You can’t stay on top of the DC dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.
The team behind Provision 14 and Bonfire brings the vivacity of Spain to Clarendon, jazzing up the sprawling space with bright blue booths, lace-patterned light fixtures, two bars, colorful tiling and artwork inspired by a Pamplona tradition: the running of the bulls. The menu also steers Spanish, with pintxos, bocadillos and creative paellas, plus sangria on tap and cocktails.
Local is the calling card at this Dupont Circle counter serve from the Red Apron Butcher and Neighborhood Restaurant group talents, where old-school griddled patties made with beef from Virginia steers top the menu, paired with area-sourced hop-forward beers. Options also include pork-sausage, chorizo and lamb burgers, all served in a narrow, rustic space, formerly home to GBD.
Offering a unique twist on pizza, this Hecht Warehouse fast-casual in Ivy City specializes in Turkish-style pies known as ‘pide’ that can be customized with a slew of toppings, plus salads and yogurt drinks, all served in a small space with outdoor seating.
SER Restaurant partner Javier Candon pays homage to his late father and his Spanish roots at this Capital Hill haunt, serving tapas, entrees and family style plates based on traditional family recipes, along with sherries, cocktails and wines. Taking style cues from turn-of-the-century Spanish restaurants, the decor features walls lined with old family photos, black-and-white tiling and old-fashioned bistro chairs.
With its nautical Maryland theme (light bulbs entwined in ropes, ship's lanterns, a captain's booth), this Chinatown basement bar offers a playful take on local sourcing, serving an Orange Crush cocktail, craft beers and wines from the Chesapeake region, plus pre-packaged boardwalk snacks like saltwater taffy and popcorn.
NewHealth FoodPenn Quarter/Chinatown
At these modern, wood-accented offshoots of the Philly-based fast-casual chain, customers use a touch screen system to order customizable Asian fusion stir-fries, salads, smoothies and honey-covered fruit bowls, all made with health-conscious, seasonal ingredients.
With a name that riffs on the Indian word 'chulha'–clay tandoor ovens–this art-filled, industrial-modern Mosaic District counter-serve turns out flavorful BBQ bowls topped with seared chicken or salmon tikka masala. Veggie options, like chickpeas or lentils, biryani rice, salads and naan bread round out the menu, all washed down with beer, wine and lassi drinks.
Create your own “creative salads” assembled from “wonderful fresh ingredients” or order “rotating seasonal” specials at this “homegrown go-to chain” that’s “quick”, “simple” and “eco-conscious” (e.g. “organic” produce, “compostable utensils”); sure, the “lines can get long”, but the staff is “quick”, making it a “great lunch option.”
These midpriced Greeks offer a “delightful American take” on Hellenic classics served in “classy” ambiances that draw daters and special-occasion types; “dark”, cavelike interiors provide “great atmosphere”, though “super-noisy” acoustics come with the territory; P.S. the counter-service Grill spin-offs offer pitas, rice bowls and salads in casually industrial settings.
NewSouthern AmericanSilver Spring
This downtown Silver Spring offshoot of the Old Town original updates Southern dishes like chicken and waffles, pork chops and succotash with local ingredients and creative twists, and stocks its bar with a wealth of bourbons and whiskeys. Reclaimed wood paneling and kitschy accents create a farmhouse feel, making it a comfy place to roost.
NewCafeAtlas District/H Street Corridor
Set off of the art deco–style lobby of The Apollo complex, this hip coffee bar offers the same artisanal pours, homey baked goods and spirited drinks popularized by its 14th St NW sibling. The handsome, industrial-modern digs sport pale-wood accents, trendy lighting and de rigueur, state-of-the art brewing equipment.
Set in one of Hecht Warehouse's original loading docks, this sleek, industrial-style Ivy City sports bar from Ari Gejdenson (Ari's Diner, Ghibellina) draws inspiration from Europe’s soccer-focused ‘football clubs,' showcasing international matches, along with football and hockey games, on giant screens and TVs suspended from high ceilings or tiled walls. Fans can order local and foreign beers, cocktails, and light Mexican bites from next door sibling, La Puerta Verde.
Staged as a vintage Chinese tea parlor, this classy Petworth Asian gathering spot serves house-made dumplings, buns, noodles, skewers and rice bowls in a laid back atmosphere, with bubble teas, Vietnamese and French press coffees, happy hour priced drinks, and laptop friendly vibes.
East meets West at this stripped-down, two-level space in Cleveland Park specializing in Uyghur cuisine. Originating in Western China and incorporating Russian and Turkish elements, the pungent fare includes dishes like polo (a rice pilaf with mutton and vegetables) and lagman (handmade noodles with stir-fried beef). P.S. No alcohol served.
Set in National Harbor’s MGM Resorts International complex, this modern steakhouse from Top Chef alums and Maryland natives, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, offers both classics and contemporary riffs, from hearth-fired cuts with sea bean chimichurri sauce to uni fried rice. The plush setting has the feel of a family home, complete with a book-lined library bar, personal photos and a country kitchen setting where diners can watch the toques at work.
Chef/restaurateur José Andrés offers inspired takes on American seafood such as lobster jambalaya and oyster shooters with gin and tonic at this National Harbor eatery, one of the restaurant headliners at the MGM Resorts International complex. Live fish tanks supply raw bar fare, while large format undersea photos, a huge fish sculpture suspended over tables and marine cave–like seating add drama to the nautical-themed space, which opens onto a fountain plaza.
Visitors to the MGM National Harbor entertainment complex find a worldly array of casual eateries at this handsome food hall including a taqueria and stands serving NY-style pizza, sushi and Vietnamese bahn mi. Pappas Crabcakes and GWBW George Washington Beer & Wine bar add local flavors to the mix.
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s cosmopolitan culinary heritage infuses American comfort classics to yield dishes like Ethiopian-spiced fried chicken, Scandinavian-inspired meatballs and pot pie with doro wat at this polished all-day bistro in National Harbor’s MGM complex. Dynamic African tapestries, found objects and memorabilia add drama to the airy, brasserie-style space, with an inviting bar and a ‘sidewalk café’ in the Atrium that evoke Paris.
A 26-ft.-high chocolate fountain takes center stage this patisserie in MGM National Harbor’s soaring atrium offering French-inspired treats ranging from breakfast pastries and sandwiches, to chocolates, cakes and cookies. Sidewalk seating sweetens the deal.
Just off the National Harbor MGM entertainment complex’s soaring atrium, this sleek Pan-Asian accents its airy, soft-toned space with Far East design elements like an abacus fixture, decorative wood slats and ceramic jugs. Its epic menu focuses on Chinese, bolstered by Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai and Korean favorites like pad Thai and bibimbap.
This Rockville outpost of a Colorado-based fast-casual chain offers scratch-made American meals ranging from all-day breakfast plates and tofu scrambles to brick-oven pizzas, toasted sandwiches and homestyle protein plates in a wood-accented storefront with contemporary light fixtures and colorful seating.