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Old Senate Chamber designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, this room was home to the U.S. Senate from 1819 until 1859 and later to the U.S. Supreme Court from 1860-1935.
Located north of the Capitol Rotunda is the richly decorated Old Senate...

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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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U.S. Marine Band - Wednesday and some Thursday Evenings
U.S. Marine Band - Wednesday and some Thursday Evenings - The 2014 series of...

Where to Eat

Capitol Visitor Center

The restaurant of the Capitol Visitor Center is on the lower level and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Freshly made soups, salads, specialty entrées, pizzas, sandwiches, desserts and beverages reflect the diverse bounty of America. Meal vouchers may be reserved ahead of time for groups of 25 or more. View the restaurant menu.

Please note that the following outside items are strictly prohibited in the Capitol, including the Capitol Visitor Center:

  • Liquid, including water
  • Food or beverages of any kind, including fruit and unopened packaged food

Read more about prohibited items in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Library of Congress

There are two cafeterias at the Library of Congress. Both are in the James Madison Memorial Building. The main cafeteria, on the sixth floor (LM 625) of the Madison Building, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but closes from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate Library employees. On the tunnel level to the Madison Building, a snack bar (LM G47) is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and vending machines are available (LM G47 and G49) during all public hours.

Supreme Court

At the Supreme Court, a cafeteria serving a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and beverages is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note Cafeteria service may be interrupted briefly at noon and 1 p.m. for Supreme Court employees.

U.S. Botanic Garden

Note: There are no food or beverages available at the U.S. Botanic Garden.