Drinking and dining in Washington, DC continues to evolve and expand. Currently, DC restaurants are offering to-go, delivery, outdoor or safeguarded indoor experiences at 25% capacity. Notable newcomers include Miami favorite Yardbird, serving inventive takes on Southern fare, Metrobar, a hospitality venue and bar built out of a retrofitted 5,000 series Metrorail car, Imperfecto, offering Latin-Mediterranean fusion fine dining and a 20,000 square foot venue from Knead Hospitality Group in Dupont Circle, featuring a food hall, mini-golf and multiple cocktail bars. It’s located around the corner from their other new Mexican food venture, Mi Casa.
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.
Imperfecto, from the Seven Reasons team, will join the West End neighborhood. Continuing a successful foray into fusion restaurants, 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.
What began as a pop-up in a warehouse in London has now expanded to two full-time locations from Knead Hospitality Group. Swingers in Dupont Circle combines mini golf, cocktails and street food and opens this summer. Inside the adults-only venue, find two 9-hole mini golf courses, a food hall, multiple bars and no kids allowed. Tickets are available online for their grand opening in June. The company also brings the new Mi Casa concept, featuring Mexican border cuisine, to Dupont Circle in late spring.
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 to Adams Morgan featuring top grade meats, organic poultry, sustainable seafood and delicious broths.
Lyle’s sits off residential and embassy-lined New Hampshire Avenue in the Lyle Hotel. The neighborhood restaurant and bar serves breakfast, brunch and dinner as well as familiar cocktails prepared with a gentle twist. Expect contemporary American fare paired with unobtrusive service. Chef Nicholas Sharpe is at the helm, a seasoned chef who previously worked at Michelin-starred Fiamma in New York City.
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 this spring. The microbrewery and taproom will have a 20-barrel system and a smaller, experimental five-barrel brewhouse.
Dauphine's, a seafood, bar and boucherie opens in downtown DC in spring 2021. Dauphine’s is inspired by the culinary culture of New Orleans and will be a collaboration between the team behind DC’s The Salt Line & New Orleans’ James Beard Award-winning cocktail lounge, Cure.
Coming to Buzzard Point this spring, Washington, DC’s newest waterfront destination, The Point will bring the thrill and robust flavors of open flame cooking paired with fresh seafood. The Point features a contemporary design, open-air patio and fire pits, and visitors can relax with picturesque views of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.
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 in late 2020.
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls – After a successful start in Dupont Circle, the addition of this New England-style seafood restaurant to Georgetown and the upcoming Western Market 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, will open in Shaw this summer. Devour sandwiches from Cracked Eggery 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, 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 Ave, with the opening of the new Japanese food hall from internationally acclaimed chef Makoto Okuwa and Unconventional Diner co-owner Eric Eden. The hall 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 – coming to the Petworth neighborhood, this cozy family-style spot promises authentic Mexican food, a patio and adult beverages.
Western Market – Pennsylvania Avenue may be a famous address in DC, but it’s also about to become a culinary hub thanks to Western Market. The marketplace offers a lineup of innovative dining concepts and restaurants, featuring DC staples such as Duke’s Grocery, Shouk and Elle. The space will also be mixed-use for retail and office space.
Paraiso - the taqueria and mezcaleria in Capitol Hill is inspired by the streets and home kitchens of Mexico. Head chef Geovanny Beltran offers homemade tortillas, large format dishes, endless taco options and a loaded bar with vast mezcal options.
Glover Park Grill – located in the Glover Park Hotel Georgetown, this spot offers classic American fare and a vast wine and curated cocktail menu. Led by James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Schlow’s newest executive chef, Hamilton Johnson, Glover Park Grill is making a name offering comfort food in Northwest DC.
The Duck & The Peach - a two-in-one concept in Capitol Hill, features counter service offering 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.
Moon Rabbit - a modern Vietnamese restaurant located at InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf takes an innovative approach to Vietnamese classics. The restaurant opened in late October 2020 and is named for the virtuous rabbit in the Buddhist Jataka tale.
Taqueria Xochi – touting itself as 100% authentic Mexican cuisine, this U-Street carryout window is the talk of the town. Head Chef Teresa Padilla has seen her lifelong dream realized in Taqueria Xochi, introducing Cemitas, Puebla-style Mexican sandwiches and other authentic Mexican dishes to the heart of DC.
Sharbat – adding a sweet spot to 18th street in Adams Morgan, Sharbat is DC’s first Azerbaijani café and bakery. Specializing in cakes, the family run shop may be most well known for their honey cake, but has been pleasing those on a savory journey with personal sized xachapuri, square pastry filled with your choice of beef or cheese.
Iron Age Korean Steak House – this Columbia Heights tabletop grilling restaurant opened at the end of June. DC’s second ever Korean Barbeque spot brings diners up close and personal with sizzling meats and veggies, has a soju bar and affordable all you can eat options.
Roaming Rooster - what began as an instant success and food truck has rapidly expanded to four food trucks and two brick and mortar locations across DC. This chicken spot offers free-range, grain-fed chicken served fresh every day and serves its chicken mild, medium and hot and the twice fried hand cut fries are also a can’t miss.