<< Aug 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.

District Distilling Company

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1414 U Street NW; 202.629.3787

District Distilling Company is now open on U street. The combination distillery, eatery, and bar serves a spirits-inspired seasonal menu and cocktails curated with their own gin, vodka, and whisky alongside an assortment of craft beer and wine. The two story space seats 170 and is open for distillery tours, dinner and late-night dining.


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2032 P Street NW

Emissary, a new European cafe, has opened in Dupont Circle. The coffeehouse, bar and cafe serves cocktails, croissants, coffee, charcuterie, and a wide variety of vegan options. Emissary is open daily at 6 am.


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2204 14th Street NW; 202.518.2222

Stephanos Andreou of Barcode has opened Asian-Latin inspired restaurant and sushi bar Sakerum (Sake + Rum). The restaurant serves cocktails, sushi, and latin fare for dinner and late night dining. The 3,300-square-foot space is based on the Japanese concept of the izakaya, a warm, welcoming gastropub, tinged with the flair of a Latin lounge. The restaurant spans two levels, featuring a sushi bar on the first level and a large dining area on the second with a retractable roof.

Colada Shop: Sterling

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21430 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling, VA; 703.429.1362

Juan Coronado of Barmini and ThinkFoodGroup and food and beverage consultant Daniella Senior have teamed up to open Colada Shop, a Cuban-style cafe in Sterling with a second location to open in DC later in fall. Colada Shop is an homage to ventanitas, Cuban cafes widespread throughout Miami. The cafe serves an assortment of coffee, snacks, sandwiches, and cocktails.

Vola’s Dockside Grill & the Hi Tide Lounge

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101 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.935.8890

The owners of former Waterfront Market have opened their newest venture, Vola’s Dockside Grill & the Hi Tide Lounge, near the bustling waterfront of Old Town Alexandria. The restaurant is named for beloved Alexandria city manager Vola Lawson. Lawson, who served as city manager for 15 years, was inducted into the Virginia Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993 and was named a Living Legend of Alexandria in 2007. The 160-seat restaurant features a raw bar and tiki lounge, with a seafood-focused menu.

Ocean Blue

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21438 Epicurie Plaza, Sterling, VA; 571.375.2312

Ocean Blue, with a menu inspired by the islands be it Hawaii or Manhattan, has opened in the Cascades Overlook in Loudoun County. The 4,866 square-foot restaurant features 3,000-gallon ocean reef aquariums encircled by a 150-foot water canal with more than fifty skiff boats that carry selections of sushi and sashimi directly into the dining room. The menu features offerings reminiscent of the Islands – from fish tacos to sushi plus a selection of steak, burger, poultry and seafood all served with island-inspired seasonings and presentations. The restaurant is open Sunday – Thursday 11am to 10pm, and Friday – Saturday 11am to 11pm.

Live Oak

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1603 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA; 571.312.0402

Live Oak has officially opened, bringing a bit of Charleston to Del Ray. The restaurant serves Southern-inspired cuisine with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Justus Frank, formerly of Fiola, helms the kitchen. The space, renovated by award-winning restaurant designer Griz Dwight, exudes a Southern flair and boasts both indoor and outdoor seating plus a 20-seat bar.

Osteria Al Volo

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1790 Columbia Road NW; alvolodc@gmail.com

Adams Morgan is now home to a new Italian neighborhood restaurant: Osteria Al Volo. The 60-seat space is the brick-and-mortar version of Union Market Vendor Cucina Al Volo, both of which are co-owned by Florence native Daniele Catalani, along with his nephew Matteo Catalani and business partner Rolando Frias. The menu centers around fresh pastas and antipasti with  entree prices around $20 and under. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm – 11pm.



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3309 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.244.6550

Bindaas, an Indian street food-inspired restaurant, has taken over the former Bardeo space. Bindaas comes from owner Ashok Bajaj of critically-acclaimed Rasika and Rasika West End. The menu includes savory chaats, kebabs, wraps and buns, some vegetable and fish main dishes, plus a variety of Indian cocktails. The space seats 35 in the small main dining room plus 9 at the bar, with an upstairs room available for receptions and a rooftop patio to be added at a later date.

AGGIO: Ashburn

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20462 Exchange Street, Ashburn, VA; 410.528.0200

Chef Bryan Voltaggio and Hilda Staples have replaced Family Meal Ashburn with a second location of AGGIO, their beloved modern Italian eatery. AGGIO features a menu inspired by authentic classics that utilize sustainable ingredients treated with classic and progressive techniques, a trademark of all the Voltaggio restaurants. The Ashburn AGGIO also sells its house-made fresh pastas, sauces and sommelier-selected Italian wines. The space includes a semi-private room for larger parties or corporate events. AGGIO is open for dinner Monday through Friday for dinner 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am – 2:30 pm for brunch and 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm for dinner.

Modern Market

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4930 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD; 240.800.4733

A new fast-casual eatery, Modern Market, has opened in Bethesda. This is the Colorado-based chain’s first foray into the DC metro area, with other locations throughout Colorado, Texas, and Arizona. Modern Market focuses on fresh, locally-sourced foods made from scratch. The menu features breakfast items, pizzas, salads, soups and home-style platters that include a protein, vegetable, and a starch.

Tchoup’s Market

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3301 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.853.3901

Chef Alex McCoy has replaced Alfie’s with a concept inspired by his native New Orleanst: Tchoup’s Market. The restaurant is named after Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans. The menu features a wide variety of po’boys, blue-plate specials, beer, and cocktails.

Buredo: Dupont Circle

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1213 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.838.6602

Burrito-sized-sushi restaurant Buredo has expanded to Dupont. The 1,000 square-foot space gives this Buredo location more kitchen and seating room. With the increased kitchen area, owners Mike Haddad and Travis Elton have added additional items to the menu like a sashimi-style edamame bowl and an expanded sushi-burrito lineup. The Dupont location is open late-night.

Duke’s Counter

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3000 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.905.2903

The owners behind popular Dupont staple Duke’s Grocery have opened a casual London-inspired gastropub, Duke’s Counter, in Woodley Park. The space, located directly across from the National Zoo, formerly housed Zoo Bar Cafe.  The menu includes the same fare you can find at Duke’s Grocery, with seasonal East London-inspired cuisine like the Proper Burger, truffle mac, and fish and chips. The bar features a variety of draft beers, along with wine and classic cocktails.