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The Best Places to Eat on the Capitol Riverfront

District Winery - Winery, Bar and Restaurant on the Capitol Riverfront in Washington, DC

Your guide to the best restaurants in this resurgent DC neighborhood

After a decades-long hiatus, baseball returned to DC in 2006, as the Washington Nationals came to town after relocating from Montreal. By 2008, the city had a brand-new ballpark in the form of Nationals Park, which revitalized the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Now, there are numerous notable restaurant and bar options that make for jovial times, whether it’s baseball season or not.

Whaley's - Places to Eat and Drink in Capitol Riverfront - Washington, DC

Home Run Dining

When attending a Nationals game, you will find a plethora of food and drink options; most are local favorites, including Ben’s Chili Bowl and G by Mike Isabella. Check out our breakdown to learn more about what you can enjoy on game day inside Nationals Park.

SoHo import Osteria Morini serves up the flavors of northern Italy (think prosciutto, mortadella and parmigiana) in its DC outpost, which offers one of the neighborhood’s best riverfront views. Due South offers neighbors and Nats fans another nice waterfront view with a side of Southern cuisine (Bacon-braised collard greens? Yes, please!).

Agua 301 boasts some of the best Mexican cuisine in the neighborhood, with a modern take on traditional recipes and an extensive list of tequila offerings. Scarlet Oak, named for the District’s official tree, caters to foodies and Nats fans alike with a classic American menu. Chef Leo Garcia, who worked as a sous chef at acclaimed Shaw locale The Red Hen, brings some gravitas to the Capitol Riverfront restaurant with his credentials.

A visit to The Salt Line transports diners from the District to an idyllic New England setting straight from a postcard. Enjoy classics like a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth lobster roll or try an inspired concoction from chef Kyle Bailey – uni carbonara, anyone?

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC

Whaley’s oyster and raw bar offers up beach-themed fun to the riverfront. Top it all off with a scoop or two from Ice Cream Jubilee, a homegrown ice cream shop with fun and creative flavors on Water Street.

Bars and Breweries

Proximity to a baseball park means many people are in search of great beer. The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is making a name for itself in this arena with the buzzworthy Bluejacket Brewery.

From beer director Greg Engert (who established himself with Washington’s wildly popular beer-focused restos, Birch & Barley/Churchkey), Bluejacket allows beer-lovers to sample experimental brews made on-site. The popular brewery features a rotating selection of 20 beers and five cask ales along with an all-American food menu at its adjacent restaurant, Arsenal.

Monkfish dinner from Ana Restaurant at the District Winery - Winery and restaurant in Washington, DC

Sports bar The Big Stick also offers an expansive menu of beers on tap, while beer garden The Brig makes for a fun outdoor drinking option in the warmer months.

Wine and Dine

The latest gem to grace this buzzworthy neighborhood is the 17,000-square-foot District Winery, home to a sleek winery and Ana, a restaurant specializing in unique dishes like Maryland crab beignets and pastrami-spiced monkfish. Start your wine-filled day with a tour of the on-site facilities, which includes a flight at the tasting bar, before settling down for seasonal new American fare and waterfront views at Ana, where there’s space for 50-plus diners indoors and 80 more on the adjoining patio. Considering the winery opened recently, all of its current pours were produced specifically for DC at Brooklyn Winery until the on-site wine production process begins bottling its vintages.

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Capitol Riverfront Dining Map

Where to eat in this resurgent DC neighborhood