Foggy Bottom is an exciting DC neighborhood located between The White House and the Potomac River. Home to George Washington University, The Kennedy Center, the Watergate Hotel, numerous government offices, and foreign embassies, it’s no wonder Foggy Bottom also has some of DC’s best restaurants. Here are some of our favorites, highlighting a wide range of culinary options.
Located just three blocks west of the White House is the flagship restaurant of the award-winning Founding Farmers. A destination for both locals and tourists, guests gather and enjoy their meals in a variety of specially designed spaces. The food is American Comfort with dishes ranging from appetizers, burgers, and salads to pasta, stews, steaks, seafood, and vegetarian entrees. Or perhaps you’re simply in the mood for a 1/4-lb, 100% Premium Steak-cut Hot Dog.
The bar has a full menu of craft cocktails made from scratch and a full selection of handcrafted beverages, including their very own house-made spirits, wines, scratch-made sodas, and an extensive beer list.
Opens Monday – Friday at 7:00 for breakfast; Lunch from 11:00 and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday at 8:30am.
2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566 | (202) 467-4600 | https://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/locations/dc/
Located on the shores of the Potomac just north of the Lincoln Memorial is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A world-renowned center dedicated to both classical and contemporary performances of theater, ballet, dance, music, comedy, opera, symphony, and more, the Kennedy Center is also for having one of the best places in DC to have dinner.
Located on the terrace level, the Roof Terrace Restaurant offers innovative adaptions of classic dishes using seasonal ingredients that showcase the global flavors and accentuate traditional French techniques. Enjoy some of the best skyline views of our nation’s capital before heading to a show.
Reservations: Strongly recommended;
Dinner from 5:00 to 8:00 PM before Concert Hall and Opera House evening performances
Kitchen Buffet Brunch 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM most Sundays
2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566 | (202) 416-8555 | http://roofterracedc.com
District Commons offers a 21st-century take on the traditional American tavern. This space stands the traditional dark wood tavern on its’ head, updating it with dynamic and stylish verve!
The tavern is anchored by a monumental raw bar and an open hearth oven for flatbreads and savory tarts. Fresh and perfectly prepared selections from seafood to steaks and more await. Be sure to check out our ‘Butchers’ Cuts’ at dinner – a showcase of mouth-watering offerings for every steak lover! A ‘Pig Board’ of ham and biscuits & cheese showcases a selection of America’s finest. Freshly baked bread and desserts round out your meal.
Sunday through Thursday nights at 10 pm (Sunday at 8 pm), we ring the Farm Bell for that evening’s Family Meal – each night a different offering. Fried Chicken, BBQ Brisket Platters, Burgers – all for $12 per person. Try one of our regional American drafts or exquisite wines, or sample from the 99 Beers on the Wall!
Burger Tap & Shake is a combination classic counter-service burger joint combined with a full-service bar. Focusing on premium sourcing & in-house production, Burger Tap & Shake makes everything from pickles to ice cream. The lineup of shakes includes all of the regulars, but also unique options such as Blueberry-Pomegranate, Double Espresso, and White Chocolate Mocha.
The bar is very nicely stocked with a wide variety of beers and there is a rotating assortment of evening specials. Spend your Sunday afternoon here for Sunday Funday and get $5 drafts all day.
2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037 | (202) 587-6258 | http://www.burgertapshake.com
On the east end of Foggy Bottom, just a short block from The White House is GCDC, a Grilled Cheese Bar by day and Wine & Cheese restaurant by night. Open since 2014, GCDC serves up a surprising menu of hot, gooey sandwiches, or you can create your own. Everything is made in-house and ingredients are sourced from local vendors.
At the bar, you’ll find a variety of cocktails, wines, and beer, including several from the area. Happy Hour is every Monday – Friday Night 4:00 – 6:30.
1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 | (202) 393-4232 | https://www.grilledcheesedc.com
A true slice of DC history, Quigley’s Pharmacy was opened in 1891 and in the early 20th century open a soda fountain that catered to students of GWU. In the 1940s, Margret Truman, daughter of the President, frequented Quigley’s for the hamburgers.
Tonic now features much more than soda fountain and burgers. Delivering true American comfort food with a twist, Tonic’s menu is reminiscent of your mother’s recipes – homemade mac n’ cheese, delicious hamburgers that are perfectly seasoned and topped with tasty fixings, specialty pizzas that satisfy every craving, and, of course, our signature tots fried to golden perfection.
Open Monday – Friday at 11:00, Saturday – Sunday at 10:00
2036 G St NW, Washington, DC 20036 | (202) 296-0211 | http://tonicrestaurantdc.com
On the very east side of Foggy Bottom, you’ll find The Bombay Club, a very popular restaurant that emulates characteristics of the old clubs of India. The cuisine is high-end India, utilizing quality ingredients compliment by an award-winning wine list, a nostalgic Club setting, and great service. A dinner jacket is not required, but don’t drop by wearing shorts and a baseball cap.
Lunch: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Mon – Thu 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Fri – Sat 5:00pm – 11pm, Sun 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm
815 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC 20006 | 202.659.3727 | https://bombayclubdc.com