Mount Vernon Square, Washington Places

Part of our Washington travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Mount Vernon Square, including Matchbox Chinatown, Historical Society of D.C. and Passenger.
  • The best place in Mount Vernon Square Washington: Matchbox Chinatown

    Matchbox Chinatown

    713 H St NW
    M-Th 11AM-10:30PM, F 11AM-11:30PM, Sa 10AM-11:30PM, Su 10AM-10:30PM; closing times listed indicate time of last seating. $10-30. Matchbox looks like a tourist trap. It's in the right neighborhood, has gimmicky (if really cool) decor with an insane variety and quantity of matchboxes decorating the tables, and is enormous but still packed with people all times of the day. But some of the food here is actually really good: charcoaled sliders and wood-fired NYC-style pizza. (The rest of the menu, however, would befit a bonafide tourist trap.) It's also a good place to go for a drink, especially when the weather is warm and they open up their outdoor seating.
  • Historical Society of D.C.

    Historical Society of D.C.

    801 K St NW
    historical society occupies the enormous building at the center of Mount Vernon Square, and has a research library and exhibit on D.C. history open to the public. The library is open Wednesdays 10AM-4PM, and the Window to Washington Exhibit is open M,W 10AM-4PM, Th 10AM-6PM.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Passenger


    1021 7th St NW
    M-Th 5PM-1:30AM, F-Sa 5PM-2:30AM, Su 2PM-midnight. This is a crowded bar specializing in craft-cocktails, and attempting for the look of a dive. It's a little busy for someone looking to actually discuss their drink with their servers, but judged by any other criteria, it's just a really good bar, with really good mixed drinks. If you make reservations far in advance, you can get a seat in the hidden Columbia Room in the back, where you will be treated to a private and customized tasting of craft cocktails and appetizers in one of D.C.'s classiest high concept bars, with likely the best mixed drinks you've had.
  • Morrison-Clark Restaurant

    Morrison-Clark Restaurant

    M-Sa 7AM-10AM, 11:30AM-2PM, 6PM-9:30PM, Su 11AM-2PM. Dinner: $30-40, lunch: $15-25, breakfast: $10-25. This small dining room is a lovely trip back to the Southern traditions of the mid-nineteenth century, and could be reason enough on its own to have dinner here, but the food is absolutely the cream of D.C.'s crop as well. The menu is small, with simple, but fairly exotic and expertly executed Southern dishes. Sunday brunch ($30-35) is popular.
  • Ping Pong Dim Sum

    Ping Pong Dim Sum

    900 7th St NW
    Dim Sum. Tea. Cocktails
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

    400 I St SW
    Blue Monday Blues: M 6PM-9PM, Jazz Night: F 6PM-9PM; food: 6PM-8:30PM. $5 admission. This church hosts extremely popular (and crowded) weekly live music nights: Blue Monday Blues and Friday Jazz, both featuring local musicians.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Goethe-Institut

    812 7th St NW
    M-Th 9AM-5PM, F 9AM-3PM. A sponsor of German culture in the U.S. and of intercultural ties, the Goethe-Institut features mostly work in all mediums from Germany or by German-Americans. It hosts a ton of free events, lectures, concerts, screenings, etc., so check the website for details. Most work is not for sale.
  • Da Hsin Trading Post

    811 7th St NW
    M-F 9:30AM-7:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-7:30PM. A Chinatown wouldn't be a Chinatown without an odds-and-ends shop, and D.C.'s shrinking enclave has held on to a couple. A nice long inventory of gifts and good deals on tea are mainstays, but you'll find a host of items that have nothing to do with China as well.
  • Touchstone Gallery

    901 New York Ave NW
    W-F 11AM-6PM, Sa-Su noon-5PM. This artist-cooperative owned gallery survived the neighborhood change throughout the past 30 years, and remains friendly and crammed with local artwork. Prices are reasonable, and events are packed.
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

    Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

    801 9th St., NW
    Come try our new menus, inspired by Chef Guillermo Pernot's recent travels in Cuba.
  • Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

    Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

    704 7th St NW
    If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!
  • Oya Restaurant & Lounge

    Oya Restaurant & Lounge

    777 9th St NW
    SUSHI HOUR Mon-Fri 5pm-8pm: Special Priced Sushi, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails
  • Acadiana


    901 New York Ave NW
    For menus or reservations check out
  • Zengo


    781 7th St NW
    HAPPY HOUR $5 Latin-Asian Cocktails $5 Small Plates Monday-Saturday 5-7:30PM at the Bar & Lounge
  • Chinatown Coffee Company

    Chinatown Coffee Company

    475 H Street NW
  • Chop't Creative Salad

    730 7th St NW
    M-F 10:30AM-11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-10PM. $6-10. Choose your own ingredients salads, made-to-order, and all freshly chopped to a granularity of your liking. Their veggie sandwiches are also a popular option.
  • Zaytinya


    701 9th St NW
    Su-M 11:30AM-10PM, Tu-Th 11:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-midnight. $20-45. Tapas, antojitos, and... mezzes! Andrés' alphabetically last restaurant serves a variety of meat, seafood, and vegetarian Greek and Lebanese mezzes, along with large selection of wines from the same region.
  • Grand Hyatt Washington

    Grand Hyatt Washington

    1000 H Street NW
    Grand Hyatt Washington is a AAA Three Diamond Award hotel in Washington, D.C., United States. It is located at 1000 H Street Northwest. The hotel has 888 rooms, 32 conference rooms, 4 restaurants and 3 bars. It is famous for hosting the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • RFD Washington

    810 7th St NW
    M-Th 11AM-2AM, F-Sa 11AM-3AM; Su 11AM-midnight. R.F.D. is a shoot-off of the Brickskeller, a Dupont Circle landmark. While it can be overcrowded (and then hard to get service), there is the allure of 30 varieties of beer on tap, and nearly 300 choices of bottled beer. R.F.D. serves standard American food, along with a selection of seafood and other regional dishes, and it's perfectly suitable for families eating in the early evening. Outdoor seating in good weather.
  • Nando's Peri-Peri

    819 7th St NW
    Su-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. D.C. sinks under the weight of South African cultural imperialism. Or from a different perspective, it benefits from the presence a great South African fast food chain, serving excellent spicy chicken dishes, as well as sandwiches, chicken livers, and vegetarian options including salads and veggie burgers.
  • Courtyard Washington Convention Center

    Courtyard Washington Convention Center

    900 F St NW
    The Washington Convention Center was a convention center located one block southwest at 909 H Street NW, occupying the city block bounded by New York Avenue, 9th Street, H Street, and 11th Street. Construction on the center began in 1980, and it opened on December 10, 1982. At 800,000 square feet, it was the fourth largest facility in the United States at the time. However, during the 1980s and 1990s, numerous larger and more modern facilities were constructed around the country, and by 1997 the Washington Convention Center had become the 30th largest facility.
  • Henley Park Hotel

    926 Massachusetts Ave NW
    The Henley Park Hotel is a 96 room boutique style hotel located on 10th street and Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, DC. It features an upscale restaurant, Couer De Lion, and is noted for its unique architecture. It is a Historic Hotel of America.
  • Marrakesh

    617 New York Ave NW
    M-F 6PM-11PM, Sa-Su 5PM-11PM. $30/person. Moroccan Cuisine, belly dancers, eat with your hands. This is a city-wide favorite, not just with the downtown crowd, especially for the ambiance. The seven course meal, with a rotating menu, is the only option. There are some minor choices for main dishes, or if you want a vegetarian meal. Be sure to check out the back hallway with pictures of all the famous visitors. Reservations required.
  • Chinatown Express

    746 6th St NW
    You'll notice the chef in the window right away preparing Chinese noodles by hand. Express is precisely what a Chinatown restaurant should be (and what D.C.'s Chinatown sometimes seems to lack), a cheap casual place, serving solid, authentic Chinese food. The Singapore-style noodle and dumpling soups are the specialty, but it's also a great place to burn your mouth on some spicy beef entries.
  • Full Kee

    509 H St NW
    Arguably the best choice for an actual, authentic, Chinatown meal. Full Kee excels in the fish department, along with some good crispy duck and the noodle soups. Daily specials on the wall are always worth a look as well.
  • PS 7's

    777 I St NW
    Restaurant: M-Th 11:30AM-9:45PM (last reservation at 9:45PM), F-Sa 11:30AM-10:45PM. $35-65. If you want to impress your date with a really chic lounge that noone knows about, this is a good option, and one that seems quite out of place in touristy Chinatown. The interior is modern and dimly-lit romantic, and the unique cocktail creations will give you something to talk about. The food is about as trendy as it gets, with almost silly options like popcorn-crusted halibut, raw tuna sliders, etc. It's great food, though, prepared by well-known D.C. chef Paul Smith. M-F 4PM-7PM happy hour is a smart way to try some of their dishes on the cheap.
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