Washington, D.C. is home to a number of distinguished restaurants and establishments noted for providing award-winning cuisine. You will find many diverse offerings intended to please any particular palate. While dinner is what most people think of when considering fine dining, lunchtime is also important, especially when you’re looking for a place to meet up with friends or take some time out of your work day to replenish your strength and enjoy the experience of eating. Here is a list of just a few of the many great spots you can meet up with friends, family and even clients for lunch in D.C.
Bread Line D.C.
1751 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

This gourmet sandwich stop and café has been serving the city since opening its doors in 1997. Widely popular for versatile artisan bread offerings of many kinds, it’s no wonder the lines form at Bread Line. From high-end specialty sandwiches to daily specials, this local lunchtime favorite dishes it all up, including other menu items like rolls, pastries, baguettes, cookies, soups, salads, made-to-order omelets, French toast and more. Customers also have a view of everything being freshly made onsite daily.

Bub And Pop’s
1815 M St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 457-1111

Since opening in 2013, Bub and Pop’s has been serving up what many declare are the best sandwiches in D.C. From the Italian hoagie that gets rave reviews to other home comforts, this little café is a great lunch spot to meet up at. Additional menu fixings include soups, salads, specialty pickles, homemade chips and ingredients to please any palate, whether you’re a vegetarian or a hearty meat eater. Recently, Chef Jon has started offering “Supper at Bub’s” special dining engagements that feature a multi-course prix fixe menu with wine, liquor and additional beverage pairings. Supper is served only on Saturdays, and reservations (up to six guests) are required in advance.

Peacock Café
3251 Prospect St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-2740

Peacock Café opened back in 1991 and has since grown into a favorite lunchtime haunt in D.C. Located in Georgetown, the extensive lunch and dinner items you will find here offer a variety of different choices, from the casual to the upscale. The restaurant features options ranging from burgers, plated entrees, salads, specialty platters and even made-to-order beverages at the onsite juice bar. Diners may choose to meet up for an outdoor dining experience at the sidewalk seating area during warmer weather months or enjoy the year-round comforts of the interior setting.

Related: Best Grab And Go Food Places In D.C.

West Wing Café
1120 20th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 659-2233

This gourmet delicatessen dishes up breakfast and lunch specialties on weekdays in a location that is convenient for D.C. employees to meet up at. The aroma of freshly baked bread fills the café daily for the many offerings of bagels, rolls, wraps and different kinds of breads you can enjoy in accompaniment with your meal. The specialty sandwiches offered here include make-your-own selections, vegetarian options, hot specialties and endless other options. Other popular picks include hot Panini selections, soups, salads and fruit salads, Asian specials and beverages like fruit smoothies and coffees.

3207 Grace St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-5222

There are few dining establishments as unique as Chaia. Founded in 2013, Chaia started out as a pop-up farmers market. Unique product offerings, particularly their  “farm to taco” vegetarian fan favorite quickly led to the establishment of a permanent café in Georgetown and what is now one of the town’s best lunch spots. Working with local farmers in carrying out the mission of bringing fresh ingredients to the city, Chaia offers up many specialty vegetarian and vegan platters and seasonal plates to enjoy.

Related: Best Lunch Spots Near D.C.’s Jury Duty

Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. In addition to serving as a contributor to various media publications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.