<< Jun 2016 >>

DC AREA restaurant
and bar openings

Do you know who’s open? And who’s not? Find all the delicious details on every new space that has opened its doors. Remember: If you’ve heard about one you thought was open, but don’t see it here, they may still be putting on the finishes touches. To know for sure, click to Coming Soon.

Pizzeria Vetri


2221 14th Street NW; 202.794.9057

The growing Philadelphia-based pizzeria, Pizzeria Vetri, has expanded to DC. A concept from James Beard Award-winning Chef Marc Vetri, the pizzeria offers patrons a variety of Neapolitan-style pizzas, a selection of salads, Italian-inspired desserts such as a nutella pizza, espresso, coffee drinks, and a variety of wines and beers.



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400 E Street SW; 202.803.6110

Located on the rooftop of the Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall, CityBar is the newest edition to Southwest DC. CityBar’s offerings include signature cocktails like the Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita, with tequila, cointreau, muddled strawberries and jalapenos with a cinnamon sugar rim, and the Fort McNair Mule, with Mezcal, lime juice, homemade ginger syrup and Peychauds. The light bites bar food menu includes cheese and charcuterie boards and unique offerings like chicken lollipops.

La Jambe


7th and Q Street NW; 202.627.2988

Washingtonians are now able to take a quick jaunt to Paris by way of the Shaw neighborhood. Paris native Anastasia Mori and her business partner Heather Leonard have opened a French wine, charcuterie, and cheese bar, La Jambe, across from Dacha Beer Garden.  Mori began to dream up La Jambe after having difficulty finding  the products that she used to buy in France. Mori also longed for a no-frills wine bar reminiscent of the bars she used  frequent in France that focus on the staples- a good glass of wine, charcuterie board and assortment of cheeses- not a huge, intimidating menu. The 40-seat La Jambe boasts a bar with a few tables, a drink counter, and a tasting room used for private events, tastings, and classes. A retail portion of the space offers a variety of charcuterie and cheeses to go.


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3911 Georgia Avenue NW

A new neighborhood restaurant and bar has arrived in Petworth: Homestead. From Owner Nic Makris and Executive Chef Marty Anklam, Homestead serves both small plates and family-style portions of classic favorites with a twist, like bison meatloaf, catfish nuggets and lamb bacon. The bar menu includes seasonal cocktails and a large draft selection of craft beer and cider.


Fare Well


406 H Street NE; 202.299.9700

Two-time champion of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Doron Petersan, has opened his newest concept, Fare Well, on the ever-growing thriving H Street Corridor in 2015. The cafe occupies a 2,600 square-foot space and includes an expanded bakery program, bistro dining menu and full bar. The space has the look and feel of a classic mid-century American diner, featuring a lunch counter as well as “grab-and-go” service and table service for approximately 50 seats. Fare Well is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with bar hours on Fridays and Saturdays. The expanded bakery program includes Sticky Fingers classics, like sticky buns, cookies, cakes, and cupcakes, and new items, like Italian-style breads, scones, danishes, croissants, and pies. The bistro menu focuses on vegan and gluten-free comfort food and the bar will serve beer, wine and cocktails.

Jinya Ramen

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2911 District Avenue Suite 140, Fairfax, VA;

Jinya Ramen, which currently has 12 locations in California, Las Vegas, Texas, Chicago, Atlanta and Canada, has opened its first location in the DC area. The restaurant specializes in porky Tonkotsu ramen and also offers chicken, vegan, and customizable ramen options. Non-ramen menu items include quince salads, rice bowls, and tapas. The 2,500 square-foot space features a bar, 100-seat dining room, and 34-seat patio.

Chao Ku

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1414 9th Street NW; 301.233.3072

Chao Ku, meaning super cool, is now offering Washingtonians a new option for fast casual Chinese dining.  The eatery comes from Broad Branch Market owner John Fielding and Chef Paul Pelt, formerly of Tabard Inn.  The Shaw spot pays homage to their favorite Chinese eateries around the Washington suburb area and serves up affordable fare such as dan dan noodles, hot and sour Shaanxi wide noodles, cold small plates, and a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees.  The space also features a full-service bar offering Asian beers, wines, including plum wine, sake, and a simple liquor selection.

Buckeye + Bear

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1730 M Street NW; 202.670.1730

The newest venture from D.C. hospitality entrepreneurs Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, Buckeye + Bear, is now open. The eclectic 280-person venue features a rotating weekly entertainment schedule, including multi-genre live entertainment, costume karaoke, comedy shows and trivia nights spread over two distinct spaces — The Ballroom and The Green Room. The Ballroom hosts a variety of live entertainment, while The Green Room is a sports bar.  Buckeye + Bear is open Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5pm.

Watergate Hotel

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2650 Virginia Avenue NW; 202.827.1600

After a $125 million dollar renovation to restore the historic property, the Watergate Hotel is officially open. The 336-room hotel features an array of dining destinations overseen by Executive Chef Michael Santoro: Kingbird, a dual-concept restaurant offering a contemporary dining room with a bar, riverfront outdoor seating and an elegant dining room for a prix fixe dinner. The menu features American cuisine with a French twist; The Next Whisky Bar, which offers an expansive spirit list highlighting whisky, bourbon and rye from small batch producers and large distillers, and a variety of cigars available for purchase to enjoy on the terrace or rooftop; Top of the Gate, a grand rooftop with 360-degree views of the Potomac River, Capitol and Washington Monument which will open later this summer.


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2650 Virginia Avenue NW; 202.827.1600

A new dual concept restaurant, Kingbird, is now open in the newly renovated Watergate Hotel. The restaurant serves seasonally-inspired, modern American cuisine with a French twist. The space features a bar, riverfront outdoor seating and an upscale dining room with a prix fixe menu. Kingbird is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Bantam King


501 G Street NW

Daisuke Utagawa and Katsuya Fukushima, some of the masterminds behind Daikaya, have opened their latest venture: Bantam King. Bantam King specializes in chicken ramen and Japanese fried chicken. The space, which previously housed Burger King, features colorful decor, fast-food-style booths, and seats 50 patrons. The restaurant is open every day for dinner service only to start, but plans on launching lunch service in the next few weeks.


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712 Seventh Street NW

Philadelphia-based Marquis & Co. has brought their popular eatery, HipCityVeg, to DC. HipCityVeg is a 100% plant-based, fast casual restaurant. Based on the style of traditional fast food, HipCityVeg takes familiar concepts, such as burgers and fries, and turns them into equally delicious vegan options. HipCityVeg employs sustainable practices, including compostable packaging.

District Doughnut

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3327 Cady’s Alley NW; 202.750.1955

District Doughnut has opened its latest pop-up in Georgetown. The space serves handcrafted doughnuts, Compass Coffee, espresso, and features local art. The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday, 8am – 2pm.

Cheesetique: Ballston

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800 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA; 703.566.9189

Cheesetique owner Jill Erber has opened a third location of the popular wine and cheese shop in Ballston. The 4,600-square-foot shop seats 100 with additional seating on an outdoor patio. Like the other locations, this Cheesetique has both retail and restaurant operations. The restaurant portion’s menu consists of a variety of share plates, soups, salads, and cheese boards.


Flavio Restaurant

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1073 31st Street NW; 202.965.6666

Flavio Restaurant has opened in the former Paper Moon space in Georgetown. With the reopening comes a new menu focused on Italian cuisine, plus a more modern interior. Chef Dennis Fieldman, who has previously worked with chefs Daniel Boulud, Alan Wong, and Michel Richard, helms the kitchen.



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201 N. Washington Street, Rockville, MD; 240.671.9721

Ika Abdulaeva and her father Solijon Nasimov have opened a new Russian dining destination in Rockville’s Town Square: Samovar. The restaurant’s menu items include everything from traditional Russian Borsch soup and kabobs to specialty dishes such as golubcy and pelmeni. On select Friday nights diners can enjoy live Russian music while a Russian hostess dressed in a kokoshnik (traditional Russian ornate headpiece) serves chilled Russian vodka drinks. On select Thursdays a bellydancer entertains. Samovar is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 11pm, and Friday and Saturday 11am to 2am.

Habit Burger Grill

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895 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD; 703.724.4471

West coast fast-casual eatery, The Habit Burger Grill, has opened its first Maryland location in Rockville’s Wintergreen Plaza Shopping Center. The Rockville location joins Ashburn, VA, opened in December 2015, as the first of several planned for the Metropolitan Washington DC area. The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers, including its signature Charburger, and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and a selection of sides, handmade shakes and malts.