young woman having fun with her friends and eating a burgerWhen staying at the Capitol Hill Hotel, you’re likely to get caught up exploring the vast collection of historic monuments and buildings at the nearby National Mall. Getting lost in it all, you may find yourself starving after hours of walking and observing. For an optimal fix, check out this list of spots to eat near The National Mall.

Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill is one of the most iconic and historic restaurants in Washington, DC. A popular hangout for travelers and local politicians since the mid-1800s, it remains one of the best places to go for steaks and oysters in town.

Old Ebbitt Grill. 675 15th St. NW

Sushi Nakazawa

Sushi Nakazawa is an upscale destination for omakase dinners, a traditional form of multi-course, chef’s choice tasting menu meals. This is one of the hottest restaurants near the National Mall, and diners are encouraged to make their reservations at least 30 days in advance.

Sushi Nakazawa. 1100 Pennsylvania Ave.


Manna is a local DC restaurant that serves upscale renditions of popular Middle-Eastern street foods. Located in the cafeteria of the Bible Museum, this is one of the most well hidden gems of the local food scene. Try the seasonally-specific falafel, roasted kabocha squash, or golden lentil hummus here.

Manna. 400 4th St. SW

Founding Farmers – Washington

This is a New American restaurant near the National Mall that’s owned by a co-op, and stays focused on market-driven comfort food. The menu features responsibly sourced local ingredients, and dishes to feed you at all times of day. We’re partial to the handmade pastas selection, and farm breads with toppings like prosciutto, pesto, and beef tartare.

Founding Farmers – Washington. 1924 Pennsylvania Ave.

b DC Penn Quarter

b DC Penn Quarter is one of the best restaurants near the National Mall to find top-notch American classics, and weekly events. Every weekday there’s a happy hour from 3pm – 7pm, and on Monday’s that features half-priced wine bottles. The Beer Menu features rotating selections of fine craft brews. This is also home to one of the best burgers in Washington, DC.

b DC Penn Quarter. 801 Pennsylvania Ave.