Washington Restaurants near National Museum of Natural History

Our list of the best food near National Museum of Natural History. Our top pick: Jaleo.
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  • National Museum of Natural History

    National Museum of Natural History

    10th St & Constitution Ave NW
    The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. With free admission and open doors 364 days a year, it is the most visited natural history museum in the world. Opened in 1910, the museum on the National Mall was one of the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to hold the national collections and research facilities. The main building has an overall area of 1.5 million square feet with 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space. In total, the museum has the space of 18 football fields and houses over 1,000 employees.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Jaleo

    Jaleo

    480 7th St NW
    Su-M 11:30AM-10PM, Tu-Th 11:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-midnight; brunch Sa-Su until 3PM. $20-40. Many credit this loud, happy restaurant in the Penn Quarter for the current boom in Spanish tapas bars. Serves tasty tapas and wonderful sangria, as well as a fantastic selection of ports and sherry. This is Jose Andrés' first restaurant, and one of the best options in the area. Expect to wait on a crowded F-Sa night.
    Downtown
  • Poste

    Poste

    555 8th St NW
    Breakfast: M-F 7AM-10AM; brunch: Sa-Su 8AM-3PM; lunch: M-F 11:30AM-3:30PM; dinner: M-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-10:30PM, Su 5PM-9PM. $30-70. The standard menu, while top-notch contemporary American, may not leave a truly lasting impression as would some of the more unique restaurants in this area, but the setting is gorgeous. Set in the historic 1842 neo-classical General Post Office building, modeled after the Roman Temple of Jupiter, Poste has arguably the flashiest and prettiest dining room in the city. The courtyard occupying the center of the block is a favorite Washingtonian spot in the summer for outdoor dining and drinks—craft beers and truffle fries are a happy hour staple of the trendier crowd downtown. There are a couple memorable special-occasion items on (or off) the menu, though: if you have a big group, you can get one of the government-named seafood towers, or even make special reservations for a "Poste Roast," involving private dining and a whole roasted lamb, pig, or goat.
    Downtown
  • Fogo de Chao

    Fogo de Chao

    1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner: M-Th 5PM-10PM, F 5PM-10:30PM, Sa 4:30PM-10:30PM, Su 4PM-9:30PM. Lunch: $32.50; dinner:49.50. This national (not international) chain has spread to most major U.S. cities, and is a big downtown hit everywhere it is. Brazilian cuisine can actually be a bit of a let down, with one exception—meat. This is basically an all-you-can-eat meat experience, and the meats are good (there are sides too, of course). Flip your green card up, and the chefs come with meat; flip it to red, and the chefs let you eat. Recognizing a certain weakness in the model, the restaurant also has a really nice salad bar, for a considerably lower price than the meat menu.
    Downtown
  • Proof Restaurant

    Proof Restaurant

    775 G St NW
    Lunch: Tu-F 11:30AM-2PM; dinner: M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9:30PM. $35-60. The coziest fine dining establishment downtown, Proof is a choice date spot, with a "wine-centric" ethos—hosts want nothing better than to help you discover better and better wines, so be sure to ask recommendations for pairings (and cheeses—the charcuterie platters here are the best in town). Doubling as a dedicated wine bar, Wine comes by the taste, glass, or bottle. The cocktails are also pretty fabulous. Food is contemporary American, with a vague Mediterranean bent. Lunch deals are excellent, including wine, if you don't mind an early start to your drinking!
    Downtown
  • Zaytinya

    Zaytinya

    701 9th St NW
    Authentic Eastern Mediterranean small plates in Gallery Place, DC Chef/Owner: José Andrés Head Chef: Michael Costa GM: Patrick Desotelle
    Downtown
  • Zaytinya

    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.
    Downtown
  • Minibar

    Minibar

    855 E Street NW
    Seating times Tu-Sa 6PM and 8:30PM, Su 5PM and 7:30PM. $150. Mr. Andrés' wild culinary ride through molecular-gastronomy. Reservations are hard to come by at this six-customer, two-chef restaurant, which will serve you a 30-course meal of everything from cotton candy foie gras to lobster injection to beet tumbleweed. Even by its own extreme standards, the Dragon Popcorn caused a local stir last year—caramelized curry popcorn dipped into liquid nitrogen, which causes smoke to come out your nose after eating. Reservations open up one month in advance, and you should call at 10AM if you want to get one (and watch out for the rude reservations lady).
    Downtown
  • Fogo de Chão

    Fogo de Chão

    1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    The gaucho way of preparing meat.
    Downtown
  • Graffiato

    Graffiato

    707 6th St NW
    Su-Tu 11:30AM-11PM, W-Sa 11:30AM-midnight. $20-50, tasting menu: $55. Outside D.C., Mike Isabella is best known as a Top Chef "all star," but in D.C. he's known for some of the best Italian food in the city, served in small-plate portions, out of this small downtown restaurant with a long waitlist for reservations. The top chef's own favorite dish is the simple hand-cut spaghetti, adorned only with garlic, cherry tomatoes, and thai basil.
    Downtown
  • Clyde's

    Clyde's

    707 7th St NW
    M-Th 11AM-2AM, F 11AM-3AM, Sa 10AM-3AM, Su 10AM-2AM. $15-35. Clyde's is as solid and safe an option as any downtown, and it's right dead center at Gallery Place. The cavernous multilevel building,attractive, wooden and dimly lit in a sort of Victorian grand-old-hotel fashion, provides a lot of comfy seating. The food here is virtually identical to the "traditional Washingtonian" that you would find at the famous Old Ebbitt Grill, although perhaps a little better prepared, and no reservations required. It's a great after-dinner or after-theater option, to sit at one of its three lovely bars and have a few drinks. Or finagle a table and have those drinks with a little dessert, or something off the fantastic oyster menu.
    Downtown
  • Oyamel

    Oyamel

    401 7th St NW
    Authentic Mexican ingredients and techniques taken to a level of creativity that you won't expect.Chef/Owner: José Andrés Head Chef:Omar Rodriguez GM: Michael Iglesias
    Downtown
  • Graffiato

    Graffiato

    707 6th St NW
    Chef Mike Isabella's Italian-inspired restaurant in D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood.
    Downtown
  • Carmine's

    Carmine's

    425 7th Street NW
    From our family to yours, thank you for making Carmine's your favorite Family Style Italian for the past 20 years! Grazie <3CarminesNYC on Twitter
    Downtown
  • Co Co. Sala

    Co Co. Sala

    929 F St NW
    DC's premier chocolate lounge & boutique.
    Downtown
  • Old Ebbitt Grill

    Old Ebbitt Grill

    675 15th St NW
  • Lincoln's Waffle Shop

    Lincoln's Waffle Shop

    504 10th St NW
    M-F 5:30AM-7PM, Sa-Su 5:30AM-3PM. $4-12. An extraordinarily rare creature: a diner in downtown D.C. A dive that serves good waffles, assorted breakfast foods, coffee, and burgers. Skip this place if you've been committing crimes, though—it's packed with police.
    Downtown
  • Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

    Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

    704 7th St NW
    If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!
    Downtown
  • The Hamilton

    The Hamilton

    600 14th St NW
    restaurant; live music venue / #EatDrinkListen
    Downtown
  • Oya Restaurant & Lounge

    Oya Restaurant & Lounge

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

    Zengo

    781 7th St NW
    HAPPY HOUR $5 Latin-Asian Cocktails $5 Small Plates Monday-Saturday 5-7:30PM at the Bar & Lounge
    Downtown
  • Chef Geoff's (Downtown)

    Chef Geoff's (Downtown)

    1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    5 Restaurants in Washington DC Area
    Downtown
  • Ceiba

    Ceiba

    701 14th St NW
    For menus or reservations check out www.ceibarestaurant.com.
    Downtown
  • Proof

    Proof

    775 G St NW
    "Wine is Proof that God loves us..."
    Downtown
  • Luke's Lobster

    Luke's Lobster

    624 E Street NW
    Luke Holden and his team are serving delicious and affordable lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, crab claws, chowders and beers -\-\ all fresh from Maine!
    Downtown
  • Rasika

    Rasika

    633 D St NW
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