11 Pearl Street SW; 202 469 1301
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Spring 2018
Chef Jan Van Haute (formerly of the Belgian Embassy, of course) is doing a lot of dabbling with his upcoming restaurant. There will be both a breakfast and lunch menu, as well as dinner options, a chef’s table, a bar and a wine counter where you can chat it up with your sommelier. If you’re going with a group of people who want a little bit of everything, this might be your best bet when it comes to The Wharf.
A Belgian bistro cooked up by a veteran of Michelin-starred kitchens, Florentijn enhances the traditional beer-and-mussels experience with ultra-modern touches. But traditionalists have nothing to fear—owner Jan Van Haute was once the chef at the Belgian Embassy, and with a riverside location reminiscent of Belgium’s canals, Florentijn promises to redefine the bistro.