<< May 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.


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655 K Street NW; 202.652.1464

Owner Ran Nussbächer has opened his new middle-eastern eatery and market, Shouk, at City Vista. The veggie-centric menu features an array of dips, pitas, salads, and craft sodas made to order. The restaurant is open from 11am to 10pm daily.


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1132 19th Street NW; 202.833.1860

The Social Restaurant Group’s newest concept, Bonfire, a campfire-themed restaurant and bar, has officially opened its doors. Executive Chef R.L. Boyd helms the kitchen, with playful and creative cuisine incorporating elements of smoke, fire, and rustic cast iron cooking techniques. The menu includes shareable bites include Hush Puppies with pork belly, jerk spices, mango and coconut butter and Duck Wings with peach mumbo, spicy ginger-cola and proper ranch. Larger plates include a handheld Double PattyShort Rib Burger with smoked gouda, onion jam, marrow mayo and arugula as well as Charred Hanger Steak with cauliflower, kale, pickled mushrooms, double shot demi and fried shallots. Chef Ellen Diekemper  leads the pastry program. In keeping with the ‘bonfire’ theme, the eatery’s sweets include a selection of Campfire Skillets, such as a Dark Chocolate Skillet with Colombian chocolate and banana, topped with marshmallow and homemade graham crackers ($8). Bonfire also offers a S’mores menu, with a rotating seasonal s’more featured each month.

Ottoman Taverna

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425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389

A new Turkish restaurant has come to DC: Ottoman Taverna. Ottoman Taverna pays tribute to the empire that ruled a large swath of Eurasia for hundreds of years. The eatery’s cuisine, crafted by head chef and Istanbul native Ilhan Erkek, is influenced by the ingredients and techniques found throughout the Ottoman region, with menu items like mezze dishes and flatbreads. The 160-seat space features a Sultan’s Table (Chef’s table) with 12 seats and 3 private dining rooms. Ottoman Taverna is open every day from 4pm – 10pm.



733 10th Street NW; 202.854.8408

The owners of Cafe Asia have opened a new Japanese restaurant, Umaya, in Penn Quarter. Umaya is a contemporary Japanese izakaya restaurant focused upon a unique menu and lively ambiance. From the freshest sushi and maki rolls, to trendy Japanese street food favorites such as ramen, ishiyaki (hot stone) grilled skewers, andizakaya style small plates, to traditional Japanese fine-dining cuisine; Umaya’s offerings plan to marvel any palate. Patrons can sip on a handcrafted cocktail by one of the talented mixologists, or explore the sophisticated sake and wine list to compliment their meal. The exotic décor and live DJs spinning soothing house music completes the experience.