Raw bars are everywhere in D.C. The trend started taking hold more than a year ago, with such additions to the scene as Brine, Pop's Sea Bar, Kapnos Taverna, Mastro's and All Set. They joined such terrific existing options in the city as Eat the Rich and Hank's Oyster Bar.
But the trend shows no sign of stopping. Here's a quick rundown of the newest and upcoming restaurants promising to offer plenty of raw seafood to D.C. diners:
PassionFish Bethesda: The spinoff from this Reston restaurant further emphasizes both raw bar selections and sushi items. It opened in September at 7187 Woodmont Ave.
Pennsylvania 6: Downtown gets a new power lunch spot at 1350 I St. NW with plenty of raw seafood from this restaurant, from the same owners as City Tap House.
Whaley's: The DGS Delicatessen team branches out into seafood with this upcoming addition to Navy Yard, set to open this spring in The Yards development.
Requin/Requin Raw Bar: Two of Jennifer Carroll's upcoming projects will pay tribute, in part, to raw seafood. Requin will open at the Southwest Waterfront next year in The Wharf development, as will Requin Raw Bar in Tysons Corner Galleria (part of Mike Isabella's Isabella Eatery project). A Requin pop-up is currently running in Merrifield, but raw items aren't a major focus there.
Waterfront Market reopening: Alexandria Restaurant Partners have purchased the former Waterfront Market (7 King Street) in Old Town, and will reopen it under a new name this spring. Raw bar will be a focus.
Ocean Prime: Opening this summer at 1341 G St. NW, this seafood chain has a separate raw bar menu with items like oysters and chilled whole lobster.