Whether you are coming to see a big name performer in concert, attending a regular Capitals or Wizards game or checking out a unique traveling show at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, you will need to either fuel up before or after the event. Since the entertainment complex only brings in first-class acts, 10Best decided to find the top restaurants near the facility.
Renowned chef Jose Andres has not one, not two, but three (!!!) restaurants on our list and once you have eaten at one of his establishments, you will understand why. Oyamel features creative interpretations of modern, urban Mexican food. For those who love tapas, Jaleo showcases Spain's finest offerings with a number of mouth watering choices. Zaytinya showcases Turkish, Lebanese and Greek dishes in a casual yet upscale setting.
Looking for a great restaurant with a top notch beer and wine list? Head to Proof where 'Food is the focus. Wine is the passion' or District ChopHouse & Brewery where they brew their own beers onsite.
A great time awaits you at the Verizon Center but start the party sooner or let it continue on longer by stopping at these top restaurants near the complex.
District ChopHouse & Brewery
Housed inside a turn of the century bank, this dining destination serves up American steakhouse classics along with handcrafted beers created on site. Grab your steak knife and prepare to cut into selections such as the prime ribeye, New York strip, Angus top sirloin and slow roasted prime rib. Pair these proteins with some handcrafted ales and lagers like the India Pale Ale, Bourbon Stout and Nut Brown off the beer menu. If you prefer other adult beverages, they offer a bevy of choices including cocktails, cognacs, scotch blend, bourbon and whiskey. METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter. (202-347-3434)
Featuring a stylish, festive atmosphere, diners eyes will be as happy as their palettes at this Penn Quarter venue serving authentic Mexican cuisine in the district since 2003. You'll find many dishes to tempt you including selections of enchiladas, tacos and antojitos. Be sure to direct your attention to their specialties of house with choices like salmon poblano, carnitas and tablon. For those with dietary needs, they offer separate vegetarian and gluten-free menus for both lunch and dinner. Don't leave without checking out their cantina. Their Margarita Al Gusto program lets guests pick one of 13 tequilas to make their drink. METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter. (202-783-5522)
Clyde's of Gallery Place
You know how some restaurant kid menus only have a few items? That's not the case here. Kids have more than a dozen entrees to chose from and the list is great for foodies or pick eaters. Care for some salmon teriyaki? How about grass-fed cheeseburger sliders or a cheese pizza? Adults also get a bountiful selection as well including salads, burgers, sandwiches pasta, and seafood. Check out their daily afternoon delights menu which gives patrons of the bar deals on meals. Don't leave without sampling the crème brulee off the dessert menu! METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter. (2023493700)
The spirit and flavors of Spain unite in this festive, casual Jose Andres restaurant. Featuring one of the best tapas menus in the district, you will definitely want to bring friends and family along to sample all that it has to offer. Can't decide on what to get? Try the Chef's tasting menu offered every day from 4 p.m. until 45 minutes before closing. They also offer a pre-theater menu Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. featuring two courses and a dessert. METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter. (202-628-7949)
Don't know what to grab for lunch? Why not head to this Jose Andres gem and get the mezze lunch special boasting four courses for $25. Served in small plate style, you'll find delicious dishes throughout the entire Greek, Turkish and Lebanese focused menu. Named for the Turkish word for olive oil, patrons will discover a bevy of spreads, soups, salads, flatbreads and mezze options to devour. Reservations for lunch and dinner are recommended. If it's a nice day, grab a table outside on their patio which seats 70 guests. METRO: Gallery Place/Chinatown (202-638-0800)
When Chef Mike Isabella opened this eatery in 2011, he wanted to serve comfort dishes similar to those made by his Italian-American grandmother. Guests can chose from anitipasta, salad, pasta and pizza options but be sure to order a dish off the wood fired section including lamb shoulder, hanger steak and red snapper. The venue features a two-story layout seating 130 guests including an open ham bar and a U-shaped counter around the wood-fired oven. Love Graffiato pizzas? Order a take home pizza kit so you can perfect the pie while in your abode. METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown. (202-289-3600)
Boasting a motto of 'Food is the focus. Wine is the passion,' this Penn Quarter destination lives up to the hype. With a warm yet contemporary chic atmosphere, Proof offers a modern menu that changes frequently and showcases an astounding wine list with 1,000 different bottlings and 40 by-the-glass selections. Can't find something like? (Very doubtful!) Bring in your own wine but be aware there is a $40 charge and they ask you do not bring in a wine already on their menu. Happy Hour features wines for $5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown. (2027377663)
With two locations in this district, this restaurant puts a modern twist on Indian cuisine featuring small plates yet big taste. Start off with a dish made off a tawa (griddle) like scallops rasem or ragda patties or head straight to their sigri (open barbeque) menu including selections of mango shrimp and spicy reshmi kebab. The entrees list will have you wishing for a bigger stomach with choices like tandoori chicken tikka and grouper kerala curry. Be sure to make time to check out the artwork throughout the restaurant. Each piece was created by an Indian artist. METRO: Archives/Navy Memorial or China Town/Gallery Place (202-637-1222)
Located near the Verizon Center, this casual venue features a ramen shop on one level and an izakaya – a Japanese comfort restaurant on the other. You will want to visit both. Stop in the ramen shop for a quick bowl of Sapporo style ramen noodles which are the same offered in Japan. You can also get a cup of sake to wish them down. Head to the izakaya for dinner and drinks. Try some fun bites like grilled oyster or yamaimo or skewers featuring chicken liver, zucchini or beef tongue jalapeno. You may just want to go straight to the rice and noodle dishes including cod roe spaghetti and pancit udon. METRO: Gallery Place/Chinatown. (202-589-1600)
Named after the sacred fir tree native to central Mexico where monarch butterflies take refuge after migration, Oyamel is emerging as one of the district's top upscale casual dining options. The menu features creative interpretations of modern, urban Mexican food – snacks or small dishes, tacos, ceviches and desserts. The guacamole is even made fresh at your table! You may want to take the Metro here because the drink menu is so enticing. Several different interpretations of the margarita are offered as well as house cocktails, wines and beers. Resident experts will also guide you through tastings of tequilas and mezcals. Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (2026281005)
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