Best Places To Eat Before The Game In Washington DC

July 31, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: DC-3

There is nothing that says summertime quite like enjoying a baseball game at our beloved Nationals Stadium. The stadium has recently upped its dining and scene and does offer several fast food dining options, but why not treat yourself to something more exciting before you watch the game? You are going to be exerting a lot of energy yelling and cheering, so might as well fuel up before! Here are some great dining restaurants near the stadium, all within about five minutes.

We, The Pizza
305 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4008

There is nothing quite like a big pizza pie to make it great night. We, The Pizza has everything from a classic cheese pizza to a decadent mushroom and truffle pizza, so there is something for everyone, kids and adults, picky eaters and adventurous foodies. The spinach and artichoke pie with creamy béchamel sauce and aged provolone is a local favorite, as is the white pizza with four kinds of cheese. Many of the pizzas are offered by the slice, so you can sample a couple of different ones. The menu also includes wings, salads and an array of fancy homemade sodas. Fun and casual dining at We, The Pizza is the perfect start to your night at the ballpark.

Justin’s Café
Velocity Building
1025 1st St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 652-1009

Classic American food is the name of the game at Justin’s Café, including sandwiches, pizza and an extensive beer list. Try the grilled cheese with sweet tomato soup, the hand-cut fries and creamy guacamole. For dessert, it serves pie from DC’s famous Dangerously Delicious Pies. Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is laid-back, so it is a great place to relax and grab some grub before you tackle the crowds at the game. Enjoy your meal in a comfortable spot without having to stand in line.

Cava Mezze
527 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-9090

For a pre- or post-game Mediterranean feast, head to Cava. With a few different locations around the city, Cava Capitol Hill is one of the best, with outdoor seating and a charming rooftop. Halloumi cheese sliders, herb fries, zucchini fritters and mini gyros are just a few of the delicious small plates you can dive into at Cava. Its food is great for sharing, so order with that in mind. Also be sure to get one of the delicious cocktails to wash it all down.

Related: Best Mediterranean Cuisine in DC

423 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-1935
www.eatdc3.comIf in a rush to get to the game, DC-3 may be your best option. With a menu that only serves hot dogs, you are guaranteed to get in and out quickly. It offers a variety of specialty dogs or you can get a plain one and choose from topping such as sriracha chili sauce, neon Chicago relish and sport peppers. There is even a veggie dog for vegetarians. Sides such as fried Oreos, cotton candy and French fries are also available, as is sweet soft serve for dessert. Prices are low, but flavor is high, so this is a great dining option before the big game.

Belga Café
514 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-0100

This Belgian café will offer you the best comfort food to indulge in right before the ballgame. Sinful mac ‘n cheese is addictive, sweet and savory waffles are plentiful and whatever you order goes well with a heap of authentic frites. Belgian beer is in abundance, but there are cocktails for non-beer aficionados as well. Desserts are part of the fun, and definitely fancier than you will get at the ballpark, so treat yourself to trio of crème brulee or decadent flourless chocolate cake. Take advantage of the outdoor seating area in the summer.

Related: Best Craft Beer Bars In DC

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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