2018 Hottest New Restaurants in DC

Don’t let the winter blues and cold weather stop you from trying the 2018 hottest new restaurants in DC. Winter is actually the best time to sample the newest of culinary offerings in the capital mainly because there are less people dining out and it’s easier to snag reservations at the city’s most popular restaurants. There’s also Restaurant Week during winter where dozens of restaurants, including some of those on this list, participate in offering three-course lunch or dinner offerings for a fixed price. So what are you waiting for? Gear up your OpenTable or Resy apps and make your reservations now.

2018 Hottest New Restaurants in DC

Del Mar

2018 Hottest New Restaurants in DC. Seafood Paella
Seafood Paella

Is it possible to assume that anything Fabio and Maria Trabocchi touches turn into gold? They certainly faired well with dining establishments so far! The latest in the District’s dining power couple is Del Mar, located in the newly redesigned Wharf neighborhood in the city’s Southwest quadrant. The restaurant specializing in seafood also pays homage to Spanish coastal fare (Del Mar translate into “from sea”.) Anyone who has dined at one of the other restaurants owned and operated by the duo can expect beautifully crafted dishes, great service and an elegant dining room. Del Mar is no different. Definitely gather some friends and order their seafood paella and try a few other tapas on the menu.

Address: 791 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Phone: (202) 525-1402

Price Range: Very expensive (>$50 per person)

Lucky Buns

2018 Hottest New Restaurants in DC. The Alfie
The Alfie

Nothing represents American cuisine more than a nice, juicy hamburger; and at Lucky Buns, you’re getting that and so much more. Duke’s Grocery alum chef, Alex McCoy, will take your taste buds in an around the world journey from India to Latin America. Try the Alfie’s with pickled beetroot and grilled onions and pineapple or the Hot Tiger Bun with Sichuan peppercorn and spice paste to warm you up a cold winter night. Don’t forget proper chips with your order!

Address: 2000 18th St NW and 601 F Street

Phone: (202) 506-1713

Price Range: Moderate ($20 per person)

Kith and Kin

2018 Hottest New Restaurants in DC. Peel and Eat Shrimp
Peel and Eat Shrimp

A culinary creation pitting the best of New Orleans and New York seems too good to pass up and in Kith and Kin’s case, it just might. Rounding up the 2018 hottest new restaurants in DC is Top Chef alum Kwame Onwuachi’s Afro-Caribbean concept located inside the newly opened Intercontinental Hotel in SW Washington. The food is packed with flavor, just like the peel and shrimp in spicy butter sauce or the curried goat with crispy potatoes. Make sure to have room for gumbo or jerk chicken – dishes definitely for sharing.

Address: 801 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Phone: (202) 878-8566

Price Range: Expensive ($31-$50 per person)

Where will you be eating on your next stay in Washington, DC?

About Iris A

Website: http://www.travelingwithiris.com

Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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