Washington Restaurants near Folger Shakespeare Library

Our list of the best food near Folger Shakespeare Library. Our top pick: B Smith's.
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  • Folger Shakespeare Library

    201 E Capitol St SE
    M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Plays: $20-50 (occasional student discounts). A library, performance venue, and a museum all rolled into one. The library is the single most impressive feature—it houses the largest collection of the Bard's works in the world—although the library itself is geared towards researchers, not travelers. The Shakespearean performances here are top-notch, and occasionally outshine the bigger Shakespeare Theatre Company in the East End (although the performances here can be more uneven). There are also frequent lectures, musical performances, etc., which can be a good excuse to visit. The small museum has a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and an Elizabethan garden in the back, and is nice to visit combined with a performance.
    Anacostia food nearby
  • B Smith's

    B Smith's

    50 Massachusetts Ave NE
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. $25-60. Some of D.C.'s best upscale soul food and Creole cuisine is served here, in a beautiful, dining room, which was once the presidential waiting room at the station. B. Smith's is rather famous with visiting celebrities, as well as national politicians. They'll probably get a private room, but you might nonetheless see some famous fellow diners. Best for brunch/lunch.
    Capitol Hill
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Art and Soul

    Art and Soul

    415 New Jersey Ave NW
    Art and Soul restaurant at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel, offers a modern regional cuisine with southern accents that are distinct amongst Washington DC area restaurants.
    Capitol Hill
  • Sonoma


    223 Pennsylvania Ave SE
  • 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.
  • Bistro Cacao

    Bistro Cacao

    320 Massachusetts ave NE
    In Bistro Cacao’s historic location we now invite you to enjoy our new concept of bistro-style French cuisine blending old France with modern creative touches.
    Capitol Hill
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Montmartre


    327 7th St SE
  • Peregrine Espresso

    Peregrine Espresso

    660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
    Coffee bar. Capitol Hil. 14th St. Washington, DC
  • Monocle


    107 D St NE
    A historic American steak and seafood restaurant on Capitol Hill since 1960. We've entered our 51st year on Capitol Hill in 2011!
    Capitol Hill
  • Port City Java

    Port City Java

    701 North Carolina Avenue S.E.
    Globally Grown. Carolina Roasted.
  • Bistro Bis

    Bistro Bis

    15 E St NW
  • Lavagna


    539 8th St SE
    Simply Fresh Italian. All pastas made in-house fresh daily.
  • DC-3


    423 8th St SE
    A tribute to the American Hot Dog!
  • The Sweet Lobby

    The Sweet Lobby

    404 8th Street SE
    Washington DC's newest Boutique Bakery and Premiere Macaron House!
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