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DC’s restaurant scene is hopping with highly anticipated openings in Navy Yard and NoMa this summer. The heat brings a plethora of new options to the District with a 20,000 square-foot Latin American market in NoMa, La Cosecha, and many new Navy Yard dining options, including Hatoba, a ramen shop from the team behind Daikaya, Bantam King and Haikan. Check out more openings below.  


This September, Union Market welcomes La Cosecha, a 20,000 square-foot Latin American market. At least six food and beverage operators are expected to open throughout the summer, including the largest restaurant, El Cielo, from Colombian chef Juan Manuel “Juanma” Barrientos; Ali Pacha, a vegan tasting room; Amparo Fondita from Oyamel Chef Christian Irabién and an eatery from the owners of the Peruvian Brothers food truck. Also coming to the NoMa area is Som Tam, a small shop dedicated to Thai food from Lucky Buns’ Alex McCoy. Carving Room (dubbed CR NoMa), opens at the beginning of the summer under the Flats 130 apartment complex. The new 70-seat restaurant will offer sandwiches, flatbreads, 15 beers on tap and a few cocktail options. It is expected to open for breakfast and brunch later in the year. 

In Navy Yard, Erik Bruner-Yang, the chef-owner behind Maketto and Brothers and Sisters, introduces a new place which will be centered on craft coffee and cocktails inside a luxury apartment building called the Novel South Capitol, opening in August. The café remains unnamed, but will feature breakfast dishes, snacks and drinks. The team behind Daikaya, Bantam King and Haikan anticipates the opening of Hatoba, specializing in Sappororo-style ramen. Michael Rafid, previously executive chef at Requin and Arroz, will bring a new Middle Eastern restaurant called Albi to the neighborhood as well. 

In Northwest DC, celebrity-chef Wolfgang Puck introduces his “contemporary twist on the classic steakhouse” inside Georgetown’s Rosewood hotel. Cut by Wolfgang Puck emphasizes dry-aged meats and caviar.

Michael Schlow, the James Beard Award-winner from Boston whose DC footprint includes Alta Strada, Casolare, and the Riggsby, anticipates the opening of his restaurant, Prima, which will take over the former Taylor Gourmet space in Bethesda Row. The fast-casual spot will feature healthy Italian bowls with seasonal veggies and many vegetarian/gluten-free options.

Three of DC’s popular culinary industry personalities are teaming up to introduce a new concept and bar centered on sustainability and seasonality. Oyster Oyster is the restaurant behind the team of Max Kuller, owner of Estadio; Rob Rubbas, RAMMY Award “Chef of the Year” finalist at Hazel and Adam Bernbach, bar director at Estadio, formerly 2 Birds 1 Stone. It is projected to open in early summer on 8th Street NW.


Daru – Dante Datta, the bar manager at Columbia Room and Ellē, will open a cocktail bar with an Indian twist off H Street NE with Chef Suresh Sundas by the end of this year. The pair worked together at Rasika West End.

Dauphine’s – The team behind The Salt Line, including Chef Kyle Bailey, is opening a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in Midtown Center this fall.

Emilie’s – Kevin Tien of Himitsu will open a new restaurant on Capitol Hill with offerings for lunch and dinner, including a raw bar, desserts and fermented items.

Jônt – Chef Ryan Ratino of Michelin-starred restaurant Bresca is bringing his new intimate 18-seat restaurant to 14th Street. It will boast an 8-11 course progressive menu and the 35-seat bar will highlight guilty pleasures such as affordable caviar and high-end hot dogs, alongside drinks from Will Patton, Bresca’s bar manager.

Liberté – A new eclectic spot by Hakan IIhan of Ottoman Taverna and Mirabelle will open this year, serving falafel sandwiches, pasta, brunch and more. Find a rosé wine garden on the outdoor patio.

Philotimo – Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli will try his hand at Greek cuisine at the new Midtown Center complex.

Piccolina – RAMMY Award-winning chef Amy Brandwein will open a new café across from her restaurant Centrolina. Offerings will include a variety of breads, omelets, breakfast crepes, coffee and pastries.

Smokin’ Pig BBQ – The former Kitty’s Saloon on H Street is still expected to turn into a BBQ restaurant and bar in 2019.  

The Imperial – Adams Morgan will welcome a new restaurant with a rooftop and the Dram & Grain cocktail bar from the team behind Jack Rose Dining Saloon. The Imperial’s menu will include many plant-based options along with seafood, dry-aged steaks and pastas made onsite.


Dacha Navy Yard – In April, Dacha opened in Navy Yard with a modern American restaurant and extensive waterfront beer garden.

Estuary – The new signature restaurant created by James Beard nominees and “Top Chef” alumni, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, opened in March in the Conrad Hotel.

Hanumanh – Driven by chefs Seng Luangrath and Bobby Pradachith, the restaurant adds to Washington’s Laotian food movement and features bold flavors similar to the family’s first two restaurants, Thip Khao in Columbia Heights and Padaek in Falls Church. 

La Betty – Mount Vernon Triangle recently welcomed the sister restaurant to Baked & Wired, which offers a dinner concept focused on slow food with a homecooked feel.

Laos in Town – NoMa welcomed Southeast Asian cuisine this spring from a pair of Thai partners, owner Nick Ongsangkoon and executive chef Ben Tiatasin.

Menomale and Salumeria – This new concept featuring authentic Neapolitan pizza and Italian menu items is in NoMa.

Seven Reasons – Acclaimed Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo opened his first restaurant in DC on 14th Street NW in April, featuring Latin fusion dishes.

The Pembroke – The Dupont Circle Hotel unveiled its new restaurant in February, marking the last step of a stylish multi-million-dollar renovation.