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Three Years of Stunning D.C. Restaurant Design

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In honor of Curbed's relaunch in D.C., take a tour of some of D.C.'s most stunning restaurants in recent years.

As part of Eater's salute to the new real estate and design-focused Curbed D.C., here's a walk through the past three years of nominees for the Stone-Cold Stunner category of The Eater Awards:

2013

Daikaya

Edit Lab's design of Daikaya pays tribute to Japan's izakayas. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Edit Lab's design of Daikaya pays tribute to Japan's izakayas. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Barcelona Wine Bar

Barcelona's high ceilings and moody patio have made it a 14th Street destination [Photo: R. Lopez]

Barcelona's high ceilings and moody patio have made it a 14th Street destination [Photo: Official]

Baby Wale

Baby Wale's go-go theme and street art style helped make it a standout. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Baby Wale's go-go theme and street art style helped make it a standout. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Bearnaise

The design for Spike Mendelsohn's steak frites place was pure French chic. [Photo: R. Lopez]

The design for Spike Mendelsohn's steak frites place was pure French chic. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Minibar/Barmini

All white. Wacky furniture. A wall of hands. That's Barmini. [Photo: R. Lopez]

All white. Wacky furniture. A wall of hands. That's Barmini. [Photo: R. Lopez]

2014

Soi 38

Soi 38: Home of the eye of the dragon. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Soi 38: Home of the eye of the dragon. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Compass Rose

Compass Rose was 2014's coziest debut. [R. Lopez]

Compass Rose was 2014's coziest debut. [R. Lopez]

Tico

Tico took some leaps with its graffiti-influenced decor. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Tico took some leaps with its graffiti-influenced decor. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Crane & Turtle

The homey Crane & Turtle made the most out of a tiny space. [Photo: R. Lopez]

The homey Crane & Turtle made the most out of a tiny space. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Iron Gate

This remake of a historic restaurant remained utterly romantic. [Photo: R. Lopez]

This remake of a historic restaurant remained utterly romantic. [Photo: R. Lopez]

2015

Provision No. 14

In a year of neutral industrialism, Provision No. 14 was a welcome blast of color.

In a year of neutral industrialism, Provision No. 14 was a welcome blast of color. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Maketto

The uber contemporary Maketto seamlessly combined restaurant and retail. [Photo: R. Lopez]

The uber contemporary Maketto seamlessly combined restaurant and retail. [Photo: R. Lopez]

SER

SER's welcoming design keeps guests comfortable. [Photo: R. Lopez]

SER's welcoming design keeps guests comfortable. [Photo: R. Lopez]

China Chilcano

International murals are among China Chilcano's eye-catchers. [Photo: R. Lopez] Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

International murals are among China Chilcano's eye-catchers. [Photo: R. Lopez]

Masseria

The edgy Masseria feels like a restaurant transplanted from another city. [Photo: R. Lopez]

The edgy Masseria from designers Grupo7 feels like a restaurant transplanted from another city. [Photo: R. Lopez]

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