<< Sep 2014 >>

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.

Paul Bakery


555 13th St., NW 20004; 202.347.1606

Boasting numerous international locations since its establishment in Lille, France in 1889, Paul has opened its sixth bakery café in the Washington, DC area, just two blocks from the White House – located in the Columbia Square Building on F St. NW in the Metro Center neighborhood. The 2200 sq.ft. store is opulently decorated so as to transport you to Pari with its antique fixtures, authentic French artwork, and elegant tufted velvet, suede and fabric chairs and banquettes. The café is illuminated by a full wall of windows, and accommodates approximately 30 guests inside while the outdoor, covered portico of the Columbia Square building accommodates table seating for 20 guests. Paul serves a wide array of pastries, quiches, crepes, sandwiches made on fresh baguettes, fresh salads, and even soup, in addition to hot teas and Lavazza coffee. Paul also offers catering (for breakfast, lunch, or even office parties), and is able to deliver for catered events to nearby offices.

Pinea: W Hotel


515 15th Street, NW

The W has now unveiled its new restaurant concept, Pinea. Borrowing its name from the two-needled pine trees of Southern Europe, the source of pine nuts, the restaurant offers contemporary regional European dishes with a focus on France, Italy and Spain created by Chef Barry Koslow. The menu follows flavor profiles popular in these regions and features handmade pastas, house-made spice blends, fresh seafood, and a variety of shareable plates. The restaurant’s beverage program complements each plate with wines from Southern European regions, unique craft cocktails, and beers.

DBGB Bar & Kitchen


City Center DC; 931 H Street, NW; 202.695.7660

Renowned French Chef Daniel Boulud has officially opened his long-awaited DC restaurant, DBGB Bar and Kitchen in CityCenter! Chef Daniel Boulud, who got his start in the kitchen of America in DC, is very excited to be making his return to the city he fell in love with 30 years ago. As one of his more casual eateries, diners can expect the menu to offer a wide array of delicious items.  Created with Executive Chef Ed Scarpone, the menu features French classics, re-iminagined American favorites, such as Boulud’s take on the Maryland crab cake- the Maryland crab persillade, oysters, burgers, and much more. The beverage program will be available throughout service hours and includes a variety of beers on-tap, a large selection of wines, and specialty cocktails.  DBGB is now open for lunch and dinner with brunch service to follow in the near future.

The Walrus Oyster and Ale House


152 Waterfront St, Fort Washington, MD 20745; 301.567.6100

National Harbor is now home to another exciting new dining option, a seafood and oyster-centric eatery, The Walrus Oyster and Ale House. Moderately priced and casual in approach, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria from a 6,700-square-foot-corner of super prime real estate in National Harbor.  James Beard award-winning chef, Bob Kinkead serves as the restaurant’s culinary advisor drawing inspiration from Maryland’s proud seafood tradition and unparalleled oyster industry boasting a variety of briny, bold bivalves harvested from the Chesapeake. Internationally acclaimed beverage specialist, Kris Carr has implemented a bold and entertaining bar program that features oversized frozen concoctions, massive icy punch bowls, a variety of beers including 14 brews on draft, and tap white, red and rose wines The restaurant serves fresh food and drink from 11:00am until closing, providing a menu with daily and seasonal specials, and a Sunday brunch beginning at 10:00am.

Georgetown Piano Bar


3287 M Street., NW; 202.337.1871

Although M Street, piano-bar mainstay Mr. Smith’s has sadly shut its doors, Hunter Lang, former Mr. Smith’s manager Gene McGrath, former Mr. Smith’s employee Morgan Williams, and his uncle, Mr. Smith’s regular, Bill Thoet have now opened Georgetown Piano Bar to ease the pain, and satisfy the longtime piano bar patrons and fans. Georgetown Piano Bar is noticeably different from Mr. Smith’s, however; the establishment’s main focus is on music and the entire atmosphere centers upon patrons gathering around the piano and engaging in each other and the music.  Cocktails are readily available, but food will not be served. The bar, which is located in in the former Modern nightclub space, will maintain Modern’s signature, round bar area, boast tables equipped with sing-along-friendly lyric books, include a bright red, central piano, and hints at plans to add a dueling piano and audience karaoke to the mix.




Venti Tre Modern Italian


128 Ellington Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878; 202.403.7889

Downtown Crown is now home to the second location of fast-casual brand Fazoli’s Venti Tre Modern Italian. At Venti Tre, which means “23” in Italian and is a nod to the restaurant’s 23 fresh toppings, guests can choose between a piada flatbread wrap, pasta or salad and then select from an array of add-ons that include proteins, toppings and sauces or dressings in a Chipotle-like set-up. Proteins include Tuscan lemon chicken, rosemary garlic steak and Italian sausage; sauces include pomodoro, parmigiana fonduta and vino Bianco; and other toppings include crispy capers, tomato bruschetta salsa, crispy pancetta and roasted mushrooms, all made fresh in-restaurant daily. Roasted veggies are also available in lieu of meat.



11219 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030; 703.364.5933

Chuy’s is now serving up authentic Tex-Mex cuisine in he DMV at the Austin-based restaurant’s first metropolitan Washington location in Fairfax, VA. For more than 30 years, Chuy’s has been known for its commitment to providing made from scratch Tex-Mex using only the freshest ingredients. The eatery showcases dishes made from authentic recipes found in South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns and includes hand-rolled tortillas cooked fresh all day on a traditional comal in the dining room and salsa fresca made every hour. Chuy’s Fairfax is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner: from 11:00am to 10:00pm, Sunday through Thursday and 11:ooam to 11:00pm, Friday and Saturday. On weekdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, the restaurant offers up happy hour drink specials and the fully-loaded nacho car, an unlimited build-your-own nacho station with chips, salsa, queso, ground sirloin and more.

Pop’s Seabar


1817 Columbia Rd., NW; 202.534.3933

Chef John Manolatos and Justin Abad of Cashion’s Eat Place have recently opened another Adams Morgan eatery.  Paying homage to the Jersey Shore: the duo’s casual spot , Pop’s SeaBar, serves up shore favorites in an atmosphere that will remind any boardwalk, beach-lover of laid-back summer days on the shore. Diners can experience the tastes of summer all year long with the likes of seafood baskets, jersey-style hot dogs, Taylor pork sandwiches, smelts, raw oysters,  and much more. The beverage program also includes a variety of beers, wines, and house-made, specialty cocktails. Pop’s SeaBar is open from 12:00pm to 12:00am for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

D.C. Harvest


517 H Street, NE; 202.629.3296

Chef Arthur Ringel, most recently the executive chef at Hank’s Oyster Bar, and his brother, Jared, another longtime veteran of the DC restaurant scene have ventured out on their own to open D.C. Harvest on H Street. The neighborhood, farm-to-table eatery features a mix of seafood, proteins, homemade pastas, and a variety of vegetables. The menu rotates frequently, depending upon the availability of fresh, local ingredients, and to include a changing, “plate of the day”. The two-story, 1,800-square-foot-restaurant evokes a friendly, neighborhood feel, seat 60, and boast a 10-seat bar on the fist floor with an open kitchen on the second. Apart from imported coffee, the beverage program aims to focus on serving US-only wine, liquor, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Urbana: Renovation


2121 P Street, NW; 202.956.6650

After eight years of service, Urbana briefly shut its doors to the public to undergo a $600,000 renovation. The renovation is now complete an Urbana has reopened with a new, double-in-size bar area, relocated private dining room, refreshed P Street patio area, and other improved design elements that contribute to a more free-flowing floor plan. GrizForm Design Architects, a design firm based in Washington, DC that has created spaces for Fiola, Estadio and Cava executed the redesign. An updated cocktail program and menu from Executive Chef Ethan McKee is also being served up to complement the redesign.