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Visiting the Capital One Arena Neighborhood

Updated: March 13, 2024

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!

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.

Hill Country BBQ is a good option for Texas BBQ. There are many Texan transplants in DC, a few of them are tour guides with us! Hill Country has good weekday happy hour specials.

A NYC favorite that just opened in DC, Dos Toros Taqueria is a good Mexican choice.

For vegetarians, check out Hip City Veg or Chaia.

And we love Daikaya for ramen!

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

Follow On Instagram | I'm a historian & tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. I have written for HuffPost Travel and have been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. I've also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. I am the producer of the podcast, Tour Guide Tell All. I am an authority on D.C. history, and have led tours in the city since 2011. I currently resides in DC, but have also lived in London and South Korea, and have traveled to over 28 countries and every US State but Hawaii. I homeschool my 2 children by exploring the plethora of museums in DC. Read More...
Updated: March 13th, 2024
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