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.
Unconventional Diner (0.2 miles)
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.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (0.2 miles)
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.
Sfoglina (0.3 miles)
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.
Zaytinya (0.3 miles)
DBGB Kitchen & Bar (0.3 miles)
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.
China Chilcano (0.5 miles)
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.
Central Michel Richard (0.7 miles)
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.
Fiola (0.7 miles)