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Diners at Requin by Mike Isabella on the Southwest Waterfront - Restaurant at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Restaurants are booming in Washington, DC

Washington, DC continues to introduce world class cuisine with several openings planned in the next six months.


Five eateries will open in the Line DC, the soon-to-open boutique hotel from the Sydell Group in Adams Morgan. Baltimore-based James Beard Award-winner Spike Gjerde captains three concepts: the Mid-Atlantic focused A Rake’s Progress, A Rake’s Bar and the coffee shop called The Cup We All Race 4. DC’s Erik Bruner-Yang (Maketto) will oversee the Asian-influenced lobby restaurant, tea room and bar, Brothers and Sisters as well as the 14-person Tachinomiya-style (standing-only) restaurant, Spoken English. Acclaimed pastry chef Pichet Ong will oversee desserts at both.

Morris in Shaw: a speakeasy near the Convention Center by Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn, David Strauss, and Vinoda Basnayake.

Chloe in Navy Yard: Former executive chef of Doi Moi, Estadio and Proof, Haider Karoum will own and operate Chloe when it opens later in 2017. His menu will be modern American with global influence such as bacalao crudo dressed with Aniboise; roast chicken and crispy fish with chili.

Gravitas in Ivy City: Chef Matt Baker will feature two unique tasting menus, a Chef’s Tasting and a Vegetarian Tasting, in his modern American restaurant.

Supreme Core Cider in Ivy City: Washington, DC’s newest cidery will make West Coast style hard apple ciders with craft beer sensibilities.

Lupo Verde Palisades: Restaurateurs Med Lahlou and Antonio Matarazzo open the second iteration of Lupo Verde, featuring rustic Italian cuisine like small plates, house-made charcuteries, breads, cheeses and antipasti as well as an Italian market.

Nakazawa: Omakase-style sushi restaurant by restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone and chef Daisuke Nakazawa inside the Trump International Hotel.

Reverie in Georgetown: Johnny Spero (a veteran of Komi and Minibar by José Andrés in DC, Mugartiz in Spain, Noma in Copenhagen) returns to DC to open a 60-seat modern American restaurant with a la carte and tasting menus on a pretty cobblestone street in historic Georgetown.


Bresca on 14th Street: Chef Ryan Ratino, formerly of Ripple, opened his first solo project featuring both fine-dining and casual cuisine. (September)

Calico in Shaw: Formerly a boxing gym and art studio, the recent addition to Blagden Alley features food by Nate Beuchamp and a bar program by Ian Fletcher, both of the acclaimed Tiger Fork. (October)

Dio Wine Bar on H Street: Sonoma County native Stacey Khoury-Diaz shares her love for natural wines with the city’s first natural wine bar. (September)

Manna: Chef Todd Gray (Equinox) features Middle Eastern cuisine inside the new Museum of the Bible. (November)

Nocturne in Shaw: an intimate 24-seat cocktail bar the basement of Sugar Shack serving cocktails in a tasting menu format.

Primrose in Brookland: a 65-seat wine bar with a bistro menu from Chef Nathan Beauchamp (Tiger Fork and Calico). (November)

Rasa in Navy Yard: DC Restaurateurs Raul Vinod and Sahil Rahman (Indique and Bombay Bistro) offer a modern “fine fast casual” Indian eatery. (November)

Succotash in Penn Quarter: Louisville’s Ed Lee brings Southern fare with Asian accents into a historical 9,000-square-foot space on 9th and F street NW serving lunch, dinner and 200 whiskeys. (September)

The Dabney Cellar in Shaw: The Michelin-starred restaurant will transform an existing brick-walled space into a wine bar.

The Wharf: This 24-acre, $2.5 billion development of DC’s Southwest waterfront opened with a trio of hotels, three live music venues and a congregation of new bars and restaurants before the end of the year.

Unconventional Diner in Shaw: expect modern accessible comfort food from chef David Deshaies, a protégé of the late Michele Richard.

Already open:

  • The Brighton: Eric and Ian Hilton add an English pub to their repertoire (Brixton, Chez Billy Sud, El Rey, Satellite Room).
  • Del Mar: The two-level 11,500-square-foot Spanish seafood restaurant by Fabio and Maria Trabocchi (Fiola Mare, Fiola, Casa Luca) has a large waterside loggia.
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar: Jamie Leeds’ third oyster bar in DC (Hank’s, Hank’s on the Hill)
  • Kirwan’s Irish Pub: Irish native Mark Kirwan and former Guinness employee brings live Irish music and beer to the waterfront.
  • Kith and Kin: An upscale casual restaurant with Afro-Caribbean style cuisine by executive chef Kwame Onwuachi, a former Top Chef contestant.
  • Requin: French seafood from Top Chef alum Mike Isabella (Graffiato, Kapnos).
  • Whiskey Charlie: The Wharf’s first rooftop bar and lounge sits atop DC’s first Canopy by Hilton offering craft cocktails and lite bites.

Still to open:

  • Florentijn: A Belgian bistro from Jan Van Haute, a veteran of Michelin-starred kitchens and former Embassy Chef challenge champ.
  • Kaliwa: A Southeast Asian restaurant from Irishman Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve), offering both elevated sit-down fare and grab-and-go options.
  • La Vie: Coastal-inspired cuisine and beverages with a spacious waterfront terrace and rooftop.
  • Lupo Marino: Med Lahlou’s (Lupo Verde and Tunnicliff's Tavern) newest concept will bring a pizzeria and Italian street foods to The Wharf.
  • Mi Vida: Modern Mexican street food and homey classics from Roberto Santibañez (Fonda in NYC).
  • Rappahannock Oyster Company: The Richmond, VA-based Croxton family is set to crack hundreds of thousands of Virginia shells in a refurbished oyster shed.
  • Potomac Distilling Company: Barman extraordinaire Todd Thrasher (PX) will bring an in-house rum distillery and two-story tavern featuring three bars.
  • Officina by Nicholas Stefanelli: A three-story Italian market and eatery by Chef Nicholas Stefanelli (Masseria). 

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