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Your Guide to Dining at Pentagon Row

Pentagon Row is the place to eat ‘til your soul’s content on a capital trip.

New places to get fueled up on tacos, burgers, cupcakes and tandoor cooking are adding to a tempting lineup at Pentagon Row, an open-air complex with more than a dozen dining options, retailers and an outdoor skating rink in Arlington’s Pentagon City neighborhood. Dine, shop, watch skaters by the outdoor fireplace, or hear live concerts in warmer weather, for a pleasant addition to capital sightseeing.

Just across the street from the Pentagon and National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, choose from the newest mouthwatering options in Pentagon Row’s shopping and dining plaza:

  • Basic Burger offers burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, fries, salads and shakes plus sweet potato fries, onion rings, fried pickles and craft soda.
Basic Burger signature burger on menu
  • Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery produces 18 signature cupcake flavors daily, like chocolate caramel drizzle and red velvet, along with homemade ice cream.
  • Namaste Everest, features an array of curries and tandoor cooking, dumplings, biryani, kabobs and more.

Diverse Selection

All within a city square of each other, Pentagon Row’s expanded restaurant choices join a dozen more eateries for every taste.

Superwaffle at Bread & Water Co. in Arlington

Arlington’s Superwaffle

For a cozy close-up view of the skating rink, enjoy gourmet sandwiches and sweet bakery treats in the glass-enclosed cube at Bread & Water Co., the counter-serve cafe adjacent to the skating rink. Here you can try an ingenious creation called a superwaffle: a waffle stuffed with delicious ingredients. Try it with red peppers, feta and spinach, or kielbasa, spinach and egg. In a breakfast mood? Enjoy the mixed berry version or the bacon, cheddar and egg superwaffle, served all day.

Bread & Water Co. cubed glass exterior

Bread & Water Co. founder Markos Panas said the superwaffle came from a desire to let visitors observe creation of a made-to-order food in the café’s small open-kitchen space, and it has become a beloved signature item since the restaurant opened in early 2018.

  • Slow-roasted tomato soup,
  • house-smoked chili,
  • chicken salad sandwiches,
  • assorted muffins,
  • Belgian chocolate pound cakes,
  • walnut sticky buns
  • and chocolate chip cookies are available too.


Besides dining and skating, Pentagon Row’s retailers include

  • Bed, Bath and Beyond,
  • Harris Teeter,
  • DSW Shoe Warehouse,
  • Rite Aid,
  • Sur La Table,
  • and TJ Maxx.

Spas Jouvence Aveda and The Red Door offer relaxing retreats. Steps away, the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, with more than 170 stores, offers even more shopping just through the walkway under the large clock in the courtyard’s center.

visitors enjoying an outdoor fireplace on Pentagon Row

How to Visit

Pentagon Row is easily accessible via the Pentagon City Metro station on the Yellow and Blue lines. From the station, enter Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, then follow signs from the food court to the garage passageway to Pentagon Row.

Author: Kathleen Murphy