36 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in Washington DC.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
Declaration is right near Nats Park and has a wide-ranging menu and a daily Happy Hour so it’s perfect for a group dinner or brunch before a game.
This new location of All Purpose in the Navy Yard is serving pizza and Italian appetizers on the water, and is a quick walk to Nats Park.
Chicken + Whiskey’s name says it all: it’s a casual Peruvian chicken spot in the front, and a vinyl bar with 100 varieties of whiskey in the back.
Lucky Buns in Adams Morgan is a versatile, open-late burger spot with unique toppings that’s perfect for when Jumbo Slice just won’t cut it.
Surfside is where you go for Mexican around Glover Park. Take advantage of their roof.
It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
Bistro 1521 does casual Filipino food in Ballston. Add it to your lunch or weeknight dinner rotation.
If you're looking for a place to start or end a big night in Shaw, the Hong Kong-style food at Tiger Fork is an excellent option.
Zenebech in Adams Morgan is a DC classic, and the Ethiopian is some of the best in town.
Hill Country is a DC barbecue VIP, and it’s conveniently located in Penn Quarter.
Northside Social is a coffee shop by day and a wine bar at night. If you live in Arlington, it will come in handy at least once a week.
Most of the Chinese food in Arlington is sub-par. Peter Chang is the exception.
In the middle of Clarendon, Cava Mezze is a solid spot for a Mediterranean group dinner or brunch.
Pupatella doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s serving the best pizza in Arlington.