Places to Eat Near Merriweather Post Pavilion

Merriweather District is a culinary haven offering dozens of exceptional dining experiences. From comfort foods to craft beers and fine dining, make it a point to visit before or after the show at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Indoor and outdoor dining is available. The restaurants and parking are easily walkable, just minutes from the venue and from the mall in Columbia. Come explore the standout restaurants that make Downtown Columbia a must-visit destination. 

It’s easy to get to Merriweather District, and once you’re here, it’s easy to get around, too. Symphony Woods, and One and Two Merriweather garages provide ample free parking (including EV charging) so whether you’re visiting, working, or attending an event, it’s an easy and safe place to park your car. You’ll also find plenty of street parking throughout the District.

Can’t-Miss Cuisine in Columbia, MD

Peter Chang

Discover the bold and robust flavors of Szechuan cuisine at Peter Chang, where each dish is a testament to culinary artistry. From fiery Kung Pao chicken to mouth-numbing Ma Po tofu, the menu offers a thrilling journey through the vibrant tastes of China.

Try these popular dishes:

  • Chang’s Peking Duck
  • Scallion Bubble Pancake
  • Cumin Fried Fish Fillet with Seaweed

Dok Khao Thai Eatery

Experience the exotic flavors of Thailand at Merriweather District’s own Dok Khao, where each dish is prepared with meticulous attention to detail. From fragrant curries to flavorful stir-fries, authentic Thai cuisine will transport you to the bustling streets of Thailand. Dok Khao is open late, so stop by after the concert. They also offer free delivery from 5pm to close, which is very convenient if you’re staying overnight at WhyHotel

Try these popular dishes:

Clove and Cardamom

Experience the vibrant flavors of Indian cuisine at Clove and Cardamom. With a menu that showcases classic and contemporary dishes bursting with aromatic spices, this restaurant offers an authentic taste of India that will transport you to another world.

Try these popular dishes:

  • Mediterranean Naan Pizza offered vegetarian or with chicken or lamb toppings
  • Garden Pesto Pasta Chicken
  • Tandoori Chicken Tacos

Sushi Sono

Sushi Sono is a renowned Japanese restaurant with upscale fine dining, authentic ambiance, and scenic outlook onto Lake Kittamaqundi. Come see for yourself how this restaurant has helped transform the Columbia, Maryland community. With exceptional Japanese dishes and top-notch service, it’s a great place to dine before or after your visit to Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Try these popular dishes:

  • Tuna Sashimi
  • Spicy Hamchi with the house citron sauce
  • Ohitashi

Fast Bites Before the Concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion


Despite its stellar reputation for breakfast and brunch, Toastique’s offerings at Merriweather District will appeal to you all day long. Treat yourself to their delectable toasts and fresh, nutritious offerings like cold-pressed juices and smoothies that will keep you energized through the headliner’s encore.

The vote is tied. Are you team SuperFruit or Orange Crush? See a full list of their smoothies on the website.

Food Market

Immerse yourself in a sophisticated ambiance at Food Market, where innovative dishes featuring seasonal ingredients take center stage. Treat your palate to expertly grilled filet mignon and seafood delicacies, and embark on a culinary journey that will leave you captivated.

Find snacks, apps and entrees for all appetites at The Food Market.

​​Banditos Tacos & Tequila

Join the lively and festive atmosphere at Banditos, a Mexican-inspired eatery offering delicious tacos, enchiladas, and nachos. Sip on refreshing margaritas or cold cervezas as you enjoy the energetic vibes that make Banditos a go-to spot for food and fun.

You can’t beat Bandito’s Happy Hour specials, so have a marg at the bar before the show and take a taco to-go.

Post-Show Dinner and Drinks Near Merriweather Post Pavilion

Busboys and Poets

More than just a restaurant in Columbia, Busboys and Poets is a cultural hub that serves up delicious meals alongside live performances and a bookstore. Enjoy their diverse menu, including vegan and vegetarian food options, in a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere. This is the largest location in the DMV area, and you won’t want to miss it.

Get a list of upcoming Busboys and Poets events in Columbia, Maryland.

Cured 18th & 21st

From the team that brought you Iron Bridge Wine Company, indulge in a memorable dining experience at Cured 18th & 21st, where you can savor their famous baby back ribs and a wide selection of craft beers, all in a laid-back atmosphere perfect for enjoying comfort foods. The kitchen is open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday, so stop by to try scallop crudo and house-cured salmon from the raw bar, the dry-aged burger with Emmentaler cheese and kimchi mayo, or round out your evening with their house-made donut bread pudding.

The Charmery

Get a savory scoop of The Charmery’s super-premium ice cream at their location at 6000 Merriweather Dr. By utilizing top-quality ingredients sourced from nearby farmers and producers, the constantly evolving selection of sundaes, milkshakes, seasonal flavors, and homemade sodas will transport you to cherished summer moments from your childhood.

See what flavors they’re scooping today.

Need a Hotel Near Merriweather Post Pavilion?

If you’re in search of a hotel close to Merriweather Post Pavilion, look no further. Secure your reservations today at the newly established WhyHotel by Placemakr.

Located at 6200 Valencia Lane, you can stay right at Merriweather District when you come into town for a concert or event this summer. 

Spaces can accommodate up to six guests, making it more comfortable than your average DoubleTree or Hilton. With fully equipped kitchens, designated work areas, laundry facilities, and a range of amenities, the flexible accommodations at WhyHotel can accommodate your needs.

Visit Merriweather District

Downtown Columbia’s Merriweather District is a culinary paradise, offering a diverse range of dining options to satisfy all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re in the mood for comfort foods, fine dining, or exotic flavors, the district has something for everyone. And the best part? More exciting restaurants are coming soon, promising even more culinary adventures in this vibrant destination. 

The restaurants at Merriweather District are the most convenient places to eat before or after a show at Merriweather Post Pavilion. We’re an easier walk or drive to the venue than The Walrus Oyster & Ale House, The Corner Stable, The Turn House, and Seasons 52 restaurant in the Columbia Mall. Plan your visit today and prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other in Downtown Columbia, Maryland.