The days when there were no good food or beverage options near Nationals Park are as much a memory as 100-loss seasons. Fast-casual eateries, sit-down seafood restaurants, breweries and bars with frozen cocktails are all within a few minutes’ walk of the ballpark gates. This is a guide to some of the best, including places that are especially welcoming to kids or that offer outdoor space.
WITHIN A 5-MINUTE WALK OF NATIONALS PARK
Washington's second All Purpose offers superlative deck-oven pizzas and takes on Italian-American dishes, such as “Jersey-style” eggplant parm and Caesar salads, and adds a rooftop deck and patio with river views. 79 Potomac Ave. SE. Kid-friendly; outdoor space.
The vast and vaguely dystopian brewery, with its outdoor fermenters and rough-hewed picnic tables, is a top place to bring a group before a game: There’s room for 750 people, and babies and dogs are welcome. 25 Potomac Ave. SE. Kid-friendly; outdoor space.
The space has changed several times over the years, but the Bullpen’s formula is simple: cold drinks, live music and plenty of space to gather. The location between the Metro station and center field gate doesn’t hurt. 1201 Half St. SE. Outdoor space.
The sprawling beer garden across the street from Nationals Park has room for up to 700 people to relax in the shade of linden and maple trees, while a bar in a vintage Airstream trailer dispenses cans of rosé, spritzes and tallboys of European and American craft beers. 79 Potomac Ave. SE. Kid-friendly; outdoor space.
Bigger is better at this raucous Tex-Mex restaurant, whether you’re talking about the 10,000 square feet of space spread over two levels or the 150-foot bar at the heart of the action. Don’t overlook the late-night happy hour after games. 1221 Van St. SE.
It takes the fast-casual formula (pick a base/protein/sauce) and upends expectations with healthy and spicy Indian flavors. Get takeout, or dine in with beer and canned cocktails. 1247 First St. SE. Kid-friendly.
Right across Potomac Avenue from the first base gate, Salt Line boasts a large (if often crowded) waterfront patio, an outdoor bar that pours both craft beers and cocktails on tap, and excellent seafood. 79 Potomac Ave. SE. Outdoor space.
Hardcore sports fans will appreciate the dozens of televisions, including a 220-inch high-definition screen, while others will be drawn to the 24 pour-your-own beer taps on the wall, which allow customers to fill (and refill) their glasses without waiting for a bartender. 10 N St. SE.
The advantage over every other bar nearby: This rooftop bar, at the Hampton Inn, looks into the park. 1265 First St. SE. Outdoor space.
5- TO 10-MINUTE WALK
With up to 25 housemade beers available, Bluejacket is one of the largest and busiest breweries in the city. The flavorful beers run the gamut from crisp pilsners to potent double IPAs. 300 Tingey St. SE. Outdoor space.
This Korean fried-chicken chain has a devoted following, thanks to its super-crispy double-fried wings. Don’t visit if you’re in a rush: At peak times, wings can take 30 minutes to prepare. 1015 Half St. SE. Outdoor space.
The first restaurant from veteran chef Haidar Karoum, who previously ran the kitchens at Doi Moi, Estadio and Proof, offers tantalizing small plates with global influences. 1331 Fourth St. SE.
The first winery to make wine in the District since Prohibition, District Winery offers guided tours and tastings, but you can also just sit on the patio with a glass of their made-in-D.C. rosé. 385 Water St. SE. Outdoor space.
Due South’s Southern-flavored bar food — pimento cheeseburgers, pulled pork nachos — makes a perfect pregame snack, paired with cocktails or the “whiskey of the day.” Due South Dockside, on the Yards Park boardwalk, offers beers and frozen drinks next to the Anacostia. 301 Water St. SE. Outdoor space.
El Bebe and Circa : These connected restaurants have wildly different menus: Circa is the place to go for reliable bistro food, such as burgers and flatbreads, while Mexican-themed El Bebe serves short rib bulgogi tacos, crazy elote and smoky margaritas. 99 M St. SE.
Be prepared to wait in line at this small shop, which serves wickedly creative flavors of ice cream and sorbet — such as honey lemon lavender and Thai iced tea — made with all-natural ingredients. 301 Water St. SE. Kid-friendly.
Sure, there’s a Shake Shack in the ballpark. But this one has shorter lines, and you can carry your food into the game. 54 M St. SE. Kid-friendly.
The raw bar and menu of sustainable seafood are worth a visit, but in warm weather, Whaley’s is best known for its seasonal outdoor Rosé Garden, which serves all manner of pink-hued wines. 301 Water St. SE. Outdoor space.
The best foldable, New York-style pizza in the area comes from Wiseguy, which sells a wide variety of slices to go in the middle of Canal Park. 202 M St. SE. Kid-friendly; outdoor space.
MORE THAN A 10-MINUTE WALK
While the Brig is a little farther from Nats Park, this can be an advantage: If the hot spots by the ballpark are packed, chances are this large German-inspired beer garden will have a few seats open. Bonus: There’s a Circulator bus stop directly across the street. 1007 Eighth St. SE. Kid-friendly; outdoor space.
One of Tim Carman’s 10 best taco shops in the Washington area, Taco City occupies a bright, colorful storefront at the bottom of Barracks Row. Choose from traditional (carnitas with fried pork skin) or creative (brussels spouts and avocado sauce) fillings in handmade corn tortillas. 1102 Eighth St. SE. Kid-friendly.
Hit the supermarket’s salad or hot bars for a reliable a la carte dinner, and pair the food with a local craft beer or a glass of wine from the in-house bar. 101 H St. SE.
This story was originally published July 12, 2018. It has been updated.