When it comes to restaurant neighborhoods, Georgetown has always been an inconsistent one. There are some clear standouts, from Fiola Mare to Bourbon Steak, and other reliable standbys, from Pizzeria Paradiso to Sweetgreen. But it's also a neighborhood subject both to frequent turnover (most recently, the closing of an iconic Five Guys location), and to the proliferation of mediocre tourist traps.
But here's the good news: it seems like more new restaurants have been opening in Georgetown than usual, and many are promising additions to the neighborhood. Here's a rundown of what's new and what's coming soon.
Beard Papas: This dessert chain, originally out of Japan, is D.C.'s new home for eclairs, cream puffs and other pastries. Find it: 1332 Wisconsin Ave. NW
The Sovereign: Neighborhood Restaurant Group's new Belgian beer bar and restaurant is making a splash. Find two levels filled with unusual beers, braised meats and more. Find it: 1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
Chaia Tacos: The vegetarian taco experts move from farmers' market to brick-and-mortar with this airy and modern new shop. Find it: 3207 Grace St. NW.
Jaco Juice and Taco Bar: A taco bar meets a juice bar with this new concept, which has a breakfast menu and some unexpected items like quinoa porridge. Find it: 1614 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
Crumbs & Whiskers: The "oldest" place on this list, D.C.'s first cat cafe is still only about seven months old, and is providing a hangout for cat lovers to snack and cuddle. Find it: 3211 O St. NW.
Curry & Pie: This Indian fusion restaurant debuted in October. Find it: 1204 34th St. NW.
Worth a Revisit:
The Rye Bar in the Capella hotel has a new bar manager...Bourbon Steak's lounge has a new look...Jardenea just brought on a new chef.
Chez Billy will open a new wine bar, Bar A Vin, in early March...Laudree is planning alocation for Georgetown (no update on an opening date was available)...Bakery Simit + Smith targets mid-March.
Editor's Note: Bar A Vin's opening projection has been updated.