42 Great Penn Quarter Restaurants in Washington DC

A Guide to Dining in Downtown DC

Penn Quarter has become one of Washington DC's hottest neighborhoods for dining and entertainment with a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from fine dining to family-friendly eateries. The Downtown DC area offers an extensive selection of cuisine from all over the world. Following is an alphabetical guide to restaurants in Penn Quarter.

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    701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Washington, DC. (202) 393-0701. The contemporary American restaurant is conveniently located just steps from many of Washington, DC's attractions, hotels and theaters. Live jazz plays on the weekends. Pre-theatre dining specials available.
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    901 New York Ave. NW Washington DC (202)408-8848. Acadiana is a fish house, serving Louisiana cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.
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    750 E Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 393-3776. The casual Tex Mex restaurant is located in the heart of Penn Quarter and offers reasonably priced sandwiches, salads, tacos, burritos, and fajitas.
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    1401 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 942-7000. The moderately priced French restaurant is located in the Willard InterContinental Hotel and is convenient to many downtown attractions.

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    601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC (202) 737-6200. The upscale steakhouse is located in the heart of Downtown DC and is noted as a local power dining spot.
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    425 7th Street NW Washington DC (202) 737-7770. Carmine’s is a family style Italian restaurant with locations in New York City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Nassau Bahamas, and Washington DC. They serve extra large portions designed for sharing. The restaurant is located in the heart of Penn Quarter and is ideal for families or a large group.
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    822 E. St. NW Washington DC (202) 637-0012. The fine dining restaurant in Penn Quarter serves contemporary American cuisine with vibrant presentations that highlight seasonal ingredients.


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    1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 464-4461. The lively restaurant and bar is located in the heart of Washington, DC's theater district and offers contemporary American cuisine at reasonable prices.

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    901 I Street, NW Washington DC (202) 6440-9433. Located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, the restaurant and bar boasts one of widest craft beer selections in Washington DC complimented by a contemporary menu of brick oven pizzas and American fare. Enjoy late night dining options, acoustic music at the bar, and seasonal outside dining. 


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    707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 349-3700. Located in the heart of Washington's Chinatown and the revitalized Penn Quarter neighborhood, the American restaurant is a local favorite. Clyde's Restaurant Group owns and operates 13 restaurants in the DC area, each with their own ambiance and distinctive menu.
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    801 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC (202) 408-1600. The restaurant serves innovative Latin cuisine in a unique and energetic atmosphere. The restaurant has an interesting decor with elements of traditional Cuban architecture and a massive bar/lounge. Late night salsa dancing and musical entertainment is available on Friday and Saturday nights.

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    705 6th Street NW, Washington DC. (202) 589-1600. The downstairs is home to the Japanese restaurant’s ramen shop serving Sapporo-style ramen, which on average serves 400 guests a day, while upstairs on the second floor, guests can linger over dinner and cocktails in the 90-seat izakaya.

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    777 Eye Street NW Washington DC (202) 289-7377. The wine-centric South American restaurant features cuisine from Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. The menu includes an extensive selection of steaks and slow-roasted meats served with vibrant herb sauces.
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    509 7th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 347-3434. The American steakhouse offers hand-cut chops, fresh seafood, an extensive wine list and handcrafted beers.

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    901 F St. NW Washington, DC (202) 638-3434. Ella's is a casual restaurant serving wood fired pizza. It is located in the heart of the Penn Quarter neighborhood with easy access to the Capital One Arena, DC Convention Center, and several theaters.


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    808 7th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 789-0066. Fado is an Irish restaurant and bar with traditional food and drink. It is located within steps of the Capital One Arena and is a local hotspot.

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    601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 628-2888. Fiola is a modern upscale restaurant featuring regional and contemporary Italian cuisine and an extensive selection of wines from Italy, Spain, France and the United States. The menu changes daily.

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    900 F St. NW Washington, DC (202) 783-5454. The restaurant features handcrafted beers and an American menu with influences from across the globe. Gordon Biersch operates 33 restaurants in the United States.
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    707 6th St. NW, Washington DC (202) 289-3600. The casual Italian-inspired restaurant features artisanal pizzas, house-made seasonal vegetable dishes, locally procured meats and cheeses and Italian-inspired small plates.
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    999 E St. NW Washington, DC (202) 737-7625. The rock and roll themed restaurant serves American cuisine in a lively atmosphere amid nostalgic decor. The Hard Rock Cafe in Washington DC is located next to Fords Theater, and just a short walk from The White House, Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian Museums,

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    410 Seventh St. NW Washington, DC (202) 556-2050. Hill Country specializes in Texas style barbecue and showcases live country music on Tuesday through Saturday nights.
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    480 7th St. NW Washington DC (202) 628-7949. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, Jaleo is local hotspot, serving Spanish tapas in a festive ambiance. Renowned chef, José Andrés owns several restaurants in the DC area.
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    722 7th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 347-9190. La Tasca offers Spanish Tapas, small dishes of a variety of ingredients and flavors. The restaurant has a cozy yet lively atmosphere. The restaurant has additional locations in Arlington, Old Town Alexandria, Rockville, and Baltimore.


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    624 E. St. NW Washington DC. (202) 347-3355. The casual restaurant, located near the Verizon Center, features a Maine-style menu -- lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, and bisque and chowder.

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    901 F Street NW Washington, DC (202) 639-9330. Located in the heart of Penn Quarter, the upscale restaurant serves fresh seafood varieties, in addition to aged steaks, poultry, entrée salads and pasta. McCormick & Schmick's has 80 restaurants around the country.
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    800 F Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 347-4667. The American brasserie features garden fresh vegetables, house made charcuterie, select meats and fish prepared for both lunch and dinner. The menu includes a variety of creative combinations and an extensive wine list.

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    1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC (202) 783-1475. The restaurant, located near the White House, is a Washington, DC historic dining landmark that dates back to 1906. It was remodeled in 2006 and features a classic American menu. It is known as a power dining spot.
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    1201 F St., NW Washington, DC (202) 347-2277. The elegant restaurant features a variety of seafood dishes as well as steaks, salads and side dishes. There is extensive selection of wines.

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    675 15th St., NW Washington, DC. (202) 347-4800. Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest saloon in Washington, DC, dating back to 1856. The landmark restaurant, located near the White House, features upscale American cuisine in a Victorian setting. It is a popular gathering spot and is part of the Clyde's Restaurant Group.
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    401 7th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 628-1005. Oyamel is a fine Mexican restaurant located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, DC.
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    801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 524-4500. The old-fashioned French bakery is known for its wide selection of breads, pastries, cakes and desserts. The menu also includes sandwiches, quiches, salads, fresh gourmet coffee and tea, hot chocolate, and wine.
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    Hotel Monaco, 555 - 8th Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 783-6060. The French-influenced restaurant is a local favorite, noted especially the outdoor patio and cozy atmosphere.


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    1112 F St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 367-1990. The fine dining Italian restaurant is located in the heart of Downtown DC. A three course pre-theatre menu is available Monday through Saturday.
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    575 7th St. NW Washington DC (202) 783-5522. The upscale modern restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine. Rosa Mexicano has 14 locations across the United States.
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    724 9th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 393-4488. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc. is the largest upscale steak house company in the world, with over 130 restaurant locations around the globe. The Dc restaurant is located near the Washington Convention Center.

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    734 11th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 737-0101. This unique restaurant offers a modern French-inspired menu and nightly cabaret and burlesque performances. Attendees must be 21 years of age and there is a one entree minimum per person.
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    444 7th St. NW Washington DC (202) 783-7007. SEI is a contemporary sushi lounge offering Asian Fusion cuisine in an impressive atmosphere.
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    400 8th St. NW Washington DC (202) 638-6010. The tea house offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes Bento boxes, sandwiches, soups, salads, Asian dishes plus a variety of teas, beer, wine, sake and cocktails.


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    600 14th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 787-1000. The Hamilton is a new restaurant and a live music/performance venue operated by Clyde’s Restaurant Group in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, DC. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The menu features sushi, charcuterie, and seasonal and regional American fare with a focus on fresh local ingredients.

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    575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC (202) 637-6100. The award-winning restaurant by Wolfgang Puck is a three-level restaurant at the Newseum that offers casual dining on the ground floor bar and lounge and fine dining on the upper level. The menu is Asian inspired and includes and extensive wine list.
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    623-625 H St. NW. Washington, DC (202) 621-7636. Vapiano is contemporary casual dining restaurant serving made-to-order hand tossed pizzas, house-made pasta and gourmet salads. There are more than 70 worldwide locations and another 100 in development.
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    701 9th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 638-0800. The award-winning Washington, DC restaurant offers a wide variety of classical and contemporary Greek, Turkish and Lebanese dishes.