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.
14th Street and T Street; 202.299.9042
Three years after husband-and-wife team Niall Cooper and Lindsey Morse began planning to open their dream bakery and coffee shop, Bakehouse has officially opened its doors. The menu boasts classics like cookies, pies, and cupcakes along with more sophisticated takes on old favorites. The eatery also serves up breakfast sandwiches and a variety of lunchtime sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch is complimented by coffee from Zeke’s roasters of Baltimore and house-made syrups.
2208 14th Street, NW;202.986.8729
The Rosslyn pizzeria Piola has finally made its long-awaited journey into the district. The three-story eatery on 14th street has brought its l’apertivo Italiano happy hours, Neapolitan style pizzas, and cold glasses of Peroni with it. Translating into “gathering place,” Piola is designed to evoke warm, comforting feelings. It will feature exposed brick, natural wood, dramatic light fixtures, large floral wall paintings, and a wooden pizza oven as its focal point. The eatery offers a slightly smaller menu than its Arlington location but offers more draft beer selection. Piola now serves dinner during the week and weekend with plans to offer lunch service during the weekend in the future.
1541 14th Street, NW; 202.232.0920
The team behind 2 Amy’s and Standard have joined forces and opened Etto on 14th street. The 42-seat restaurant was conceptualized for the past eight years simply as a place where Standard owner Tad Curtz would “want to eat.” Chef Cagla Onal-Urel offers a variety of delicious pizzas, salamis, seafood plates, and even homemade ice cream. The beverage program features homemade vermouth, Negronis, many wine options, and wine on-tap from Pastan’s Pedrasassi Winery. The reatraursnt features exposed brick, eclectice light fixtures, copper accenting, and a mill used for making the restaurants breads ad pizzas.
Capitol Prague Cafe & Bar
3277 M Street, NW; 202.333.0434
Prague Café & Bar is now open in the heart of Georgetown. Serving European-inspired fare, expect Capitol Prague Café offers homemade pastries, sweet delicacies, and aromatic Illy coffee from 8am to 8pm daily. The menu centers upon contemporary Czech and Slovak cuisine and includes smoked meats and authentic Czech beer.
5471-5481 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD; 302.652.1195
Hailing from The M Crowd restaurant group, with restaurants in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Tulsa, and Atlanta, the Tex Mex restaurant Mi Cocina has opened in Chevy Chase. Maryland and DC residents can now indulge in “south of the border” flavors close to home as Mi Cocina serves up Tex-Mex fare including fajitas, tacos, and enchiladas among other house specials. The eatery seats 155 in its dining room, which is adorned with beautiful chandeliers and a mural painted by Luis Sottil, a talented Mexican artist. The space also includes a glass-enclosed patio, al fresco dining in the front of the restaurant, and a separate shaded patio.
NoPa Kitchen and Bar
800 F Street, NW; 202.347.4667
Washingtonians can now wet their palates at Ashok Bajaj’s newest restaurant concept NoPa Kitchen and Bar. NoPa’s menu is spearheaded by Executive Chef Greg McCarty who has gained culinary expertise in kitchens from NYC to The Bahamas. Dishes are focused upon fresh produce, quality meats, and French-influenced seafood. The 160-seat brasserie’s light-filled, rustic interior features a 14-seat bar, a working fireplace, and three exclusive spaces able to accommodate a variety of differently sized parties.
1410 14th St., NW; 202.234.9447
Darren Lee Norris, the owner of popular Kushi Izakaya & Sushi has opened Black Whiskey, a whiskey bar/ art gallery. The eatery boasts an art gallery on the main floor and a bar on the second. Diners are offered a variety of contemporary bar food elevated to the next level using molecular gastronomy techniques and a whiskey list focusing on small-batch American styles.
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; 202.331.2112
The folks behind Heritage India are now offering Washingtonians a culinary trip around the world by way of Pennsylvania Avenue. At Crossroads, Head Chef Ravi Narayanan uses his 25 plus years of experience working in international kitchens to delight guests with signature dishes representing many different cuisines. The 7,000 square-foot space features a cascading waterfall, large bar area, private dining room for exclusive parties, and an 86-seat patio.
1610 14th Street, NW; 202.735.0984
Ari Gejdenson and partner Ralph Lee have opened Ghibellina in the space that formerly housed HR-57. The pair from Acqua Al 2 has transformed the spot into an Italian-themed destination. The Tuscan-style trattoria is based on a favorite restaurant of Ari’s in Florence called Trattoria Mario. Head chef Jonathan Copeland will offer lots of simple Tuscan dishes like authentic pizzas, house-made pastas, ribollita (famous Tuscan soup), and bistecca alla florentina. A lower level area will offer live music and a bar in the distant future.
524 8th Street, SE
Noodles and sushi fans rejoice: Nooshi has now opened its second location in Barracks Row. The new eatery’s fare reflects its 19th Street menu with dishes inspired by Southeastern Asian cuisine and a wide variety of sushi. Dishes are light and low-fat without sacrificing bold flavor and taste.
Fluffy Thoughts at Nationals Park
Nationals Park: 1500 S. Captiol St., SE
If you’re a baseball fan with a sweet tooth, you can now satisfy you’re cupcake craving after scarfing down a ballpark dog at Nationals Park. Fluffy Thoughts Bakery, with a location in McLean, VA, has now opened a kiosk in the ballpark. The kiosk offers four cupcake varieties per game with rotating flavors like red velvet and cookies and cream. Brownies, rice krispy treats, and other snacks are also be available for $5-10.
1324 14th Street, NW; 202.627.2800
Top Chef Contestant and Belga Cafe Owner Bart Vandaele has expanded his forays into Belgan cuisine with the opening of his new restaurant B Too in Logan Circle. The eatery’s menu explores how foreign countries such as France, Germany, Spain and Austria impacted Belgan cuisine. Dishes feature traditional Belgian fare along with variations of the classics. The two-story space includes three bars as well as an open kitchen ad basement lounge. It also boasts a charcoal oven and a waffle and fries bar that provides guests additional flavors and dining options to supplement its regular menu.
District Tea Lodge
1922 I Street, NW
The owners of Yoga District have opened District Tea Lodge in the space below their yoga studio. Offering Kombucha on draft, kava-kava root cocktails, and 20 rotating tea selections this tea lodge, offers tea-lovers a place to unwind and warm up with a piping hot herbal remedy or funky cocktail. The shop utilizes an in-house herbalist to select the best teas possible as well as “teatenders” who direct customers, as a bartender would, towards the best suitable tea for their visit. The shop boasts a homey, woodsy feel adorned with natural woods and fake taxidermy decorations.
14th and Q Streets NW; 202.332.3333
Famed Philadelphia restaurateur, Stephen Starr, has opened his first Washington, DC restaurant, Le Diplomate. Le Diplomate is a French-inspired bistro with seating for 260. Celebrated Executive Chef Adam Schop will helm the kitchen and draw from his forays into French cuisine from time working at renowned Zinc Bistro in Scottsdale and exploring Parisian streets. The menu boasts classic French cuisine alongside French fare with modern twists including an extensive bread program and an expert coffee program from La Colombe Artisanal Roasters. The space will include a 200-seat main dining area along with a 60-seat, umbrella-covered sidewalk terrace area overlooking Q street. Travel to a delicious corner of Paris by way of Logan Circle by indulging in Le Diplomate’s fabulous brunch and dinner service.
777 I Street, NW; 202.289.7377
Chef Victor Albisu, formerly of BLT Steak, has opened his first restaurant in Penn Quarter. Drawing on inspiration from his Latin American upbringing and and the social atmosphere surrounding mealtimes there, Albisu has transformed the space previously occupied by PS7 into an upscale South American grill that celebrates the food culture of asado. The menu features a rotation of grilled meats from the asado, crudos, ceviches, empanadas, Argentinian sandwiches, and South American street food. The large wine selection and beverage program focus on South American varietals, sprits, and beers. Also, the 115 seat dining room serves dinner nightly and the 50 seat bar serves coffee and South American pastries during the daytime as well as an assortment of snacks and sandwiches.