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50+ Penn Quarter Restaurants - Washington DC

A Guide to Dining in Downtown DC


Penn Quarter has become one of Washington DC's hottest neighborhoods for dining and entertainment with a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from fine dining to family-friendly eateries. The Downtown DC area offers an extensive selection of cuisine from all over the world. Following is an alphabetical guide to more than 50 restaurants in Penn Quarter.

1. 701 Restaurant

701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Washington, DC. (202) 393-0701. The contemporary American restaurant is conveniently located just steps from many of Washington, DC's attractions, hotels and theaters. Live jazz plays on the weekends. Pre-theatre dining specials available.

2. Acadiana

901 New York Ave. NW Washington DC (202)408-8848. Acadiana is a fish house, serving Louisiana cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.


1099 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC (202) 639-9830. The Penn Quarter restaurant offers a modern twist on traditional British Isles pub cuisine, focusing on locally-produced ingredients.

4. Aria Pizzeria & Bar

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC (202) 312-1250. The casual restaurant serves handmade pizzas, panini, salads, wraps and baked pasta dishes. It is located in the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center and is conveniently located near the National and Warner Theatres and many other attractions.

5. Asian Spice

717 H St NW Washington, DC (202) 589-0900. The Asian Fusion restaurant is located in Chinatown and offers a nice selection of sushi, Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese dishes.

6. Austin Grill

750 E Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 393-3776. The casual Tex Mex restaurant is located in the heart of Penn Quarter and offers reasonably priced sandwiches, salads, tacos, burritos, and fajitas.

7. Cafe du Parc

1401 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 942-7000. The moderately priced French restaurant is located in the Willard InterContinental Hotel and is convenient to many downtown attractions.

8. Capital Grille

601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC (202) 737-6200. The upscale steakhouse is located in the heart of Downtown DC and is noted as a local power dining spot.

9. Carmine's

425 7th Street NW Washington DC (202) 737-7770. Carmine’s is a family style Italian restaurant with locations in New York City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Nassau Bahamas, and Washington DC. They serve extra large portions designed for sharing. The restaurant is located in the heart of Penn Quarter and is ideal for families or a large group.

10. Cedar

822 E. St. NW Washington DC (202) 637-0012. The fine dining restaurant in Penn Quarter serves contemporary American cuisine with vibrant presentations that highlight seasonal ingredients.

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