From ballpark bites to upscale eats, here are our favorite spots for grub near Nationals Stadium
If you’re headed to the World Series, rest assured that not all spots near Nationals Stadium are concession stands and quick-service selections. With more options than ever, the Navy Yard offers plenty of satisfying choices for foodies, hangry friends and family, and simply anyone looking for a delicious pre- or post-game meal. The beautiful neighborhood is home to an all-star lineup of eclectic restaurants including several excellent bistros, bars, and happy hour specials. For leisurely sit-down meals or quick bites, the Navy Yard is the place to be. The restaurants are so good, even after the season you may find yourself coming back and pre-gaming for next year.
79 Potomac Ave, SE
For pizza lovers (and aren’t we all?) this hot spot is the perfect solution. Located directly on the riverfront, you can get your pizza fix on the huge patio overlooking the water and accompany the view with excellent brews on tap. Menu options include the Curveball with barbecue chicken and The Buona with hot honey, making this an obvious go-to place for serious pizza aficionados. There’s no wrong order in the house, so bring your friends and enjoy a few different pies before the game.
1331 4th St, SE
Take things up a notch and make a reservation at this sleek and elegant Navy Yard destination. The small plates are fun to share but there are a few larger dishes like the spice roasted chicken, if you’re looking for more of an entrée. Meet your friends at Happy Hour from 5-7pm and enjoy plenty of delicious food special and drinks at the bar.
79 Potomac Ave, SE
When you’re looking for a casual stop with modern comfort fare, look no further than this beer garden. Located between the river and Nationals Park in the Dock 79 development, you’ll love the innovative indoor/outdoor concept that includes a huge 800-person beer garden and 26 brews. Enjoy a quick outdoor meal and simplified menu or head inside for a full-service restaurant and bar.
El Bebe & Circa
99 M St, SE
It wouldn’t be a proper list if we didn’t include something for Taco Tuesday (read: Taco Any Day!). This location holds two restaurant concepts in one space for all the picky eaters in your group. There’s Circa, an American Bistro, with the adjoining El Bebe for Mexican fare. Enjoy tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and of course, margaritas. Come early for the incredible Happy Hour specials and relax on the outdoor patio.
1015 Half St, SE
Sure it’s a chain, but that hankering for double-fried goodness is undeniable. Menu options are limited, but sometimes that’s exactly what you want when you’re trying to keep your head in the game. The variety of wings choices like spicy and soy garlic prove that keeping it simple doesn’t mean skimping on flavor.
300 Tingey St, SE
If you’ve ever been here before a Nat’s game you know that this is everyone’s favorite brewery. Housed in an old Navy Factory, the huge ceilings and enormous outdoor area make the wait times worth it. If the shoulder-to-shoulder atmosphere isn’t your vibe, come back after the season for a causual date night or group dinner.
1237 1st St. SE
From vegetarians to keto dieters, there’s no better spot to meet your friends with a crowd-pleasing menu. Sandwiches, wings, salads, pizza, and everything in between makes this the ultimate game day hot spot.
What’s your favorite game day place to eat near Nationals Stadium? Go Nats!!