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Visiting the Capital One Arena Neighborhood

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If you’re planning to catch a Washington Wizards basketball game or some Capitals hockey, or maybe even a stadium-filling concert, you’ll find the neighborhood around the Capital One Arena has plenty to offer.  Here’s some advice for visiting. 

Getting there:

Metro - The Gallery Place/Chinatown stop on the Yellow, Green, and Red lines is actually below the Capital One Arena.  Follow the signs to find the Arena on 7th and F.  If you’re on the Orange, Blue, or Silver line and don’t want to transfer, you can get off at Metro Center and walk a few blocks (about 10 minutes) to reach the Arena.

Read more about how to use the Metro on our blog post.

Bus - Several Metro buses pass within a few blocks of the Capital One Arena.  The D6, 70, 74, and 79 get you the closest.

Parking - There are multiple parking garages in the area, but it’s often easier and definitely less expensive to take public transportation. Some parking garages will even warn you of long waits to get out of the garage after events.


Where to Eat Around Capital One Arena

China Chilcano is a groovy bar & restaurant that features a fusion of Peruvian and Asian flavors.  Try the Dancing Yucca!

Wok & Roll is a tasty spot for some Chinese & Japanese food, that happens to be in the Surratt Boarding House, where the conspiracy to kill President Lincoln was planned. You can learn more about this on our Lincoln Assassination walking tour!

Fuel is a no-nonsense pizza joint with the vibe of a spot you’d grab a slice at 2 AM in NYC. 

Clyde’s is a great spot for a large group, with a wide menu for all your picky eaters and plenty of space for a family.

Pi Pizza is more of a ‘sit down’ pizza place, where you might enjoy drinks and a fancy pizza. 

Bar Deco features craft beer and locally sourced food served in a cool environment.

Arena crowds can mean long waits for any restaurant, so we suggest arriving early or making reservations at any location that you can.


Nearby Attractions

National Portrait Gallery & Smithsonian American Art Museum

Two museums in one building.  There’s plenty to see between these two large art museums under one roof, and it’s open until 7PM.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial & Museum

The National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C., is offering free general admission to all active and retired law enforcement officers every Saturday for the rest of 2022, courtesy of FirstNet®, Built with AT&T. The Museum houses 300 years of American law enforcement history, including several immersive and interactive experiences. The latest temporary exhibit, Post-9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement, allows visitors to learn more about the significant changes to U.S. law enforcement in the aftermath of 9/11, including coming together with other agencies, the private sector, and the general public to help make us all safer.

Visting Information and to Purchase Tickets

The National Law Enforcement Museum, 444 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Ford’s Theatre

An active theater, Ford’s also features a small museum in its basement and education center across the street that talks about the night President Lincoln was assassinated. Make sure to get tickets, as it’s an always popular site. Taking our Lincoln Assassination walking tour is a great addition to tickets to Ford's Theatre.

National Building Museum

There’s plenty here for the whole family.  With some kid-focused areas and plenty of architecture and history for adults, it’s a fascinating stop.  The building itself is as storied as its contents.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: April 7th, 2022
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