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Dining & Drinking

From sweet to savory, new restaurants and bars spice up Washington, DC as the summer ends.


In Northeast DC, the popular New York City sweet shop Magnolia Bakery will make its DC debut inside Union Station. The all-day café will serve treats from banana pudding to icebox desserts. If you’re thirsty, Calabash Tea & Tonic will bring wellness-focused kombuchas and organic tea blends to the Northeast area with a large outdoor patio curated with medicinal plants and culinary herbs. The sister shop in Shaw is a popular hangout spot for everyone from coffee-fiends to organic enthusiasts.  Still anticipated to come to Union Market is the second location of Brooklyn steakhouse St. Anselm. Stephen Starr (Le Diplomate) will partner with New York restaurateur Joe Carroll to open the restaurant, which will feature “beefsteak dinners” allowing guests to gear up in aprons and eat with their hands from large meat platters.

Kyirisan’s Tim Ma will open the all-day restaurant American Son in DC’s new Eaton Workshop, offering American fair with ingredients influenced by Ma’s background as a second-generation American. Nearby, the tapas restaurant Boqueria, adored by locals, will open its second Barcelona-inspired location on 9th Street Northwest. The new eatery will feature outdoor seating and many new dishes from executive chef Marc Vidal.

The Little Beast will open on Connecticut Avenue Northwest, featuring daytime fare such as sweet treats, quiches and coffee from local roaster Vigilante, as well as specialty pizzas and entrees made in the wood-burning oven by night. The bistro is expected to open late September, followed by the café and bakery in mid-October.

Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira, founders of Timber Pizza Company, Bon Appétit’s 2017’s Pizzeria of the Year, plan to open a “Jew-ish” Park View deli, Call Your Mother, this fall. Sandwiches will be served on homemade challah, rye and wheat breads and potential themed dinners such as a Peking duck experience or New York-style pizza night are also in the works.

In Southwest DC, several three-story establishments will add to The Wharf’s roster: Italian market and eatery Officina by Nicholas Stefanelli, in-house rum distillery Potomac Distilling Company and the Polynesian-style tavern Tiki TNT, featuring rum cocktails and island-inspired small plates.


All-Purpose Pizzeria Capitol Riverfront: The popular All-Purpose Pizzeria in Shaw opened its second location in Navy Yard this past spring. The new location offers a different selection of pizzas with warm chocolate chip cookies crowned with gelato from Dolcezza.

America Eats Tavern: James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and humanitarian of the year, José Andrés, introduced another restaurant to his renowned mix with America Eats Tavern, located in Georgetown and featuring some charred and smoky flavor combos. 

Barrafina: Dupont Circle just added an upscale destination for Mediterranean-style cuisine featuring grilled fare found in parts of southern France, Italy and Greece.

District Doughnut: The homegrown sweets makers opened its fourth area location in August at The Wharf and brings a rotating selection of doughnuts paired with brews from local roaster Compass Coffee.

Kaliwa: A Southeast Asian restaurant from Irishman Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve) offers both elevated sit-down fare and grab-and-go options.

La Vie: The upscale restaurant and bar, featuring a Mediterranean-costal flair, recently joined The Wharf this summer.

Lupo Marino: Med Lahlou’s (Lupo Verde and Tunnicliff's Tavern) newest concept brings a pizzeria and Italian street foods to The Wharf.

Ministry DC: Sisters Elisa and Lourdes Bennaton find inspiration from their roots in Honduras and Guatemala for their coffee, wine and food.

Opaline: The Sofitel hotel’s newly opened French restaurant and bar serves an all-day menu in a sleek and regal setting. Opaline chef Doug Isleib, an alum of Barcelona Wine Bar, created a lineup of approachable French fare such as tuna tartare, a burger with gruyere and mussels.

Orchid: The new gay bar on Capitol Hill debuted in May with lots of booze, brunch and oysters paired with a groovy 1920s vibe.

Reverie: Johnny Spero, a veteran of Komi and Minibar by José Andrés in DC, Mugartiz in Spain and Noma in Copenhagen, returned to DC to open the 60-seat modern American restaurant. Features include an a la carte and tasting menu on a pretty cobblestone street in historic Georgetown.

Supreme Core Cider: Washington, DC’s newest cidery will make West Coast style hard apple ciders with craft beer sensibilities. Located near the National Arboretum and blocks from Ivy City, enjoy flights of local ciders made onsite and food trucks.

Sweet Sosumba Jamaican Vegan Cafe: Located in the Park View neighborhood in NW, this new café brings a Jamaican take on vegan eats.  


Coconut Club: Chef Adam Greenberg (Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant) will open a new restaurant near Union Market later this year with a tapas experience and tropical cocktails.

Glassey: Siblings Taj and Harris Sohal plan to open a new Indian-American restaurant in Truxton Circle later this year. The siblings’ parents own the Sunset Wine & Spirit next door.

Scotts Restaurant, Bar & Cask Club: Restaurateur Simon Lowe brings a new American brassiere later this year, offering gourmet meats, seafood and salads.

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