<< Oct 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.

Proper 21

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1319 F Street NW; 202.847.3674

Proper 21, brought to DC from the New York City restaurateurs that own Manhattan Proper and Proper West, is now open. The restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine made with locally sourced and fresh ingredients. Menu items include Chimichurri Shrimp, Truffle Burger, Orecchiette Pasta, Citrus Salmon and Steak Frites. The space, which previously housed Finemondo and then Noelia, maintains the modern aesthetic and New York style of the Manhattan locations. Proper 21 is open for lunch and dinner.

G by Mike Isabella

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2201 14th Street NW; 202.234.5015

Chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella has changed the interior design and menu at his 14th Street Italian restaurant G, which include the addition of a 15-seat bar area, new cocktail program, extended service seven days a week from 11am-10pm, and delivery. Chef de cuisine Elliot Drew has updated the menu, making the full selection of sandwiches, antipasti and pastas available any time, day or night. Also offered throughout lunch and dinner is a new section of focaccia flatbreads, like the meat gravy, which sports sausage, meatballs, ham, tomato and mozzarella, and the bianco, with grilled mushrooms, spinach and taleggio. A complement to G’s new full-service bar is a selection of bottled classic cocktails (Negroni, Manhattan and others), as well as signature drinks with an Italian slant. Joining the expanded beverage offerings is a happy hour from 7-10pm, Sunday through Thursday featuring $5 beers, $6 by-the-glass wines, including Lambrusco, $7 cocktails and $5 bites.

Service Bar DC

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926-928 U Street NW; 570.267.5448

Glendon Hartley and Chad Spangler, veterans of DC’s bar and restaurant scene, have opened a neighborhood hangout: Service Bar DC. The bar puts an emphasis on value and service with a wide selection of cocktails and food.  It features an all day happy hour, fried chicken based bar menu, and snug room where specialty group cocktails (5-6 people) can be served.


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3100 14th Street NW; 202.839.3026

A new fast-casual Ethiopian eatery is open on 14th Street: LeTena. LeTena serves a variety tips, stews, salads and other Ethiopian specialties. Dishes may be served with injera in traditional Ethiopian fashion, or wrapped, with bread or rice. The space includes a 30-seat dining room and a 20-seat coffee area where baristas will serve a variety of specialty coffees, teas, and pastries.


Owen’s Ordinary

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11820 Trade Street, North Bethesda, MD

Neighborhood Restaurant Group has opened its first Maryland restaurant, Owen’s Ordinary, at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda. The restaurant offers 50 draft beers and 150 in bottles and cans alongside a menu of American fare such as burgers, half-smokes, macaroni and cheese, slow-roasted pork shoulder and cheese fondue. The expansive 175-seat space features wood floors, subway tile, zinc cladding, and industrial steampunk elements. The restaurant also boasts a 60-seat beer garden with picnic table seating as well as an outdoor and indoor bar.

Ben’s Upstairs

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1001 H Street NE; 202.733.2405

The Ben Ali family behind DC staple Ben’s Chili Bowl has opened up a new full service dining spot: Ben’s Upstairs. The menu features new dishes such as stuffed yucca with gouda and guava sauce; a flash-fried oyster po-boy with citrus aioli, garden lettuce and concasse; and whole fried snapper served with coconut mojo and plantains reflecting the Caribbean and Southern influences of the Ali Family’s heritage. The bar offerings include signature cocktails and craft beers on tap. The space, which formerly housed TEN 01, sits above Ben’s Chili Bowl and features a year round rooftop deck.

Ocean Prime

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1341 G Street NW; 202.393.0313

A modern American restaurant and lounge, Ocean Prime, has opened its 13th location nationwide in DC. Serving lunch Monday through Friday and dinner nightly, Ocean Prime offers guests prime seafood, steaks, handcrafted cocktails and world-class wine. Spanning 9,644 square feet, the restaurant seats approximately 280 guests and features private dining rooms to accommodate more intimate gatherings and celebrations.

Ambar: Clarendon

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2901 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; 703.875.9663

A third location of the popular Balkan concept, Ambar, has opened in the heart of Clarendon. This is the second Ambar location in the United States with a third sister restaurant in Belgrade, Serbia. The new Ambar in Clarendon boasts 3,600-square feet. The restaurant serves dishes from the Balkan Peninsula with a modern twist. Serbian natives Ivan Iricanin and Mihailo Subotic developed the menu with the help of Executive Chef Chris Hawkins.

Johnny’s Half Shell

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1819 Columbia Road NW; 202.737.0400

James Beard award-winning Chef Ann Cashion and partner John Fulchino have reopened popular, award-winning eatery Johnny’s Half Shell in Cashion’s Eat Place’s original Capital Hill location. The restaurant serves fried oysters, gumbo & chef-inspired seafood dishes using organic and sustainable product. The 80-seat space features high ceilings, an elevated bar, a fish tank, and blue booths with jazz and blues music consistently playing in the background. The restaurant is open Sunday and Monday from 5pm – 9pm; Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm – 10pm; Friday and Saturday from 5pm – 11pm.


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651 Florida Avenue NW; 202.330.6395

The first restaurant from former investment analyst Andre McCain, HalfSmoke, is now open in Shaw. HalfSmoke is a youthful quick-service sausage restaurant and bar. For their main dish, customers can choose from a variety of sausages and their base: the traditional sandwich, a salad, a grain bowl or a flatbread. Other offerings catering to the young adult crowd include mini-funnel cakes, chef-y tater tots, and mac n’ cheese balls. The 4,000-square-foot space features a bar, a cozy lounge area with a photo booth, foosball table, and other games, plus a 50-seat outdoor patio. 


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1612 14th Street NW; 202.319.1612

Part of Black Jack has a new theme and name. Restauranteur Jeff Black transformed the bocce portion of the restaurant into a pinball-themed bar, Tilt. The menu features groupings of 7; 7 eats, 7 beers, 7 cocktails, and 7 others. The bar is open Wednesday-Thursday from 6:00pm-12:30am, Friday from 5:00pm-1:30am
, Saturday from 5:00pm-1:30am, and Sunday from 5:00pm-12:30am.

Union Drinkery

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3216 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.808.8572

A new neighborhood bar and eatery, Union Drinkery, has opened on Georgia Avenue. The concept comes from the team behind Small Fry and SUNdeVICH. The self described no-frills neighborhood bar offers beer, wine and cocktails along with food from adjoining smokehouse and fry shop Small Fry.

Dirty Habit

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555 8th Street NW; 202.783.6060

Dirty Habit, the new bar and restaurant replacing Poste in the Hotel Monaco downtown, has opened. The concept is “gritty,” with a “stylishly dark attitude and edgy apocalyptic vibe.” Chef Kyoo Eom helms the kitchen with a menu of globally inspired plates. Sommelier Sarah Ruiz is in charge of the bar program with cocktails that compliment Chef Eom’s cuisine.