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Where To Eat Near Capital One Arena

When considering what to eat during a Capital One Arena event, take Andre 3000s advice: “Don’t do it. Reconsider. Read some literature on the subject.” The food flat-out sucks. Whether you’re looking to lay down a liquid base layer to prepare yourself for an inevitable Wizards disappointment or grab a decent meal before a concert, consider this the literature Three Stacks was talking about.

the spots


Penn Quarter
480 7th St NW

Noted DC sports fan Jose Andres once offered to cook personally for Paul Pierce if he stayed with the Wizards. If The Truth took him up on the offer, it’d be damn convenient for him. Along with Oyamel and Zaytinya (listed below), these are some of the best restaurants in the city and are just a couple blocks away from the arena. Think ahead and get reservations to play it safe. Hit this one for spanish tapas. How you’re dressed will play a role in which of these three you end up at. Dress level: Tasteful team apparel.


The Mexican option. Get some tacos and salt air margaritas on the table. Dress level: Jersey. (Unless it’s a Wizards tank. No one wants to see that armpit hair, dude).


701 9th St NW

Mediterranean small plates in a space that is truly stunning, although not something you may associate with pre-game food. Ignore those instincts because the food here is great and is a block and a half from the arena. Dress level: Straight from work in the monkey suit.

Penn Commons

700 6th St NW

Solid draft beer list and good cocktails that are very reasonably priced at happy hour, which just so happens to coincide with the pregame rush. You might be able to snag a table, but no promises as it can get crowded. Decent food that’ll get the job done as well.

Photo: Scott Suchman


775 G St NW

Bringing the client to a game in the corporate box? Impress them with the great wine and cocktail program to go along with a really high-end and inventive slice of meat. If you’re wearing a jersey, best to skip this one, you’ll get looks from the suit and tie crowd.

Iron Horse Tap Room

507 7th St NW

If you’re into a liquids-only pregame routine. A big beer list in a large, two-level space. Hit up the basement for some bar games. Also a good post-game option if you need to drown your sorrows after the latest Caps playoff collapse


Head here if you’re looking for classic stadium food, but upscale. Think pizza and sliders.


707 6th St NW

Pizzas, pastas, and comfort food small plates. We’re big fans.

Photo: Greg Powers

Decent, Texas-style BBQ with a good drink list to go along with the meat.

Cava Grill

707 H St NW

Our favorite fast-casual option if you’re pressed for time.

Upscale Cuban food. And by that we mean the classics (ropa vieja, cubanos, etc), but more expensive. Not the best value on this list, but it will get the job done.

Capital One Arena

601 F St NW

Fine, fine the ice cream is good here because ice cream is never bad. But seriously, don’t bother with anything else.

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