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Capitol Hill is best-known for being home to Congress, but the neighborhood has plenty more to indulge in, including excellent eats. Check out our guide for pairing your history lesson with some of the best food in town.


This cozy French bistro in Capitol Hill is the perfect place to sip wine on the patio. Dine on dishes like the rustic quiche lorraine or the refreshing tuna tartare with golden beets and avocado.

327 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1244


Wine and cheese are the name of the game at this New American spot in Capitol Hill. The menu just oozes California cool, with choices like charred octopus, grilled masa cake and tomatillo salsa for that piquant flair.

223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-8088

Sushi Capitol

Head over to one of the District’s top sushi spots for some top quality nigiri and excellent sashimi. If you’re sticking to the classics, make sure to try the dragon roll. Feeling more experimental? Check out the “features menu” to look at seasonal specialties, like live sea urchin.

325 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 627-0325

Cafe 8

Hang out in the kitschy, coral-shaded interior of this funky spot to get some delicious, fresh-tasting Mediterranean fare. We’re big fans of the doner kebab and the vegetarian moussaka, made with a classic bechamel sauce.

424 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-1555

Stanton & Greene

Head over to this cool cocktail den to enjoy old-school pub fare, like a French dip sandwich or Greene burger. Sip on a seasonal craft beverage, like the floral, citrusy Upbeet, made up of gin, beets, lemon, and rose.

319 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 525-3325