Washington DC Restaurants near Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Our list of the best food near Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Our top pick: Lebanese Taverna.
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  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    3001 Connecticut Ave NW
    Apr–Oct 10AM-6PM, Nov–March 10AM-5PM. Free. This is one of the world's great zoos, with a collection of 400 species, 2,000 animals, all right in the center of the city (in Rock Creek Park). The National Zoo is quite large and filled with more animals and exhibits than one could see comfortably in one day without rushing, so be sure to get a map at the entrance, take your time, and be prepared to walk a great deal. Bring water—the concessions here are insultingly expensive. The most crowded exhibits are nearly always the Pandas and the Ape House. The former is an almost guaranteed letdown—the pandas are perhaps the zoo's shyest residents (the Ape House is fun no matter the crowds, though). Sleeper hits include the Seals & Sea Lions Exhibit, the Reptile House, the remarkable Aviary, and the irresistibly cute prairie dogs.
    Woodley Park food nearby
  • Lebanese Taverna

    Lebanese Taverna

    2641 Connecticut Ave NW
    Delight your taste buds with the very best in Middle Eastern dining. The family- owned Lebanese Taverna, a collection of 6 full-service restaurants, 4 cafes, market and a catering division offers authentic fare with grilled meats, poultry & seafood.
    Woodley Park
  • Hot N Juicy

    Hot N Juicy

    2651 Connecticut Ave NW
    Get down and dirty with Hot N Juicy's creol/cajun style seafood in Las Vegas!
    Woodley Park
  • Medium Rare

    Medium Rare

    3500 Connecticut Ave., NW
    Medium Rare, The best Steak and Fries in Washington DC served in a fun, relaxed, neighborhood bistro in Cleveland Park.
    Cleveland Park
  • Lavandou


    3321 Connecticut Ave NW
    Tu-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa-M 5PM-10PM. $18-35. Authentic Provençal cuisine in a very cute restaurant across the street from the Uptown Theater.
    Cleveland Park
  • Indique


    3512 Connecticut Ave NW
    Cleveland Park
  • Vace Delicatessen

    Vace Delicatessen

    3315 Connecticut Ave NW
    Cleveland Park
  • Nanny O'Brien's

    Nanny O'Brien's

    3319 Connecticut Ave NW
    Su-Th noon-2AM, F-Sa noon-3AM. Whether to go to Irelands Four Fields or to Nanny O'Brien's is a matter of taste. The former is very crowded, a little rowdy, and noisy, while this one is more laid back. But perhaps the main reason to choose O'Brien's is for the excellent beers on tap. Monday night Irish jam sessions.
    Cleveland Park
  • Zoo Bar Cafe

    Zoo Bar Cafe

    3000 Connecticut Ave NW
    Su-Th 10AM-2AM, F-Sa 10AM-3AM. Right across the street from the Zoo, amazingly, is a great dive bar (really, there is a dive bar across from the Zoo) with live blues Th-Sa (Th is the big, open blues jam session). It really should be emphasized, given just how yuppie and touristy this part of town is, it's a real dive bar—dirty, down-to-earth, unpretentious, and very neighborhoody.
    Woodley Park
  • Dino


    3435 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Alero


    3500 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Sorriso

    3518 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Ripple


    3417 Connecticut Ave NW
    Ripple Cleveland Park Washington DC Restaurant Farm to Table
    Cleveland Park
  • Cleveland Park Bar & Grill

    Cleveland Park Bar & Grill

    3421 Connecticut Ave NW
    Welcome to the best place in DC to watch all your favorite games, enjoy a beer and some authentic Italian and classic American fare. Bring some friends or make some new ones at Cleveland Park Bar & Grill.
    Cleveland Park
  • Ardeo+Bardeo


    3311 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Lillies Restaurant and Bar

    Lillies Restaurant and Bar

    2915 Connecticut Ave NW
    LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar
    Woodley Park
  • Petits Plats

    Petits Plats

    2653 Connecticut Ave NW
    The best French Restaurant in the heart of Woodley Park with very distinguished cuisine and variety selection of wine
    Woodley Park
  • Cafe Paradiso

    Cafe Paradiso

    2649 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Paragon Thai

    Paragon Thai

    3507 Connecticut Ave NW
    Fine Dining restaurant in Cleveland Park Neighborhood.
    Cleveland Park
  • Firehook Bakery & Coffee House

    Firehook Bakery & Coffee House

    3411 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington Born & Bread, offering artisan breakfast and lunch Breads and Pastries handcrafted daily using all natural ingredients. DC 202-429-2253 VA 703-519-8020
    Cleveland Park
  • Spices Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar

    Spices Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar

    3333 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Pulpo


    3407 Connecticut Ave. NW
    Pulpo offers a non-traditional take on the Spanish cuisine, tapas, with American Fusion. We are located in the beautiful and historic Cleveland Park neighborhood across from the Uptown Movie Theater. Pulpo's extensive wine list features wines from Spain, Europe, and South American as well as four different Sangrias. Our four large communal tables and open kitchen allow guests to enjoy the amazing culinary experience that Pulpo has to offer. For larger parties our mezzanine level is available for a more private atmosphere. For more information on private events, large parties, or press please email: rtapper@pulpodc.com
    Cleveland Park
  • Nam-Viet


    3419 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Petits Plats

    2653 Connecticut Ave NW
    Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; brunch: Sa-Su 11:30AM-4:30PM; dinner: Su-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM. $15-35. A French-American bistro in a city short on bistro cuisine is a nice find. The service is incredibly friendly, and the familiar bistro favorites are quite good, from the French onion soup to Boeuf Bourguignon, braised veal, pastas, and salads. At lunch they also offer inexpensive wood-fired pizzas from next-door Pizze. In a pretty old townhouse, it's equally amenable to a romantic dinner or a casual lunch.
    Woodley Park
  • Cleveland Park Bar and Grill

    Cleveland Park Bar and Grill

    3421 Connecticut Ave NW
    Cleveland Park is a residential neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. It is located at 38°56′11″N 77°3′58″W / 38.93639°N 77.06611°W / 38.93639; -77.06611 and bounded approximately by Rock Creek Park to the east, Wisconsin and Idaho Avenues to the west, Klingle and Woodley Roads to the south, and Rodman and Tilden Streets to the north. Its main commercial corridor lies along Connecticut Avenue, NW, where the eponymous Cleveland Park station of the Washington Metro's Red Line can be found. The neighborhood is known for its many late 19th century homes and the historic Art Deco Uptown Theater. It is also home to the William L. Slayton House and the Park and Shop, built in 1930 and one of the earliest strip malls.
    Cleveland Park
  • Atomic Billiards

    3427 Connecticut Ave NW
    Su-Th 4PM-2AM, F-Sa 4PM-3AM. Pool: $12-20/hour per table. Cleveland Park's pool hall has weird futuristic decor, a few good microbrews on tap, and pool, shuffleboard, and darts. The pool tables are a bit expensive, and there is no kitchen if you are hungry, but it's a good option for a fun night nonetheless.
    Cleveland Park
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