WHERE TO EAT in DC: The DC Wharf

                  Open only since 2017, the Washington DC Wharf has become the most popular destination in the city this summer. This development, which is set to expand in 2021, is a community beloved by visitors and locals alike. Perched along the Wharf’s one-mile-long boardwalk, nearly every restaurant features views of the Washington Channel. 

Sunsets are amazing at the Washington DC Wharf.

                  With a variety of price points, you can have a luxurious dinner that will transport you to another part of the globe, like Spanish seafood at Del Mar, the Asian-fusion powerhouse Kaliwa, and the Afro-Caribbean fare at Kith and Kin (which I describe below). You can absorb the festive waterfront vibe at Tiki-TNT across from the Maine Avenue Fish Market. If you want sophisticated Mexican, try Mi Vida; for Irish pub fare, there’s Kirwan’s on the Wharf. Popular with local celebrities, check out the Italian restaurant, bar and market, Officina

Strolling down the 1 mile boardwalk at the Washington DC waterfront complex called The DC Wharf.

Nicole Sunderland DC Social Media Expert and @EatLiveTravelDrink @NickiEatstheGlobe
says her favorite area of Washington, D.C. right now is the DC Wharf. “The Waterfront boasts incredible dining options from Michelin Star Chef Nick Stefanelli – opening his second restaurant, Officina; the incredible desserts at Milk Bar by Christina Tossi; and Whiskey Charlie offers delicious bar bites and drinks with the best sunset views in the city.” 

The view from Officina restaurant and market. The rooftop bar has sweeping views of the Potomac River and Maine Avenue Fish Market.

                  The Wharf’s rooftop cocktail bars are drawing big crowds thanks to killer views and original craft cocktails. You’ll find Whiskey Charlie caters to a youthful bunch, while 12 Stories serves the Intercontinental Hotel’s sophisticated clientele, though all are welcome.

Grill your own s’mores at the Wharf’s S’mores Food Truck and fire pit

In an area that is all about water, you can choose seafood sourced right at the historic Maine Avenue Fish Market (which first opened in 1805) from southern-influenced Hank’s Oyster Bar and Rappahannock Oyster Bar, the latter also sources bivalves from their farm in the Tidewater of Virginia. For something quick and inexpensive, pick from Shake ShackToastique and Falafel. Finish up with a terrific treat from Dolcezza Gelato or cook some marshmallows at the S’mores Food Truck

The Intercontinental Hotel Washington DC Wharf is the most luxurious hotel with fabulous views and a L’Occitane Spa. The hotel’s new restaurant, Moon Rabbit by Kevin Tien, brings modern Vietnamese cuisine that evokes memory, honors history, references globally inspired techniques and spotlights reinterpreted takes on regional Vietnamese dishes to the waterfront hotel. 

When you’re looking for a memorable night out in Washington DC, check out the DC Wharf.

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  1. Next time that I stop in D.C. I am going to definitely explore the D.C. Wharf. Having a restaurant be able to prepare goat as good as Kith and Kin’s dishes look is a rarity. I didn’t realize they put a milk bar out in that area. My wife and I loved the one in center city.


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