Best Restaurants in The Wharf
Where to eat in DC’s hottest new development
With last year’s opening of District Wharf, a vibrant $2.5 billion mixed-use community gracing the Southwest Waterfront, there’s even more reasons to visit Washington, DC – including terrific restaurants. Below, our guide to some hot spots you shouldn’t miss.
A culinary love letter to chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Spanish wife, Maria, this expansive two-floor eatery sports a crisp, nautical decor, and a menu that reads like Spanish cuisine primer. There’s a strong showing of cheese and charcuterie, but it’s the traditional, crowd pleasing tapas (like croquetas de jamón, and tortilla espanola) you must check out.
Colorful and always lively, this Mexican restaurant has 400 seats, two bars, and three outdoor patios – so you’ll never have to worry about finding a seat. And once you do, you’ll want to order all of chef Roberto Santibañez’s savory dishes, from the gooey queso fundido to the brisket enchiladas smothered in a rich, smoky mole. Don’t forget to wash down your meal with a refreshing house margarita.
This might not be the first location, but it’s certainly the most spacious – with a snazzy waterfront location, to boot. Like the original, expect pristine seafood dishes like lobster rolls, fried oysters, and crab cakes. And the bar menu features creative cocktails like the oversized Boardwalk Empire, a spirited blend of whiskey, east india sherry, vermouth, and bitters.