invasion when it expanded to the United States. The chicken is pretty good! An option for take-out or dine-in (there are sangria specials at happy hour).

25. Taylor Gourmet

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1200 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 775-2005
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Taylor Gourmet is the place for Philly-style hoagies, with a ton of varieties from which to choose.

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26. Yafa Grille

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1205 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 750-6689
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One Vox staffer describes this place as follows: “It’s way more satisfying than Cava -- with shorter lines! The garlic cream spread and shata are like crack, honestly.”

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27. Bub and Pop's

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1815 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 457-1111
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Sandwiches with high-quality ingredients, nice soups, homey atmosphere. They serve breakfast, too.

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28. Tredici Enoteca

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2033 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 888-2899
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This hotel recently renovated its restaurant with a fancy new patio.

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29. OKI Bowl DC & Sake

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1817 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 750-6703
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There is ramen within walking distance of the office. These guys tend to play with more unusual ramens vs traditional.

30. Boqueria

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1837 M Street, N.W
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 552-0392
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Boqueria doesn’t get the attention that competitors Jaleo and Estadio get (doesn’t help that it’s a a New York transplant) but it really is a good choice for authentic tapas. There’s also a cheap (and busy) happy hour and a $15-for-three-tapas lunch deal.

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31. District Taco- Dupont

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1919 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 888-9898
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A nice, quick and convenient addition to the neighborhood. Plus, they serve breakfast tacos.

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32. Greek Deli & Catering

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1120 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-2111
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Greek Deli has been around since 1990, and its chicken-lemon avegolemono soup is stuff of legend. Greek Deli also has a hot breakfast, souvlaki, falafel, and gyro sandwiches, and Greek specialties such as moussaka and spanakopita.

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33. Wawa

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1111 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 869-2286
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The Jersey convenience store chain now has an outpost in DC and crowds have flocked there for hoagies and soft pretzels.

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34. Recessions Bar and Grill

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1823 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-6686
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It takes a certain type of sensibility to love Recessions, which visitors reach by going downstairs and walking down a creepy hallway. The bar has carpet, for one thing. But the dive also has cheap drinks, karaoke, and a weird vibe all its own.

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1. Bistrot Du Coin

1738 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Bistro du Coin
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An option for a glass of French wine during happy hour. Find mussel pots and other French classics.

1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Mission

1606 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Two draws here: a happy hour with a roster of specials (discounted beers, tequila shots, guacamole, margaritas, etc.) and a spacious patio.

1606 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Hank's Oyster Bar

1624 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009

A favorite for oysters, lobster rolls, and more, this is great for a nice sit-down lunch or a place for happy hour drinks.

1624 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Beefsteak

1528 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Beefsteak
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Jose Andres’ first fast-casual restaurant is great for vegetarians.

1528 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. Sweetgreen

1512 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Sweetgreen
Sweetgreen/Facebook

The DC-based salad chain that is now taking over the world. Sweetgreen emphasizes local ingredients — expect a fancier and slightly more expensive salad than at nearby Chop’t.

1512 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Duke's Grocery

6230, 1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Duke's Grocery DC food
Duke’s Grocery
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This casual, London-influenced restaurant and bar is a place for a sit-down lunch or drink after work. The burger is among the city’s most-praised.

6230, 1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. Sushi Taro

1503 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Sushi Taro
R. Lopez/Eater

Lunch specials, while not dirt-cheap, are a more affordable way to experience this destination sushi restaurant. Happy Hour can draw lines before 5:30 p.m. There’s a reason for that: it’s half priced sushi and drinks until 7, and there are only 11 seats at the bar.

1503 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

8. Urbana

2121 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Urbana
Urbana

This Italian-leaning Kimpton restaurant has a terrific happy hour and a cute, if small, patio.

2121 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037

9. Nazca Mochica

1633 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Nazca Mochica
Nazca Mochica/Facebook

Where to go for a pisco sour after work. Happy hour runs 5-7 p.m.

1633 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

10. Pizzeria Paradiso

2003 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Pizza from Pizzeria Paradiso
Pizzeria Paradiso/Facebook

DC’s pizza scene has exploded since, but Pizzeria Paradiso was one of the originals for Neapolitan-style pies. The Atomica remains a great choice. But this location of the restaurant really stands out for its creative beer list.

2003 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. The Big Hunt

1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
The Big Hunt
The Big Hunt/Facebook

Big Hunt is insane on the weekend, but the owners here do take beer seriously so it’s a great place for a weeknight drink. They’ve got a bunch of local beer on tap here, too.

1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

12. Galley Cafe

1625 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008