Anacostia, Washington Restaurants

Part of our Washington restaurant guide; our list of the best places to eat in Anacostia. Our top picks: Cafe 8, Eastern Market and Matchbox Capitol Hill.
  • The best restaurant in Anacostia Washington: Cafe 8

    Cafe 8

    424 8th St SE
    Su-Th 11AM-10:30PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. $9-20. Some argue that Cafe 8 is being outshined by newer flashy Mediterranean cooking on the Hill (like Cava Mezze), but this remains a reliable, established place for a good dinner on Barracks Row. The head chef hails from Cafe Divan in the Northwest, and the best items on the menu are accordingly skewed towards Turkish cuisine. As with Divan, the mezzes oddly enough are overshadowed by the great kabobs (especially the Iskender, and good Iskender is hard to find outside of Turkey). The Turkish very thin take on pizza—pides, are also a hit, and a cheaper option.
  • Eastern Market

    Eastern Market

    225 7th St SE
    Tu-F 7AM-7PM, Sa 7AM-6PM, Su 9AM-5PM. D.C.'s biggest public market has been housed since 1873 in a nineteenth century brick building, just a few blocks from the Capitol. The market itself is open every day, but weekends bring an additional influx of vendors ranging from local farmers to antique furniture. The market burned down in 2007 and was for a while housed in a temporary structure, but it reopened in June 2009.
  • Matchbox Capitol Hill

    Matchbox Capitol Hill

    521 8th St SE
    Award Winning wood fired brick oven pizza and American Bistro
  • Belga Café

    Belga Café

    514 8th St SE
    We're dedicated to fostering world leadership for the Australian lamb industry. Look for Australian lamb in your local grocer's meat department.
  • Good Stuff Eatery

    Good Stuff Eatery

    303 Pennsylvania Ave SE
    Flagship location of the soon to be franchised burger joint. Renowned locally for its handmade burgers, handcut fries, handspun ice cream.
  • Ted's Bulletin

    Ted's Bulletin

    505 8th St SE
    A classic American Diner in the heart of Capitol Hill.
  • Good Stuff Eatery

    Good Stuff Eatery

    303 Pennsylvania Ave SE
    Goodness Gracious.
  • Cantina Marina

    Cantina Marina

    600 Water St SW
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Su 11:30AM-midnight. $10-22. This waterfront patio has the odd feel of a spring break party at the beach, if more laid back. The food is above average, albeit a bit overpriced, and the views are lovely. In keeping with the beach party style, the (good) drinks come in plastic cups. In short, decent food in a section of town that lacks good restaurants, plus good drinks, good music, and a great seating area equals a good choice for a relaxing, laid-back dinner. Sip your margarita over some jambalaya while watching the steady stream of planes and helicopters fly over the water and Hains Point. F-Sa in good weather can get crowded, though, and you risk a long wait for a table.
  • Sonoma


    223 Pennsylvania Ave SE
  • Zest Bistro

    Zest Bistro

    735 8th St SE
    1/2 Price Wine Night, Every bottle, Every Tuesday!! $12 2 course lunch special every Mon-Fri 11a-3p
  • Acqua Al 2

    Acqua Al 2

    212 7th St SE
    Acqua Al 2 is an authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of the historic Eastern Market in Washington, DC.
  • Montmartre


    327 7th St SE
  • Trusty's Full-Serve Bar

    Trusty's Full-Serve Bar

    1420 Pennsylvania Ave SE
    M-Th 4PM-2AM, F 4PM-3AM, Sa 10AM-3AM, Su 10AM-2AM. Trusty's is as about as local as you can get on the eastern side of Capitol Hill. A true neighborhood dive bar, and removed from the rowdy Eastern Market/Barracks Row scene, Trusty's is generally populated with long-time and new neighborhood residents alike, most of whom know each other and the bartenders. It's a good place to get a feel for people who actually live in the area, and the burgers, cheesesteaks, and chili are amongst the best in the city. Drafts and cocktails are served in mason jars, and cans of Tecate and PBR are always on special. Most importantly, it's one of the last places in the city purporting to be a dive bar that actually still has dive bar prices. An excellent place to get loaded before heading to a D.C. United match at RFK Stadium!
  • Wisdom


    1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE
    Tu-Th 6PM-12:30AM, F-Sa 6PM-3AM, Su 5PM-11PM. Quiet, off the beaten track lounge located in East Capitol Hill, specializing in delicious cocktails made with fresh fruit and the largest Absinthe selection in the city. For a romantic night, grab one of the private tables for two behind curtains and discreet servers who won't bother you unless called.
  • Pound the Hill

    Pound the Hill

    621 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
    Pound The Hill offers exceptional coffee and unique and delicious international cuisine.
  • Belga Cafe

    Belga Cafe

    514 8th St SE
    M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 9AM-11PM, Su 9AM-9:30PM. $20-50. One of the neighborhood's longest running favorites on Barracks Row serves perfectly fine Belgian cuisine, and has at all times at least five fine Belgian beers on tap (and a host more besides). Reliable food, best for dinner, and pricey.
  • Station 4

    Station 4

    1101 4th St. SW
    A New Modern American Cuisine Restaurant. A block away from Arena Stage, 2 steps away from Waterfront Metro Station/Green Line.
  • Cava Mezze Restaurant

    Cava Mezze Restaurant

    527 8th Street SE
    Our philosophy is simple: cooking must be rooted in tradition, it must be fresh, real, and delicious.
  • Lot 38 Espresso Bar

    Lot 38 Espresso Bar

    1001 2nd St SE
    M-F 6:30AM-6PM, Sa-Su 8AM-4PM. A rare sign of neighborhood life in the form of an actual family-run local business! It's a great coffeeshop with a big space, and serves as a really good meeting place pre-games, if the Bullpen isn't your thing. Free Wi-Fi.
  • Justin's Cafe

    Justin's Cafe

    1025 1st St SE
    Kitchen: Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. $8-14. The lack of food options by Nationals Stadium makes this bar/restaurant an important place to find a pre-game dinner or after-game bite (the kitchen will stay open late when Nats games run long). The menu is fairly basic pub grub like sandwiches, salads, pizza, burgers, fries, etc., despite some menu descriptions with a bit of pretense, but the atmosphere is friendly and the craft beer selection is great.
  • Sonoma


    223 Pennsylvania Ave SE
    Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner: M-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. $20-45. The current dining rage in the country is Italian-inspired cooking with the California philosophy of simplicity, fine (Californian) wines, and local ingredients. This restaurant has excelled in this category, and packs in serious foodies into a crowded, but very trendy space—reservations are a must every day of the week. The lounge upstairs is similarly beautiful and fashionable (and crowded), with a fireplace and big windows.
  • Hank's Oyster Bar

    Hank's Oyster Bar

    633 Pennsylvania Ave SE
  • Five Guys

    Five Guys

    1100 New Jersey Ave SE
    burger institution has just opened up this location, and is basically the only place to eat anywhere in the neighborhood around the stadium. The burgers are big and juicy, the boardwalk fries (fresh cut and cooked in 100% pure peanut oil) are unmissable, and they have plenty of seating indoor and out.
  • American Grill

    American Grill

    480 L'Enfant Plaza SW
    Experience The Ideal Downtown Washington DC Hotel
  • The Chesapeake Room

    The Chesapeake Room

    501 8th St SE
    At the Chesapeake Room, Washington, DC's newest gathering spot, our mission is simple: to bring our guest an organic, sustainable, and free range dining experience while bringing to life the natural and fresh taste of each season. We have a passion for all that our beautiful Mid-Atlantic waters and farms have to offer and hope you will, too. Feel free to stick your head in our intimate open kitchen for a chat with Chef Wood about our menu. His love of fresh regional cooking is contagious.
  • Le Pain Quotidien

    Le Pain Quotidien

    660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
    Le Pain Quotidien serves simple, elegant boulangerie fare made with organic ingredients whenever possible, in both a take-out and dine-in setting: breakfast, soup, salads, tartines, pastries and handmade organic bread & many vegan and vegetarian options
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