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Local Restaurants

The W&M Washington Center is located two blocks from Dupont Circle,  providing abundant nearby dining options for visitors. 

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Dupont Circle Area

&Pizza: Diverse and customizable pizzas [1215 Connecticut Ave NW]

Au Bon Pain: Pastries [1850 M St NW]

BGR: Burgers [1514 Connecticut Ave NW]

Beefsteak: Veggie and grain bowls [1528 Connecticut Ave NW]

**Brookings Institute Café: Breakfast and lunch [1775 Massachusetts Ave NW]

Buredo: Sushi rolled up in burrito-style seaweed wraps [1213 Connecticut Ave NW]

**Cava: Tapas-style Mediterranean bowls [1222 Connecticut Ave NW]

The Chickery: Fried chicken and comfort-food side dishes [1300 Connecticut Ave NW]

Chipotle: Mexican [19th & M; Connecticut & Q]

Chop’t Creative Salad Company: Salad [N & Connecticut]

Julia's Empanadas: Empanadas, Latino [1221 Connecticut Ave NW]

The Little Beet: Vegetable-focused, gluten-free fare [1212 18th St NW]

McDonalds: American [19th & M]

Noodles & Company: Asian, American, Italian [1140 19th St]

Panera Bread: Sandwiches and salads [1350 Connecticut Ave NW]

Potbelly: Sandwiches [1200 New Hampshire Ave NW]

Pret-a-Manger: Soup and sandwiches [1828 L St NW]

Roti: Mediterranean [1629 K St NW]

**Shake Shack: Burgers and shakes [1216 18th St NW]

Starbucks: Coffee and pastries [1501 Connecticut Ave NW; 1301 Connecticut Ave NW]

Subway: Sandwiches [2010 P St NW]

Surfside:Tacos [1800 N St NW]

Sweetgreen: Salads [1512 Connecticut Ave NW]

Budget Restaurants

Alberto’s Pizza: Italian [2010 P St NW]

Bagels Etc: Bagels – Cash only [2122 P St NW]

Big Hunt: Pub food, pizzas, and subs [1345 Connecticut Ave NW]

Bobby’s Burger Palace: Burgers [2121 K St NW]

Bua: Thai [1635 P St NW]

Burger Tap & Shake: Burgers [2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW]

C.F. Folks: International [1225 19th St NW]

Crepeaway: Crepes [2001 L St NW]

Froggy Bottom Pub: Pub food [2021 K St NW]

Fabulous Market and Cafe: Bakery [2424 Pennsylvania Ave NW]

Moby Dick’s House of Kabob: Mediterranean [1300 Connecticut Ave NW]

Oodles Noodles: Chinese [1120 19th St NW] A fine lunch stop, the popular pan-Asian restaurant ventures far beyond chow mein and pad Thai to spicy Singapore rice noodles and variations on ramen, udon, and stir-fry that demonstrate just why Marco Polo supposedly brought pasta from Asia back to Italy. No lunch Saturday; closed Sunday. Ten minute walk from DC office.

Red Apron Burger Bar: Burgers [1323 Connecticut Ave NW]

Teaism: Asian/Indian [2009 R St NW] An organic Japanese teahouse that offers more than 30 varieties of tea, including oolong, green, tisanes, and Darjeeling. Bento boxes are available, and you can eat them in the sun in front of this small, pretty townhouse. Seven minute walk.

Thai Chef: Asian [R & Connecticut] Features a lengthy menu of soups, curries, salads, and noodles. Seven minute walk.

Thaiphoon: Thai [2011 S St NW]

Mid-Range Restaurants

Agora: Turkish, Mediterranean [1527 17th St NW]

Bistrot DuCoin: French, seafood [1738 Connecticut Ave NW]

Boqueria: Spanish tapas [M & 19th]

Café Dupont: French [1500 New Hampshire Ave NW]

Circle Bistro: French, bistro [1 Washington Circle NW] Circle Bistro is a new Washington Bistro rooted in traditions of French Bistros and Bouchons with a menu of modern interpretations and a more refined touch. Happy Hour from 5-8pm featuring $5.00 martinis, half priced beer and wines by the glass. Cab ride/20 minute walk.

**City Lights of China: Chinese [1731 Connecticut Ave NW] Consistently named among DC's favorite Chinese restaurants, this place has wonderful dumplings, Hunan chicken, and other favorites. Ten minute walk.

Daily Grill: American [M & 18th] A higher end national chain, it caters to the DC suit lunch and dinner crowd with white linens, large portions and good service.  Seven minute walk.

El Chalan: Peruvian [I & 20th]

Front Page: American [1333 New Hampshire Ave NW] Known for their happy hour specials and "famous" patio, a casual place to grab a beer and wings or a heartier burger or entrée.

Hanks Oyster Bar: Seafood [1624 Q St NW]

Heritage India: Indian [1633 P St NW] Calls themselves the "finest Indian cuisine in the Nation's capital," you'll have to try their tandoori chicken, nawabi platter, or any number of small plates to see for yourself.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café: [1517 Connecticut Ave NW]  Attached to the independent bookstore Kramerbooks, Afterwords Cafe changes its moods throughout the day: in the morning, people schmooze over lazy cups of coffee and muffins; in the afternoon and early evening, readers dally over newspapers and new-bought novels; at night, it's a bar scene with live music. The basic cafe menu is pretty overpriced for what you get, but it's a peerless see-and-be-seen place.  Five minute walk.

Lauriol Plaza: Mexican [1835 18th St NW] On the Dupont Circle stretch of 18th St NW, Lauriol Plaza graciously serves sophisticated Tex-Mex and Spanish cuisine, featuring knock-you-down margaritas. It's a crowded, happy place, popular with after-work diners. Ten minute walk.

La Tomate: Italian [R & Connecticut] Offers pasta plates and Italian dishes in a bright and airy downstairs bar or upstairs on its deck.  Seven minute walk.

**Luna Grill: Diner [18th & N] A cheery storefront operation with sun-and-moon decor, a parquet floor, and secluded booths. Luna does diner cuisine like grilled-cheese sandwiches, sweet-potato fries, and comfortingly creamy mashed potatoes. Five minute walk.

Madhatter: American [1319 Connecticut Ave NW]  Ask Professor Ron Rapoport about how much he loves Madhatter.

Mai Thai: Asian [19th & M]

Meiwah: Chinese [1200 New Hampshire Ave NW] The large variety of entrees, appetizers and, well, tastes on a Chinese menu is what attracts so many diners, who have made Chinese food popular both at the restaurant table and to go. While some traditional dishes are high in fat and salt, Chinese menus also feature lots of vegetables and grains - all good choices as centerpieces of a dish. An like many others, Chinese restaurateurs are beginning to respond to growing public interest in healthier, more nutritious food. Cab ride/20 minute walk.

Nando’s Peri-Peri: Portuguese grilled chicken [18th & Connecticut]

Nooshi: Pan-Asian [1120 19th St]

**Pizzeria Paradiso: Italian [2003 P St NW] A neighborhood wood fired oven pizza and sandwich restaurant, with a stellar beer menu. PP has such a great reputation that lines can often spill on to the sidewalk during peak times.  Five minute walk. 

**Raku: Sushi, Asian [19th & Q] This place enjoys a great corner location with wraparound windows for people-watching and offers a menu of 'pan-Asian tapas' (tuna napoleons, ginger mussels) and sushi. It's moderately priced and has a funky drinks menu, too. Try the green-tea martini, watermelon margarita, or plum wine-sake mix. Five minute walk.

Teddy & the Bully Bar: American [1200 19th St NW]

Thai Chef: Thai and sushi bar [1712 Connecticut Ave NW]

Vapiano: Italian [1800 M St NW]

**Zorba’s Café: Greek [20th & Q St] Beloved for its cheap, generous portions of Greek food and its small patio. Chicken souvlaki and excellent tzatziki (yogurt dip with cucumber and garlic) are both available. Five minute walk.

Higher Priced Restaurants

I Ricchi
Italian  [1220 19th St NW] Serves Tuscan cuisine (in other words, a lot of grilled meats). Rabbit and grilled sausage are two dishes to try, but there are lots of grilled seafood dishes on the menu, too (although these aren't quite as pleasing). The pappardelle with rabbit sauce is great. Closed Sunday; no lunch Saturday. Seven minute walk.

Iron Gate: Mediteranean [1734 N St NW] You'll find another storybook setting - but less interesting food - across the street at Iron Gate, which serves high-end romantic dishes like lamb chops with ruffly paper garters. Closed Sunday. Five minute walk.

Johnny's Half Shell: Seafood [2002 P St NW] Classic southeastern American seafood is on the table at this restaurant - Maryland crab-cakes, fried oysters, barbecued shrimp, plus carnivores' favorites like Eastern Shore chicken stew, all of it delightful. Closed Sunday. Five minute walk.

Obelisk: Italian [2029 P St NW] Serves exquisite, plainlypresented Italian cuisine such as veal with mushrooms. The prix-fixe menu offers only a handful of choices, but everything is perfectly prepared. Open for dinner only, Monday to Saturday. Five minute walk.

The Palm: Steakhouse, American [1225 19th St NW] A media and political celebrity magnet (Larry King likes to hang out here), it's great fun for people-watching. It's another of DC's power-center steakhouses, where everyone's lunch seems to consist of sirloin, straight-gin martinis, and cigar smoke. No lunch weekends. Seven minute walk.

Pesce: Seafood [2016 P St NW] A fish restaurant. Things with fins are the sea-beasts to order in this crowded little cafe - bluefish, salmon, grouper, all perfectly fresh and simply prepared - but shellfish are on the menu, too. No lunch Sunday. Five minute walk.

**The Tabard Inn: American [1739 N St NW] Set in three beautiful 18th-century row-houses, the Tabard Inn  is a delightful oasis: inside is a warm, dark bar; outside is a sun-dappled, walled garden filled with tables and decorated with cast-iron sculptures. Eclectic entrees abound - fish stew, pastas, chops. Come here for weekend brunch and dive into beignets with vanilla whipped cream or chocolate-almond pancakes, or show up on a cold, rainy night for a fireside toddy in the lounge.  Five minute walk.


Boulangerie Paul: French bakery [1000 Connecticut Ave NW]

Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato: Desserts, ice cream [1704 Connecticut Ave NW]

**Firehook Bakery: Desserts [1909 Q St NW] A nice neighborhood joint with a windowside counter from which you can scope passersby, offers big-as-your-head cookies and good lunchtime sandwiches (on diverse breads from levain to spelt) and salads. Five minute walk.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Donuts [1350 Connecticut Ave NW]

Mr. Yogato: Frozen yogurt [1515 17th St NW]

Un je ne sais Quoi: French bakery [1361 Connecticut Ave NW]

In the Foggy Bottom Area
Higher Priced Restaurants

DISH + drinks: American [924 25th St NW] A casually elegant American neighborhood restaurant set in historical Foggy Bottom.  Dish features innovative American regional cooking focused on the freshest local ingredients and influenced by foods from the Bay to the Blue Ridge. Cab ride. 

Marcel's: French [2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW] Acclaimed Chef Robert Wiedmaier opened Marcel's in 1999 to rave reviews of his French cuisine with a Flemish flair, derived from his Belgian heritage. Signature dishes that have Washingtonians and critics talking are his seared foie gras, crispy skate wing and light as air Boudin Blanc complemented by his outstanding wine list. Marcel's offers a daily changing three-course Pre-Theater dinner with complimentary executive car service to and from the nearby Kennedy Center.  Cab ride.

Notti Bianche: Italian [824 New Hampshire Ave NW] When Rome stays up all night... There's a time each year when Rome shimmers with a festive celebration known as "White Nights." It is an all-night festival for the performing arts, a festival of the Roman spirit, and most importantly, a festival of food! Notti Bianche celebrates this spirit for you each day with a culinary festival all its own. Serving seasonal, reasonably priced Italian trattoria fare throughout the day. Come and experience Notti Bianche. A taste of the White Nights of Rome.  Cab ride.

Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar: American [The John F. Kennedy Center] Enjoy a fantastic culinary experience and unequalled skyline views through two-story windows high above the Potomac River. The contemporary interior features chrome and glass, suede and wood with accents of granite. Check out the critically-acclaimed Sunday Kitchen Buffet Brunch. The Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar is located on the Roof Terrace level of the Kennedy Center above the Hall of Nations.  Cab ride.

Sequoia: American [3000 K St NW] As the sun dips below the spires of Georgetown University, Sequoia and its stunning views of the Potomac come to sparkling life. Featuring an extensive contemporary American menu and a large variety of specialty drinks, Sequoia plays host to Washington's most notable citizens. During the warmer seasons the restaurant's expansive patio dining and riverfront bar become the place to be.  Cab ride.