Got Tickets To Verizon Center? Here's Where to Catch A Great Meal

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
Photo courtesy of District Chophouse and 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...  Read More

Rosa Mexicano


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...  Read More

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...  Read More

National Mall


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...  Read More



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...  Read More

Chinatown / Penn Quarter


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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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,...  Read More


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