Fall is traditionally a busy season for D.C. restaurants, and 2016 was no exception. By Eater’s count, at least 102 restaurants opened during the season this time around.
Major openings this fall included Kwame Onwuachi’s tasting menu-centric The Shaw Bijou, the whole slate of restaurants at the MGM National Harbor Casino (including offerings from Jose Andres, the Voltaggio brothers, and Marcus Samuelsson), and Japanese restaurant Himitsu. There were also several neighborhood additions, like barbecue joint Federalist Pig, poultry-centric The Bird, new diners Ari’s Diner and Community, . New bars came on the scene like Service Bar, Cotton & Reed, and Dirty Habit. Other places made a comeback, such as TenPenh’s move to Tysons Corner after several years shuttered, and Johnny’s Half Shell’s move to Adams Morgan. And plenty of chain expansions and additions rounded out the list.