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Guide to Express Lunches Near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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Instead of skipping lunch because you don’t have time, grab a quick bite at one of these restaurants that offer unique express lunch options.

A quick business lunch can be hard to come by in some cities, but DC has many express lunch options in proximity to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Check out these affordable multi-course lunches that will satisfy your hunger and penchant for sit-down service without taking up your entire afternoon.

1 Unconventional Diner (0.2 miles)

Ropa vieja dish from Unconventional Diner - Restaurant near the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC

The Shaw diner attached to the convention center is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. While the restaurant doesn’t take lunch reservations, menu items are available for dine-in or to-go if you are in a rush. Lunch options range from seasonal salads to fried chicken sandwiches and chickpea stew.

2 Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (0.2 miles)

Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar - Where to eat lunch near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC

Cuba Libre’s “Rapido Lunch” is a three-course lunch, all served at once. Four different three-course combinations are offered – Del Mar (seafood), Vegetariano (vegetarian), Pio Pio Pio (chicken) and Visit to Havana (classic). Prices range from $14 to $18.75. Lunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. –3 p.m.

3 Sfoglina (0.3 miles)

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This Italian restaurant downtown offers a lunch special that changes monthly and is offered at $26. The menu provides three courses of Mediterranean style health-conscious selections, featuring low sodium, low calorie, and low-fat items and a complimentary glass of craft Kombucha. Lunch is offered Monday through Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. with an all-day menu available.

4 Zaytinya (0.3 miles)

@zaytinyadc - Lunch at Zaytinya in Washington, DC

Zaytinya’s mezze lunch provides guests the option to choose three Mediterranean courses for $25. Favorites include Baba Ghannouge (mashed cooked eggplant with tahini), Falafel, Keftedes Kapama (Greek meatballs) and Turkish Delight. Lunch is served starting at 11 a.m.

5 DBGB Kitchen & Bar (0.3 miles)

@dbgbdc - Asparagus salad at DBGB Kitchen and Bar in CityCenterDC - French Cuisine in Washington, DC

French bistro DBGB offers “L’Express Lunch,” featuring three courses for $27. The first course is comparable to an appetizer with options such as seasonal soups and salads, followed by main courses ranging from fresh fish and pasta dishes to steak and burgers. Dessert can be enjoyed at the restaurant or taken to go. Lunch is available Monday through Friday starting at 11:30 a.m.

6 Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca (0.4 miles)

Pasta dish from Bibiana Osteria and Enoteca - Where to get an express lunch near the DC convention center

A quick lunch at the bar is easy at Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca. Lunch features one bowl, one drink and one sorbet. If you’re interested in an early happy hour, you can substitute your soft drink or iced tea for a $7 glass of red or white wine. For the main entree, choose between a bowl, pizza or sandwich for $13 and add on the seasonal sorbet for $3. Lunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

7 China Chilcano (0.5 miles)

@chinachilcano - Ceviche dishes at China Chilcano - Jose Andres restaurant in Washington, DC

China Chilcano offers Peruvian specialties in one hour or less for $20. Guests can choose three dishes from an assortment of options, pairing the restaurant’s chicken siu mai dumplings with a quinoa salad or choosing the spicy tuna roll and pairing it with Peru’s most iconic dessert, the suspiro Llimeña. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

8 Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (0.6 miles)

@oyameldc - Dish at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana in Penn Quarter - José Andrés restaurant in Washington, DC

Oyamel offers a three-course Mexican lunch for $20 that includes the choice of two antojitos and a taco or one menu item from three different categories – tortas, antojitos and tacos. Lunch is available Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m.

9 Central Michel Richard (0.7 miles)

Salmon dish from Central Michel Richard - Where to get a quick lunch in Downtown Washington, DC

Central’s French lunch special is perfect for a business meeting. The three-course special is $25.50 and comes with a choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. Options range from a chopped salad or French onion soup as an appetizer to seared salmon or a vegetarian curry option as an entree with crème brûlée for dessert. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

10 Fiola (0.7 miles)

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Fiola DC offers the “Maria Menu,” which is a healthy Mediterranean three-course offering. For $32, guests can choose from a variety of fresh appetizers, pasta or simply grilled entrees and Italian desserts. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.