While we are keeping this list updated, the situation remains fluid, and restaurants may decide to close at any time.
You won’t find some of D.C.'s most acclaimed restaurants on your favorite delivery app. Instead, you’ll have to make the effort to get their food for yourself. Trust us: It’s worth it.
Call Your Mother: The “Jew-ish” Park View deli has reopened with a streamlined menu for takeout. The star remains the bagels, a New York/Montreal fusion with a chewy interior, which sell for $12 for six and $22 for a baker’s dozen. Half-pints of schmears range from plain to candied salmon cream cheese. Other options include smoked salmon and whitefish salad by the half-pound, sandwiches (on bagels or bread) and chocolate chunk cookies. Order online or call ahead, and you’ll receive a text when your food is ready. 3301 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-735-0760.
Emilie’s: Chef Kevin Tien is known for his playful and wide-ranging menus, which might incorporate buttermilk fried chicken and orange kampachi crudo. But for his first takeout menu at his Capitol Hill restaurant, Tien is focusing on Vietnamese classics, including fried pork and shrimp rolls, banh mi and chicken curry. The menu is available daily between 3 and 8 p.m., and can be ordered by phone or email. 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-544-4368 or email FeedMe@emiliesdc.com.
Little Serow: The tiny Thai restaurant, whose hot-and-funky flavors have earned it four-star reviews and a place in Tom Sietsema’s Restaurant Hall of Fame, offers Thai fried chicken, Mekhong whiskey-marinated pork ribs and hammered beef on coconut rice, among other favorites. Order online between 5 and 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and orders will be ready 30 to 90 minutes later. 1511 17th St. NW. littleserow.com.
Maydan: Rose Previte’s restaurant is known for North African and Middle Eastern cuisine cooked over a giant open hearth, and while you won’t get to sit near the leaping flames, you can still order herbed-and-honeyed halloumi, pistachio-scented lamb kebabs or any dish from the full menu to go, as well as wine and cocktails. Orders are taken online between 3 and 9 p.m., with pickup about 30 minutes later. (Its sister restaurant, Compass Rose, has also rolled out a carryout menu.) 1346 Florida Ave. NW. maydandc.com.
Meats and Foods: The half-smoke is one of Washington’s favorite dishes, and if you’re looking for the best — evenly seasoned with heat, perfect snap — our favorite is at Meats and Foods. All six or seven sausage choices are made in house, as is the fiery but flavorful chili, which comes on that half smoke, mixed into a Frito pie or inside a burrito, otherwise known as a chilito. Order online, and then head for Bloomingdale. You might want to grab a six-pack of sausages to go. 247 Florida Ave. NW.
Red Hen: You can’t eat in the Red Hen’s welcoming Bloomingdale dining room, but you can call ahead and order anything off the regular menu to take home, from the crusty sourdough topped with salted butter, radishes and Sicilian anchovies to bowls of pasta adorned with braised duck leg, ’nduja sausage, tomato and basil. Orders are taken by phone between 5 and 9 p.m. daily. 1822 First St. NW. 202-525-3021.
Sfoglina: “There are pasta houses, and there’s Sfoglina, Fabio Trabocchi’s glam response to our affection for Italian noodles,” says Tom Sietsema, who awarded Sfoglina three stars in his most recent Dining Guide. The Van Ness outpost offers fresh pastas, soups, meatballs and charcuterie for curbside pickup Wednesday through Saturday, as well as cocktails, wine and a selection of staples, such as paper towels and parchment paper oven sheets. Order online by 3 p.m. for pickup between 4 and 7 p.m. 4445 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Ambar: Feeding a group? The Balkan restaurant offers “family-style meals” with enough food for three or four ($60) or six to eight ($110). Select from six different categories, including soups, salads, and flatbreads and spreads, and come hungry: The vegetables and meats, such as slow-roasted lamb with garlic yogurt and beef short rib goulash in red wine, are delivered by the pound. (Available on Uber Eats and GrubHub)
Chiko: Korean/Chinese fast-casual favorite Chiko has two quadrants of the city covered, with locations on Barracks Row and in Dupont Circle. Some dishes, including cumin lamb stir-fry or pot stickers stuffed with pork and kimchi, are available from both branches, while others, such as shrimp toast on buttered ciabatta, are only found on Dupont Circle’s delivery menu. (Available on Caviar)
Grazie Grazie: Feeling nostalgic for simpler times, like when you could order a chicken cutlet sub at Taylor Gourmet? Casey Patten, co-founder of the now-dormant chain, launched a familiar sandwich shop at the Wharf. It currently offers delivery of hoagies and cheesesteaks — with a new seeded roll that Carman says is better than the original version. (Available on Caviar, Door Dash)
Sababa: If you’re not into making hummus at home, spring for Sababa’s version, which Sietsema deems “divine.” Add wood-grilled lamb shank or chicken thigh kebabs draped over spiced yellow rice to your order, or choose among numerous vegetarian options at this hot sauced-obsessed Israeli restaurant from restaurateur Ashok Bajaj. (Available on Caviar)
Rasika: If you’re hungering for Rasika’s palak chaat, there’s some good news: You can get one of D.C.'s must-have dishes to go. The menu, available for carry-out or delivery from both the Penn Quarter and West End restaurants, is pared down, but includes a number of dishes that have landed Rasika in our Restaurant Hall of Fame, including Goan shrimp curry, lamb biryani and some of the area’s best naan. (Available on Caviar)
Stellina Pizzeria: The cacio e pepe pizza topped with toasted black pepper and a blend of hard and soft cheeses isn’t just a gimmick, it’s “genius,” according to Carman, who recently named it one of D.C.'s top pizzas. This Union Market-adjacent spot also offers its salads, sandwiches and popular Southern Italian-influenced appetizers for delivery, such as fried artichokes with herb mayo. (Available on Caviar)
What’s a good meal without a beverage to accompany it? Distilleries and breweries are doing their best to get drinks directly into your hands.
3 Stars Brewing: 3 Stars Brewing offers same-day delivery of its beer in Northeast and Northwest D.C. Pick from the beer menu on the Takoma brewery’s website, then call or email the brewery. There’s a minimum order of $24 and a $5 delivery fee, and the brewery will attempt to get the beer to your door within a two-hour window. 202-847-3755 or email email@example.com.
Anxo Cider: Prefer cider to beer? Anxo delivers its dry, tart and funky ciders to D.C. addresses between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, with a $35 minimum order. Its Truxton Circle restaurant and Brightwood Park tasting room are open for to-go sales on alternative days Monday through Thursday, and both open on Friday and Saturday. Bonus for those craving caffeine: Anxo delivers locally roasted coffee from its Brightwood Park neighbors Lost Sock Roasters. anxodc.com.
Aslin Beer Co.: A truck full of Aslin beer pulling up in the driveway sounds like a beer nerd’s dream. The Alexandria brewery’s hazy IPAs and fruited sours have made it popular far beyond its home market, but the for the first time, Aslin has started delivery. Pick and choose from a selection of four-packs ($11-$23), 32-ounce cans ($7-$18) and single cans ($8), and if your order is more than $75, Aslin will deliver your cases the next day for a $10 fee, as long as you live in the city of Alexandria or one in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun or Prince William counties. And you don’t even have to wait in line. aslinbeer.com/online-ordering.
Bluejacket: The first D.C. brewery to offer direct-to-consumer delivery, Bluejacket sells 10 different beers in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, ranging from $12 to $18. The minimum order is $30, with a $3 delivery fee, though you must live in D.C. and within five miles of the Navy Yard brewery. Deliveries will be made daily between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Check out Bluejacket’s menu to see which beers are available, then call the brewery or send an email to order. 202-524-4862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Brau: Washington’s oldest production brewery has changed its business operations several times since the pandemic began, including closing its taproom completely in late March. On April 9, however, Brau began offering same-day delivery within D.C. Wednesday through Saturday. Orders must be placed before 2 p.m. for delivery between 3 and 7 p.m., and require a $30 minimum. The brewery’s Northeast Washington taproom is scheduled to reopen for curbside pickup on April 15 — just in time for DC Brau’s ninth anniversary. dcbrau.com.
Denizens Brewing: Denizens’ response to the novel coronavirus? The Beermobile. Each day, Denizens delivers fresh beer — six-packs, mixed four-packs and single bottles of its more upscale offerings — to addresses in Silver Spring and Riverdale Park for a $20 minimum order and a flat $5 charge. Order by 2 p.m. and the beer shows up between 5 and 8 p.m. — just in time for happy hour. denizensbrewingco.com.
Republic Restoratives: The Ivy City distillery delivers its bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka and apple brandy the same day or the next day within the District for a delivery fee that starts at $10, and also offers ASAP curbside pickup. Each order includes a bottle of distillery-made hand sanitizer. republicrestoratives.com.
Right Proper Brewing Company: Right Proper’s Shaw brewpub is staying open to sell food and beer to carry out every day from noon to 8 p.m., but the Brookland brewery has a new option: It will deliver cans and bottles of beer for free within a five-mile radius, with a minimum order of $25. Order from its website before 10 a.m. for same-day delivery. rightproperbrewing.com.
Rocklands Farm Winery: In some circles, Poolesville’s Rocklands Farm is as well known for its family-friendly play area and Friday-night music series as its wine. But with rules about gatherings in place, Rocklands now brings its farm products to homes in D.C. and Montgomery County on Tuesdays and Fridays, with free delivery for orders over $100. Choose from red, white and rose wines; pasture-raised steaks, short ribs and other meats; or a mix of both. The tasting room is open Wednesday through Saturday for carry-out. rocklandsfarmmd.com.
Supreme Core Cider: Four-packs of canned cider and 64-ounce growlers are sent out for delivery from the Northeast Washington cidery every day between 4 and 7 p.m. Order at least two four-packs and they’re discounted to $10 each, with a $5 delivery fee. Curbside pickup is available between 2 and 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. supremecorecider.com.
Beer to-go: Brewery taprooms, like dining rooms, have closed across the region. However, many breweries are staying open to sell fresh beer to-go. Note, however, that most breweries are no longer filling growlers. Atlas Brewing sells cans from 3 to 5 p.m. daily at its Ivy City brewery as well as the walk-up window at its new Ballpark location; 3 Stars Brewing is open from 4 to 7 p.m.; Hellbender is open 3 to 7 p.m. during the week; and Port City Brewing has moved operations to its parking lot, where staff will load beer into your car as needed.