Washington, D.C. is home to numerous international cuisines, Michelin-starred restaurants, independent breweries and distillers, and so much more to serve every kind of diner. In 2016, Zagat.com named Washington, D.C. the Hottest Food City, in recognition of its highly rated, eclectic and rapidly expanding restaurant industry.
Near the Convention Center
Looking for places to eat near the Washington Convention Center? Check out this article for tips on restaurants and coffee shops closest to the Convention Center.
Reservations for six or more
AGU has partnered with SixPlus to help Fall Meeting attendees book a large party table, semi-private or private space while you’re visiting here in DC. We encourage you to book as early as possible as our meeting falls during the busy season for holiday luncheons and dinners in DC. Fill out your group dining needs here.
Some of the largest populations of Ethiopian and Salvadoran immigrants in the United States are in Washington, D.C. So be sure to check out Ethiopian specialties like doro wat and injera bread, or try Salvadoran pupusas with a side of curtido.
Looking for environmentally friendly vegetarian and vegan options? You’re likely to find several options on the menu at most restaurants in D.C.
If you are looking for gluten-free options, many fine dining restaurants offer gluten-free menus. The dishes are often already marked, or you can just ask!
History, Arts and Culture
Washington, D.C., has a rich and dramatic history and a vibrant and diverse culture. Enjoy awe-inspiring art galleries, unmatched museums, thriving performing arts and so much more.
With 19 Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo, there are ways to explore every interest. Delve deeper into science, art, history, or American culture. All of the Smithsonian museums offer free admission, making it easy to hop between museums until you find something you like.
You can also bike or walk along the National Mall to see iconic monuments like the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and Washington Monument while taking in the beauty of the Tidal Basin, reflecting pool, and Potomac River. Or opt to take a tour of the Capitol Building, or Library of Congress.
D.C. is also home to a number of theaters, concert venues, and paid museums. Learn more about other things to do through Destination DC.
Night at the Museums
One of the gems of Washington D.C. is the outstanding Smithsonian museums. Whether it’s the National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of African American History and Culture, you can find inspiration of one kind or another in every corner – and this year you will have the opportunity to experience a few of those museums in a new way. AGU will host a “Night at the Museums” for attendees and their families to enjoy after-hours open houses and curated museum tours on Thursday, 13 December 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at these four world-class Smithsonian Museums.