You will find a plethora of dining options in the neighborhood three blocks north of the conference hotel on Crystal Drive (and on the nearby cross streets), including:
- Bar Louie (American), 320 23rd Street South
- Highline RxR, (Beer and burgers) 2010 Crystal Drive, $
- Jaleo (Superb Spanish tapas), 2250-A Crystal Drive, $$$
- Kora (Italian), 2250-B Crystal Drive, $$
- Legal Sea Foods, 2301 Jefferson Davis Highway (on the corner of 23rd Street S.), $$
- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steak Restaurant, 2010 Crystal Drive, $$
- Morton’s The Steakhouse, 1750 Crystal Drive, $$$
- Neramitra Thai, 2200-I Crystal Drive, $$
- Queen Amannisa (Recommended spot for Uyghur cuisine), 320 23rd Street S., $$
- Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 2231 Crystal Drive - 11th Floor, $$$
- Ted’s Montana Grill, (American) 2200-A Crystal Drive, $$
In the same general area, there are plenty of places for a fast, casual lunch, including:
Chipotle Mexican Grille (2231 Crystal Drive, #100), Cosi (2011 Crystal Drive, #100), (2450 Crystal Drive), Mezeh Mediterranean Grill (2450 Crystal Drive), Noodles and Co (2011 Crystal Drive), The Perfect Pita (2345 Crystal Drive), Pizza Autentica (2450 Crystal Drive), Starbucks (2231 Crystal Drive, #160), sweetgreen (2200 Crystal Drive), and We, The Pizza (2100 Crystal Drive).
On 23rd Street
There is also a string of restaurants slightly further away on 23rd Street, South. To get there, go north two blocks on Crystal Drive and turn left to go west on 23rd. Cross Route 1 (aka Jefferson Davis Highway), which is a highway with traffic lights. You will find the following options on the other side of the highway:
- La Bettola Italiano, 558 23rd Street South, $$
- Bob & Edith’s Diner, 539 23rd Street South, $$
- Bonsai Grill (Sushi), 553 23rd Street South, $$
- Café Italia, 519 23rd Street South, $$
- Cantina Mexicana (Tex-Mex), 515 23rd Street South, $$
- Enjera (Ethiopian and Eritrean), 549 23rd Street South, $$
- Freddie’s Beach Bar (Gay Bar and Grill), 555 23rd Street South, $$
- Kabob Palace (The opposite of fancy, but spicy and delicious.), 2315 S. Eads Street, $
- Portofino (Northern Italian), 526 23rd Street South, $$
- Taj of India, 509 23rd Street South, $$
- Top Thai, 523 23rd Street South, $$
- Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grill (Sports Bar), 567 23rd Street South, $$
Most of the D.C. area’s top restaurants require reservations a month or more in advance. However, there are a few wonderful restaurants that may be accessed by standing on line for an hour or more before opening time (check the web for more details). These include:
- 2Amys (Neapolitan-style Pizza), Bad Saint (Filipino), Etto (Pizza and Italian influenced), Himitsu (Sushi), Little Serow (Thai), Pupatella (Neapolitan-style Pizza), and Rose’s Luxury (Eclectic)
The following neighborhoods are full of great restaurants of every description. All are in the district, unless indicated:
- 14th Street Northwest / U Street Corridor – U Street or Dupont Circle Metro stops. We are partial to Compass Rose (worldwide street food), Le Diplomate (French, might be tough to get in), and Etto (Pizza and Italian influenced).
- Adams Morgan – Dupont Circle Metro stop, then walk northeast.
- Annandale, VA (especially for Korean food) – No Metro. We are partial to Gom Ba Woo (Korean) and A&J (Northern Chinese dim sum).
- Ballston, VA – Ballston Metro stop. We are partial to Rus Uz (Russian/Uzbek cuisine).
- Capitol Hill / 8th Street Southeast – Eastern Market Metro stop. Great neighborhood for a stroll, especially north of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. We are partial to Ambar (Balkan) and Montmartre (French).
- Chinatown – Gallery Place Metro stop. This neighborhood features restaurants of every description, but not that many Chinese restaurants remain. We are partial to Daikaya Izakaya (Japanese noodle soup), Jaleo (tapas), and Zatinya (Greek/Lebanese/Turkish small plates).
- Clarendon, VA – Clarendon Metro stop. We are partial to Ambar Clarendon (Balkan).
- Del Rey, VA – Short taxi ride from the hotel to a lovely, homey neighborhood. We are partial to Cheesetique.
- Dupont Circle – Dupont Circle Metro stop. We are partial to DGS Deli (Montreal style) and Pizzeria Paradiso.
- Eden Center – No Metro. Vietnamese shopping center teaming with restaurants, bars, and banh mi shops.
- Georgetown – Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop, then walk west on Pennsylvania to M Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
- H Street Northeast - Union Market Metro stop, then take the streetcar east. We are partial to Dangerously Delicious Pies, Ethiopic (Ethiopian), Maketto (Cambodian/Thai), and Toki Underground (noodle soup).
- Old Town, VA – King Street Metro stop, then walk east on King Street.