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Looking for a quick and easy spot for lunch while you are touring DC with your family? A food court has something for everyone and there are several in DC to keep in mind as you visit the sights in the city.

Union Station Food Court DC

Union Station

Located near the U.S. Capitol, accessible by metro and home to many of the city’s tour bus companies, Union Station is a convenient place to stop for a quick bite to eat. Located on the lower level of Union Station, you will find typical fast food eateries such as Pizzeria Uno, Burger King and China Kitchen. One of my favorites, Chipotle, is also located there. If you would like to sit down with a waiter try Johnny Rockets for a hamburger.

  • Location:  Union Station Metro Stop on the red line or 50 Massachusetts Ave., NE
  • Hours: Monday – Friday: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm (Some hours may vary; not all food court vendors open at 6AM, visit individual listings for specific hours.)

Ronald Reagan Building Food Court

Ronald Reagan International Trade Building

Another convenient place to stop for lunch is the lower level of the Ronald Reagan Building. Known as one of largest federal buildings in the city and home to many government agencies, the building is also home to a food court which is open to the public. (You will have to go through metal detectors to enter the building.) The Ronald Reagan Building is located downtown near the National Mall which makes it a convenient place to stop if you have spent the morning touring the monuments or visiting the Smithsonian Museums.

  • Location: Federal Triangle Metro Stop on the orange/blue lines or 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (breakfast served 7:00 am – 10:00 am, limited vendors), Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm (March 1 – August 31 only) (Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day)

National Place DC

National Place

The food court at National Place (or in the National Press Club Building) is also conveniently located downtown and near the White House and Metro Center. Here you will find Five Guys Hamburgers, which is always a hit. You will also find Quiznos Subs and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Click here for a complete list and coupons!

  • Location: Metro Center on the orange/blue and red lines or 13th and F Street, NW
  • Hours: Monday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm, Tuesday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm, Wednesday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm, Thursday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm, Friday: 7:15 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Old Post Office Pavilion food court DC

Old Post Office Pavilion

The Old Post Office Pavilion – home to the Bell Tower, a must see – is also home to a food court in the buildings atrium. You will find everything from bagels to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and pizza here and it is just a block away from the National Mall. Click here for a complete list of restaurants.

  • Location: Federal Triangle Metro Stop on the orange/blue line or 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Hours: Summer Schedule (March 28 to Labor Day) Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm Winter Schedule (Labor Day to March 27) Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A hungry kid never makes a good tourist, but these options allow you to make a quick stop to refuel.


  • Comment by WT — May 20, 2013 @ 4:53 am

    Great tips – thank you

  • Comment by Carol Jackson — August 8, 2015 @ 7:22 pm

    We were in DC from Jul 23-30 and stumbled upon National Place…and it was FANTASTIC! Way better than eating off the food trucks on the street! It’s a hidden gem and not sure if many tourists know about it but I am glad we found it! The falafel sandwich at Grill kabob was THE BEST I HAVE EVER tasted and we went back a 2nd day!

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