Drinking and dining in Washington, DC continues to be a top-notch experience and make national news.
DC restaurants are now open at full capacity and offer indoor, outdoor and to-go options. Newcomers making waves include seafood restaurant The Point D.C. in the Buzzard Point district, Dauphines, bringing a taste of New Orleans to downtown DC, art deco gem Lyle’s in Dupont Circle, and in Georgetown, Sandlot is delighting locals and visitors with cold-press juice cocktails.
La Collina, aptly named “the hill” in Italian for its Capitol Hill location, is a family and wallet-friendly osteria with a walk-up antipasti and panini window. In the evening, expect homemade pastas, antipasti, salumi, cocktails and carafes of wine. To help with meal planning, prepared dinners and pasta kits will be available to take home.
A modern Caribbean restaurant and sister to Michelin-starred and DC darling Cane, St. James will open late summer in the U Street Corridor. The space will offer a large indoor space as well as a limited patio with seating. The restaurant’s name is a nod to St. James in Trinidad’s capital, and will be serving island favorites.
Pennsylvania Avenue may be a famous address in DC, but it’s also about to become a culinary hub thanks to Western Market. Western Market’s modern marketplace will be a one-stop shop including more than a dozen of the city’s favorite food and beverage vendors all in one place, such as Duke’s Grocery, Shouk and Elle. Western Market will also feature mixed-use space for retail and office space.
What began as a UK based only company is now expanding the the US. Swingers in Dupont Circle combines mini golf, cocktails and street food and opens this summer. Swingers is partnering with local restaurant and hospitality group, KNEAD Hospitality + Design for the creation of the food and beverage program. Inside the adults only venue, find two 9-hole mini golf courses, a food hall, multiple bars and no kids allowed. KNEAD Hospitality + Design is also bringing another new concept Mi Casa, which will feature Mexican border cuisine, to the Dupont Circle area this July.
Chef Darren Norris and his wife, Candice Wise-Norris, brought the first Izakaya to Washington, DC, and now comes another Japanese concept based on a traditional idea. Shabu Plus offers an updated version of traditional Japanese Hot Pot with top grade meats, organic poultry, sustainable seafood and delicious broths.
Bistro du Jour, slated to open this summer, will aim to recreate an authentic Parisian scene at The Wharf. Offering a true French café experience, the location is meant for congregating and grazing over food from morning ‘til night. Patrons start with coffee and fresh croissants and enjoy a changing menu as the day progresses including steak frites, onion soup and foie gras along with a selection of Champagne and other cocktails.
Bringing the dark and stormy along with an extensive rum list to Sherman Ave, De Rhum Spot will make its mark on Northwest DC. Operating as a Caribbean kitchen, the eatery offers Caribbean street food and a drunken banana bread pudding, to complement rums, cocktails and “other ‘tings.”
City State Brewing Co. is located in the Bloomingdale neighborhood and expected to open later this year. The microbrewery and taproom will have a 20-barrel system and a smaller, experimental five-barrel brewhouse.
From the team behind Duke's Grocery, Gogi Yogi and Duke's Counter, Chesapeake will bring the region’s favorite shellfish dishes to the heart of U Street. The bar will only serve beers brewed in DC, Maryland and Virginia, alongside a wide selection of spirits and classic dockside drinks like orange crushes.
Specializing in traditional Lebanese cuisine, Ilili will open later this summer at The Wharf. The 5,000 square foot space offers waterfront views and the menu will offer Lebanese-Mediterranean traditions with a modern contemporary twist, with an emphasis on flavorful herbs and spices. The shared plate dining experience will be capped off with an extensive beverage menu and can’t-miss helou - sweets.
Opening this summer, The Fountain Inn, Washington D.C. will rekindle, restore and rewrite the legacy, spirit and history of the original, iconic establishment known as Suter's Tavern, in the form of a rare spirits tasting room accompanied by fine, mixed plates-style fare.
Jane Jane is a Southern-inspired bar in the mixed-use development Liz on 14th Street Northwest. Expect to be delighted by well-crafted classic cocktails, Southern-inspired snacks, and welcoming, inclusive hospitality.
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls – After a successful start in Dupont Circle and a few other DC locations, the addition of New England-style seafood restaurant Mason’s to Georgetown is great news for seafood fans.
Cracked Eggery – A brick and mortar sandwich shop of what began as a famed food tent at a farmer’s market, Cracked Eggery opens in Shaw later this summer. Devour dishes any time of day, as the 24-hour menu provides sandwiches served on toasted challah, bowls and sweet or savory tots.
Dig – The New York-based restaurant is getting a new space in Georgetown with a veggie heavy menu, utilizing “stem to leaf” for a variety of grain bowls, salads, and long list of healthy sides.
Diablo’s Cantina – MGM National Harbor is getting a new restaurant before the end of summer. Think south-of-the-border dining and drinking with a dash of decadence. Diablo’s features freshly made salsas and guacamoles, along with a selection of premium tequilas and signature cocktails. This is the first iteration of Diablo’s off the Vegas strip.
Love Makoto – Tokyo is in mind on Massachusetts Avenue with the opening of a Japanese food hall from internationally acclaimed chef Makoto Okuwa and Unconventional Diner co-owner Eric Eden. The hall, located at DC’s Capitol Crossing development, will feature a ramen shop, a Japanese bakery, sushi and a robata grill.
Daru – Proclaimed spirit-forward Indian restaurant Daru is poised to bring the H Street corridor a bar and restaurant based on casual Indian snack foods, dessert and spiced cocktails.
Chicatana Fine Mexican Cuisine – A cozy family-style spot coming to the Petworth neighborhood promises authentic Mexican food, a patio and adult beverages.
Paraíso – A new neighborhood cafe in Southeast DC, with a very welcoming Mexican vibe. Paraíso is an all day café with a vibrant atmosphere, hypnotizing neon lights and captivating music. Find creative cuisine inspired by the streets and home kitchens of Mexico as well as top notch coffee, pastries, tortas and ‘wiches, tacos, agua frescas and more.
Imperfecto – Located in the West End neighborhood, the Latin-Mediterranean luxury dining experience with Enrique Limardo at the helm is anchored in tasting menus. An idea cultivated during the pandemic that is now reality, Imperfecto also features a full-service cocktail bar and private dining space in addition to tasting tables.
The Duck & The Peach – A two-in-one concept in Capitol Hill features counter service with quick breakfast and lunch items to enjoy on a spacious patio or on the go. Dinner options include a pre fixe menu and a house rotisserie showcasing nightly specials.
Lyle’s – Located off New Hampshire Avenue NW in the Lyle Hotel, this neighborhood restaurant and bar serves breakfast, brunch and dinner as well as familiar cocktails prepared with a gentle twist. Think contemporary American fare paired with unobtrusive service.
Dauphine's – Bringing New Orleans flavor to downtown DC, Dauphine’s is inspired by the culinary culture of the big easy and is a collaboration between the team behind DC’s The Salt Line & New Orleans’ James Beard Award-winning cocktail lounge, Cure.
The Point – Offering picturesque views of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers in Buzzard Point, the restaurant brings the thrill and robust flavors of open flame cooking paired with fresh seafood. The contemporary design, open-air patio and fire pits make it a surefire stop in Southwest DC.
Trulucks – The Florida-based chain known for prime seafood and crab recently opened in downtown DC. Recognized for precision, execution and classic preparation of simple, honest food, the DC location has a hidden gem – a “stone crab” lounge.