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
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)
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
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?