Hottest Fall Openings Around DC

By Olga Boikess  |  August 27, 2013
Credit: Jody Brady

DC’s unprecedented restaurant explosion certainly hasn’t cooled off during the traditional summer doldrums. Just in the last few weeks, American diner Ted’s Bulletin joined the frenzied development on 14th Street N.W., an Asian Chipotle spin-off called Shophouse came to Georgetown, Custom Fuel Pizza landed in the White House area, Italian Ovvio made its way to Merrifield in Virginia, a Timothy Dean Burger opened in NoMa, and a Belgian-French Mussel Bar arrived in Arlington.

Meanwhile, the last week of August is expected to produce three major openings: Southeast Asian Doi Moi from the Proof/Estadio team on 14th Street N.W.; Thally, chef Ron Tanaka’s (ex Cork) modern American restaurant in Shaw; and Tom Power's (Corduroy) long-awaited Baby Wale opposite the Convention Center.

Don’t expect there to be a slowdown after Labor Day. Indeed, an exciting crop of newbies will be bringing their energy to developing neighborhoods like Shaw, Capitol Riverfront and Takoma Park, as well as to already bustling DC sites. Read on to see what delicous experiences are heading our way.

  • Agua 301: Modern Mexican

    This modern Mexican from the Zest Bistro talents will offer scenic views from its tables, as well as an outdoor cafe, in a prime corner of the glass-enclosed Lumber Shed building in the booming Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Expect a convivial scene here very soon.

    301 Water St. S.E.

  • America Eats Tavern: American

    Come November, José Andrés will relaunch his ode to America’s culinary history in the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton. Local Virginia products will be showcased in classic recipes given his special twists.

    1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA; 703-506-4300

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    Bluejacket Brewery: American

    The most ambitious project yet from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group will bring a full-scale production brewery, a tasting room, a 200+ seat restaurant and a spacious outdoor patio to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood near Nationals Park. A recent preview during Beer Week (pictured) has whetted whistles in eager anticipation. Coming any day now. 

    300 Tingey St. S.E.

  • Eat the Rich: Oyster bar

    Derek Brown, whose Mockingbird Hill sherry and ham bar in Shaw was an instant hit, will extend his reach two storefronts away this season with an oyster bar featuring Rappahannock Oyster's bivalves and tavern-themed drinks, many by the pitcher. 

    1839 Seventh St. N.W.

  • Eno: Wine bar

    Georgetown’s Four Season Hotel complex is the site chosen for this cosmopolitan wine bar concept’s first East Coast location, set for September. Look for flights of new- and old-world wines, including local labels, to pair with charcuterie, cheese and chocolate.  

    2810 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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    Iron Gate: Greek/Italian

    The romantic, vine-covered courtyard below DuPont Circle (which were once were stables before it was the long-running Iron Gate Inn) will return this fall as a Greek/Italian restaurant showcasing chef Tony Chittum (ex Vermilion). Local sourcing and vibrant flavors are his hallmark. 

    1734 N St. N.W.

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    Osteria Morini: Italian

    Well-known NYC chef/restaurateur Michael White will bring his rustic Italian concept to the big-windowed Lumber Shed in Capitol South. The three ‘P’s - pastas, prosciutto and parmigiano - are the concept’s strong suits.

    301 Water St. S.E.

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    Republic: New American

    Takoma Park hasn’t had much love when it comes to happening restaurant openings, but that’s about to change when this large American from the Black Restaurant Group opens its doors sometime this autumn. Seafood is always a feature at their restaurants (this locale will include a raw bar), and chef Danny Wells, who lives nearby, says there will be plenty of vegetarian choices too. 

    6937-6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, MD

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    Toro Toro: Pan-Latin, Steak

    Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval is bringing the popular steakhouse concept he developed in Dubai to Downtown DC. South American rodizio - meats carved tableside - is just one component. Look for small plates, like arepas and ceviches, and potent drinks as well.

    1300 I St. N.W.