Determining where to eat is always a challenge when you’re at a conference.

To help guide your decision making, we have a few suggestions.

bestbitesDCThe closest and most convenient eating spot is the hotel’s restaurant EDGAR Bar and Kitchen, an upscale and modern décor that features American cuisine. Breakfast service begins at 6:30 am for those that would like to grab a bite before the conference. For dining after the sessions end, the restaurant is open from 5:00–10:00 pm during the week.

If you have a taste for a more ethnic flavored cuisine and want to explore what DC has to offer, check out The Bombay Club, West End Bistro or Obelisk.

The Bombay Club has been deemed on of the top Indian restaurants in DC and has received several critics’ accolades. The ambiance captures the essence of the old clubs of India and different flavor from around the region. Dress code is smart casual and reservations are suggested.

West End Bistro is a cross between French bistro and contemporary American cuisine that mixes flavors of the Chesapeake, Provence and the French Riviera. Forbes Travel Guide – voted it the best place in Washington, DC to get Wine by the Glass. Again, dress code is smart casual and reservations are suggested.

Obelisk was named one of the best Italian Restaurants in DC by Zagat. Set menus and wine are presented in an informal townhouse setting. Reservations are a must.

If you are looking for a staple that always delivers, Morton’s The Steakhouse is only .3 miles away for the hotel.

Finally, if you are interested in a more relaxed casual atmosphere near DuPont Circle check out: Hanks Oyster Bar, St. Arnolds On Jefferson or Firefly.

Hanks Oyster Bar offers a raw bars, small plate options, reasonable prices and outdoor seating. If you love seafood, check out the Seafood Plateau.

St Arnold’s On Jefferson, located between N. Connecticut Ave & N 19th St. DuPont Circle, is a small Belgian pub known for their house Mussels with duck fat, frites and selection of Belgian beer.

Firefly is an urban neighborhood restaurant offering contemporary American comfort food. Locals recommend mini pot roast, deviled eggs, the 1/2 pound burger with a beer battered pickle or the mac and cheese. Reflecting the restaurant’s dedication to environmental sustainability, the decor consists of salvaged barn wood tables, recycled wine bottle glassware and a floor-to-ceiling “firefly tree”.

Many of these restaurants are located near DuPont Circle which is a short walk or a hop on the metro.  The hotel is 1 ½ blocks from Farragut North (Red Line) or 3 blocks from Farragut West (Blue and Orange Lines).

We would love to hear you how you enjoyed the food and where you visited during the conference. Feel free to give us your feedback below.