Top 10 restaurants in National Harbor, United States

April 14, 2018 Hector Krause

National Harbor is a development along the Potomac River in Oxon Hill, Prince George's County, Maryland just south of Washington, D.C. near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. It originated as a 300-acre (1.2 km) multi-use waterfront development. The development was delineated as a census-designated place for the 2010 census, at which time its population was 3,788.
Things to do in National Harbor

1. Lavender Moon Cupcakery

116 S Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3328 Takeout, Seating +1 703-683-0588
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Lavender Moon Cupcakery

Organic artisan flavors baked fresh daily, featuring local fruit, Polyface eggs, with hand milled flour. Always new, fun, exciting creations baked everyday.

Reviewed By wandermuffin - Alexandria, Virginia

I'm pretty much a cupcake aficionado at this point in my life (I would put myself in a pro-am category). I basically run and workout so that I can eat cupcakes. I have even been a cupcake contest judge (a bucket list item I didn't know I needed). So it is with much joy, fine TripAdvisor readers, that I give you the best cupcakery in the MD/DC/VA area... Lavender Moon. It's on a little sidestreet off of King Street... parking can be a bit of a challenge and it's a bit of a walk down from the King Street Metro stop (unless you take the free trolley that runs from the metro down to the river), but Lavender Moon is definitely worth the effort. They have flourless cupcakes (good for those with gluten intolerance) and both some special, rotating flavors, and some fabulous constants (the lemon curd is probably my all-time favorite). I love their cupcakes the best because 1) they are always fresh and moist tasting, 2) they have interesting flavors that are sure to please everyone in your group, and 3) the value is incredible... I think they are $3 each for a little piece of heaven. Enjoy--you will thank me!

2. Ben & Jerry's

138 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745-1139 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American +1 301-686-0199
Excellent
40%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 118 reviews

Ben & Jerry's

Want to have your Ben & Jerry's ice cream the way it was originally intended? Head into one of our locally owned and operated ice cream shops and dig into any of our euphoric ice cream flavors in the way the first scoops were served up by Ben and Jerry themselves. We even offer catering and will deliver our ice cream right to your next party or event!

Reviewed By graymar6 - Chambersburg, PA

Stopped at Ben and Jerry's after an enjoyable meal at a local restaurant. Ice cream was rich and creamy - lots of flavors to choose from. Hadn't had any Ben and Jerry's since they sold out to Unilever but quality was still as I remembered.

3. Crab Cake Cafe

140 National Plz, National Harbor, MD 20745-1139 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Fast Food, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 35 +1 240-766-2063
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 348 reviews

Crab Cake Cafe

Reviewed By RonFG - Potomac, Maryland

We thought the crab cakes were excellent--had traditional, hawaiian (surprisingly tasty) and crab & shrimp. The fries were very good, as were the muffins. The only thing preventing 5 star rating was the small size of the crab cakes--the tastes were 5 stars. We would return.

4. Grace's Mandarin

188 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745-1137 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 301-839-3788
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 664 reviews

Grace's Mandarin

Reviewed By Rhoward2 - VA

My husband had a meeting at National Harbor, and a group of ten of us went here for dinner. The decor is eye-catching, beginning with the replicas of terra cotta warriors that greeted us at the entrance. The restaurant is three levels with large windows giving a wonderful view of the waterfront. The place was a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. The menu is quite extensive with lots of choices, including sushi, tempura, and of course, many typical Chinese dishes. The two of us shared a selection of small plates and an order of vegetable fried rice. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and the service was excellent. Our waitress even graciously gave the group separate bills.
Their prices are a bit high but not outrageous and about the same as the other National Harbor restaurants.

5. Pops Old Fashioned Ice Cream

109 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 703-518-5374
Excellent
59%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

Pops Old Fashioned Ice Cream

Reviewed By Michael M - Atlanta, Georgia

Went after having a nice lunch at the Seafood Market next door. Was expecting some great tasting, homemade, creamy ice cream. I decided to get the black cherry, which is my favorite. It tasted like vanilla ice cream. Had almost no cherries in it. And on top of all that was a little icy. They must let there refrigeration get to warm and them refreeze. Wont be going back.

6. Caphe Banh Mi

407 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3221 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner 703-549-0800
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

Caphe Banh Mi

Reviewed By Dawn S - Farmington, Maine

This is a wonderful little restaurant with amazing food. We were fortunate to arrive just in time to get a table, it is small and seating is limited, well worth the wait. Everything we ordered was perfect from the summer roll starters to the Vietnamese ice ca phe, not a thing I would change. The menu is diverse - suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Bowls of pho to perfect banh mi sandwiches, choosing is a challenge. Cannot wait to return to try something new!

7. SUCCOTASH

186 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745-1137 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 20 - SGD 46 +1 301-567-8900
Excellent
44%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 379 reviews

SUCCOTASH

Inspired Southern Cuisine by Culinary Director Edward Lee

Reviewed By Tom M

I had a great meal this evening at Succotash restaurant. I didn't want to wait for a table so I ordered take out and waited at the bar. Great atmosphere with plenty of seating inside and out and a big bar. I ordered the Short Rib and the Bacon Mac'n Cheese. I m not usually Mac'n Cheese guy but I really liked it and it was all gone before I remembered to take a pic. You will see the ribs though. I could only eat one of the three portions... it was huge and soooooo good. I would have had cornbread and dessert but I knew I couldn't finish the dinner soaybe next time... because I'll be back!

Dr. M

8. Potbelly Sandwich Works

146 National Plz, National Harbor, MD 20745-1139 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating American, Fast Food, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 301-686-1160
Excellent
30%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 241 reviews

Potbelly Sandwich Works

Reviewed By Elise K - Waterloo, Canada

Looking for an alternative to the over-priced and limited menus at the Gaylord, we found this place tucked next to the stairs, across from the Peeps store. We ordered salads and liked them so much, we came back a couple days later! The "flats" sandwiches are also a nice, and nicely-sized option.

9. Vaso's Mediterranean Bistro

1118 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2925 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 703-566-2720
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

Vaso's Mediterranean Bistro

Reviewed By RussellJW - Falls Church, VA

Whenever I have a hankering for a great Greek Gyro, Vaso Kitchen is my go to spot. Vaso’s sets the standard for tast bud popping Gyros, with plenty of meat, feta all the fillings are freshly prepared. French fries are hot, crispy and accompany the Gyros so well. I have popped into Vaso’s on several occasions thinking I was going to try something else, I just never get there. Easy parking in their lot or on the street. Oh yeah – Good affordable wine selection and a good beer list. Friendly, helpful wait staff.

10. Le Refuge Restaurant

127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 703-548-4661
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Le Refuge Restaurant

Reviewed By Ryan W - Wilmington, Delaware

Sacre Bleu! I've been enjoying gustatory excellence here since it format started as L'Estaminet and through its change to Le Refuge... If just gets better!

Was in Alexandria, VA today (12/2/17) for the annual Scottish Walk (I am a Stewart!) and was searching to find a place for lunch for four of us. Called Le Refuge (right on N Washington St up from King in the center of Old Town) and snapped up a table for four before others could! We were all happily pleased!

We had some luncheon specials (Endive with Roquefort, Walnuts and Apples Salad, Cassolet, Quiche Loraine and Bouillabaisse) and some from the main menu (French Soup a L'Onion). The wine was a superb Chef Suggested Le Macon White Bordeaux.

They were ready to seat us when we arrived slightly early. Service was fast and attentive. All our appetizers and entrees came out for us together, but following so we were not hurried. Water and wine refilled unobtrusively...

You cannot go wrong experiencing this restaurant! C'est Magnifique!

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