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10 Washington DC Food Court Options for School Groups

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Food courts are popular dining options for school trips. They can accommodate groups of all sizes and offer flexibility in scheduling as well as budget. Their greatest benefit? Variety! Food courts have something for everyone. Here are the most popular food court options for student groups traveling to Washington DC. 


Ronald Reagan Internation Trade Center

As the largest office building in Washington DC, the  Ronald Reagan International Trade Center  knows how to accomodate large groups and offer the variety that students seek. Their voucher program is among the most requested by our groups. The building is located very close to the White House and National Mall and they are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Saxby’s Coffee
  • Nook
  • Bassett’s Original Turkey
  • California Tortilla
  • Quick Pita
  • City Lights of China Express
  • Flamer’s Charbroiled Hamburgers and Chicken
  • Great Wraps
  • 14th Street Deli
  • Gelatissimo
  • Subway
  • Forever Young Cafe
  • Kabuki Sushi & Teriyaki
  • R&B Steak and Grill
  • Sbarro
  • Larry’s Cookies & Ice Cream
  • Smoothie King

Pentagon City Mall

Pentagon City Mall has a huge food court with many dining options. Their voucher program is among the most requested by our student groups. This food court is centrally located in a main atrium on the lower floor of the mall.  An additional three levels of stores encircle the food court. Their dining options include:

  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzel
  • Charleys Philly Steaks
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Dippin’ Dots
  • Great Wraps Grill
  • Haagen Dazs
  • Kelly’s Cajun Grill
  • Maki of Japan
  • McDonald’s
  • Panda Express
  • Panera Bread
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  • Shake Shack
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Villa Pizza
  • Which Wich


Union Station

Take in the excitement and hustle of the commuters at Union Station! This train and metro station has seemingly endless dining options for student groups. Whatever you are craving, Union Station is likely to have it. Restaurant options include:

  • Bojangles’
  • Bold Bite Burgers, Dogs and Fries
  • Cajun Grill
  • Charley’s Philly Steaks
  • Chipotle
  • Chop’t
  • Crepe Lena
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • East Street Cafe
  • Einstein Brothers Bagels
  • Häagen-Dazs
  • Jamba Juice
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Le Pain Quotidien
  • Lotus Express
  • McDonald’s
  • Neuhaus Chocolatier
  • Pizzeria Uno
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works
  • Pret A Manger
  • Roti Mediterranean Grill
  • Sakura Japan
  • Sbarro Italian Eatery
  • Shake Shack
  • ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Sugar Factory
  • Taco Bell
  • Thunder Grill

Union Station Map


United States Department of Agriculture

Looking for fresh? The United States Department of Agriculture is the best food court in Washington DC for a fresh, healthy meal. They boast high variety with a changing weekly menu.  Most food is purchased based on weight. They offer recycling stations and free water dispensers throughout the dining area. This food court is not open for dinner. View the weekly menus for the United States Department of Agriculture Cafeteria.


Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space

The Wright Place Food Court at the Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space offers menu items from McDonald’s, Boston Market, and Donatos Pizzeria.


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Dining options at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History include the Atrium Cafe and Cafe Natural. This is the current menu for the Atrium Cafe.


Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Dining options at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History include the Stars and Stripes Cafe and the Leroy Neiman Jazz Cafe. The Stars and Stripes Cafe seats 600 and is large enough to accommodate groups. Menu includes all-American barbeques, soups, salad bar, burgers, pizza and desserts.


George Washington’s Mount Vernon

The Mount Vernon Food Court Pavilion offers many options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the go, including salads, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, and fresh-baked cookies. This food court pavilion has both indoor and outdoor seating. How nice it is to enjoy a meal outside on the beautiful grounds of Mount Vernon!


United States Capitol Visitor Center

The United States Capitol Visitor Center Restaurant has more than 400 seats available to visitors. The restaurant has an extensive salad bar, global cuisine, BBQ items, speciality sandwiches, grill items, pizza, pasta, and more. Many items are purchased based on weight. Although more expensive than other food courts, you can find fresh and delicious food here.


National Place

National Place  is located close to the White House in Washington DC. Check their website for available coupons! Their dining options include:

  • Esprinto Cafe
  • Five Guys
  • Grill Kabob
  • Kabuki Sushi & Teriyaki
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • A Slice of Italy Pizzeria
  • Smak
  • Soul Wingz
  • TaKorean Korean Taco Grill


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