It all started with an idea and some animal crackers about 20 years ago. Today, we are known as the Tryst Trading Company, a local DC food group that includes several neighborhood restaurants, café’s, and a catering company. We combine good food, specialty coffee, craft cocktails, and great service to create a community gathering place for all while building meaningful connections one animal cracker at a time. For more of our story, check out our location’s individual websites; but more importantly, don’t forget to check us out in person!

Thanks for being party of our community!


our restaurants


2459 18th Street NW

DC's community living room, reflecting the eclectic energy & diversity of our nation's capital by continually redefining the American Cafe Culture


Tryst at the phillips

1600 21st Street NW

A cafe where locals, art lovers and travelers come to recharge, reflect and reconnect

the diner

2453 18th Street NW

A modern diner with old school appeal - always open, and open to everyone



open city at the national cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW

A cafe where locals, visitors and the various communities on the Close gather to share a table and enjoy thoughtfully crafted fare

open city

2331 Calvert Street NW

The friendly neighborhood vibe makes it as welcoming to travelers from around the world as it is to our Woodley Park neighbors


who's cookin catering

2001 Fairview Avenue NE

Delivering personable service and high quality comforting food to working professionals when they need it

The coupe

3415 11th Street NW

An everyday, anytime neighborhood gathering place serving up unpretentiously refined food, drink and atmosphere

Press & Media

 Article by Brightest Young Things

Article by Brightest Young Things

Where to Get Breakfast (Not Brunch) in D.C.

"[...]here are some places where you can order bacon and eggs. Also, breakfast is not brunch[...]"

Featuring the Diner, Open City, Tryst & The Coupe.

Full story here.

 Photo by Tryst Trading Company

Photo by Tryst Trading Company

POPVILLE - Alright, Alright, Alright – I Can Dig a District Doughnut and Tryst Partnership

"We have an exciting new partnership to share with you. District doughnuts are now available daily at all Tryst Trading Company locations! 

Full story here

 Article by CNN

Article by CNN

CNN: Office with a view - washington 

"When you are on a business trip, it's hard to see the city. Holly Firfer takes us to some places in DC to explore, but still get some work done!"

Full video here.