Chinatown/Convention Center

Restaurants in Chinatown/Convention Center

Adjacent to the lobby of the International Spy Museum, this casual café is ideal for a quick bite before or after touring the exhibits.

Appropriately, this Penn Quarter restaurant, located right next door to the Spy Museum, feels straight out of James Bond. Champagne-filled ice buckets punctuate a series of dining rooms set against a dramatic backdrop of mirrored walls and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Owner Nick Fontana, a native Texan, opened Capital Q with the goal of creating an authentic Texas barbecue joint, complete with cafeteria-style ordering, wooden stools, and paper towel rolls on the tables.

Former Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, and Theodore Roosevelt once frequented this iconic restaurant, established just half a block from the White House in 1856.

Although its name and appearance call to mind the standard Chinese takeout joint in Anytown, USA, Chinatown Express, located on the same block as the Verizon Center, is anything but.

Straight out of southern Louisiana, Acadiana serves up Cajun and Creole fusion and Southern-style cocktails in an expansive glassed-in space designed to mimic a grand New Orleans dining hall.

Mexican tile and native folk craft lend an authentic feel to this first-outside-of-NYC Rosa Mexicano location splendidly housed in the restored 1924 Hecht's building.

Housed inside the 1841 General Post Office building, Poste Moderne Brasserie serves updated American cuisine in an environmentally-friendly atmosphere. The restaurant uses vegetables and herbs from an organic garden, serves organic coffee, and practices composting.

Owned by José Andrés, Rob Wilder, and Roberto Alvarez of ThinkFoodGroup, Jaleo opened in 1993 and serves traditional Spanish tapas, as well as paellas and sangrias.

For a guy with a jet-black mohawk and skateboarding sneakers, Proof’s wine director, Sebastian Zutant, is on surprisingly familiar terms with some very fancy wines.

Owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, the Source is an acclaimed pan-Asian restaurant located inside the Newseum. The restaurant is divided into two sections: a formal upstairs dining room and a casual downstairs lounge inspired by traditional Japanese izakayas (after-work drinkin

The more casual sister restaurant to Marcel’s, this traditional Belgian brasserie opened in the McPherson Square neighborhood in 2007.