Where to eat in Penn Quarter and Chinatown D.C.
It seems every week there is at least one new restaurant in D.C. Some last longer than others, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t hundreds of amazing spots to choose from. The Chinatown/Metro Center area is full of examples. If you’re attending an event at the Verizon Center, visiting one of the museums in the area or just looking for a great neighborhood for meals, don’t skip this location.
One of my favorite things to do when I visit The District (and when I visit anywhere) is eat. My most recent trip to Chinatown was preceded by hours of narrowing down the best cuisine. Over four days, I managed to knock out a few favorites and try some new spots as well. Here’s a culinary guide to Chinatown for your dining pleasure.
Jose Andres doesn’t disappoint with this tapas restaurant. Authentic jamon iberico, paella, croquetas, and more pack this menu with tempting options. Go with a group for a chance to try more dishes.
480 7th St NW
Don’t miss: Jamon Iberico, Flank Steak
Zaytinya offers Mediterranean small plates (also by Jose Andres) in a modern, sleek setting. Although “small” you’ll only need a few to fill up. This might be the only restaurant where brussel sprouts are the best seller.
701 9th St NW
Don’t miss: Brussel Sprouts! (Seriously.)
This little Japanese style ramen spot has been written up in everything from GQ to The Washington Post. Casual and delicious and worth the wait if there’s a line at the door, Daikaya has flavorful ramen you won’t forget any time soon.
705 6th St NW
Don’t miss: Shio Ramen
Who doesn’t love an amazing pizza and Prosecco on tap? Located next door to Daikaya, this small, two-story restaurant offers intimate seating with a small bar on the first floor. Staff are always cheery and happy to discuss the menu, which offer plenty of options if you’re not in the mood for pizza.
707 6th St NW
Don’t miss: White House pizza, Stuffed Flatbread
Chef David Chang opened his first DC location in Chinatown’s new City Center. Casual dining and sharable ramen dishes are set in an industrial atmosphere with wall art and modern stools and booth seating.
1090 I St NW
Don’t miss: Brisket Buns
Rosa Mexicano is a great happy hour option with flavorful margs and tasty tacos, and their delicious guacamole is prepared tableside to taste. Order a pitcher of margarita on the rocks and take in the lively atmosphere with friends at the bar.
575 7th St NW
Don’t miss: Guac, Tinga de Res Tacos
Tucked behind the Hotel Monaco in what used to be D.C.’s General Post Office, this modern French restaurant has a stunning dining room and an even lovelier open air patio. This is a popular spot for after-work happy hours, but great for dinner as well. Sit outside if the weather is nice.
555 8th St NW
Don’t miss: Truffle Fries
Dangerously Delicious Pies
Ready for dessert? Dangerously Delicious Pies are made from scratch and by hand. Their flavors rotate so you can stop by often to try more flavors. You can even catch their food truck around town if you’re not by the storefront.
675 I St NW
Don’t miss: Baltimore Bomb
Co Co. Sala
A great spot for a quiet cocktail and dessert or a cocktail as dessert. Ideal for a date – Co Co. Sala offers intricate desserts and crafted cocktails. The dimly lit dining room and bar are richly romantic. If you go for dinner, save room for the sweet stuff.
929 F St NW
Don’t miss: Co Cojito, Lamb Meatballs
Do you have a favorite restaurant in Chinatown? Let us know, we love trying new places!