Top 10 Restaurants in Shaw, DC

Top 10 Restaurants in Shaw, DC

The Dabney

Located on famous Blagden Alley, The Dabney is one of Shaw’s most popular dining spots. Outside the restaurant, a trellised garden supplies fresh herbs to the kitchen, which is open and centered around a wood-burning hearth. Chef Jeremiah Langhorne obsessively sources food from the Mid-Atlantic’s finest farms and purveyors, creating a menu that is updated daily. The dining room is an elegant rustic with bare tables and exposed historic brick walls, creating a very warm and inviting atmosphere. Reservations are recommended.

Open Tuesday – Thursday 5:30 – 10:00, Friday – Saturday 5:00 – 11:00, Sunday 5:00 – 10:00

122 Blagden Alley NW, 202-450-1015

Espita Mezcaleria

On the corner of N and 9th Streets is Espita Mezcaleria, one of Washington DC’s premier Southern Mexican restaurants. They specialize in authentic Oaxacan flavors and techniques applied to Mid-Atlantic ingredients to create a unique, sophisticated menu. Whether you have their signature Mezcal drinks or one of the seven different kinds of mole, you’ll be glad you came.

A lunch menu is served until 2:30, a dinner menu beginning at 5:00 and a late-night menu at 10:00 M-Th and 11:00 Fri-Sat.

Happy Hour is every day from 2:30-6:00

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen

(Right Proper Brewing Company)

On the north end of the neighborhood is the Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen, the brewpub for the Right Proper Brewing Company, which also has a production house and tasting room in Brookland. For beer enthusiasts, Shaw Brewpub uses a 5-Barrel system which means the beers change frequently and offer the brewers room to experiment. The food from the kitchen is not your standard pub fare, but more like what you’ll find at a bistro, including items such as Grilled Octopus, Lamb French Dip, and Wood-Grilled Salmon, all very reasonably priced.

624 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001


A “supra” is a traditional Georgian feast featuring an abundance of rich food and wine. Supra, located in the south-west corner of Shaw, is where you’ll find DC’s finest example of this cultural tradition. Think warm bread, gooey cheese, vegetable, and meats cooked herbs and spices from the region. Added in 2019 to the highly-regarded Bib Gourmand list in the Michelin Guide, Supra boasts not only fantastic Georgian cuisine but a renowned wine list that features ONLY Georgian wines.

Open 11:30-3:00 for lunch, 5;00 for dinner, Sat and Sunday Brunch at 10:00 am.

1205 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 – (202) 789-1205

BKK Cookshop

BKK Cookshop is a Thai noodle house on the east side of Shaw. The menu includes noodle bowls, rice dishes, and Thai street food-inspired appetizers. They also have Asian beers, great wines, sakes, and several unique cocktails. The atmosphere is hip and they have a fantastic patio as well.

Open daily from Noon – 10:00pm

(202) 791-0592, 1700 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Al Crostino

Owned by the mother-daughter team of Juliana & Lina Nicolai, Al Crostino is an intimate Italian restaurant located on the north of Shaw. The Neapolitan fare includes homemade pasta, meat, and fish specialties, and homemade desserts. The dining room is bright and sunny with a brick-walled lounge.

Open Tuesday thru Sunday 5-10pm (Friday and Saturday until 11pm),  Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm

(202) 627-2988, 1550 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20001

Zeppelin Restaurant & Bar

Zeppelin Restaurant & Bar is a newer Shaw dining hot-spot located on the corner of 9th and Q Streets. Zeppelin serves up an extensive sushi menu including as well as Okonomiyaki (a Japanese savory pancake) and Yakitori. While the bar is outstanding and boasts a Suntory Highball Machine (if you wonder what that is, just go there and check it out in person), the hight is the Omakase counter from omakase master Minoru Ogawa.

Zeppelin also hosts Karaoke 7 days a week starting at 10:30pm in the upstairs dining room.

Sunday – Thursday 4pm – 2am, Friday & Saturday 4pm – 3am

202.506.1068, 1544 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001


Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a really good sandwich. If so, your best in Shaw is SUNdeVICH. Though there are now several locations throughout Washington, DC, the original location is in a converted garage, in historic Naylor Court. Sandwiches are prepared on French-style demi-baguettes which are baked daily and the fixings are always fresh. As there are walk-in coolers, ingredients are delivered and prepped daily, in small batches.

Open daily 11:00 – 9:00 (Sunday 11:00 – 5:00)

1314 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 – 202-319-1086

Tiger Fork

Hidden on famous Blagden Alley, Tiger Fork features a menu of modern takes on Hong Kong street food, traditional dim sum, and classic Chinese dishes. Following traditional Chinese culture, the emphasis is on family-style plates and the communal dining experience.  Along with the aforementioned Supra, Tiger Fork was added to the highly-regarded Bib Gourmand list in the 2019 Michelin Guide.

Open at 5:00 pm daily, Saturday and Sunday for lunch 11:00 – 2:30

922 N Street (Rear) NW, Blagden Alley, Washington DC 20001 – (202) 733-1152

801 Restaurant & Bar

Not one does 801 offer a delicious food and beverage menu but they do it in a location with a dining room that spans over 2 floors, 3 separate bars as well as a rooftop deck. The number of options is on the smaller side (3 salads, 3 sandwiches, 6 entrees) but the flavors are fantastic.  The ambiance is the big draw with the rooftop deck being voted one of the “Best 8 Rooftop Bars in DC)  by Conde Nast.

801 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001(202) 332-0207

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