Best Family Food Spots in Washington DC

Best Family Food Spots in Washington DC

Traveling is always fun but it can be stressful to find places in an unfamiliar city to feed your family. Not only is it stressful to find good food that your family will enjoy it can also be ridiculously overpriced! Fear not, I’ve rounded up some reasonably priced eats in Washington DC that will be sure to please the whole family. These are the Best Family Food Spots in Washington DC so you can plan your trip without worrying about how to feed everyone without breaking the bank!

One of the best ways to find food places nearby is by using your smartphone or specific apps to locate local cuisine with good ratings and low prices. If you are a planner you can always search ahead using online resources as well! These are some of the most highly rated restaurants in Washington DC that are also inexpensive. I love when I can find great food that is also affordable because feeding a big family on a budget while on vacation can be difficult!

1. Crepaway: 2001 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Is an awesome place to get some delicious dessert! Who doesn’t love dessert! It’s inexpensive and highly rated and everyone can get flavors that they love. This is an awesome alternative to ice cream stops or other dessert places for a sweet treat while exploring the city!

2. Wiseguy NY Pizza: 300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Pizza is always a great option when feeding a family on vacation. Wiseguy NY Pizza is highly rated with 4.5 of 5 stars and it’s an inexpensive option that everyone can enjoy. I love that you can customize, get different things, everyone feels like they’re getting their own choice without blowing our entire food budget! Great for a family meal or pick up to take back to the hotel!

3. Basil Thyme: L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC 20024
Basil Thyme is an Italian food truck that is located in the L’Enfant Plaza. It’s an awesome way to experience local cuisine without breaking the bank. It’s inexpensive, convenient, and has a variety of Italian food option to choose from. I have to be honest, it’s pretty fun to eat from a food truck.

4. Hill Country Barbeque Market: 410 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Located in the Penn Quarter this awesome family friendly barbeque place serves up Texas style barbeque in heaping portions! When you’re famished from a long day of sightseeing and walking around the museums sometimes you need a hearty home-style meal to get you powered up for your next day of excitement! Hill Country Barbeque Market is a great lunch or dinner option for the whole family with a variety of choices and generous portions.

5. Clydes of Gallery Place: 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
If you are looking for great tasting, family friendly, food in a hurry then Clydes of Gallery Place is a great option! You can get awesome service in a family friendly environment that doesn’t take forever. No need to waste your precious vacation hours waiting around in long lines or forever for service!

Do you have any recommendations for great family friendly places to eat in Washington DC?

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  1. alissa a apel

    This is a helpful list. I haven’t been to DC in a long time, but I know Mica would love to go. He likes history a lot. When he was younger he found presidents fascinating. I haven’t heard him talk about any of them lately, but there was a time where he would go on and on about them.

  2. Nikki

    These all sound like delicious places to eat. Thanks for providing this varied list of dining spots!

  3. Toughcookiemommy

    I’ve never actually spend time in Washington D.C. but, when we do, I’ll be sure to check out some of these food spots. I love sampling new cuisine when I am on vacation.

  4. OurFamilyWorld

    What a great roundup. I’ve never been to Washington DC. I will bookmark this for future reference.

  5. Chavonne Harvey

    I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Washington, D.C but I would like to dine at Basil Thyme and Wiseguy NY Pizza because I love italian food!

  6. Jaime Nicole

    Washington D.C is one of my favorite family destinations. I will definitely check out some of your recommendations the next time I take my girls.

  7. Alli Smith

    Affordable food that tastes good is so hard to find. The next time I’m in DC, I’ll be sure and look for these restaurants.

  8. Carol Cassara

    I haven’t been to DC in a long time. This is a good list and I can add some to my plan for next trip!

  9. Heather Lawrence

    I totally agree that it can be tricky and expensive to eat out while your travelling!
    Normally we stock up at a grocery store for smaller meals then scout out restaurants during the day that we would love to try for dinner that night.
    Though I must does sound really tempting right about now!

  10. Jennifer

    We were down in Washington DC this past Friday. I wish I would have known about these places before we went, as I know my family would have really enjoyed Hill Country Barbeque Market!

  11. Mimi Green

    Clyde’s and Hill Country are just down the street from me. Founding Farmers is another amazing family friendly spot. The line wraps the place on the weekends.

  12. rachel ferrucci

    We were just talking about going to DC so this is perfect timing!! Thanks for the tips

  13. Sylvia Kalungi

    Thank you for sharing with us Robin, I am bookmarking and that Pizza yummmm!

  14. Dee

    I think the best thing is to is to find the local eating places. When you do that you find the heart of the city and that were the true treasure of the city is found.

  15. Catherine S

    These all sound like great restaurants and that pizza looks good. I will have to check them out if I am ever in the area.

  16. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Those sound like great places to eat. We’ve been meaning to take another trip to D.C. I’ll be sure we make the rounds when we get there!

  17. Brandy

    Those restaurants all sound like great places to eat! If I ever go to D.C. I will have to reference this list!

  18. Lindsey Paris

    BBQ and pizze would be my first two picks. Foods I like in nearly every city, but like to compare.

  19. lisa

    I would love to take my kids to Washington, DC to check out all the historical and political sites. I’ll have to keep this list of food places for when we go!

  20. dana vento

    It’s so hard to narrow in on the best family food spots in Washington DC as there are so many. I have to try a few you just suggested, as we have a few favs too:)

  21. Franc Ramon

    I would love to try the Wiseguy NY Pizza since I really love Pizza. I would surely enjoy a meal here.

  22. Jeanette

    A friend of mine is going to college out there I’m going to have to tell her about a couple of the spots because I am betting she does not know them.

  23. Colleen Lanin

    Clydes sounds like the place for my family. We love to dine in a laid back atmosphere.

  24. Dawn

    OMG I’ll be in D.C. at the end of next month and I can’t wait to try at least one of these places! Wiseguy NY pizza is at the top of the list.

  25. tara pittman

    Great list of places to eat. The pizza place sounds the best to me.

  26. Melanie Smith

    I have to remember this for my next trip to Washington! Looks so good!

  27. Vicky

    Washington DC is such a great place to visit with a family. We hope to get there soon and I will certainly refer to this list.

  28. Pam

    Now that we are traveling with a grandkid in tow, we are always on the lookout for good family friendly places to eat. If we are ever in DC we will have to check these out.

  29. Kimberly

    All of the those sound so good. I love a good family restaurant and they MUST have highchairs! It’s a rule of mine.

  30. Kelly Hutchinson

    The Wiseguy NY Pizza looks like something my family would enjoy. We are all about good pizza!

  31. Elizabeth O.

    Sounds amazing! Now I want to try these restaurants if I’m ever in DC! I think it’s really nice to eat out with the family, it makes the whole dining experience even more fun plus you get to spend some quality time together as well.

  32. Melissa @ The Staten Island family

    This is such a handy guide to have when I travel next month to DC! I always need a great place to eat and never know where to go!

  33. Cindy Ingalls

    I’ve heard great things about the Hill Country Barbecue restaurant. I haven’t been to DC is some time. I know at at this really great middle eastern place, but I can’t remember the name.

  34. Jeanine

    Can’t wait to visit Washington at some point… so this will be great to know. Need to have the best places to eat!

  35. Rebecca Bryant

    this is a great help. i am thinking of bringing son to DC to visit again soon. I love finding good places to eat.

  36. Marcie W.

    These food suggestions sound scrumptious! I have always wanted to visit Washington DC and feel it is an excellent place for families.

  37. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)

    When we visit the MD/DC/VA area we are usually there for the holidays and staying with family where there’s plenty of food. But I’ll remember these for when we venture out and explore the city.

  38. Liz Mays

    I’d love to check out Wiseguy NY Pizza. It’s been a while since we’ve been to D.C. It would be nice to go back!

  39. Shanna Uptergrove

    THAT pizza looks amazing. I live in TX, but if there’s ever a roadtrip to the East Coast.. I’m def. hitting up some of those joints.

  40. Taty Pradilla

    This is a great list. We are wanting to visit the museum up in D.C. for their dino exhibit. I am going to keep your list in mind.

  41. Sarah

    Wow you sure listed a lot of great places to eat at in Washington, DC. Glad you shared this, I hope I can visit the states sometime!

  42. Amy Jones

    This all look like awesome places! I’d love to visit each one of them

  43. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    I haven’t been to DC but would love to visit. This is a great list to have. I love discovering new places to eat while traveling.

  44. Olivia Douglass

    I am not too far from DC and go there mainly for the historical sights. We never really eat there but I love this list!! Thanks

  45. Travel Blogger

    We plan on visiting DC in the spring so this is great I’m going to save it for later!

  46. Theresa

    They all sound great! I’ve had Wiseguy Pizza on my list for quite some time!

  47. Brittany Fryman

    It’s been years since I’ve been to D.C. but the next time I return I want it to be with my littles. This is a great list of restaurants and when I do make it up there I will be sure to reference this list.

  48. Kait

    It has been a few years since my last trip to DC. But that Wiseguy Pizza sounds amazing! I love a great pizza pie!

  49. Kristi

    I am pinning this as we have just started planning a trip there. Will need all the help I can get!

  50. Karlyn Cruz

    Wow, these sound great dinner in Washington. I would like to try all of these!

  51. Amanda Love

    I love trying out restaurants especially when I’m with family or friends. It’s really nice to be able to enjoy some good food together while also catching up on our day! I really like this list, I’ll make sure to take note in case I find myself in DC some time soon!

  52. Nicole Etolen

    Great options. We will visit these places when we get there.

  53. Bart & Eena

    Pizza, pizza, pizza! This is a great read and thank you for giving us options now we’re so hungry and wanted to get more pizza! Haha.

  54. Sarah Bailey

    I would love to visit Washington DC – I have to admit these all sound like some delicious places to stop and get a bite. x

  55. Rebecca Swenor

    These all sound like great places to for the family to eat at while in Washington D. C. and the fact that the place have different foods is also a plus. I would love to try the BBQ place and the pizza place. Thanks for sharing the list.

  56. Tina Bowling

    I’d love to make a trip to D.C. what a great list for family food spots!

  57. Brianne

    Oh I am so glad I just found this post! My family and i are going there next month and will have to check out some of these!

  58. Michelle @ Sunshine and

    This is a handy list to have. We’re planning to visit that area in the next year so I’m saving for later!

  59. Michele d

    I’ve never stop in Washington to eat while traveling but these spots sound amazing. Looking forward to visiting them one day.

  60. Rose Pingol

    I wish I can go to Washington to dine in these places. Great choices!

  61. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    These all sound great and I’d like to visit them all. Because I love dessert so much, I’d start with Crepaway.

  62. Kita Bryant

    My husband grew up not far from DC and is always telling me he wants to take me there. Definitely bookmarking this for that moment!

  63. rika

    The Basil Thyme restaurant sounds pretty good! I’ve never been to Washington DC, would love to visit

  64. Ana De Jesus

    I like the sound of Crepaway it looks like it has some delicious deserts and I would love some deserts right now. It is great that it is inexpensive as well xx

  65. Louise Bishop

    Wow, yum! This looks delicious and I’m definitely adding it to my list of recipes I want to try!

  66. Crystal

    My sister and her family live not to far from DC. I’ll have to see if she’s been to any of these! They all sound great.

  67. Shell

    I need this for our next trip to DC! We just went with our tour group and the food was typical quick service and not very good. We were tempted to sneak off and look for something better.

  68. Katy {ashadeofteal}

    I’m hoping to visit Washington DC soon. I;m excited to try some of these spots with my family.

  69. Denise C

    I haven’t been to DC in years, and I’ve never been with the family yet, but we might go this fall. This will be a big help!

  70. Rosey

    My oldest three would love a bbq place with huge proportions, lol. We don’t eat it much so when we do they like to go all out.

  71. Melisasource

    What a great list. I took my family to Washington D.C a long time ago and wouldn’t mind going back at all. I’ll keep your list in mind for sure.

  72. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla

    Those options do sound nice and cozy for a visit while in Washington D.C. A quick google lets me find out more about them, though guilty as charged I’m more of a pizza gal so guess what my first target is!

  73. Nikki Wayne

    I’ve never been in an out of the country trip. If I will, I will go to Washington and dine to these wonderful places.

  74. milenabarrett

    We haven’t been to DC in quite some time. I have heard of a few of these places I’ll be sure to check this list before I go again!

  75. Enricoh Alfonzo

    I definitely want to visit Wiseguy NYC Pizza, sounds awesome and I love pizza. Great places listed.

  76. Ana Cristina Mariño

    I went so long ago to DC, it is necessary for me to go back soon. I don’t remember the exact places we dine when we were there. My favorite place to visit was M Street in Georgetown.

  77. liz cleland

    I wish we had this before we went to Washington DC in May. We were really struggling to find places to eat with our family. Love the choices great resource!

  78. Christine Tatum

    We may visit DC later this year – so I truly appreciate this list of places to eat!

  79. Rachel The Everyday Mom Life

    These places sound great! I haven’t been to Washington in years so I have no recommendations, but I’d love to check some of these out if I ever go back.

  80. The Mad Mommy

    These sound great! Especially Wiseguys! You can’t go wrong with pizza!

  81. Shirley Martinez

    Great list! whenever I visit DC I plan to try these spots.

  82. kathy kenny ngo

    Never heard of the place before. But surely like to go to that places. Thank you so much.

  83. Marielle Altenor

    I love the idea of food trucks. I’ve never been to Washinton DC before so wouldn’t be able to give you food spot ideas. I

  84. Karen Angustia

    what a great list to have. I need to write all of them down for our trip to DC coming up in Novemeber.

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