<< Apr 2015 >>

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.

Philos Mezze and Wine Bar

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401 Massachusetts Avenue, NW; 202.780.6678

Washingtonians can now enjoy the flavors of Ancient Greece by way of Dupont Circle. Philos restaurant and wine bar is now serving up lavish small plates or “mezze” from all over the Mediterranean basin. Helmed by Chef Ghassan Jarrouj, the Philos menu boasts a variety of spreads, grilled meats, vegetables, and a unique, authentic assortment of hot cheeses.  The menu options range in price form $6 to $14 and are heavily influenced by seasonal and local ingredients. Philos’ beverage program offers over 20 wines by the glass that are predominately curated from lesser known Mediterranean regions in Lebanon, Greece, and Bulgaria, in addition to local vineyards. Philos is open from 11:00am to 2:00pm sunday through thursday and from 11;00am to 3:00am on friday and saturday.

Peter Chang: Rockville, MD

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20-A Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD; Rockville Town Square

PROJECTED OPENING DATE: April 15, 2015

Chef Peter Chang and partner Gen Lee have finally expanded their Virginia-based chain of Peter Chang’s restaurants into Maryland with the opening of a Rockville location. As a former chef at the Chinese Embassy in DC, Chang’s spicy Szechuan cooking his has garnered much admiration and popularity in the DMV. China’s Szechuan region, considered the “heartland” of China and influenced by neighboring Hunan, is known for the bold and spicy flavors of its local cuisine- thought to combat the area’s intense humidity. Chang serves up these distinctive flavors in a wide variety of dishes including duck in stone pot, scallion bubble pancakes and grandma’s steamed pork belly. The Rockville restaurant occupies the 3,100-square-foot space in Rockville Town Square formerly occupied but Taste of Saigon.

Sette Osteria: 14th Street

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1634 14th Street, NW; 202.290.1178

Dupont Circle area restaurant Sette Osteria, has expanded to 14th Street and now occupies the space of former “Mcafe bar”. Sette Osteria showcases Italian cuisine, specializing in signature house-made pastas and pizzas along with a selection of seafood, meets, and gluten free options.  Italian born executive chef Nicola Sanna’s simple, yet authentic cuisine features local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients showcasing the traditional techniques of Italy with menu items ranging in price from $8 to $28. The bar program offers a considerable “by the glass” variety including an eclectic list of specialty wines focused solely on Italian wineries, a cocktail selection featuring Italian inspired libations, and a variety of craft, draft, and Italian beers. The space boasts a 72-seat dining room, 30-seat private dining room, a 45-seat patio is open for lunch and dinner daily as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

All Set Restaurant and Bar

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8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301.495.8800

All Set Restaurant and Bar in Silver Spring will are now paying homage to the flavors and tastes of New England by way of Silver Spring. Restaurant industry vets Jennifer Meltzer and Chef Edward Reavis offer guests a moderately priced menu of seasonally inspired fare that features fresh ingredients, plenty of seafood, and local produce and meats from area farmers and suppliers. The 4,730-foot space designed by Streetsense includes a 25-seat dining room, 15-seat bar, a 24-seat outdoor, and a private dining room.

 

Clarity

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442 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, VA; 703.539.8400

Former Inox owner, Jonathan Krinn, and partner Jason Maddens, former executive chef at Central, have opened a modern American restaurant, Clarity, in the former Wolftrap Cafe space in Vienna. The eatery aims to be a fun, affordable spot, perfect for celebrating any occasion. Clarity’s menu offers up a variety of dishes including steaks, pastas, salads, and higher-end entrees. The space boasts a chef’s counter, open kitchen, and a private dining room.

 

Maketto

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1351 H Street, NE

What would happen if Toki Underground and DURKL had a baby? Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground and Will Sharp of DURKL hold the answer to that question at their newly opened Maketto, a joint venture coming to the DC restaurant/retail scene. The new collaboration brings a curated fashion and culinary boutique to the Atlas District. Inspired by international markets, Maketto offers shopping for locally made DURKL goods as well as several unique dining experiences ranging from fine dining to more casual gourmet snacks and cocktails, to various food stalls that will feature delicacies inspired by Asian night markets including Chinese donuts, Shanghai steamed dumplings, barbecue pork buns, and even on-site roasted coffee.

 

Maki Shop

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1522 14th Street, NW

Attention all techie-sushi lovers: a high-tech sushi spot has opened on 14th Street.  Maki Shop serves up delicious, classic, and not-so classic, sushi rolls while utilizing advanced Japanese technology.  Sushi ordering and prep promises to be an efficient, expedient process at Maki Shop thanks to the incorporation of tools such as a state-of-the-art rice chiller and a robotic sushi roller capable of producing 600 rolls per hour.  Diners can expect to find classic offerings like tuna and soft-shell crab rolls as well as more innovative rolls filled with curried fried chicken and nine-hour short ribs with kimchi.  The space boasts free wi-fi and a clean, crisp interior featuring white tiles, steel accents, and wood finishings.

Bonchon

Bon Chon Chicken, Arlington, VA

The Navy Yard, SE, DC; 202.488.4000

Korean fried chicken has arrive in DC by way of The Navy Yard. Bonchon, a chain with locations in area suburbs that specializes in the delicious Korean comfort food, has opened its first DC proper location in time for baseball season! The 3,500-square-foot space, located in close vicinity to Nationals Park, boasts seating for 200, a large dining area, and an expansive sports bar and featuring plenty of televisions to catch a game on. In addition to serving up its specialty fried chicken, Bonchon also offers dishes as bulgogi and pork buns, as well as Asian and American craft beers.