Looking for a special place to toast your accomplishments, but don’t want to travel too far? Look no farther than Kinkead’s, located right on campus. The menu offers a variety of seafood dishes like pan-seared sea scallops and crispy whole yellow tail snapper. Be sure to save room for dessert, with homemade ice cream and caramelized pineapple macadamia nut tart, tempting to any sweet tooth.
2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Metro: Blue or Orange lines to Foggy Bottom, kinkead.com
Capitol City Brewing Company
Those seeking a relaxed setting should try Capitol City Brewing Company, located next to Union Station. The big screen televisions provide entertainment, and the menu offers pizza, sandwiches and burgers, with a selection of signature brews. Top off your meal with the all-American apple pie or an old-fashioned root beer float.
2 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Metro: Red Line to Union Station, capcitybrew.com
Luigi’s Pizzeria Restaurant
Hailed by locals as the best pizza in D.C., Luigi’s is a great place for an informal dinner. Pizzas with dozens of toppings and a wide selection of pasta dishes will satisfy any cravings.
1132 19th St. NW, Metro: Red Line to Dupont Circle, famousluigis.com
Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar – Kennedy Center
Enjoy fine dining and spectacular views of the District and the Potomac at the Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar, located at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide perfect views of the city while you dine from the four-course, French-inspired menu which offers plenty of options for a decadent meal.
2700 F St. NW, Metro: Blue or Orange lines to Foggy Bottom, free shuttle from the station, kennedy-center.org/visitor/restaurants
Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant
For those with an adventurous palate, try Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant. The menu offers traditional Ethiopian dishes with meat and vegetarian options. Low, round tables and sizable portions served on large trays make the atmosphere perfect for sharing. The restaurant’s specialty is the Meskerem Tibbs, lamb sauteed with onion, green chili, butter, and herbs.
2434 18th St. NW, Metro: Red Line to Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan, meskeremethiopianfood.com