Top Spots For Dining and Drinking in Capitol Hill

Whether you’re touring the monuments, checking out Congress, or just exploring a neighborhood, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do in historic Capitol Hill.


This perennial Capitol Hill favorite ranks among DC’s best-loved cocktail bars. The eclectic beverage selection is perfect for pairing with a platter of local oysters. Feeling decadent? Split a raw bar tray between your group (or even just by yourself) and fill up on some maritime gems like crab and lobster.

633 Pennsylvania Ave SE
(202) 733-1971

Belga Cafe

Grab a patio seat at this bustling Belgian spot, where diners feast on mussel pots and Flemish beef stew. Don’t forget to order yourself a cold glass of Leffe beer to sip on as you chow down.

15 E St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 661-2700

Stanton and Greene

Step back in time at this old-school cocktail bar, where bartenders sling drinks made from artisanal ingredients like creme de violette in a historic, early 20th Century building. Our personal favorite here is the White Bourbon Punch, a herbal take on the classic white Russian cocktail.

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


Washingtonians can’t get enough of the burgers at this lively local chain. Even Washington Post food writer Tom Sietsema sings its praises, adding particular emphasis on the shareable chopped romaine salad with chickpeas, pepperoncini, and a roasted red pepper kick.

521 8th St SE
(202) 548-0369


This spacious Parisian spot has one of the best French onion soups in town. The deliciously rich stew comes with a hearty porcini broth and heapings of cheese. If you’re feeling sluggish after a day of monument-trawling, this is the perfect pick-me-up.

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