Power Lunch Or Midday Meal? Try These Top D.C. Lunch Venues

Lunch can be the trickiest part of the day to plan in Washington, D.C. If you are a tourist, you want to be near where all the best attractions are located because there is already a lot of walking involved when you visit. If you work in the district, many factors must go into your decision. Is this a meal to discuss business deals? Are you going to have enough time? Will others be joining you?

The decision can be a bit daunting but fear not because 10Best is here with our top lunch picks in the nation's capital. We decided to pick from a wide range of venues because tastes can vary from day to day.

For those looking for power lunch spots, head to Old Ebbitt Grill which has hosted tourists and politicos since 1856. Chef Fabio Trabocchi opened Fiola in 2011 and it remains one of the hottest restaurant's in the district.

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat that packs a lot of flavor, you will love sandwich shops like Bub and Pop's and Taylor's Gourmet.

Whether you are looking for a midday meal or a chance to discuss business, Washington, D.C. has a number of lunch venues to fit the needs of everyone.    




If you need a break from shopping at Eastern Market or are just looking to refuel during a pit stop, this eatery is the place for you. The venue regularly has long lines of people waiting to get inside. Don't be deterred! The line moves pretty...  Read More

With a focus on modern interpretations of traditional French bistro fare, this restaurant is where Capitol Hill dines out. Patrons will find a warm yet sophisticated atmosphere upon their arrival including a tiered dining area and a bar ready to...  Read More

Greek Deli & Catering
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Growing up in Greece, chef and owner Kostas Fostieris came to the United States in 1975. After working in some of the top restaurants in the district, he took his passion for homestyle Greek food and began Greek Deli & Catering in 1990....  Read More

There is just something about a bowl of warm soup and ramen that feels like home. Taiwanese cuisine reigns supreme at this H Street NE venue featuring ramen and dumplings. Try Toki classic, Taipei curry chicken, vegetarian, red miso ramen. Pick...  Read More

The owners of Taylor's Gourmet grew up in Philadelphia surrounded by hoagies from various mom and pop shops. When they moved to the nation's capital, they were surprised to find none of the local stores came close to the hoagies of their...  Read More

Blue Duck Tavern
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You'll find this American fare restaurant tucked inside the luxury Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. hotel. Soft lighting, an open kitchen and unique handcrafted wood furnishings throughout give the restaurant a warm, contemporary feel. With a concept...  Read More

District Taco
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Begun by two neighbors in 2009 after a meal of homemade chips, salsa and guacamole, District Taco first began as a food truck but has now grown to include three locations in the district and northern Virginia. Serving a Mexican/Yucatan style...  Read More


Opened in 2011, this much buzzed about restaurant is Chef Fabio Trabocchi's first in D.C. With a modern upscale vibe, this venue changes menus every day to reflect the freshest ingredients available for its regional and contemporary Italian...  Read More

Bub and Pops
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We all love the fancy restaurants and big name chefs in the district but sometimes you just want a meal from a good ole' mom and pop shop. This sandwich venue is where you should head to for menu items that are hand roasted, carved, stuffed and...  Read More

When Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Teddy Roosevelt were in need of libations, they came to here. Established in 1856 and boasting of being Washington, D.C.'s oldest saloon, the restaurant features Victorian-styled rooms perfect for...  Read More


Meet Gina Gallucci White

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