Great Eats on the Hill: Check out 6 Great Restaurants on Capitol Hill
While you visit one of D.C.'s most popular tourists areas, make sure to stop in for a bite to eat at one of these 6 restaurants.
Capitol Hill is a popular tourist spot in Washington D.C. At any time of the week, you can see people from all over the world with their eyes wide open. This should be a sign that it’s their first time in D.C. They are so amazed at all of the wonderful things around them that they cannot control themselves. Washington D.C. does that to you, so there’s no need to be surprised.
Another aspect of Capitol Hill tourists and locals like to experience is the restaurants. This district of the nation’s capital is home to many flavorful and delicious restaurants. Some people even come to this district specifically for its restaurants. But regardless of your reasoning for coming to Capitol Hill or Washington D.C., makes sure to give one of these restaurants a try.
A bright and contemporary establishment that gives you delicious options, and lets you watch your food being prepared. If you choose to sit on their balcony, take a look down at some of the best in the culinary arts making some pizza.
Their menu consists of two main sections. They have their bistro options, which includes burgers, salads, and sandwiches. It also includes some creative entrees, like pan seared salmon, Italian sausage rigatoni, and porcini rubbed ribeye. This menu is where you can get a slice of home cooking if you’re feeling homesick.
The other section of the menu includes their pizza options. This is one of Matchbox’s main attractions. It sure has caught my eye since I am such a pizza fan. You can choose classic flavors or try one of their original recipes, including a chef’s pick. Try their prosciutto & black mission fig or their spicy soppressata salami & wild mushroom pizza, if you want to give your taste buds a rush of flavor.
Matchbox also has a full bar, so order some of their delicious food and then order a specialty cocktail. You’ll have a great time and want to come back for more.
Address: 521 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 548-0369
Ted’s has a classic pub look, but their menu and services add a few gourmet layers to the establishment. It’s a small place, but Ted’s serves you breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. This adds a whole lot of weight to a small venue. And to make things even better, they serve breakfast all day and dinner all night. So if you’re someone who loves breakfast at 2 p.m., Ted’s is the place to be.
For breakfast, get delicious omelets, corned beef hash, or one of their breakfast combinations. If this got you hooked on Ted’s cooking, then return for dinner. The dinner menu features hearty options that will probably make you ask for a box at the end of the night. Try their buttermilk country fried steak or the meatloaf with Mingo County ketchup glaze, and fill your stomach with delight. There are, of course, many other options on these menus, so don’t feel bad if you experience some indecisiveness about which wonderful flavors you want to try. It happens to a lot of people. After your dinner or breakfast, check out the dessert menu and order yourself a milkshake, carrot cake, or one of Ted’s tarts.
Like I said before, Ted’s has a classic pub look, but you’ll experience more than a bartender and pub grub. Check them out during your stay in D.C. and enjoy the classic films always playing while you eat.
Address: 505 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 544-8337
Acqua Al 2
After you learned Acqua started in Florence, then you already know they’re going to serve you some of the best Italian food in the city. Acqua’s cozy storefront will draw you in automatically. With a menu outside for you to peruse, you can judge whether or not this place is for you. Sometimes a restaurant can look really nice, but the food is less than scrumptious. That won’t happen at Acqua. And even if nothing on the menu fits your fancy, head on inside anyway and order a glass of wine.
Inside is a rich environment with polished wooden floors and wooden chairs. You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a little nook of Italy, which by itself brings a sense of style and comfort. With a full bar offering cocktails, Italian craft beers, and wine, there are plenty of drink options to go with their exquisite menu. Classic Italian dishes like pasta and bruschetta are offered, but you can also get a classic American dish with a bit of an Italian twist. An example would be their New York Strip steak that’s served on top of arugula, grape tomatoes, shaved parmesan, and olive oil. Your taste buds might get confused because they don't know how to classify the deliciousness. It’s neither Italian nor American; it’s Acqua.
Once you’re done with dinner, I don’t need to tell you to order dessert. With one look at the menu, you’ll do it yourself. Have fun at Acqua and enjoy the cozy surroundings. I’m sure they’ll entice you to come back for more.
Address: 212 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 525-4375
This establishment lets you choose where you want to indulge in their delicious French fare. With an outdoor patio that leads right into the indoor dining, you’ll feel like you’re in France regardless of where you choose to sit. The décor and mellow atmosphere bring you right across the Atlantic Ocean and into the heart of Paris. When it comes to French restaurants, I believe the décor and presentation are just as important as the menu itself. The way your patrons feel affects the dishes they order. If you don’t believe me, give this place a shot, and you’ll see what I am talking about.
Montmartre has a brunch, lunch, and dinner menu, allowing you to take a trip to France all throughout the day. Take a chance with their appetizers like snails, roasted beets, and steak tartar. Once that delectable order has been placed, move on down the line to the entrees. They have a Classic French Corner, which has dishes like lamb navarin, beef bourguignon, and Coq au Vin. And then their other entrees include seared hangar steak, roasted lamb rack, and a seared cod filet. All of this are garnished and cooked with the best and most famous French ingredients, bringing out some of the greatest flavors in the world.
Need some French fare during your trip to Washington D.C.? Look no further than Montmartre. And all French fare goes better with wine, so you already know Montmartre has your back. Check out their drink lists and order a glass of delicious red for me.
Address: 327 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 544-1244
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
Sonoma brings the great tastes and flair of California all the way to the nation’s capital. With a somber and elegant décor, Sonoma takes things to a whole other level with their dining experience. Take a seat outside, inside, or on one of their comfortable couches, and soak up the rich atmosphere and cozy smells. It’s the perfect spot to have a quiet drink with a few friends, so make sure you capitalize on their full bar when you visit.
Their menu can be referred to as “New American.” With small and large plates to choose from, you’ll be able to order delectable dishes that may look minimal, but they deliver with full blasts of flavor. Enjoy tasty delights like pork rillettes, charred octopus, and squid ink spaghetti. If these dishes don’t sound too satisfying, their burgers and pizzas will surely satisfy you with familiar tastes.
Sonoma is a great place to dine out with friends, a date, or members of the family. Try their creative and delicate tastes while sipping on a delicious glass of wine. You’ll soon realize these New American flavors are your new classic favorites.
Address: 223 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 544-8088
Here’s a local favorite that has been serving Washington D.C. for more than 50 years. With a simple but elegant interior, Monocle will fill you with extravagance and satisfying tastes. The waiters are decked out in classic serving attire, so you immediately feel a sense of importance and dedication you can’t find at a lot of Washington D.C. establishments. They’ll take care of you 100 percent of the time, because they care about the food they serve and your overall experience.
All of Monocle’s dishes go wonderfully with a glass of wine, so order a delicious Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon with your meal. The dinner menu includes elegant twists on American favorites. Enjoy their BLT salad or baby arugula salad with shaved parmesan and pears, and then order a New York sirloin steak or the blue crab cakes. You’ll notice that it’s not just steak or seafood; these are some of the best tasting entrees you’ve ever had.
Enjoy your meal and then get something sweet from the dessert menu. It’ll put the perfect accent on the end of your Monocle experience.
Address: 107 D Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 546-4488
Capitol Hill has many more restaurants to choose from, but these are some of the district’s greats. You’ll most likely find yourself on Capitol Hill at some point during your D.C. adventures, and you know you’ll get hungry. These six restaurants will satisfy your cravings for American and international favorites.
Have fun in D.C., and have fun feeling the ultimate satisfaction these restaurants will bring you.
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